Given how lackluster Hyatt’s fourth quarter promotion is, I think it’s at least worth mentioning Marriott’s MegaBonus promotion, which will run from September 15, 2012, to January 15, 2013, which registration required by October 31, 2012. Members are targeted with different offers, so log-in to your Marriott account to see which version of the offer you got. My offer (which seems to be pretty common among non-frequent Marriott guests) is for one free night at any category 1-4 Marriott property after every two stays, with a maximum of three free nights.
Now, that’s a spectacular promotion, though is it worth mattress running for? There are several Marriott properties in Tampa that are ~$80 per night, so I could get a free category 1-4 night for ~$160.
In looking at Marriott’s category 4 hotels (just select the category at the top right of the page), it seems category 4 hotels are mostly SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn properties — nothing wrong with that, but simply pointing out we’re not talking about JW Marriotts or Ritzs (not that I was expecting that).
So as much as I overlook Marriott, this is actually a very generous promotion, and if Marriott weren’t my least preferred brand in terms of their loyalty program, I might even go for it.
Frequent Miler further points out that Marriott is pretty generous with giving out Platinum status challenges (though not matches), typically requiring nine stays during a period of a couple of months. Knocking out nine stays wouldn’t be too pricey for top tier status for a year, especially when you’d also be earning three free nights at comparable (or possibly more expensive) hotels, plus points.
So I’m intrigued, though I already have top tier status with Hyatt, InterContinental, and Starwood, and am pursuing top tier status with Hilton through the Citi Hilton Reserve card. The last thing I need is another status level to maintain.
I am still curious, does anyone know of any awesome category 4 hotels that might justify mattress running for this promotion?