Marriott’s Week of Wonders is back, and some of the offers are notable, though they aren’t nearly generous as they were the last two years – not surprising since hotels have been filling up in many markets and there’s not nearly the need to invest in marketing to put heads in beds. Last year and in 2020 they ran similar October offers under the same branding.
Here’s what’s available October 6th – 13th, 2022:
- Experiential offers through the Marriott Moments platform including a culinary tour of New York with Phil Rosenthal of Netflix’s “Somebody Feed Phil” (but is Peter Luger really one of the best eats in New York?); midnight dinner and a guided tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza including a meditation session and photography when the pyramids are closed to most guests; an omakase dinner at the W Osaka (though will it really rival what you can do on your own?); Grand Prix experience at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi; and a Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (resort factory) cookout hosted by chef Eric Ripert.
Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
- Discount rates 20% off at over 5,900 properties which should be a good rate, though not necessarily 20% lower than the rate you’d have booked yourself. Last year it was 25% off. They’re also offering 15% off at all-inclusives.
- Award night discounts 15% less points at over 4,500 properties, though it is not at all clear to me how you’ll even know you’re getting a discount since not all properties are participating and Marriott no longer publishes any prices to compare against. I asked Marriott, and they confirmed they have no mechanism to let members know whether they’re actually saving points or not with this offer. Most importantly, like last year, this discount is for stays in the month of October only. (Last year’s discount was up to one-third off, and there were still published prices then.)
- Double points and elite nights for home shares Bookings made during Week of Wonders through Marriott Homes & Villas earn double points and double Elite Night Credits. That’s an end of year help for folks looking to earn status (but no help towards the spending requirement for top tier Ambassador). Last year the offer was triple points.
- Double points on activities booked through Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities.
This year there’s discount on Marriott merchandise. There’s no separate bonus for co-brand cardmembers. In fact there don’t appear to be partner offers at all, other than a Shutterfly discount code. And the deals aren’t as generous as they’ve been. That’s not a complaint, exactly – they’re certainly better than a hole in the head as my grandfather used to say! It’s just that if you’re going to call it Week Of Wonders you set a rather high bar and I’m not sure they’re meeting it.
Still, if you have any upcoming stays it could be a good idea to check on whether rebooking makes sense, or to reserve this week rather than waiting until a future week to make that reservation – see whether the rate discounts, award discounts, or double points and elite nights for home share stays make sense.