I’m looking to put some reservations on my calendar beyond mid-April but my strategy might be better informed with some megabonus knowledge for the summer program. Any guidance or insight is appreciated!
Typically we find out about the next promotion about two weeks before it start (three weeks if we're lucky). Last year the "summer" MegaBonus began on May 27 and ran until September 4. The "spring" MegaBonus ended on April 15, so for about 6 weeks there was no promotion going on. While sometimes one MegaBonus starts the day after the previous one ends, this has not been the norm.
In some years there hasn't been a summer promotion, though thankfully that has been relatively rare.
If past years are any guide, expect some sort of MegaBonus over the summer months, but don't be surprised if doesn't begin for a month or more after the current promotion ends.
Thanks for the heads up bejacob, I was hoping they'd be back to back but won't count on it. I keep reading these Insider pages and Marriott releases for updates and changes with SPG and promotions and inevitably they'll become more intertwined but haven't seen a push for a more comprehensive program yet. As much as the SPG fans out there vocalize how great the program is, it'd be a bit of a treat for the Marriott folks to see/experience that before its gone too. Perhaps like last summer's MegaBonus for bonus points for new brands, maybe it could be extended to the SPG brands too? I've been at my fair share of the Marriott portfolio, but unfortunately only a few on the SPG side.
A couple years back, out of the entire year, there were only something like 11 days that weren't part of one MegaBonus or another, so it's still possible that the next promotion could start right after the current one ends. If I had to guess, I'd say there won't be anything new until at least the beginning of May. That said, I've been wrong before, so who knows?
Those of us in a mad dash to a lifetime goal line are certainly hoping for the no gap kind of year. Particularly since I have a two night stay starting April 16 and three more stays for April already. Love some more points for those.
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