Marriott's New Unified Loyalty Program Announces First-Ever Promotion

Marriott International has announced a new points promotion across all 29 of its brands to celebrate the unification of its Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton and Starwood Preferred loyalty programs.

For the first time ever, loyalty program members can earn bonus points across 6,700 hotels, Marriott said in a statement.

“MegaBonus in More Places’ offers members the broadest opportunity to earn bonus points ever,” the company said.

The new offer rewards members for stays of two nights or more and for exploring new brands. The company has also announced a new limited-time game “29 Ways to Stay,” that provides opportunities to win prizes such as bonus points and nights.

Those who want to participate in the “MegaBonus in More Places” promotion must register by January 7, 2019. The earning period is to be September 26 through January 31.

In addition, by registering for the promotion, Marriott Rewards and SPG members will earn 2,000 bonus points on all stays of two or more nights and 1,000 bonus points per brand, starting with their second brand.

The “29 Ways to Stay” promotion meanwhile, is scheduled to run from October 4 through November 1. The game will involve memory, fun facts and trivia about Marriott’s entire loyalty portfolio of brands.

Members who play “29 Ways to Stay” every day increase their odds of winning a grand prize that includes a two-night stay at each of the 29 brands participating in Marriott’s loyalty programs.

Marriott officially unified its loyalty programs in August.

“This is an exciting time for our loyalty members who now have endless inspiration to travel and experience the world to create memories that will last a lifetime,” David Flueck, senior vice president, global loyalty, Marriott International, said when the programs officially merged. “We merged the incredible earning and redeeming power of Marriott Rewards with the phenomenal Elite benefits of SPG to create one of the richest travel loyalty programs with the most extraordinary global portfolio of hotels – from overwater bungalows, to mountainside ski resorts, to iconic urban landmarks.”

Under the new, single program, Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG members can combine their accounts giving them one account number, one elite night and points balances to travel all over the world.

“Together, the unified programs are richer and packed with new member benefits,” Marriott said in a statement. “Members can seamlessly book, earn, and redeem points at all 6,700 hotels in our portfolio across all Marriott International channels, achieve Elite status faster, and more quickly earn points that can be redeemed at properties spanning 130 countries and territories.”

In addition to redeeming points for hotel stays, all Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG members can redeem points to pursue their passions wherever they travel by choosing from curated special experiences and having access to master classes offered on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments. The program offers more than 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations.

Among the moments that members can select are tickets to some of the hottest shows on Broadway; a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang out with a favorite sports team; or a cooking class with a world-famous chef.

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