New Marriott Rewards MORE Shopping Program Review [Amazon Removed]

Update: Best Buy is back, Amazon still missing.

We’re reposting because Amazon & Best Buy are no longer options. When asked on Twitter they give the following response:

The link is currently down and we do not have an estimated time of when it will be back up. I do apologize for any inconvenience. -Leanne

Marriott introduced a new way to earn and redeem Marriott points by shopping with Marriott Rewards MORE.

Press Release / Marriott Rewards MORE 

Introduction

Marriott discontinued their Shop My Way portal partnership a few months back, and now launched their new shopping program through Engage People. The program is available in US, UK, and Canada.

Something different here is that Marriott Rewards MORE doesn’t work like a regular web portal by clicking through. Rather, you’ll download the app or add the toolbar extension on your favorite browser (you’ll see the option here).  Android download link / Apple download link

Presumably there’s a portal tracking going on with the toolbar/app, and it will override any previous portals you went through (in other words, you can’t stack this program with a more traditional shopping portal).

Another interesting thing is that different people appear to be getting different portal rates, for reasons that aren’t clear. For example, Amazon is 1x for some and 2x for others.

Earning

Available retailers currently include: Addition Elle, Amazon, Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Apple, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Converse, FTD, Gap, Joma Shop, Land’s End, Liftopia, Loft, Macy’s, Mr. Porter, Net-A-Porter, Nike, Nordstrom, The Outnet, Petco, QVC, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Shop Marriott, Sunglass Hut, Walgreens, and Wayfair.

Direct Link to list of all retailers (for some reason, not all available retailers show there, but you’ll see the toolbar working at all in the list above)

Amazon is especially interesting since they never offered portal rewards across all categories until recently with the Jetblue 3x deal. Hopefully, we’ll see more airlines creating such partnerships as well.

 

There’s a nice perk for Marriott Rewards credit card holders to get a 25% bonus on all points earned through the portal. The terms indicates that you won’t earn the 25% bonus on the part of the purchase paid for with a gift card (it’s vague whether this is only true for the 25% bonus or even for the base points). We’ll see if this holds true, in fact.

Redeeming

Using the same toolbar/app, you can redeem Marriott points for purchases at these retailers. You’ll get around 1/3 of a cent per point (.37 to be exact). Redemption rates are the same for all retailers.

Signup Bonus

There is a small bonus given to new members:

  • Earn 1,000 bonus points when you complete your first purchase of $25+

Final Thoughts

The signup bonus is nice with a simple $25 purchase, and some of their rates could be worthwhile, especially if you’re a Marriott cardholder who gets the 25% bonus. Could also be useful if it works to extend expiration of your Marriott points. Most people won’t find the redemption value worthwhile. I still hate toolbars and I hate shopping through apps.

Marriott’s program is a bit different than a typical portal experience in the sense that each retailer on the portal is available for both earning and redeeming. Other airline/hotel shopping portals just earn rewards, and perhaps have partnership with specific retailers to be able to redeem (e.g. Amazon partners with various points currencies to allow redemption). This detail is significant: we’re not likely to see Marriott Rewards MORE have hundreds of retailers available since Marriott and the retailer have to agree on to a deal on both the earning and redemption side.

Let us know your thoughts and experiences with the new portal in the comments.

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ddt
ddt

bestbuy is back again.

Andrew
Andrew

Yep, I see that too.

William Charles

Thanks, will update.

zjts
zjts

I have not been able to login in to Marriott rewards to redeem my points sun nor this Monday am. Can anyone else. I am using firfox

P
P

Amazon seems to have disappeared from the shop. Anyone else still seeing it?

GuessWho
GuessWho

Amazon isn’t showing up for me neither on the app. I did make a purchase thru the app when I first saw this post. I’ll have to see if it comes back tomorrow.

Ethan Steinberg
Ethan Steinberg

Amazon is gone for me too

Bill
Bill

Disappeared for me also!

Christian
Christian

Same for me, although I just got the app today.

Let’s see if it comes back.

Jimmy G

Yep, gone for me too. Back to DoC’s link.

swg
swg

Waste of time. The purchase I did make went nowhere, bow its gone. Bait/switch

Chris
Chris

Your typical bait and switch scheme.

Seems as though Marriott used Amazon to get people to sign up for their new program but didn’t intend to keep Amazon as a partner.

All retailer options were mediocre especially without Amazon.

I was hoping to generate SPG points from purchasing goods but there is no way to justify the extremely poor return.

Marriott is going to trash the SPG loyalty program with there greed and poor customer treatment.

It’s just plan sad good things always come to an end.

Enjoy SPG while you still can.

Roberto
Roberto

Stacked it with my AMEX Platinum spend $50+ earn 2,000 MR points. Got rate of 2 for 1 as a Marriott Gold mbr, and the 1,000 welcome bonus. Easy enough!

To confirm, the cc charge shows up as Amazon and not Marriott, right?

Adam
Adam

Yes, the CC charge shows as Amazon. Marriott is just the portal.

