Under the new program, what is the definition of “qualifying spend”? Do all brands count? All spending while staying at a Marriott property? Etc. TIA.
Great Questions...TBD I think, but I suspect it will somehow be tied to the Marriott, Ritz or SPG Credit Cards to make it easier for Marriott to track by making Chase/Amex the brokers; unsure whether it would include all Marriott Brand & Spend, e.g. Taxes, Fees, Parking, Internet, Resort Fee, Valet, Room Service, Dry Cleaning, etc, or just the base room rate. Need to see the T&Cs for this area to know for sure.
arizonatag, you make an excellent point with regard to Marriott potentially leaning on its credit card partners to do the spend accounting for them. That would be just like them to outsource the hard part. However, I don’t see how that could be the only answer. For that to work, they would exclude spend from other card issuers, and I can’t imagine them doing that. They want people spending that $20k no matter where it comes from: Chase, Amex, MasterCard, cash in a wheelbarrow etc. So, they have to have a way to account for the spend from their own invoice/accounting platforms, right? Which, I think is great, but this is the same company that can‘t figure out how to routinely give you 500 points per night for not cleaning your room. So, you are right, this is a wait-and-see, but they have to have the means (like airlines) to count your spend, no matter the source of the spend.
Also how does $20,000 translate to other currencies, I hope they dont use the $1 = £1 basis as an easy opt out i would not expect varying exchange rates but a line is the sand at the beginning of the year.
As it stands £20,000 is approx $28,000
When I purchase in GBP on united, it exchanges back to USD for PQDs and RDMs so I imagine something similar.
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