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Update: When Marriott says that its off-peak awards will be “up to 40% off Standard Pricing” it just means that it’s reducing the cost of off-peak awards by 10% which will make off-peak Category 1 properties 40% cheaper than their Standard Pricing. All other off-peak awards will be between 23% and 28% cheaper than their Standard season pricing.
Marriott has released a new promotion for award bookings made by 21 February and for once, it’s not an award promotion with a ridiculously short booking window. The new promotion is valid for bookings through September so even if you can’t travel now, you may still be able to get a nice discount on a trip for later in the year.
Marriott’s Super Off-Peak Promotion
- Book by 21 February 2021
- Stay by 30 September 2021
- Save up to 40% on Standard redemption pricing by booking Off-Peak rates (save 10% off the regular cost of off-peak awards)
- No registration required
- 7,500+ hotels are participating but redemption stays at Homes & Villas by Marriott International are not eligible for Off-Peak redemption rates.
- This promotion does not apply to cash + points redemptions.
There is no promotion code or trick to booking the reduced rates as Marriott has confirmed that the discounted award costs are being programed directly into its booking system and will display in Bonvoy members’ search results where appropriate.
The key thing to understand here is that Marriott is not offering a 40% discount on off-peak award costs (I can’t imagine Marriott ever being that generous!). What Marriott is saying is that it has discounted off-peak award costs to a point where they will be up to 40% cheaper than a Standard season award. The way it’s doing this is to discount all off-peak award costs by 10%.
As a reminder, here’s the current Marriott Bonvoy award chart:
Reducing the cost of off-peak awards gives us the following off-peak award chart:
Be sure to note that, primarily, it will be the regular off-peak rates that are being reduced and not the Pointsaver rates. Marriott will only be discounting Pointsaver rates for properties in Categories 5, 7 & 8 (categories in which if it didn’t reduce the Pointsaver rates they would be higher than the new discounted off-peak rate). Pointsaver rates for all other categories remain unchanged.
Note: At the time of writing, I have yet to see confirmation of the discount that Marriott will be applying to Category 5, 7 & 8 Pointsaver rates. It may or may not be 10%.
I haven’t had a chance to do a detailed search on Marriott.com to see just how easy it is to find these discounted off-peak rates (considering the global crisis it’s still a little incredible to think that any property has the gall to charge “peak season” pricing right now) so I don’t know how worthwhile this promotion is.
A little disappointingly, a 10% reduction in the cost of an off-peak award isn’t enough to bring any more properties into the scope of the free night award (worth up to 35,000 points per night) issued by Chase’s Marriott Boundless credit card or the free night award (worth up to 50,000 points per night) issued by Amex’ Marriott Brilliant credit card, but it does mean that there may now be times when it makes more sense to use points rather than a free night award.
While this isn’t what I’d call a great, spectacular, or awesome promotion, it’s nice to see that the travel period isn’t ridiculously short and that a good amount of time has been given for people to make plans so, for anyone considering a Marriott award booking, this promotion could a nice and unexpected bonus.