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Yesterday Marriott announced on Flyertalk that the MegaBonus promotion was going to be open for registration starting today. Well, technically that was true and there is a Marriott MegaBonus promotion available for registration beginning today August 13 – November 15, 2014, valid for stays between September 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015.
However, this is not the MegaBonus promotion that we know and love where you earn a free night certificate after two stays or similar. This is a MegaBonus promotion in name only. As is typical with Marriott there are lots of versions of the promotion out there, and Marriott regulars typically get targeted for some of the better offers. Officially you can’t change offers, unofficially calling and asking Marriott may work.
The standard offer is earn double points with every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points
A sampling of the other variations of this promotion that were shared on Flyertalk are:
- Earn 35,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights, plus an additional 2,000 for every additional paid night, up to 55,000 bonus points
- Earn 35,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights, plus an additional 15,000 points after 25 paid nights, up to 50,000 bonus points
- Earn 25,000 bonus points after 12 paid nights, plus an additional 5,000 points after 18 paid nights, up to , up to 30,000 bonus points
None of the offers I have seen shared include a free night certificate. Extra points are always better than no extra points, but double points starting with a second stay and capped at 25k isn’t mega, it’s pretty minor. Still worth registering for, but not worth getting excited about.