Negative Changes to Marriott Meetings & Events Program
Marriott Rewards has had for a long time a Rewarding Events program. Members could earn 10 elite qualifying nights for any booked event, such as renting a meeting room. At the same time you could also earn points or miles. Now, with all the changes going on with Marriott, this program is changing as well.
Marriott Meetings & Events
The name of the program is changing from ‘Rewarding Events’ to ‘Meetings & Events’. There’s also some negative changes to the earning potential. The earning rate has been cut down from 3x to 2X and Elite Qualifying Nights have been limited. Events past August 18 will earn rewards based on the new rules, regardless on when they were booked. You can see more details here.
Earn points on all eligible charges, including rooms, food and beverage, audio visual charges and more.
- Earn more as you achieve elite status. Per each qualifying event, base members can earn up to 60,000 points (2 points per $1 USD); while Platinum Premier Elite members can earn up to 105,000 points per qualifying event.
If you choose to earn frequent flyer airline miles instead of points, all member tiers can earn a maximum of 20,000 miles (1 mile per $1 USD) per qualifying event.
- Get 10 Elite Qualifying Nights when you book your first meeting — and achieve Silver Elite status automatically.
- Plus, you’ll earn one Elite Qualifying Night for every additional 20 room nights you book — up to 20 Elite Qualifying Nights per contract.
Rewarding Events program was a good way to earn Qualifying Nights towards Marriott Lifetime Status. With the new changes, earning Qualifying Nights is limited to 10 only when you book your first meeting. Points earning rates has also been cut to 2X but limits have been raised at least. Overall negative changes.
HT: Loyalty Lobby