How Marriott Megabonus Is Like Japanese McDonalds (For Me At Least)

You’ve probably already heard about the latest Marriott Megabonus promotion that starts in a few weeks, but just in case you haven’t, here are the details of the most common offer:

  • Earn 1 free Category 1-5 night after every second paid stay, up to 2 free nights
  • Free nights must be used within 1 year from date of issue
  • You must register by November 15th and the promotion runs from¬†September 15th to January 15th

Well, much like this McDonalds I walked by while visiting Tokyo a few years ago, one “Mega” is clearly not enough:

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Lucky me, I was targeted for a “please come back to us!” promotion, likely due to the fact that I have yet to stay at a Marriott hotel this year. What does this promotion look like? Well, it’s pretty similar to the Megabonus promotion:

  • Earn 1 free Category 1-4 night after every second paid stay, up to 2 free nights
  • Free nights must be used within 1 year from date of issue
  • Promotion runs from the day of registration to November 30th

You read that right – basically the exact same promo (though it’s only good up to Category 4 instead of 5). So from September 15th to November 30th, I’ve got a personal double Megabonus. A MegaMegabonus!

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It’s no secret that I’m not the biggest Marriott fan out there, but 2 free nights after every 2nd stay is pretty tempting. Unfortunately, I need pretty much every night I can get to re-qualify for Starwood Platinum status this year, so I think I’ll be passing this one up.

What would you do if you were in my shoes? Have you ever been lucky enough to get targeted for a special hotel promotion on top of the regular promos?


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  2 comments for “How Marriott Megabonus Is Like Japanese McDonalds (For Me At Least)

  1. August 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I should have changed into this one. I got the 25,000 points after so many stays.

  2. The Deal Mommy
    August 26, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Whoa…that might be enough for a mattress run if you played it right. I used my last Marriott cat 4 for the Montreal Westmount Residence Inn that cost over $250/nt. That said, I’m yet to use my free Cat 5 that expires 12/31!

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