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Marriott has just announced a promotion running through May 31, 2017, which provides an opportunity to win 3,750,000 Marriott Rewards, enough for 5 nights per year at a category 5 property for 30 years.

Marriott Rewards Free Travel For Life Promotion

Marriott Rewards – Travel For Life Promotion

The offer is relatively straightforward and is aimed at promoting the use of the Marriott Mobile App, all you need to do is the following:

  • Download the Marriott Mobile App
  • Use the app for one of the following:
    • Book a room
    • Check-in
    • Make a request

That is all you have to do; if you are a resident of the US, you'll be entered into the draw every time you take one of those actions. For residents of the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, and South Africa you have to opt-in for the promotion. You must register by May 31, 2017, to be eligible for the competition. Full terms and conditions of the Marriott Rewards – Travel For Life Promotion.

As an aside, you can enter without using the app; you'll need to submit entries manually. Details on how to do that are available in the terms and conditions, but a quick summary:

If you are outside of the United States you can easily enter through email:

FOR RESIDENTS OF JURISDICTIONS EXCEPT FOR RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES (INCLUDING PR AND USVI): During the Promotion Period, send an email to MarriottMobileAppSweeps@HelloWorldfulfillment.com and include the following information: a. Your name; b. Your complete residential address; c. A valid email address at which you can be contacted; d. Your Rewards Account number; and e. Your date of birth.

If you're in the United States you'll need to fill out notecards and mail them in:

FOR RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES (INCLUDING PR AND USVI) ONLY: Hand print your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, email address, Rewards Account number, and date of birth on a 3″ x 5″ piece of paper and mail it in an envelope with sufficient postage to “Marriott Mobile App Travel For Life,” c/o HelloWorld, Inc., P.O. Box 5029, Department 829846, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5029.

All mail-in entries must be postmarked by 31 May 2017 and received by 7 June 2017. One (1) mail-in entry request per outer envelope. 3) Each complete email/mail request will constitute three (3) entries into the Prize Draw. You may mail in or email, as applicable, up to twenty (20) email/mail entry requests. All entries become the exclusive property of Promoter and none will be acknowledged or returned. Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Promoter. Promoter is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, misdirected or postage-due entries, which will be disqualified.

What You Could Win

A prize of 3.75 million Marriott Rewards, which is enough for 5 nights per year at a category 5 property, for the next 30 years. You're not limited to category 5 properties; you can use the 3.75 million points however you see fit.

Marriott Rewards Free Travel For Life Promotion 3.75 Million Points

Overall

If you have any stays planned from now till the end of May at any Marriott property, this competition is a no brainer—with no cost you might as well enroll. If not, why not try a manual entry? After all, having 3.75 million Marriott points sat in your account can only put a smile on your face.

Chance to Win 3.75 Million Marriott Rewards Points
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Comments

  • That’s true, it would be awesome. But I fear the odds are roughly equal to the lottery!

  • I’m pretty sure that whoever wins will definitely not spend those points on 5 nights per year at a Category 5 hotel!

    Hopefully the winner will actually do a bunch of Marriott Travel Packages before the inevitable devaluation when SPG and MR are combined.

  • Thanks for the good outline of the contest details. Too bad the odds won’t be that good.

  • Simon McGrother says:

    I’m going to take a trip just to take a shot at this. It would be so sweet to win this.

  • Spencer Hudson says:

    These points are not free. The rules state that the value of the prize is $46,875. The winner will receive a $10,000 check to offset the income tax due, so the total taxable amount will be $56,875. Assuming a 30% federal and state combined marginal tax rate (YMMV) the total tax due will be $17,062. Less the $10,000 offset, the net cost will be $7,062. So the cost of the these points will be $0.0019 each. But, the tax will be due next year, whereas the actual return (points used) will likely be spread over many years, and who knows whether the value of points will devalue over time. Gary Leff claims Marriott points are “worth” $0.008 each, so this contest is still a good deal, but just be aware that they is no such thing as a “free” prize.

    • At the same time, keep in mind you can dispute the value of the points — which I think is reasonable in this case.

      • Spencer Hudson says:

        Absolutely. Based on the total prize value $46,875 each point is “worth” $0.0125 each, which could be challenged. Using the 30% marginal tax rate and the $10,000 tax allowance, the winner could claim the total prize value is $33,333. Subtracting the $10,000 allowance gives a value of the points of $23,333, or $0.006 each, which is probably much closer to reality.

  • amzsinger@gmail.com says:

    I’ll try, but I never win. By the way to the person worried about taxes, I’ll be ok paying taxes 🙂

  • Nice breakdown . AS NON AMERICANS do we still pay the taxes if we win ?

    • I’m not an accountant and don’t fully understand the repercussions of those that aren’t US Citizens. I’d recommend reviewing the linked PDF guide and review the section on taxes.

  • Air Flyer says:

    Why do you think they allow non US residents to email their entries but require US residents to send a postcard in?

  • Calli Levin says:

    I would love this, but I wonder how many points would go unused. I have so many airline miles I can’t find time or good uses for already.

  • Karen Klein says:

    Oh my wouldn’t that be sweet! I will envy the person who wins it. I will be entering for sure! Thank you for the reminder. I had forgotten to do this!

  • Too bad you have to book a room to earn this – I don’t have any stays coming up.

  • I don’t take part in the lottery.
    Why I should enter here?
    The fact that it is free it’s not a real incentive to lost my time doing this.

  • Entered! Thanks for posting the details to enter without purchase, it was nice not to have to dig through the Marriott page.

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