LET'S BE POSITIVE !!!
OTHER THAN THE ACCUMULATION AND USE OF POINTS,
WHAT IS YOUR
FAVORITE BENEFIT OF YOUR ELITE STATUS?
Totally agree with you and particularly about remembering their name.
Besides points, it would have to be access to the Concierge Lounge for the free food and snacks. In addition, when there isn't a lounge, free or discounted rates for breakfast meals, where available.
However, I must say I missed the Bonus Bucks (BBs) offers that used to be offered on an almost regular basis, specifically when a reservation indicated that you would receive a $50 or a $100 Bonus Bucks after a stay or upon check-in.
I wish these BBs would be brought back.
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Love the lounge access and the late checkout!
CL access and room upgrades!!!
As many fellow members have said, I really like the more personal touch from staff and possibility for perks (room upgrade, later checkout). Also, I sometimes tend to arrive very late when on business travel, but at Marriott my room is never given away. (Had a *bad* experience with that with another hotel chain once.) So, the knowledge that my room will be there is so reassuring. Also, it is fun using the points for vacation stays that otherwise may not have occurred or would have been much shorter (e.g., 10 days in London ).
I think for me while enjoying the perks listed in erc's gold medal post as jerrycoin put it, it boils back down to the points I earn through it. Now its not just the accumulation of points but its the way that the accumulation of the points allows me to experience properties and places that I would otherwise never have the chance to enjoy. Being able to cash in 40k or so points to experience properties like the London County Hall or Paris Champs Elysees properties. Getting an upgrade along the way has been amazing as well due to my status, in fact I've been lucky at both properties to get perhaps one of the best rooms in the house as upgrades. These are just two of many experiences I've enjoyed with my family that I just would not have done without my time with Marriott.
I'm with those who value the concierge lounge access, the free internet (and in those properties with the high-speed option, the free high-speed option), and recognition you receive, especially at hotels where you are a frequent guest. Regarding the upgrade, as I am usually checking in late, I hardly ever get one as they have already been given out. Then again, unless the upgrade is a suite, a room is a room is a room, to paraphrase the famous line about roses! Unless I catch something on the plane and can't get out of bed, I don't spend a lot of time in the room, and if I'm under the weather, all I care about is the comfortable bed!
Having spoke directly with "the most helpful Marriott operator", she enlightened me as well to the conversion and use of flipping points around for best suitable use. I thank you for your added information. Everything helps with those of us that travel a lot for work and pleasure.
CL access, free internet, and room upgrades...in that order. Give me CL access, and I'm happy, especially in places like NYC where a can of soda is $4.
I am on the road away from home 90% of the year now, I took this position just as my youngest was graduating high school, so for me, the best perk of my Platinum Elite Status would absolutely be the chance to reconnect with my wife over long weekends while staying at some terrific properties across the US--all thanks to Marriott [and Southwest Air]. As my wife puts it, "After 30 years of marriage, it isn't the quantity of time we spend together, it is the quality".
Aaaaaah, a feel good thread!
Yep, even with all the kvetching we're here and stay at Marriotts for a reason.
And with lots of "good reason" too. Clean, high quality hotels with comfortable beds, good food, nice facilities. That's why I stay at Marriott's. Hyatt and Starwood simply don't have the reach of Marriott, Hilton's are too inconsistent and Holiday Inns can be pretty shabby.
Then there's the points. I've stayed in some great Marriotts free on points, Paris, Monaco, Moscow, Egypt, the JW in London, a variety of airport hotels (ok so the airports aren't exciting but they've saved me a fortune on cash rates). In October I'm spending a week in NYC and am doing the Times Sq tourist thing at the Marquis for a couple of those nights, again on points. Next year I'm planning a family roadtrip around from Toronto, via New York and Washington and back to Toronto via Niagara, again on points. I couldn't have done all those trips without MR. I just don't have all that cash! So as you can guess my favouirte bit is the points but the benefits really improve the stays
A beautiful suite upgrade for our week stay at the Boscolo Budapest, the multi floor suite on my weekend points stay at the Marriott Champs Élysées, and several other suites over the years. The exec lounge in Moscow, and the wonderful lounge at St Pancras Renaissance. The room upgrades at... Oh gosh, practically everywhere, Marriott really does do the room upgrades very consistently, something I noticed recently when I was at a Marriott paid for by a friend who wasn't with MR. Still very clean and the wonderful Marriott bed, but a bit pokey and the carpark view wasn't endearing, especially as every time I've stayed at that hotel in my own name it's been a lovely golfcourse view. Not forgetting free internet, breakfast 7 days a week and the arrival gift, sometimes free or half price parking, vouchers for free drinks and food, and the Marriott spirit to serve, still easily found...
Yes, it's good to be here...
Positive vibes to all! Feeling
Great day to be alive!
The Lounge access in full service properties. When by yourself it is nice to talk to someone and enjoy warm cookies.
I realize this post might be becoming stale, but my two cents for the week are that, once again, Marriott has earned my loyalty and made my family happy!!! What more could one ask?
As I sit in Frankfurt's flughafen (airport), it's remarkable to think that my family and friends just enjoyed three (yup, 3) rooms for six nights in a wonderful resort up in the hills of Tuscany and we didn't pay for it... As an aside, we loved the property, and we recommend it without hesitation - here's my review:
But, again, just to recap, that's eighteen (yes, 18) nights in an exquisite Tuscany resort, gratis. Yeah, that'll win my loyalty... And, if you want to talk about influencing the next generation, my boys (and our guests - friends, mother-in-law) have now enjoyed (fabulous) free hotel stays in England (London), Italy (Barga/Lucca), Germany (Berlin), and Spain (Barcelona - at the Ritz, no less) - and that's not counting free stays in the good ole US of A.... Just ask any of my boys' friends - they know which hotel chain I stay at! They know they've been lucky to grow up (and travel) with a loyal Marriott customer/traveler.
The lounge access for me is one of the best benefits. Naturally some lounges are much nicer than others!!! Lets not forget about the upgrades, no one will turn that down either!
What I like most about the Elite status is the recognition by the staff, most of the time, that you are special to the Marriott family. I do enjoy the extra points they always plunk on as your GIFT with your stay...those add up! I do like that they acknowledge you as an Elite member and it always sounds cool when you have a guest with you and now they know you are THAT person too. This past weekend, I stayed at the JW in Grand Rapids. It is probably my favorite hotel in the whole world. Anyway, I had two rooms. One was not ready with my early arrival...thats ok. Later, when I registered they had that room on a different floor. That would have been just fine, but they told me when I first signed in we would be on the same floors. Well, I mentioned that and she apologized and then gave me two breakfast tickets in the restaurant for the lovely weekend breakfast buffet. That was very nice So I totally appreciate how they try to, most of the time, make it totally good for you.
Very well-said, debbiebrown. Appreciate your post.
ssindc What a great story - thanks for sharing. Now excuse me while I go daydream about a Tuscany vacation!
I love my Marriotts and each and every experience. It's hard for me to read all the criticisms. I don't like to be a "jaded" sort
upgrades, upgrades, upgrades.... then concierge lounge
I have never requested late check out nstraveler. Should try that some time!
Be advised, the Marriott Vacation Club units are a different animal than Marriott Brand hotels when it comes to late check outs, making you feel like you've sought an organ donation by asking for an hour extension. However, you as a multiple owner may be cut some slack, so it will interesting to hear of your outcome. Good luck.
Absolutely, it's the lounge! Room upgrades are also a valued perk.
This is great to hear, debbiebrown! Appreciate your support
The concierge lounge.
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