Posted by Ric Garrido

Hooray for Marriott Rewards. 

Just two months after increasing the rates across the board on virtually all multi-night hotel awards using your points, the marketing team has come up with a multi-night redemption discount – redeem a three night stay at the points level for a two night redemption for select resort properties globally.

The offer: Redeem points for a 3-night stay and only pay points for two nights at participating Category 4, 5, 6, and 7 Marriott properties.  Link to Marriott Rewards offer.

·         3 for 2 Resort Redemption Special at participating Category 4 resorts = 40,000 points

·         3 for 2 Resort Redemption Special at participating Category 5 resorts = 50,000 points

·         3 for 2 Resort Redemption Special at participating Category 6 resorts = 60,000 points

·         3 for 2 Resort Redemption Special at participating Category 7 resorts = 70,000 points

 

Promotion Dates: March 24 – September 7, 2009

Reserve your room and request your redemption certificate:

Call 1-800-MARRIOTT to make your hotel reservation at one of the participating resorts.  Inform the reservation agent that you are using a 3 for 2 Resort Redemption Special.

The 3 for 2 Resort Redemption Special will be issued electronically and will be available at the hotel upon check-in.

 

Participating Hotels: This promotion is limited to 55 Resort hotels globally, fewer than 10% of Marriott’s approximately 700 hotels globally in the category 4 to 7 hotel stay redemption range.  

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Camelback Inn, JW Marriott Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

Promotion value

Essentially the 3-for-2 resort redemption special is the same discount a member would receive with a PointSavers rate of 33% off the regular per night redemption rate.  At this redemption rate you can stay at these resort hotels over the next six months for less than a 3-night stay would have cost at the regular redemption rate last year, before the Marriott Rewards changes.

Undeniably some resorts are a great value at this redemption price. Others will require a cost comparison since hotel rates have plummeted in many locations by more than 50%.

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort in Hawaii – 3 night award at this category 7 hotel is 70,000 points.

The lowest available rate is $249 per night for a stay May 12-15, 2009.

$750 room rate + tax or 70,000 points? This is a redemption value of a little over 1 cent per point.

How to get Marriott Rewards points if you don’t already have a stash

Marriott Rewards members can purchase up to 50,000 points per year at $12.50 per 1,000 points.  You need to compare the cost of a desired 3-night stay on points with the $625 cost to purchase 50,000 points if you choose this route.

The long duration of this promotion means you can apply for a Marriott Rewards Visa credit card and receive a signing bonus of 20,000 points in time to use for this promotion.

American Express Membership Rewards card members can transfer Membership Rewards points to Hilton HHonors, IHG Priority Club, and Starwood Preferred Guest, but not Marriott Rewards.

Diners Club Rewards 1,250 DC Rewards points = 1,500 Marriott rewards points.  This is a relatively poor exchange rate compared to using Club Rewards for airline miles:

1,000 DC points = 1,000 airline miles for most participating frequent flyer programs.

Is this Marriott promotion a good redemption value?

Certainly Marriott is offering members an olive branch after the outcry over the January 2009 changes to the Rewards free night redemption table changes making almost all hotel awards more costly in points in 2009.

This special redemption opportunity may be the incentive to pull some members into Marriott hotels over the next few months.  There is hope of earning sufficient points with paid hotel stays and promotional bonus points to get a real resort vacation with Marriott in 2009 rather than a staycation with the brother-in-law who has the pool and BBQ set-up in his backyard resort.

I just wish this promotion included more properties within the Marriott family of hotels.

Marriott Rewards Resorts participating in 3-for-2 Points Redemption Promotion
North America: United States  
   
Arizona  
Category 5 Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains
Category 6 Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
Category 6 JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix
Category 6 JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
California  
Category 6 Desert Springs, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Palm Desert
Category 6 Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
Category 6 The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
Colorado  
Category 6 Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa
Florida  
Category 5 Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Category 5 Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort
Category 6 Eden Roc, A Renaissance Beach Resort & Spa
Category 6 Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club
Category 6 Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Georgia  
Category 5 Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort
Hawaii  
Category 6 Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Category 7 JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina
Kentucky  
Category 5 Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
Nevada  
Category 6 JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
   
Asia Pacific  
Australia  
Category 6 Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
China  
Category 5 Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa
India  
Category 4 Goa Marriott Resort
Japan  
Category 5 Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa
Malaysia  
Category 4 Miri Marriott Resort & Spa
Thailand  
Category 4 Courtyard Hua Hin at Cha am Beach
Category 4 Courtyard Phuket at Kamala Beach
Category 4 Courtyard Phuket at Patong Beach
Category 4 Courtyard Phuket at Surin Beach
Category 5 Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa
Category 5 Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa
Category 5 JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Category 5 Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa
   
Caribbean & Latin America  
Aruba  
Category 6 Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Category 7 Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Costa Rica  
Category 6 Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
Curacao  
Category 6 Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
Category 6 Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino
Mexico  
Category 6 CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
St. Kitts and Nevis  
Category 6 St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
   
Europe and the Middle East
Egypt  
Category 4 Hurghada Marriott Beach Resort
Category 4 Renaissance Golden View Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh
Category 4 Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Resort
Category 4 Taba Heights Marriott Beach Resort
Ireland  
Category 5 Druids Glen, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Jordan  
Category 5 Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa
Portugal  
Category 5 Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort
United Kingdom  
Category 4 Hollins Hall, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Category 4 Worsley Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Category 5 Breadsall Priory, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Category 5 Forest of Arden, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Category 5 Meon Valley, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Category 5 Sprowston Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Category 5 St. Pierre, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Category 5 Tudor Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Category 6 Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Category 6 Hanbury Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
   

 

2 Responses

  1. A lot are there, i was searching for such a website.. anyway can u give the price details?

  2. These are award stays requiring two nights in points for a three night stay. The redemption category for the hotel is shown on the hotel link.

    3 for 2 Resort Redemption Special at participating Category 4 resorts = 40,000 points

    3 for 2 Resort Redemption Special at participating Category 5 resorts = 50,000 points

    3 for 2 Resort Redemption Special at participating Category 6 resorts = 60,000 points

    3 for 2 Resort Redemption Special at participating Category 7 resorts = 70,000 points

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