Marriott Bonvoy has brought back its annual Week of Wonders campaign, which runs from 7-14 October 2021.
During this campaign, members can book award nights at up to 33% off, save 25% off paid nights, buy points with a 55% bonus, enjoy a 20% discount off the Westin, Marriott and Sheraton boutiques and more.
|Week of Wonders|
I’ll look at the points sale in a separate post, and focus on the award night/paid night discounts in this one.
Up to 33% off award redemptions
|Wonders of Discovery|
During Week of Wonders, award nights can booked at up to 33% off from 7-14 October 2021, with stays by 31 October 2021.
This basically means that Marriott Bonvoy is offering off-peak pricing at selected hotels during this period. In some categories, the off-peak pricing is indeed 33% less than standard, but in others, the differential is a more modest 14%.
Marriott has not provided a list of eligible hotels, but from what I can see, not all hotels are participating. In Singapore, for example, the St. Regis (Cat. 6) and Vagabond (Cat. 5) are indeed pricing at off-peak rates, but the W Sentosa Cove (Cat. 6) is not.
For those of you thinking of a Germany trip, participation in Munich seems to be much better from what I can see. All hotels are showing off-peak pricing, and some even lower than that because of Marriott Bonvoy’s ongoing PointSavers offers.
PointSavers overrides Week of Wonders discounted pricing; for example, the Sheraton Munich Arabellapark and Westin Grand Munich cost 30,000 points per off-peak night, but are showing as 27,500 points. I’m not complaining.
If you want to be sure you’re getting the off-peak rate and not the standard/peak one, you can cross reference the hotel’s pricing with this tool which shows what the off-peak, standard and peak rates at a given property should be.
For those who made award bookings prior to the announcement of this promotion, you’ll need to cancel and rebook to enjoy the lower price (or, if you’re paranoid about the award space disappearing, contact Marriott customer service on live chat to request a price adjustment).
Marriott’s evergreen 5th night free offer on points redemptions remains, and will stack with this promotion.
25% off paid stays
|Wonders of Escape|
Marriott is offering up to 25% off participating hotels for paid bookings made between 7-14 October 2021 , with stays by 17 January 2022.
I doubt this promotion will be very useful for staycations, given that only three Singapore hotels are participating (Sheraton Towers, Vagabond Club, Duxton Reserve), and the Sheraton Towers is on SHN duty till who knows when. I can’t say the pricing at Duxton Reserve is making me think of a return visit either…
However, Munich and Frankfurt have 12 and 5 properties respectively participating, and could be worth a look if you’re headed to Germany. 89 Euros for the Le Meridien Frankfurt is certainly a good deal in my book.
Rates booked under this promotion are non-refundable, so be sure to firm up your plans before pulling the trigger.
Week of Wonders runs for seven days (thanks Captain Obvious), and you’ll need to lock in your award or paid bookings by 14 October 2021.
I suspect the off-peak pricing offer won’t be that useful to most members, since you need to book within the next week and stay by the end of the month. But if you’re willing to lock in some future plans, remember that the 25% off paid stays offer is valid all the way up to 17 January 2022.