Short on Marriott Elite Nights? Here’s a quick solution!
The SPG/Marriott merger is coming up soon, and the rush is on to make sure that you get the right number of nights for your elite status. Many of you out there (us included) are either already Lifetime Gold or Platinum, or exceptionally close. One of my friends I know is only 11 nights away, and she was convinced that she would have to go run off to some cheap city over a weekend and get some nights.
Never fear, as there is a super easy way to get the nights you need before July 31, 2018 (August 1 is the merger date… and full details are uncertain still if this benefit will carry over).
If you’ve been staying at a bunch of SPG and Marriott properties as of late, on August 1st you’re in for a big surprise. Your nights will merge together and you’ll have them both count towards your new status in the “Rewards” program. God I hope that they come up with something a little more exciting than “rewards” moving forward…
75 nights in a year gets you Platinum, 50 gets you Gold, and Silver… well who the hell cares about Silver anyway.
So, how close are you to getting your status? Need a bump? Would an extra 10 nights help you out?
Did you know that if you hold a meeting in a Marriott hotel, you’ll get points AND 10 nights credit towards your elite status?
Hold three meetings, that’s 30 nights towards your status! Now just imagine if you combine all those nights with the stays that you’re sleeping with Marriott and SPG! Your 75 nights should be even closer than you expected.
How to Book a Meeting?
It’s actually a lot easier than you may think. Marriott has the pricing for many of its hotels right on the website. You can go here, type in your city, and find all the meeting spaces that are available to you. As you can see here, in Raleigh there’s a Courtyard for $300, but I’ve found many times that you can get a better price if you call the hotel directly.
Do you have to show up?
I mean… technically, I suppose that you do! I wouldn’t risk some manager actually getting nit picky about you booking a meeting room for 2 hours and then never popping up, so yea, I would actually show up if I were you. But if you want to get the best rate, tell them that you’ll take the room whenever they don’t have normal meetings… say Sunday at 2pm? Or a Tuesday at 10am? Be flexible, and I’m sure they will too!