Thursday, January 31, 2013

Great Marriott Rewards Bonus Points deals in Toronto and Ottawa

You may have seen these offers posted in yesterday's Bonus Offer Highlight but these are some pretty good offers that deserve a post of there own:
Courtyard Toronto Airport

Both the Courtyard Toronto Airport and Courtyard Ottawa Downtown are offering 5,000 Bonus Marriott Rewards points for stays between February 10th and April 30th. Unlike many hotel 'bonus point' offers that charge a higher rate than the best available rate (which can still be a good deal) the offers for both hotels are charged at the same rate as the BAR! There were only two other rates available that were cheaper in my random searches and they were the book in advance rate which I never personally book as payment up front is required and they are non-cancelable and non-refundable. The other was the AAA/CAA rate which is just as flexible as the BAR. Both of these rates price out 10% below the Best Available Rate for these locations.


Courtyard Ottawa Downtown
The Courtyard Toronto Airport was pricing out at $149 on most nights for the 5,000 point rate with the AAA rate at $134.10. A difference of $14.90.  What surprised me* was that The Courtyard Ottawa Downtown was significantly higher at $209 with the AAA rate at $188.10, a difference of $20.90.

So what's better? The AAA/CAA rate or the 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points Rate?  Most valuations of Marriott Rewards points range from .6 cents to 1.0 cents depending on your redemption. So if you take the in between value of .8 cents then the 5,000 Rewards points is worth $40. So in both pricing cases listed above the 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points rate represents a better value.

For more information on these promotions see the following:
Courtyard Toronto Airport. Full Details and Online Booking  
Courtyard Ottawa Downtown. Full Details and Online Booking

Also don't forget to register for this quarter's Marriott MegaBonus which further adds value to these stays:
Marriott MegaBonus: Earn a Free Night or Bonus Rewards Points for stays at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. Full Details, Online Registration and Booking
Some of the Offer Variations:
- Earn a free night after every second qualifying stay A maximum of three free nights can be earned and then used at Category 1-4 hotels.
- Earn a free night after every second qualifying stay A maximum of two free nights can be earned and then used at Category 1-5 hotels.
- Earn 35,000 points after 20 paid nights + 15,000 points after 25 paid nights—up to 50,000 bonus points
- Earn 25,000 points after 15 paid nights + 15,000 points after 20 paid nights—up to 40,000 bonus points
Register by Mar 15 for stays Feb 1 - Apr 30, 13


* I stayed at this hotel in 2011 during a media tour and don't think it's worth that price but that's just me.

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