Marriott MegaBonus is Here!

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A few weeks ago I wrote about the newly enhanced MegaBonus promotion. At that time, no details were announced and registration was not yet live. But I was told that “It will be a little different than past promotions, offering guests multiple levels of incentives to aim for. Everyone will have an opportunity to earn multiple promotions. It will be Marriott’s most rewarding Mega Bonus yet!” Registration, however, just launched and only SOME of the details are known.

It is in fact different from past promotions where there are multiple earning levels. Once you earn the first reward, Marriott will unlock your next bonus opportunity. Since the promotion doesn’t actually start for a few weeks, we will not known what the normal 2nd level reward option is until then when we hear from some other Marriott reward members who have already completed the first promotion.

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 3.58.52 PMFrom the looks of it, it seems like everyone has the opportunity to earn a free night after two stays. However, some folks also received a bonus point option on top of the free night promotion. So in addition to a free night, you’ll have to check your account to see if you are targeted for one of these two extra offers:

  • Earn 15,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights plus 3,000 bonus points each additional night, up to 30,000 bonus points
  • Earn 10,000 bonus points after 15 paid nights plus 2,000 bonus points each additional night, up to 20,000 bonus points

I do like the free night option as I always thought that was the best part of past MegaBonus promotions although in the past year or two they got rid of it. Remember though, with the free night offer, you’ll earn it after two separate stays, NOT two nights. The free night is for a category 1-5 hotel and will expire 6 months after the issue date.

The terms also state that while you must register for the initial promotion by April 15, 2016, you will also be required to re-register for the unlocked promotion (assuming you complete the first promotion) within 2 weeks of it becoming available. I have a feeling this small clause will go unnoticed and many people will not realize they have such a short time frame to register yet again for the MegaBonus.

This promotion starts February 1, 2016 and will go through May 15, 2016. You can register here.

Comments

  1. Every year! I attend a business conference each year the last week of January and my work always books the same Marriott. And every year, one promotion ends mid-January (this time it was 9/15/15 to 1/16/16) and the next promotion starts in February (2/1/16 to 5/15/16) What’s up with that?!? Are they trying to screw me or is it just my typical bad luck?

    • @Joe-SC1 – I think it is just bad luck. They typically roll out their promos during the same timeframe every year.

  2. Joe, I have had the same problem in the past with the gap between promotions in late May. Unfortunately, most of my travel with hotel stays tends to be in May and November. Just bad luck, I guess.

    I don’t see this Megabonus offered on my account, so I guess I need to contact Marriott about that.

  3. I have a stay already booked for early February and I just registered for the promotion. Do previously booked hotel stays count or just new reservations?

  4. Is there a list of qualifying hotels (or a list of those that aren’t participating)? I poked around when I registered yesterday, but couldn’t find the list.

  5. I completed my 2 stays last week (conveniently on the 1st and 2nd). The reward certificate showed up in my account on Friday. Still no sign of the unlocked new offers though.

    • Finally got the new offer. Be forewarned, you have to register the day you get the offer.

      Congratulations — you’ve unlocked another MegaBonus offer, for 2,500 bonus points on your next stay.

      It’s your extra win. Here’s how to get it:
      Register by 02/10/16
      Stay one time at participating properties by 04/30/16
      Earn 2,500 bonus points

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