Marriott Improves Elite Breakfast Benefit

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One of the ways to my heart is absolutely through my stomach, so part of my devotion to Hyatt’s elite status program is due to the generosity of their breakfast benefit. If you have Diamond status, it is full breakfast for every registered guest in the room if there is no lounge open. With some hotels this even means almost unlimited room service breakfast. It is a tremendous benefit for my family and it is available 365 days a year.


Diamond room service breakfast at Park Hyatt Chicago

Marriott, on the other hand, took a different approach with feeding their elite guests. Previously the benefit only applied on weekdays and at participating JW Marriott hotels, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Hotels & Resorts (not available at resort locations). My understanding is it was just guaranteed to be a continental breakfast for up to two – though of course some hotels are a bit more generous than that. Regardless, that is a lot of restrictions for my tastes.

The good news for Marriott Gold and Platinum elites is that according to a press release I received, weekends are now fair game for free breakfast!

“Beginning June 22nd, Marriott Rewards Gold and Platinum Elite members and a guest will receive complimentary continental breakfast* seven days a week at participating JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® , Renaissance® and Marriott® Hotels in the U.S. and Canada. Any time the lounge is closed, Gold and Platinum Elite members will have a choice of continental breakfast for two in the hotels’ restaurant or 750 points**. As always, outside the U.S. and Canada, they’ll receive free continental breakfast daily at participating hotels.”

Since many families travel on the weekends, I’m happy to see this improvement to the program. I wish they would at least provide the benefit to all registered guests in the room (including children), but breakfast for two seven days a week is better than breakfast for none.

Admittedly, my experience with Marriott elite status was limited to a several month challenge I had last year with Marriott Platinum (top tier) status, and I have not had status with Marriott since. For those of you with Marriott elite status, what do you think? Does this impact your view of Marriott’s elite status benefits or make it worth more to attain or retain status?

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  1. I’m happy about the new breakfast policy except
    at Courtyards where they still wont offer elites

  2. Great new expansion. It will not effect my stay habits much but I will definitely enjoy the benefit when I am about to take advantage of it. There are some Marriott’s that have always provided this benefit though (even though they were not required to).

  3. Yup, it’s a great expansion. Also I have 3 kiddos under 12, and I routinely bring them to the lounge for breakfast and dinner (I’m platinum but also did it when I was gold), and everyone has been thrilled to have them and made the kids feel really at home. We have done this at least 8 times at different locations – has never been a problem.

  4. I have both Hyatt Diamond and Marriott Platinum.

    I like Marriott concierge lounges better (with exceptions) but appreciate the free breakfasts at Hyatt Place (compared to none at Courtyards).

    Generally, I pick one or the other based on location and price.

  5. The Courtyard approach makes no sense to me. There’s almost always another Marriott available that either offers elites and/or everyone breakfast. If not, then that’s what Hilton Gold (via Citi Reserve) is for.

  6. I’m on a challenge to become a gold elite. I should get it after this long weekend with 2 stays at Marriott. I will get a free night with the latest promo also. When I am in Asia I like to get executive lounge benefits and gold elite will do this for me but this new benefit probably wouldn’t give me much more than I already had. Free breaky at Courtyard would be a nice bene.

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