Best Business Hotel Loyalty Program for Keeping Your Points and Status 2016-2017
Best Business Hotel Loyalty Program for Keeping Your Points and Status:
Marriott has the scale and the clout to not worry about counting every penny and cutting every corner, so there’s little incentive here to revoke points and status from its loyalty members. The rapidly expanding giant, which bought the Delta chain last year and swallowed up Starwood earlier this year, seems happy to let their business travellers operate without the threat of losing their privileges should they take some time off from the road.
In fact, you could retire from visiting a Marriott property for 24 months without losing your hard earned points (although with more than 4,000 current offerings and more takeovers possible you’ll be hard pressed to avoid one soon).
Furthermore, Marriott is one of the few programs to offer lifetime status guarantees. You’ll have to put in some real road time to qualify, but such protection means there’s no need to string out your stays or add road dates that aren’t really urgent just to preserve your savings potential.
You earn lifetime Silver status after 250 nights and 1.2 million points, Gold after 500 nights and 1.6 million points, and the top tier Platinum after 750 nights and 2 million points.
You can do the math on your own, but it’s going to take a few years at least to earn such lifelong standing. But then, if that’s your routine you’ll be glad of the endless perks.
Marriott also offers an elite rollover service that lets you keep the nights you’ve earned toward upgrading your status within a calendar year and push them into the next. So if you’ve racked up 20 nights, 10 more than need to earn Silver member status but well below the Gold mark, you can keep the excess and continue working toward the extra benefits that come from climbing the ladder.
It’s a first of its kind offer, but it does come with a rather confusing caveat. Your night’s rights expire after 12 months, even though they can be carried across the calendar year marker. We do know of members who’ve managed the balancing act of jumping a status level using the offer, but you’re best to think of it more as a way of discarding the New Year’s’ Eve clean slate many loyalty programs insist on, and instead replace it with a rolling 12-month qualifying period.
While any operation on the scale of Marriott is going to run into customer service problems, most of the complaints we’ve encountered about the rewards program are generated by fine print just like this rollover quirk.
It’s things like being denied a promised room upgrade even though there are superior rooms available on the grounds that your particular hotel is confident they’ll fill them eventually.
But such is the danger of running so large a network. Marriott has generally done a good job of keeping things simple on the loyalty rewards front, and making it easier to keep your earned status and points helps, but every now and again we hear people despair the growing corporate feel to what was once a family brand with an actual family name attached.
You don’t have to pay a lot to have the benefits and privileges of lifetime membership. At JetLux, you get points and perks while paying up to 40% less at some of the best hotels in the country. Sign up today to access the corporate rate without losing your perks.
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