Marriott has weighed in with its contribution to the growing list of summer hotel promotions, offering a free night after three stays.
Marriott Rewards members will earn one free night after three paid stays between June 1 and August 31, up to a maximum of two free nights for six stays. In addition to the free nights, members receive a voucher worth up to $50 toward Hertz rentals completed by February 28, 2011.
The free night awards can be redeemed for stays at Category 1 through 4 Marriotts between June 1 and December 31.
To participate, Rewards members must register by June 30.
Deal or No Deal
As summer promotions go, this one is middle-of-the-pack, value-wise. Omni's free weekend night after one paid night is clearly the more compelling offer. But Marriott's offer trumps Best Western's current bonus-mile promotion.
Three stays is a high qualification hurdle for many travelers.
And limiting the free night to the lowest four of Marriott's eight hotel categories detracts from the reward's luster.
On the other hand, for Marriott loyalists who travel at least semi-frequently, this may be enough to keep them from taking their business elsewhere.
And maybe that's all Marriott was trying to achieve.
Reader Reality Check
On a scale of 1 to 10, how does this offer rate on your promotion meter?
Is the three-stay qualification requirement within range for you?