Walk by any storefront and it’s clear to see: The holidays have arrived. While your wardrobe might still have one foot in summer, your mind has likely skipped ahead to winter. Whether you’re head of the office party committee or head of the household, planning a holiday event can be overwhelming. Your fellow Insiders are here to help.
Your event will earn you more than just the admiration of your coworkers, friends and family. With Rewarding Events, you can earn up to 50,000 bonus points or 15,000 bonus miles. Plus, you’ll earn 10 Elite night credits, making it easier to achieve Silver, Gold or Platinum elite status. Fhllast4ever gives you all the details for planning an event, while one of my past posts leads you directly to the Rewarding Events page. Maryjhnson earned more than 55,000 points and Silver Elite status with her last event, while a daughter’s wedding got shashack 50,000 bonus points. If you’re looking for ways to use points to pay for your party, I suggest redeeming for Meeting Credit Rewards, which can be applied toward payment for your event.
Where to throw your party, from Portland to Petra, is up to you; choose from Marriott’s 3,600+ hotels in 70 countries. On the west coast, edijohnson held a “phenomenal” event at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa Tucson. “The [food and beverage] was excellent and the service was out of this world.” A little farther south, zukracer likes the Renaissance Dallas Hotel for parties and events. It has “great space for large groups and has plenty of parking…Very nice property.” Another area pick is the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel, which lakeshore says is “beautiful…They have fantastic customer service…there is plenty of parking onsite.” Jerrycoin held an event for more than 1,000 guests at the St. Louis Airport Marriott that was “awesome,” while livelovelaugh7 had a fairytale wedding at the Bridgewater Marriott. “My guests are still talking about it, and we got such a great deal. They all loved the cocktail hour…chocolate fountain…ice luge…and dessert…We were accommodated in every way possible.” At the Cincinnati Marriott North, service made the difference for sparky, who said, “People do make a difference, and the workers at this hotel are a class act.”
Special thanks to members fhllast4ever, maryjhnson, shashack, edijohnson, zukracer, lakeshore, jerrycoin, livelovelaugh7, and sparky. To see one of your posts featured, we encourage you to contribute helpful tips, thoughts, experiences and insights throughout the community.