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It seems the promotions’ idea genie has struck a couple of major hotel brands at the same time. Marriott announced their latest offer, and it is very similar to the recent promotion announced by Starwood. Simply, Marriott's Q1 2017 promo will let you earn double points on your first three stays with the hotel. Given the state of Marriott's acquisition of Starwood, we're not surprised to see this.
Marriott's Q1 2017 MegaBonus Promotion runs from January 16, 2017, through April 15, 2017. During that time, you will earn 2X points on your first three qualifying stays. The deal illustrates the alignment that both hotel chains are going through since their merger.
To be eligible for the promotion, you have to register on the Marriott website by March 15, 2017. Apart from that, the promotion is relatively straightforward with few exceptions.
Which One Starwood or Marriott?
You can take advantage of both the Starwood and Marriott promos, as brands and loyalty programs are still separate. If you have some travel plans over the next few months, you might want to split your stays between both families to maximize your earning potential. However, remember, the companies have not merged their loyalty programs, so the nights at one chain will not count towards elite status credit in the other. If you are after status with either of the hotels, then you are better off sticking to one of the programs.
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