Marriott is well known now for their summer time mega bonus promotions. In this case you earned 2,000 bonus points per stay and an additional 2,000 points for each new brand you stayed with starting with the second brand.
You don’t need to be a frequent traveler to take advantage of these promotions either. Simply planning summer vacations and trips around Marriott in this case can be rewarding. About 90% of my stays are already Marriott so I planned our summer vacation road trip with Marriott and some of my smaller trips as well.
I also register for these promotions as soon as I see the email so I don’t forget later. I do this even if I don’t have any plans stayed because you never know when you might stay at a hotel. For example, I don’t stay with Hilton much but still register for their promotions as well.
I was able to earn over 28,000 points in hotel stays. I also carry the Chase Marriott Visa which added to my take by over 5,000 points. My grand total was over 33,000 for the summer and I’m still waiting for the last of my credit card points to post. This can easily give you a free night for your efforts and almost two depending on where you stay.
For me, I have a voucher for a one week Marriott stay (up to category 5). I am looking at using these points to possibly upgrade that towards a category 7 or 8 stay.
Reading the travel blogs or subscribing to emails from the hotels will notify you when there are promotions.