Marriott Updates MegaBonus Promotion: One Positive Change, One Negative


Marriott announced their latest MegaBonus promotion a month ago, but they’ve recently made a couple of changes to the promotion. One change is positive and can earn you thousands more bonus points, but the other restricts how many bonus points you’ll earn from their 29 Ways To Stay game.

Marriott MegaBonus In More Places

First off, the positive change. The MegaBonus promotion already offered 2,000 bonus points per stay on all stays of two nights or more, along with 1,000 bonus points for each Marriott Rewards brand you stay at, starting with your second brand.

You’ll now earn an additional 10,000 bonus points when staying at 10 different brands during the promotion period, or 29,000 bonus points when staying at all 29 different brands. Neither of those will be helpful for most people, but if you’re traveling for work in a large city and are happy to hotel-hop every night, the lower threshold at least should be achievable.

The negative change relates to their 29 Ways To Stay game. When originally writing about the MegaBonus promotion, I’d noted that the odds listed in the terms suggested you’d earn 1,900 bonus points if playing the game every day. A significant portion of those points would’ve come from the 50% chance you had of winning 50 bonus points every day. The change is that you’ll now only earn 50 bonus points once, making the game less rewarding.

The 29 Ways To Stay game started more than a week late, so Marriott has extended its end date to November 8, 2018. Despite Marriott removing the chance to earn 50 bonus points each day, I’ll still be playing every day in the (likely vain) hope of earning one of the larger prizes. It only takes a minute or two to play every day and there are enough points on offer that I’m willing to spend a total of about an hour over the course of the month to get the maximum number of entries.

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