Of all the ways you can earn points, or upgrade your status, which one do you like best?
My favorite perk use to be breakfast. Who ever came up (vegan most likely) with the menu change should be fired. I eat healthy most of the time, but taking potatoes away and having the same thing EVERY DAY!!!!! is horrible. Everybody is complaining about this. There use to be a variation every other day, a breakfast sandwich, bacon, links, etc. Egg whites and turkey sausage, yes, that's what I want during my 8 week stay every day. I appreciate the you still have regular scramble eggs, fruit, yogurt, etc. but not all of us are vegetarians or vegans. If it is corporate's attempt to save money, then there on point. I speak for over 800 of my peers that stay at Marriott hotels, (residence inn) that will start boycotting next month and will vigilantly make the movement go viral if menu changes are not made.
So sorry to hear of these frustrations, cic! We have shared them on to our brand development team to help improve our offerings and service. We appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns with us.
I think it is very hard to reach Gold Status from stays. I love the 15 stays for having the credit card, but card spend and stays it takes a lot of work. Plus, when a night's stay in NYC is 120,000 points, this seems pretty crappy.
I totally agree with cic on all points in the post. But to make things worse, no longer does the breakfast room smell enticing. Due to "substitute" items (turkey "sausage" and watery egg whites) it stinks and it is a put off. I am responsible for hotel choices for my associates, but they are starting to rebel ...mainly due to the changes at Residence Inn's breakfast. It used to be a real positive. Our last RI, promised not to order some of those unpopular items (thrown out every time served) but they are being limited in their choices by corporate.
How good must ones credit be before giving the card application a go?
The 15 nights credit is definitely a perk! Then there's the "birthday" perk (1 night) and the 1 night for every $3K spent (we put everything on this card). And of course there are the actual nights stayed - vacation!!!
Gold Elite status has many perks of it's own. I thought I read that the merger Marriott/Starwood is going to bump a lot of people into Platinum? (particularly those who also are MVCI owners.) Maybe I miss read something.
I am on the 15 nights credit camp. As my work does not let me travel a lot and we use Marriott more for leisure then this perk makes a lot of sense to me.
Hope this helps!
Love the MegaBonus, just hate that I get double points for the first three stays of the year... they're generally overnighters as opposed to 2-3 day trips.
this may not be the right place...put do many of you have 2 types of Marriott credit cards?
I don't travel much for work, so the benefits available from the credit card are by far my favorite. Not just the 15 nights per year, but the additional one night per $3000 of spend, plus points for all spending, with bump ups if it's Marriott or travel/dining spending. I put almost all my personal expenses except my mortgage on my Marriott card. As a result, I reached platinum status in 2016 and, with my carryover nights plus the credit card nights, will definitely reach it again in 2017. I am also able to stay dozens of nights per year on points, even though my spending on paid nights isn't all that high.
I also really value the 1.5X base points provided to Platinum members. It's the gift that keeps on giving, because the extra points allow you to have more redemption nights, which helps you keep your Platinum status... etc.
I would ditto all the points stated by ella31 concerning the huge benefits of the Marriott credit card. I would not have reached Platinum the past few years without the added nights and points. Even better, the credit card helped me reach Lifetime Platinum December, 2016!
Points are the only thing that matter, they actually provide a benefit. Getting the elite nights from my CC is meaningless.
I love 15 nights credit per year plus additional nights for $3000 spend on card.
I have a Marriott Chase card and I'm not getting a bonus night for every $3000 spent. What kind of card gives you that? I got the birthday bonus night and one for the annual card anniversary but that is all.
Hi lvsne01. I'd like to look into this for you. Would you mind sending me a direct message with your Rewards number? Thanks in advance.
I think I might have the same issue--I just messaged you directly. Thanks!
I really like the concierge level perks, especially sitting in a high rise somewhere watching the sun go down, and having a glass of wine, for example. However, I am disappointed often as my travel is mostly on weekends when it is not open. I appreciate the free points or breakfast, but sometimes, I just want to unwind there at the hotel at night before going out.
Free nights, room upgrades, and points are great perks for using the credit card. It is all I ever use.
Since I am lifetime platinum I prefer the mega-bonus points. Don't need the stays as much anymore. But the mega-bonus used to be better or should I say easier to obtain than they are now. And I used to get more points too. Now you get less points and the decent hotels I opt to stay in take more points now. Somewhat of a lose- lose for this member.
My wife and I enjoy restaurant breakfast vouchers instead of the club lounge, however, were no longer offered vouchers and ate breakfast in lounge last weekend. Please understand that I'm a germ-a-phobe, there was a hair in my scrambled eggs that sicken me to my stomach, I showed it to my wife, needless to say, she wasn't thrilled to see it. I took the dish over to the attendant, he said sorry about that. The eggs were too-too salty.We are Gold Elite Members, and agreed never to eat in the lounge at that location. The next morning we decided to go to Formaggio's in the hotel and pay for breakfast, wouldn't you know it, there's lipstick on my coffee cup, Also, there was hardly any toilet paper left when we checked in and we ran out which has never happened to us at any hotel, I brought it to the attention of the front desk on our way out for the day. We did receive an upgrade at check-in and appreciate it very much.
Sounds like a string of bad luck or a Marriott hotel that isn't living up to Marriott standards
Sunsoaker, We thoroughly enjoy this property, the stars weren't lined up that long weekend. I think it just got a little too loose over there, hopefully only temporary.
The fifteen nights credit has allowed me to become and remain Platinum for about 7 or 8 years, I would only have made Plat once without it! The 1 night credit for spending $3,000 has also been very helpful since it gives me another 15-18 nights each year!
For now, the CC wins by a nose; without it, I would definitely not be platinum. But...overall, points are king, and recently I have been getting more points from mega than from the card (although the two are fairly close). I believe by the time I finally get to LTP (assuming I do, lol), that I will probably have more points from mega. But I certainly try to maximize both. I forget who it was on another post, but yes, I am also a "roof ab(user)", lol. (And a couple of surgeries, kitchen remodel, etc etc etc). Love the Marriott card.
We run credit cards both personal and business excellent deals from 7500 points on Fairfield Inns for us in SC USA to 10000 points for the AC hotels in Europe Milan & Padua Italy to 40000 Points for the new JW Marriott on its own private island over looking Venice we got suite upgrades truly an amazing experience.
As an SPG Platinum by far the best perk of all is the free breakfast as a welcome gift. This saves me a fortune eg breakfast at 25$ per night x 2 (me+wife) x50 plus nights per year=apx. 2500$ per year. No brainer!
I'm lifetime Plat so "nights stayed" is meaningless. I tend to have a very few long stays (several weeks at a time) but only a few a year so the Megabonus challenges mean little more. I send most of my points to United rather than the other way around so partner points don't matter. My favorite perk is breakfast, but most places have that for free these days.
As a lifetime platinum, that I hear will be upgraded to a lifetime platinum premier one of these days, nights don't mean anything to me anymore and the MegaBonus offerings are weak compared to what they once were so for me it has to be the free breakfast. At least the free breakfast saves me $25-$50 a day depending on whether I'm traveling alone or not. I also very much appreciate the upgrades when they come through.
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