Posted by Chuck on May 29, 2019
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Published on May 29th, 2019 | by Chuck

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Marriott Sending Out $30 or $50 or $100 Gift Cards to Elite Members for No Apparent Reason

Moments ago, Marriott emailed out to many members a free gift of a Marriott gift card. Three readers sent this in immediately, two got $50 and one got $30, and I’d assume tons of others got  this as well, possibly in various denominations. One reader mentions getting $100 gift card.

Search for subject line “Your Gift from Marriott Bonvoy”.

This does not appear to be tied to any sort of complaints. I’d guess it’s based on Marriott level/usage/points, but it’s not entirely clear yet who got it and what amounts as many who haven’t had recent Marriott stays are getting this as well. Clearly they are trying to fight back on the negative PR and perception of customers.

You may be able to sell a Marriott gift card if you don’t have use for it.

[Update: Sounds like Titanium members got $50 and some others got $30 (?). But not all Titanium got a gift.]



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JamaicanTraveller
JamaicanTraveller

I got $50.

JamaicanTraveller
JamaicanTraveller

Gold Lifetime + current Titanium elite

Jeff
Jeff

Nothing

Hari
Hari

Nada

Ric
Ric

nichts

Ken
Ken

I received $50, perfect since I am heading to Ritz in Kapalua next week.

Trumpie
Trumpie

This is the worst hotel I’ve stayed at

Ken
Ken

We stay here every year, never had an issue. We like it cause it is away from the tourist sites along with being quiet and relaxing. Plus being on the West coast it is a simple direct 5.5hr flight in F class of course. Also note we always use points so only out of pocket expenses are hotel fees, food and car rental. To each their own though!

J Ro
J Ro

^ this guy gets it.

Mimi
Mimi

I received $50, perfect timing for an upcoming trip in June where we’ll be staying at Marriott.

YL
YL

I received $50!

Balu
Balu

Hi Chuck, i got an email today morning with $30 marriot gift card.

Azur
Azur

Got a $50, Titanium, 35N ytd

Bryan
Bryan

Would be interesting to know from those who got gift cards what their status level is, how many nights so far in 2019, etc.

I’m Titanium with 40+ nights and no gift card email yet…

Huang
Huang

I am Tit too with 47 nights (including 15 from credit card) and got 50. I saw someone with 6 nights (+15 from credit) who is a tit from status match who also got 50.

JamaicanTraveller
JamaicanTraveller

Gold Lifetime + current Titanium elite. Got $50.

Sam
Sam

And as a platinum who has received nothing, I can’t help but feel as though this promotion has had the opposite effect…

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

Gold with recent paid and pts stays. Also have reservations booked for this year.

No email as of yet.

Peter
Peter

Also a Gold here (Amex Plat) with a recent paid stay and an upcoming 7-night stay with a cert. Am not a loyal customer by any definition otherwise. Did not receive anything.

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

Like Sam said this could have the exact opposite effect with more ill-will if it is a mixed bag of who gets a GC. Honestly I think that if they had stated because of XYZ were sending you this little extra.

Poor marketing and poorly thought out.

MM Dallas
MM Dallas

Agree! They could have mentioned the criteria of appreciation…. e.g. Titaniums who stayed more than 30 nights this year, get $50, less than 30 nights get $30 etc.

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

Just got an e-maiil. But not about a GC

but here’s the email header:

“Achieve Elite Status Faster”

Exclusively for You xxxxx Get Marriott Bonvoy™ Elite status faster with double Elite Night Credits on eligible nights. Register, then stay within 3 months to earn your exclusive offer.*

WTH is Marriott playing at; already a Gold Elite, paid stay earlier this year and 3 days in TLV with pts in March. Have 2 weeks booked mostly with points in December for Capetown , JNB and around SA burning all our pts.

Marriott strikes again – a bit PO’d.

Dan - Legal Bank Robber
Dan - Legal Bank Robber

Dad is titanium for life and got nothing. Makes no sense William Charles Sam

Ryan
Ryan

Nothing. I am Platinum.

Debit
Debit

It’s a trap. Like 10% coupon for an overpriced product.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

I paid too much but hey, I saved 10%!

docbjg
docbjg

Thanks for the heads up. I was about to cancel my card. I’ll wait it out a bit to see.

DaveC
DaveC

I got $30. I don’t have any plans on staying at a Bonvoy hotel anytime soon; can I just walk into a restaurant in a Bonvoy hotel and use this credit to dine in? The terms make it sound like I can do that, which is a little surprising to me.,

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

Thanks for DP about having Gold thru Amex PT (dansdeals) I was curious if it mattered how you obtained status. Do you have recent stays paid or otherwise? DaveC

DaveC
DaveC

My last real stay was >1 year ago but I did use my account to book an award stay for my parents a couple months back.

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

Hmm interesting. Paid stay earlier this year and 3 days in TLV with pts in March. Have 2 weeks booked mostly with points in December for Capetown , JNB and around SA. Which burns all our pts.
Still would like to see a rhyme or reason for the GC from Marriott.

DaveC

RV
RV

Nothing for this platinum either – ugh

Jr
Jr

$100 here

lilurbanachiever
lilurbanachiever

Wow. 50 for me. Actually staying at a Fairfield now, and Titanium.

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