Just made platinum. Do I need to request my arrival gift? I am at a CY.....what should the "arrival gift" be?
Congratulations on earning Platinum status. Here are the Terms and Conditions for your Guaranteed Arrival Gift;
Guaranteed Platinum Arrival Gift is available at all participating Marriott hotel brands. See below for Platinum Arrival Gift options by brand:
ARRIVAL GIFT CHART
RITZ 1,000 bonus points or 500 air miles
Now theoretically you are not supposed to have to ask and if the property does not meet the guarantee you are to receive cash compensation according to the chart below. This is a bit of a coin toss as meet the guarantee usually involves you asking for your gift BEFORE check out and the property responding that they had posted or were going to post the points. The other scenario is that you tell the property after other points of the stay have posted (i.e. after departing) and the property informs you that you needed to inform them during your stay in order to receive the cash compensation .
I have had many properties forget to post my arrival gift, not messing with the cash compensation game, I just call Rewards and they post almost immediately. Others though have collected several cash compensations, so it's a property by property, player by player game.
Guaranteed Platinum Arrival Gift is available at all participating Marriott Hotel brands (which, of course is like Home Depot saying, 'free eggs if we have any') . If guarantee is not met, guest compensation applies (see below):
Put the Ritz into the Edition category of no cash as well. They inform you that if you haven't received your points within two weeks call us, tough, we're The Ritz, call us and we'll post them.
All brands in Russia pay the guarantee penalty in points not cash .
Once again gam1234 congratulations on achieving the Platinum status, if you're going to play the game, it's best at the highest level.
Thanks for the info
As erc has mentioned, they're supposed to offer you the PAG on arrival. If they don't & you want to collect on the guarantee you must do it before check-out.
The guarantee penalty for a CY is $50. When you invoke it they may say well we'll give you the points now & you can choose a food/beverage amenity. You don't have to accept that & can say no, I prefer the $50 since the PAG wasn't offered to me at check-in as it should have been. Or you can decide it's not worth the $50 to go through that - that's up to you. Or you can just remind them that they didn't offer it & tell them to post the points & get the food/drink amenity. Some folk will let it slide. Others will collect/stand firm if there's push back from the property.
Marriott instituted the penalty for a reason, so don't ever feel guilty about invoking it. And no it does not come out of the FDC's pocket.
Congrats on making Plat status.
Ay, there's the rub, perchance to dream that all will work smoothly.
If you wait until the end (but before checking out) you run the risk of someone (who doesn't want to appear negligent) just out and out disagreeing (an euphemism for lying) with you and saying something along the lines of "No Mr. Plat, you must have missed it, because I added your points right away".
If you confront, ok, let's soften that; if you mention it as you turn with your key to go to your room, you run the risk of who knows what. I have read and heard of several cases that even the successful collectors had to go through an uncomfortable PITA in order to get it (and one guy told me he was 'figuratively' looking over his shoulder his entire stay).
But, I agree, no one should ever feel 'guilty' about asking for it. Marriott, similar to their LNF policy, put it in place to assure compliance. The lodger is doing nothing wrong trying to implement the policy, little different from seeking the upgrade policy.
As I said; property by property, player by player. Best of luck to all.
Nah when you check in they give you you choice or points and/or food and beverage amenity. They used to always send champagne and cheese and crackers but they are getting stingier with it, haha.
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