Ammo for the secret weapon: Up to 45K annually


This morning, Greg announced the addition of a new resource page: Starwood Transfers: Best, Rest, and the Secret Weapon. Spoiler alert! The Secret Weapon is Marriott and Beyond – which heralds the strength of SPG points with regard to booking Marriott stays and the strength of Marriott Rewards points when used towards Marriott Travel Packages. If you’re building towards either, you may be interested in the latest from Marriott’s social media team: the chance to earn up to 45,000 Marriott Rewards points annually by linking and using social media.

The Deal

  • Connect your Marriott Rewards with social media via #RewardsPoints (link)
  • Earn 750 Marriott Rewards for connecting your Marriott rewards to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (250 for each platform)
  • Earn 250 Marriott Rewards for following Marriott Rewards on Twitter and Instagram (125 for each platform)
  • Potential point-earning potential increasing from 2.5K per year to 45,000 points per year

Quick Thoughts

Marriott Rewards is re-branding what was previously known as #MRPoints and making a huge increase in the number of points you can earn each year. They report that they will be running 3-4 campaigns per month with total potential earnings of up to 45K per year. It remains to be seen how involved these campaigns will be, but 3-4 per month will mean somewhere between 36-48 campaigns — in other words, around 1K points per campaign. As points transfer back and forth from Marriott to Starwood (3 Marriott Rewards = 1 Starpoint), these 45K free points could either get you a top-tier Marriott night or 15K Starpoints. They would also be helpful in building towards an aforementioned travel package. Furthermore, I only skimmed the Terms and Conditions, but I didn’t notice a household limit — meaning that I’ll certainly have my wife sign up for this as well for the chance to potentially earn up to 90K per year combined. That’s great since Marriott will allow Gold members to combine points for an award for free (and we both have Gold status thanks to SPG Gold from the Business Platinum card). Assuming the future campaigns don’t require much more effort than today’s chance to get 1K points by simply linking accounts, this could turn out to be a very good deal. I’ll be linking up (and finally creating an Instagram account) as 45K Marriott points for free is a valuable incentive.

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