Book Marriott meeting online for $100, get 10 elite nights

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Marriott meetingAs we approach the end of the year, some of us are looking at our elite status situation and realizing that we haven’t yet met our goals.  If you were hoping to reach high level elite status with Marriott, please take a look at our recently re-published post: 12 Shortcuts to Marriott Platinum Elite status (2019 edition).  In this post, we’ll drill into one of the 12 shortcuts: get 10 elite nights by booking a meeting.  Did you know that you can book Marriott meetings online?  Prior to reading this post from Loyalty Lobby, I didn’t know.

Elite Status Overview

The sweet spot elite status, in my opinion, is Platinum Elite.  This will get you the vast majority of the best benefits: 4pm late checkout, 50% point bonus, welcome gift, free breakfast at most properties, and lounge access.  And, when you earn 50 elite nights you also get a Choice Benefit, such as 5 Suite Night Awards.

Marriott Meeting = 10 Elite Nights

Elite nights are usually earned from actual hotel stays (both paid and award stays count).  However, as pointed out in our shortcuts to elite status post, there are many other ways to earn nights.  One of those ways is to book a meeting.  Once per calendar year, you can earn 10 elite nights by holding a meeting at a Marriott hotel.  Of course, you don’t need a real meeting to make this happen.  You could book a meeting room just for yourself.

I have friends who have negotiated meeting rates as low as $60 or $70 for an hour in a meeting room.  That’s great, but if you’re not interested in calling around and negotiating, you can find rates online as low as $100 for half a day.

Whether you book online or off-line, make sure to avoid properties that don’t participate.  Marriott’s website lists the following:

*The following brands do not participate in Marriott Bonvoy™ Events: Marriott Executive Apartments®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, Design Hotels™, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, and Vistana properties.

Booking Online

Click here for Marriott’s Meetings and Events page.
This is an affiliate link. I think we’ll earn a small commission if you book a meeting this way. Thanks!

Step 1: Search for meetings near you (or someplace that you’ll visit)

Important: Make sure to enter 0 guest rooms otherwise the system will not let you book a single day meeting:

Step 2: Look for $200 prices

Depending on where you search, you may see several pages of results.  Many results do not display prices.  Keep scrolling and paging until you find a convenient option for $200.  If you don’t find this option, you can try a different location.

Step 3: Reduce price to $100

Click “Book Now” and then alter the time-window to four hours or less.  You should then see the estimated cost drop to $100.

Watch our for high fees

With all bookings you will also have to pay taxes, fees and potentially service charges.  I sent an inquiry to the Auburn Hills property shown above to find out about these fees.  I was told that I would be charged a 24% service charge and 6% in taxes.  That means that this $100 booking would end up costing $130.  That’s nuts.  My guess is that it should be possible to negotiate a lower service charge if you explain that you don’t need any service at all.  You’re happy to use the meeting room as-is with no setup and you don’t want any food or drinks brought to the room.

Wrap up

I don’t need any extra nights this year (I already have enough for Titanium status), but I figured that this could be helpful for those who are short 10 nights or less.  Keep in mind that you may be able to do this cheaper by calling around, but make sure that the meeting salesperson agrees in writing that you’ll get 10 elite nights for booking the meeting.  If you book online, I don’t believe it’s necessary to question this since that benefit is written directly on the Marriott website:

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Curtis

I booked a meeting at SpringHill suite and didn’t get the elite night

Bill

I’m planning to do a platinum challenge, Are the 10 elite qualifying nights credited properly to the challenge?

Nick Reyes

No. Elite challenges require you to stay the nights in hotels. You can’t apply a meeting towards those requirements.

Katie

HEADS UP. I tried this strategy and booked a meeting directly through the Marriott website while signed into my Bonvoy account. It was with a participating Springhill Suites and I confirmed with the meeting coordinator that I would receive the elite nights after the meeting occurred. I went to the meeting and did some work from the conference room. I got my receipt when I checked out. Two weeks later and the nights have not been credited. I contacted Marriott who told me that “per the contract” ( this language is absolutely not anywhere in the “contract” I received) the nights will be posted in 8-12 WEEKS, which will not be in the earning year of 2019. I’ve followed up directly with the meeting coordinator who is working with a “Bonvoy Associate” , “They will be the one’s to determine if you qualify for the points and the elite nights.” So for those trying this at the end of the year- make sure you have a back-up plan.

Will update this post if they manage to post the nights within this calendar year.

Mein1080p

Just got an email saying I’m 5 nights from Gold status. Is gold worth hosting a meeting for? I only have the Amex Marriott Biz card.

Ariel Rak

Hi, was able to find a half day at courtyard for $100 but they wouldn’t give me the nights credit, saying it was just to get to silver, couldn’t award this to a platinum. Does it say it somewhere?

Boston

I was going to book online for a Marriott Courtyard Boston Downtown. Went through the whole online booking process and was about to pay with credit card, but decided to call first to make sure I would get the elite night credits.

I fear this was a big mistake.

The guy first took all my information and then quoted me a price that was $50 less than online. I then asked about the points and elite night credits. His response, “Sure you’ll get the points”, I asked about the elite night credits and he stammered and said he would have to check.

I’m now on hold, he comes back and asks where I’m getting that information from, I reply it’s on the Marriott website. Are you not aware of it? He said he was but wanted to be sure that I was?? Suspicious.

Then he said he would send me a proposal but I needed to sign and pay before end of day tomorrow. When I asked if the Elite night credits would be in the contract he said no, but he would make a note about them in his notes and I would get them, but they can’t adjust the wording in the contract.

When I asked what the difference is between booking online and going through him he said there wasn’t any difference and I would have to go through a sales manager on the phone anyways.

He THEN interrogated me if I was just booking the room just for elite night credits. I said I wasn’t. He said he would send the information to my email which I could sign with my phone.

After I hang up I decided to just book it online to insure I would get the credits. AMAZINGLY I’m not able to book online anymore for the properties that he sells for in the downtown Boston area, however I am still able to book online for other Boston hotels that are out of his reach.

Very shady and disappointing. It’s been over an hour now and no email from him and I don’t think I will be receiving one and I won’t be able to book online.