The first MegaBonus promotion after the Marriott/Starwood merger is here, but unfortunately there is nothing “mega” about it. This promotion runs September 26 through January 31, 2019, but you must register by January 7, 2019.
There are two different ways to earn points with this promotion:
- Earn 2,000 bonus points on all stays of two or more nights
- Earn 1,000 bonus points per brand, starting with your second stay
I personally hate that you need to have a stay consisting of two or more nights to earn the bonus points. And I also hate that you will not earn more points for longer stays. If you think of it in SPG points, this is only 666 SPG points. In the past, when Starwood ran similar promotions, you’d earn at least 1,000 points per stay. I do like, however, that they are adding a 2nd offer where you can earn more points with every type of Starwood/Marriott property. Since there are now 29 brands, you can technically earn 29,000 bonus points with that extra offer.
Hotel promotions are weak across the board, so while this promotion isn’t anything to write home about, it is on par with most of the other promotions from other chains as well. You might as well register and if you travel takes you to a Marriott or Starwood property, welcome the extra bonus points!