On our recent trip to Texas I picked up a free Marriott night. Yup, taking one vacation while earning for the next one!
To get your free Marriott night, go to Marriott rewards and create your account. Set your earnings to Marriott points, not airline rewards to get your free night. Once your account is made go to My Account, and in the drop down select Promotion Central. Pick the one that says Marriott Rewards Unexpected Bonus. Click on it to register and you are set to go.
From their website:
To earn your free nights:
- Register by July 31, 2013
- Stay twice at any participating hotel between May 15 and September 2, 2013
- Earn one free night after each second paid stay, up to two free nights
- Enjoy your free nights at any category 1-5 hotel worldwide
2 stays are NOT 2 nights in the same hotel. You need to either visit 2 hotels or stay 2 different dates in the same hotel.
So while in Texas we stayed twice at the Fairfield Inn in Weslaco. It was $72 a night with the AAA rate plus tax. Staying on Thursday and Sunday got us a future free night. I use Kayak to price hotels in the area and unless there is a huge price difference I go with the one giving me the best reward. Either in earned free nights or extra points.
This promo is limited to 2 free nights per account but since it goes until September 2 I might have time to get the 2nd free night. This type of promo works very well if you are on a car trip or moving around vacation destinations.