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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Marriott Bonvoy launches new work anywhere packages

The COVID-19 pandemic created a new (well not really new but definitely brought it front and centre) trend from hotels around the world and that is a work away from home option. Whether it was booking a room to use as an office during the day or taking a long 14+ day vacation (since that is the typical quarantine period) at a resort with dedicated work spaces and activities for kids, hotels have been and are trying to do what they can to bolster a huge downfall in revenue.  Earlier this week news came out from Marriott that they were jumping on the trend and came out with three of their own work anywhere but home packages:


 

Here are the three packages as detailed by Marriott:

Day Pass is a new offering that makes the hotel room your office for the day from 6 AM check in to 6 PM check out. Guests are provided easy access to enhanced Wi-Fi, food and drinks and additional spaces in the hotel. Additionally, guests are free to access the on-property business facilities such as printing, fax and scanning equipment, wherever available and depending on brand. Marriott Bonvoy members will receive a complimentary welcome amenity of healthy snacks, gift shop discounts, and lounge access where available for those with Platinum, Titanium or Ambassador Elite status and they will earn points on eligible hotel charges.

This package is currently being offered in select hotels in Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, New York, Toronto, London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, with planned expansion in Europe, Middle East and Latin America.

Stay Pass combines a Day Pass for work with an overnight stay. It is designed to marry all the benefits of a hotel stay with the convenience to be productive and make the most of the workday, with early check in at 6 am and late checkout at 6 pm the day of departure. In addition to all the amenities included in Day Pass, guests may take advantage of hotel amenities, whether a quick swim, or a workout, in markets where regulations allow. Guests can also enjoy free breakfast and complimentary evening cocktails, wherever available. Marriott Bonvoy members will be able to earn Elite night credits, points on eligible hotel charges, gift shop discounts and take advantage of lounge access where available for those with Platinum, Titanium or Ambassador Elite status. Stay Pass is currently available at nearly 2,000 hotels worldwide.

Play Pass is for those seeking to work while also getting away – even with family. Available in participating luxury and resort locations worldwide, Play Pass recognizes that consumers currently have much more flexibility to travel, work and engage in school from anywhere they want. Increasingly, consumers are choosing to escape the confines of their home office or work desk and travel while making the most of work and play time too. With Play Pass, guests enjoy a business concierge, supervised kids’ activities, preferred office/study spaces along with curated experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Marriott Bonvoy members will be able to earn Elite night credits and points on eligible charges along with access to standard member benefits. Play Pass is currently available in many locations including properties in Bali, Venice, Hawaii, Florida, California, Arizona, Cancun, Rio de Janeiro, Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), Limassol (Cyprus), Koh Samui (Thailand), and Marabella and Tenerife (Spain).

As you can see the Day Pass offer only appears to be available in Toronto right now but may become available at other hotels across Canada. I could have sworn prior to them launching this I did see some Marriott hotels in Canada offering day office packages but maybe I am mistaken with some other hotel brands.  Here is an example of a Day Pass at the Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown:

I did see the Stay Pass offer is available at select locations across Canada, for example here is the Aloft Calgary University for three nights in November:


 

And of course the Play Pass is meant for resort vacations so there are not any offers here in Canada but there are ones for Florida, California, Hawaii, Spain, Thailand and more.

Since these are promoted as Marriott Bonvoy offers you will be able to earn points, take advantage of elite benefits and more with the packages. You'll also want to pay for these stays with the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card or the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express card as they both earn 5 Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar spent at Marriott properties.

Learn more about and book Marriott's work anywhere packages here.


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