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I received an email this afternoon from Marriott Bonvoy, promoting a 25% sale at hotels in the UK and Ireland. I thought I’d have a look to see what was on offer for later this year – once hotels are open again.
Remember, that in England at least, the earliest date that hotels are due to reopen for non-essential travel is 17th May 2021. The current ‘stay at home’ rule isn’t due to end until 29th March.
I was therefore a little surprised to see that the terms state that the Marriott promotion ends on 30th April 2021:
To be 100% clear, if you were to take Marriott up on its ‘generous’ staycation offer before 29th March, you would be breaking the stay at home laws and face a fixed penalty notice from the police of at least £200.
Between 29th March and 17th May, I’m not entirely sure whether you would be technically breaking the law or not, but you would certainly be breaking the rules and going against Government guidance.
It is inappropriate, to say the least, for a major travel company to encourage irresponsible (in fact, illegal) behaviour in the middle of a global pandemic.
Marriott should clarify the real situation to members as soon as possible.