[Expired] Earn a free night after 2 stays or bonus points with Q4 Marriott and Starwood promos

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Marriott and SPG came out with their fourth quarter promotions last week, and both look pretty good: with Marriott, you can earn a free night after just two paid stays, and with Starwood you can earn 1,000 bonus points per night and 10,000 additional points with 25 paid nights during the promotional period.


Marriott Megabonus

The Deal

  • Earn a free Category 1-5 night after two paid stays during the promotional period, then unlock an additional offer

Key Terms

  • Must first register here between September 6th-November 30th, 2017
  • Stay between September 12, 2017 and January 15, 2018
  • Unlock a new offer after earning the first offer
  • Free night certificate is only valid for 6 months.
  • You will only earn one free night certificate through the initial promotion, though it says that you may unlock additional promotions after that
  • See full official rules/terms here

Participating Brands

Quick Thoughts

This promotion looks like a winner if you have paid stays coming up during the promotional period. Just two stays will earn you a free night at a Category 1-5 hotel. The downside is that the free night certificate you earn is only valid for 6 months, limiting its utility. Still, it’s probably not hard to find a use for a free night — whether as a stop along the way on a road trip or an airport overnight or as an add-on night to a vacation. If you hold off on making that second paid stay until near the end of the promotional period, your free night will even be valid into early summer 2018. The promotion’s wording implies that there will additionally be an opportunity to earn bonus points on additional paid stays that will be “unlocked” after you earn your free night. Don’t forget to register now as registration ends more than 6 weeks before the end of the promotion — you don’t want to suddenly find that you need two unexpected paid nights near the end of the promotion and be unable to register.


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The Deal

  • Earn 1,000 bonus Starpoints per stay at participating St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Le Méridien®, Westin®, Sheraton®, Tribute Portfolio™, and Design Hotels™ hotels and resorts.
  • Earn 500 bonus Starpoints per stay at participating Aloft®, ElementSM, and Four Points® hotels and resorts
  • Earn 10,000 additional Starpoints after staying 25 eligible nights

Key Terms

Quick Thoughts

This promotion seems a bit less generous than the Marriott promotion, but will still be an exciting promo for those who have short paid SPG stays planned during the promotional period. This promotion stacks with any current targeted promotions, and some people have received promotions for even more bonus points or double elite stay/night credit (See: Did you get an SPG bonus offer?). If I do go after SPG Platinum this quarter, I’ll certainly be happy to earn some bonus points while doing so.

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[…] After spending a few days in Montreal, we made our way on to Ottawa. We’d originally booked a two night stay at an Airbnb, but I subsequently realized I had a free night certificate that was due to expire within a couple of weeks from one of Marriott’s promotions last year. […]

[…] Earn a free night after 2 stays or bonus points with Q4 Marriott and Starwood promos: (Register by 11/30/17, stay by 1/15/18): Don’t forget to register by 11/30. Before I knew much about miles & points, I can’t tell you how many times I found myself checking in for a totally unplanned stay….and missing out on a promotion for which I hadn’t registered. Don’t make that mistake — even if you don’t think you’ll make 2 paid stays by 1/15/18, it’s worth registering in case of the unexpected. If you’re looking for inspiration about where to use the free night certificate, see the Best Marriotts in the US to spend your free nights or the Top 5 Cat 5 Marriotts in the world. […]

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phil

Cat. 1>5 is a nonstarter. Meh.

Tokyo Hyatt Fan

Fun Fact: There are nine Marriotts in Japan, zero of which are eligible to use the free Cat 1-5 night on.

Does anyone feel the Marriott promo is worth mattress running for? Marriott tends not to have rock bottom brand pricing. And the cert lasts only 6 months.

I wonder though. In times past, Marriott has extended 6 month certs to a year, as a courtesy, when asked. Curious to know if anyone’s tried that for this promo.