Promotions which require a certain number of stays. Would you:
To me, it is all about nights as nights represent $ X # of nights, whereas stays could be any number of nights and any number of $. I have a colleague who on ONE STAY spent 275 consecutive nights. He wanted the nights to count, not the stays.
I agree... and I think everyone would agree on this one. Of course, you get MR points for each night you stay and your status is based on nights, not stays.
I'd also like to get "nights" credit when I'm staying at a Marriott Executive Apartment. I get points for those, but not nights.
I Like to get credit for each nite of stay.
In every phone call to the rewards center, they remind me that it's per stay, per hotel, not consecutive nights at the same hotel which is absurd. It's still the same amount of money to M no matter what.
it gets you to stay more nights as you have to have multiple stays . I agree it should be nights but on average people stay more than one night so to get the free night it requires more stays/ nights
Agree, shoud be night's. I just stayed 3 more nights and forgot about the Stay and missed my mega bonus by 1 stay. Would have paid and done the same thing if I had 2 seperate or 3 seperate reservations for the same stay but counted a lot differently towards the mega bonus nights.
Maybe in the future until they change this, I'll make individual reservations and speak the the property I'm staying at to keep a single room though my whole stay. No so much more work for me, lots of benifits for me and probably more work for them.
I am getting ready to have to do two or three weeks at a time for a "Stay". I want the 7 nights per week each week. That makes more sense to me. When I travel for business i'm in one location all week or multible weeks. I know some stay one or two nights then move to another city each week so the stays makes sense for them.
I've broken up a long stay at one property into 2 shorter stays at separate properties to take advantage (same amount of total nights)!
Promotions and rewards should be based on number of night stayed, not how many Marriott hotels you checked into. Once I find a good hotel, I tend to stay there for my entire visit to the area. I personally don't give into the current nonsense of 'hopping around Marriott properties' to gain Elite or whatever status. Marriott should not be encouraging me to check-in at the Holiday Inn next door and back again just to take advantage of their promotions or rewards.
In my early MR days when I didnt get the megabonus 25 nights for 50k points I used to get offered the "stays", until I wised up and called them and they were really good about the whole thing. Find what the megabonuses are and then call the reward desk, they will then work with you so that you don't miss out on something. I once called when I realized that I wouldnt hit the 20nights needed to get the base level so they dropped me down to the 15 night level and I got the 25k points or whatever the promo was at the time.
Prior to that I would often stay in 3 hotels in one city because those points are really valuable to me & my family
I've switched hotels every night during promotions that were "stay" based and made out pretty good ... But for those who are stuck in a city without multiple properties or can't change everyday it really isn't fair ... I could get 5 stays in one week by switching everyday and they would need over a month and it would cost them 4x more nights than I used ... I'm just saying ...
I'm a hotel jumper. I know that's not always a possibility for some.
To me its a no brainer. Every night should speak for itself. I tend to make long term stays of up to 4 weeks but only do this 4 times per year. My choice is clear.
Why would anyone prefer to get credit per stay rather than per night? I can't see what advantage that would offer...
I don't understand why Marriott would prefer promotions based on stays rather than nights. It's obvious that using stays encourages people to switch hotels frequently instead of staying in one hotel. It's also obvious that it costs hotels more to have several guests occupying a room in a series of short stays instead of one guest in the room on a longer stay.
They must think that in the end it gets them more nights . I dont think the method chosen is without thought
It really depends on the rules of the promotion. This past summer's MegaBonus had the wonderful approach of double points for the first 2 stays. I structured mine to double a 14 night stay for my annual Spring Training trip to Arizona. That helped me so much more than double points for 2 of the nights if nights had been the criterion instead of stays.
I hate this emphasis on "stays" rather than "nights". What I've noticed during the past 10 years that I've been a platinum is that the megabonuses have become more stingier and way more onerous. It used to be that you needed a certain number of nights to say, get 35k-50k points and you had to stay for say, 20-30 nights. Now, the "stays" make it more difficult. For example, during the spring megabonus, I had to do Marriott hotel hopping in order to maximize stays. Basically, I had about 13 stays (around 26 nights) and got 26k points. Note that in the old system of "nights", I would have gotten at least 35k points. Changing hotels every two days is definitely a drag when you are constantly traveling, however, that is the current way of gaming the system to get more points.
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