New Marriott MegaBonus a Bit of a Downgrade

Make no mistake, Marriott’s MegaBonus promotion does offer some value. For the first quarter of 2014 it’s offering 35,000 Marriott Rewards points to some members after staying 20 nights, which is comparable to theĀ 20,000 points Hyatt is offering during its Q1 promo. (HT to Loyalty Traveler)

However, other members are seeing reduced offers. If you got an offer for a free night in Category 1-5 before, it may only be for Category 1-4 now. Hyatt is also offering free nights, but I think their Category 4 is higher up the ladder and they are also offering more of them. Marriott is only offering up to two free nights.

MegaBonus typically offers different offers to different people, though the official press release only mentions the first offer. Here are offers already reported on FlyerTalk (the official press release only mentions the first one, but some have reported being able to to request a better one):

  • Free night at Category 1-4 hotel after second stay (max 2)
  • Free night at Category 1-5 hotel after second stay (max 2)
  • 25,000 points after 15 paid nights, plus 15,000 more points after 20 nights (max 40,000)
  • 35,000 points after 20 paid nights, plus 15,000 more points after 25 nights (max 50,000)
  • 35,000 points after 20 paid nights, plus 2,000 more points for every additional paid night (max 55,000)

Registration is open now through March 31, 2014. Eligible stays must be completed between February 1 and April 30, 2014.

And if you’re a new member, View from the Wing reports that this is stackable with another bonus opportunity to get one free night at a Category 1-5 hotel when you stay twice in the first 4 months.

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  • ArkansasTraveler

    I am not sure how it is supposed to work, but I only received the offer last time for free nights at Cat 1-4 hotels; however, the certificates that were deposited and available in my account are good for Cat 1-5. I don’t know if that happened to anyone else, but it happened to me.

  • El_Prez

    Yeah I’m not even bothering to register for this one, my floor of interest is Cat5. I wish they would just switch to offering a points bonus or GC.

  • Nick

    I got the 25k offer – the phone agent happily switched me to the 2 x Cat 5.

  • Scott

    Mine was the same at cat 1-5. I’m Marriott gold. My wife has no status and got the 1-4 offer.

  • Wany May

    Cat 1-4 is a joke for Marriott program. Most Marriott hotels in downtown area of most major US cities are cat 6+, not to mention top cities such as San Fran and NYC. Now the certificate is down from Cat 5 to Cat 4 for many, it is basically only good for small town Marriott,

  • Karen Kehr

    I keep getting a message, “promotion code not valid” when I try to register.

    • Scottrick

      Since each offer is targeted, you may not have received an offer. I suggest calling Marriott Rewards to ask for an explanation.