Assessing how the road warriors prefer to receive bonus promotion.
Not sure how this question is fair? I think anyone would prefer nights over stays. Maybe if you defined that 1 stay = 5 nights or something, then it would even out the playing field a bit more?
I chose "stays" as most of my travel is leisure and is usually a weekend stay out of town.
On the face of it, nights appears to be better for all travelers, leisure or otherwise. As a leisure traveler, I can hop from hotel to hotel to collect points based on stays without the same roadblocks encountered by business travelers. But hotel hopping is a pain- just when you're beginning to settle in and start enjoying the place is when you have to uproot to relocate. It sometimes takes me 24 hours just to figure out the elevators alone if the hotel is located in a high-rise. Shoot, even if Marriott offered substantially fewer points for choosing nights, I'd still pick it.
Ironically, I chose nights.
Logic - if it is a little bit of a pain to do, less people do it. So, it can be more lucrative for me with 'flexible travels' to obtain these bonuses.
Convenience - Yes, sure, I'd go with nights.
But, I'm a contrarian on what is easiest isn't always best. Many people don't like the dilution of the program through so many 'easy' bonuses so working a bit (in my mind) makes it slightly more valuable because less people are going that route and getting those points.
I see your point about the dilution of the program through easy points. But as a PE member why should we get punished for not hotel hoping? I stayon average between 90-125 nights paid a year. But these new bonus are frustrating as I can't earn near the same amount of points because when I am in a location I typically am at the same hotel for 3-4 nights a week. The only people maxing out the bonuses are those of us who travel a lot anyways. But people like me are getting punished for not packing up and moving around. Plus it defeats the purpose of getting to know the staff at hotels you stay at a lot. Who in turn take better care of you when you arrive. There are two hotels I give nearly 30+ nights a year at. And they bend over backwards for me when I need anything.
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