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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Earning Stories: Marriott Rewards - 54,138 points for a two room stay


Welcome to the next post in the Earning Stories series right here on Rewards Canada. For years we have provided you with the details on earning points and miles (both regular earning and bonus opportunities) and these stories show the actual offers in action.

Another family vacation earning story! A trip to Southern California that was tied into the Spring Marriott Rewards MegaBonus offer.

The stay was at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa and we booked two adjoining rooms for the family. It was booked to take advantage of having Platinum status and of course the spring version of the Marriott MegaBonus:

Just like SPG's Take Two promotion, this offer provided Double Marriott Rewards points on all stays Worldwide. The double points posted quickly along with the Platinum Elite bonus.

Screen shot of the Starpoints that posted with this stay:
and of course since it was paid for with the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa we did not pay a foreign transaction fee and earn 5x Marriott Rewards points for the stay meaning an additional 9,217 points:

This Marroitt offer actually ended back in April but is a good example of taking advantage of each of Marriott's systemwide promotions. However now Marriott have launched their next promotion "MegaBonus Infinite Points" which is live right now and you can take advantage of it for stays over this entire summer:
Earn up to 4,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at participating Marriott Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Earn 2,000 bonus points on each stay starting with your 2nd stay and earn 2,000 bonus points for each brand of Marriott hotel you stay at starting with your 2nd brand. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Register & book by Aug 30 for stays May 27 - Sep 4, 2017
At the outset of the stay we ended up earning the 21,655 base Starpoints plus 31,483 points from the  bonus offer and the elite status bonus. 54,000+ Marriott Rewards points is a decent amount of points that we value at over C$550.

Did you take advantage of Marriott's Spring MegaBonus or are you looking to push the limits with the current MegaBonus Infinite Points offer? We'd love to hear how you have maximized these offers! Leave us a comment below or submit your own earning story to be featured here on Rewards Canada.

Tips for Hotel Stays
- Watch the rates that include bonus miles/points - If there is a bonus most of my stays do earn those extra points but a lot of hotel offers for bonus points also come with higher rates so be sure to check other rates like AAA, Senior Rates, etc. as those could be a better deal than the paying for the extra points. Systemwide bonuses like those provided in this post are typically not associated with higher rates. For a complete list of hotel bonus offers see this page on the main Rewards Canada site.
- Read the fine print - When a bonus offer is available be sure that your stay meets the criteria. Those criteria can include certain rates, select days of the week or multiple night stays.
- If you are staying at a hotel/hotel chain that isn't your primary program chain you may be better off posting that stay to a preferred airline rather than earning the hotel points. You'll still have to join that hotel chains program but set your earning preference to your preferred airline.

Have your earning story featured!
Not only are Rewards Canada Earning Stories featured in this series, we want to feature your stories as well! Have you earned a lot of points or miles by utilizing offers posted on Rewards Canada? We would love to hear about them and potentially feature them here on Rewards Canada. Tell us your earning story by emailing us the details of what you earned, screenshots if possible of those points/miles posting and what offer on Rewards Canada you took advantage of. Email it to us info@rewardscanada.ca

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