My wife and I are currently on a six week tour of Europe and the
Mediterranean. We have been to Paris, London, Amsterdam,
Munich for October Fest, Vienna, Venice, and now
finally in Rome, soon to be leaving for a 12 day Crystal
cruise of the Mediterranean, and to date nobody has heard of
the Chairmans Club at checkin! We have stayed in nothing but
9 star Marriotts and Ritz Carltons. I mentioned the new Chairmans
Club during our first few checkins and I received odd,
suspicious looks. In Amsterdam a deligent receptionist
even asked upper management, and still no knowledge
of this so called Chairmans Club. So what really are the
benefits other than bragging rights which gets you nowhere?
It's really been an embaressment, I actually thought I may have dreamt
it up, but I could have sworn I received a letter, which I
did in the mail sometime in March. I was relieved to
Google Chairmans Club and actually found that it exists.
I actually have 33,000 vacation clubs points a year to use,
plus at the moment 1.5 million Marriott reward points,
more than double the requirement for this new Chairms Club status,
but still don't understand the benefit.
Obviously I am a believer in the system because
as others have mentioned it really gets you
motivated to travel and see the world. I am mostly
proud that I have been able to share this program
with family and friends which has created lifetime
memories, and especially to hand it down
to our children and their families which is really the value
of it all, because they get it all free other than the
yearly Assoiation Fees they will have to pay, which
is nothing when compared to the vacation value
they will receive for the rest of their lives.
But in the meantime it would be nice if Marriott would
educate their upper management of these new levels
and their new benefits if any?