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.

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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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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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Christian
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Christian

Marriott making sudden changes that are bad for the customer in 2018. Who would have thought?

Eddy Cue
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Eddy Cue

I noticed this after my first play. Was unsure if they weren’t just displaying the points or if my browser was acting up.

Probably
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Probably

I stopped playing Saturday (Sunday for my sister’s account).

Even that mega bonus promo is not mega points exciting

YoLaViajera
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YoLaViajera

Marriott has gone from bad to worse. I too wondered what had happened after just getting a “Thank you” after playing the game. I’m staying away from Marriott and all my reservations for the rest of the year are a combination of Hyatt & Hilton. Still trying to figure out how to spend my 7-night Marriott Cat 1-5 (actually, Cat 1-4 now) travel package.
But good luck to you and I hope you win. 😉

DaninMCI
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DaninMCI

Wow what a way to piss off customers to save a few lousy points. I know this seems petty but it’s not the 50 points a day that is the bad part is the lack of trust and mishandling. It’s like they turned into Wyndham or something.

Jay
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Jay

I won 3,000 points on day 2 and got out of the game

Tiara
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Tiara

Did your 3000 points get posted yet? As of today, mine is not posted yet!!

BigMac
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BigMac

How do you know there are any points left? I got 50 first day and my wife got 1000. We are done.

john
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john

Marriott is run by a bunch of fucking idiots. they give away 1,000 pointe every sunday last year for answering a NFL question but they won’t give away more than 50 points for this promo. and this is after they pissed off almost every elite they have? see ya assholes, hello hilton and hyatt.

Raffles
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Raffles

Stephen, you’re having a laugh surely. Not a single person on earth will hit 29 brands in 3 months. It would involve a trip to Africa for a start. 290,000 points and 2 years to do it …. more interesting.

Would you chase 20,000 SkyTeam miles for flying all 20 airlines in 3 months? Thought not.

ppww
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ppww

Where do they say “you’ll now only earn 50 bonus points once” in the terms https://29ways.marriott.com/en-us/rules? It says “Limit one (1) Instant Win Prize per person, per day”. You must be right though, I won 50 the first time, and nothing ever since. I think the odds being 1:2 is a lie.

Glenn
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Glenn

Still can’t register for this. Fails if I go through the promo page, doesn’t show on my account for whatever reason.