(EXPIRED) Marriott Promo For Q1/Q2 2019: Double Take – Double Points From Second Stay

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Registration is open for Marriott’s promotion covering the latter part of Q1 and start of Q2 2019. It’s called Double Take and offers double points on all stays but doesn’t start until your second stay. In a newly introduced benefit, credit card holders can also earn 500 bonus points when staying at the weekend.

Marriott Double Take Double Points

The Deal

  • Earn double points on stays at Marriott properties starting with your second stay.
  • Marriott Bonvoy U.S. Card Members earn an exclusive bonus of 500 additional points for weekend stays starting with the first stay.
  • Direct link to registration.

Key Terms

  • Registration required by May 21, 2019.
  • Valid for stays from March 19, 2019 to June 4, 2019.
  • The double points earning is only applicable to members’ base points earned per stay.
  • Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay.
  • A “weekend stay” is defined as a stay that includes a Friday or Saturday night regardless of where the hotel is located.

Quick Thoughts

This promotion has been open for registration for the past week, but I just realized we hadn’t covered it yet. A double points promo isn’t particularly enticing or imaginative, especially seeing as you only start earning bonus points from your second stay.

The second stay requirement is something that Hyatt sadly introduced on their latest promotion, although Hyatt’s setup is far better for a couple of reasons. First, bonus points from that promo can be earned even on award stays, whereas Marriott’s is only earned on paid stays seeing as double points of 0 is 0. Secondly, due to award stays counting with Hyatt, you can book a category 1 stay for 5,000 points as your first stay, ensuring that any longer stays after that don’t miss out on all the bonus points. With Marriott’s Double Take promotion, you’d need to book a paid stay before you’ll start earning any bonus points.

It seems like Marriott might have realized how underwhelming the double points promotion is. That’s because at some point in the last week they’ve added an incentive for credit card holders that offers 500 bonus points when your stay includes at least one Friday or Saturday night – that’s on top of the double points you’ll earn. That potentially makes one night stays at the weekend more worthwhile, but I won’t be going out of my way to book any Marriott stays during this promotion. It’s unlikely to incentivize road warriors to move stays to Marriott though because their stays probably aren’t going to include a Friday or Saturday night.

In keeping with the Bonvoy teething problems (does 7 months still count as “teething”?), when my wife and I registered for this promotion last week we both received the following error message:

Marriott Double Take Double Points Promotion Error Message.

Despite claiming that we weren’t registered, our accounts both listed the Double Take promotion in the active Promotions section on our accounts, so I think we were successfully registered. They’ve hopefully removed the erroneous error message since then, but if not then check your own ‘Promotions’ tab to make sure it shows that you are indeed registered.

Last updated on June 8th, 2019

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Stephen Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with his wife Shae and their dog Truffles. Finding opportunities to earn miles and points is one of the ways they can afford to do this, so he'll try to help you do the same for your own travels.

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I cannot get registered — error message with a blank screen and in the URL it shows: https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/promotionUnavailable.mi
I doubt if this is targeted because it’s advertised on the Marriott homepage.

Claudia
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Claudia

im seeting the same

NascarFan
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NascarFan

I’m getting the unavailable message also. I wonder if it’s related to a promo that I am currently registered and earning for. I’m in an “Exclusively for You: Double Elite Night Credits” promo. This promo runs from the day after you signup, through the signup month, and then the 2 following months.

I think I signed up for this promo in February, so it runs through the end of April for me. I’ve earned 10 elite night credits so far. My work travel has been a little light this 1st quarter, but with the 10 free nights I’m already 25 nights in – working on keeping my Titanium Status for another year.

Mark
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Mark

Any idea if I will earn double base points on any eligible charges for awards stays under this promotion?

YoniPDX
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YoniPDX

Honestly with all the problems of getting points for non-promo stays to post properly without jumping thru all the hoops trying to get missing points credited.

Like this will make up for all the ill-will post merger and pre/post 3.5.2019 redemption fiasco.

I trust Marriott even less now that they are trying to buy some positive press with bloggers/influencers

jeph36
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jeph36

Bummer, I am sitting in a Marriott hotel right now … a week early. Oh well.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Double points promo starts on 3/19 but what if my first stay starts on 3/18 -3/20 and second paid stay at a different property from 3/20-3/21. Would the second stay be eligible for double points?

Gill
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Gill

Do you earn the bonus points on award stays?

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toomanybooks
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toomanybooks

I did exactly this Monday night at Hyatt to trigger their current “points after second-stay-bonus.”

Andrew
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Andrew

So a ‘stay’ is defined as consecutive nights at the same hotel. Does this mean that one night stays don’t receive double points during this promotion?

Ashish
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Ashish

I have been staying at Marriott, pretty much 20 nights a month or more.

Wanted to share my recent surprise finding:

At Titanium elite level (x 1.75), this offer has essentially more than doubled the points.

5 days at $120/night translates into close to 15000 points plus another 3600 if using BONVOY Credit card.
So 18,000 points at the minimum.
18,000 points times 4 (for a month) ~ 72000 points ~$600 in valuation. .

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