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Marriott Rewards has announced a revamping of its #MRPoints program that offered free points for engaging with Marriott via social media. The new programme is going to be called #RewardsPoints – I assume that Marriott’s PR people eventually figured out that their hashtag was being interpreted as “Mister Points” instead of “Marriott Rewards Points”.
More interestingly, members are now going to be tempted with a maximum of 45,000 bonus points per year, enough for a free night at any Marriott property (excluding Ritz-Carlton hotels). You can reach the website for this promotion by clicking here.
The first opportunities to earn bonus points are easy. You simply must follow Marriott Rewards on a few social networking websites to earn up to 1,000 points:
I’m not yet sure whether members who previously participated in #MRpoints will receive these bonus points again. Please leave a comment below if you’ve already managed to test it out.
Remember that you can transfer Marriott Rewards Points freely to/from Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints instantly at a 3:1 rate (so 1,000 Marriott Points will get you 333 Starpoints).
Marriott Category 1 hotels require just 7,500 Marriott Reward Points (SPG Category 1 hotels 2,000-3,000 Starpoints). But it will be truly exciting if members will receive sufficient free-point opportunities to reach the 45,000 Marriott point cap each year.
Note that Marriott Rewards Points earned from social media interactions do not reset the expiry date of your Points – don’t end up in a situation like Joe did where his converted Starpoints immediately expired due to “inactivity” in his Marriott Rewards account!
Today seems to be free mile/point day. Enjoy!