Adam
Adam

I wanted to post some additional little nuggets of gold here since I’ve apparently thought A LOT about this portal yesterday/today now that I have a chance to earn more SPG points in a roundabout way: 1. It appears that points earned from the portal are “Qualifying Activity” (see the screenshot below) which to me means that it will reset the clock on your point expiration and also contribute towards the point requirement for Lifetime status qualification. That’s more than can be said about earning points through Twitter and other social media accounts. 2. I have a theory about how they get to the 2x/3x/4x numbers quoted for Amazon (and others). It seems like the number is reflective of a point “multiplier” that’s available. Let’s take Amazon for example. It appears that a base member without any status and no Marriott Rewards credit card will earn 2x Marriott points and that’s it. If you have elite status then that shows as 3x, but all it really earns is an additional “multiplier” for earning Marriott points. It seems that Silver and Gold members earn an extra 20% or 25% (respectively and rounded up to the nearest point of course) while Platinum members earn an extra 50%. If you have a Marriott Rewards credit card (I assume this only applies to the Personal/Business Chase Marriott Rewards credit cards, but I’d love to hear from Ritz-Carlton card members to see if they earn this bonus as well. SPG cards are a no-go) then you get an additional “multiplier” worth another 25%. So in this case I see the math for earning the most is as follows: Base Points + 25% for a holder of a MR credit card + 50% with Platinum Elite status. I’m not sure how a marketer and a mathematician can ever resolve these differences, but it seems like that’s what we’re dealing with here. For the time being let’s just put the X in 3X in quotes like this: 3″x” 🤣 3. It appears there’s a potential double dip opportunity with Amazon, JetBlue, and Marriott. Use the Marriott MORE app/toolbar portal thingy to purchase Amazon Gift Cards (with the Chase Amazon Prime card, for example, with 5x at Amazon) and earn the Base Points + 25% for a holder of a MR credit card + 50% with Platinum Elite status. Then, using the JetBlue portal (and following all of… Read more »

Chris
Chris

I definitely wouldn’t recommend buying merchandise with points!!!

That being said it seems odd that I can’t find the value of Marriott points when used for purchases.

Looks like Marriott will be able to set the value to whatever they want at the time of purchase.

They can devalue there points at anytime even alter the value per purchase depending on their hidden criteria.

It was just Halloween and Marriott is getting involved by Scaring everyone with their portal.

sloebrake
sloebrake

Anyknow know if the points and/or bonus points are added towards lifetime status?

Adam
Adam

My points posted to my account as “Qualifying Activity” so I’m pretty sure it will count for lifetime status. See my comment further down for more details.

Raj
Raj

This is garbage. I just keep getting an error: “Unable to determine shopping cart total”

Bryan Kirschner
Bryan Kirschner

Are you using a gift card?

Nick
Nick

Same with me.. Probably because I am trying to pay with a GC

Jordan
Jordan

Just curious, but isn’t Shop My Way (https://shopmyway.com/earnpoints/home) a Marriott portal?

Chris
Chris

🙂

It says Mileage plus United in the top right corner of the page.

I would just go through the main United mileage plus site myself to be safe though.

Gaurav
Gaurav

Usually I never luck out but just logged in and Amazon shows as 3x for me…

Ed
Ed

It showed 3X for me also. Actually got 2x. So don’t count your chickens yet.

Adam
Adam

I’m confused.

I’ve installed the browser extension on two browsers, one for my account and one for my wife, as well as the iPhone app on my phone that’s connected to my account. I’m keen on using this portal for Amazon purchases, but I’ve now seen earning rates from 1 pt/$ (on the app), 2 pts/$ (first time logging in with the browser extension), and now 3 pts/$ (after logging in again with the browser extension a few hours later), all of which was with my account and I have SPG Platinum -> Marriott Platinum.

Adding to the confusion I see that my wife only shows 1 pt/$ on Amazon and she has Gold status.

Even more confusing is when I went to buy something. I went to the most logical easy purchase to test this portal out. I purchased a $25 e-gift card from Amazon. Using my account I saw that I would earn 1,039 pts. Using my wife’s account I saw that I would earn 1,014 pts. Both times I was purchasing a $25 gift card. I wanted to see the point breakdown in the ‘Order History’ but that page says “You do not have any transactions.” and I haven’t received any emails confirming my purchase through the portal.

As any good travel hacker does I tried to make sense of things by doing a deep dive on the fine print. Seems like Marriott has covered themselves pretty well with differences in earning rates when they say,
“The Points you may earn will vary among Retailers and are subject to change or may be removed without notice. The number of Points you earn for a particular purchase will be calculated as of the time of your purchase.”

I also found that gift cards are actually explicitly INCLUDED as valid purchases,
“‘Merchandise’ means any goods or services (including gift cards) purchased on your Account through MORE Shopping Mall from a Retailer.”

So my confusion leads me to these questions:

1. Will I earn points for purchasing Amazon Gift Cards?
2. If I earn points, how many points will I earn? How is this number calculated?
3. Will my gift card purchase show up on the ‘Order History’ page? Will I receive a confirmation email?
4. Why am I seeing different earning rates across status, time, and platform?