Marriott Extending Gold & Platinum Member Complimentary Weekend Breakfast To United States & Canada

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USA Today reported yesterday (read their piece here) that Marriott is going to announce today that the complimentary weekday continental breakfast in the United States and Canada is extended to include Saturday and Sunday as well starting on June 22, 2013.

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Previously, the continental breakfast has been complimentary on hotel club lounge or in the restaurant, if the hotel doesn’t have lounge for Marriott Rewards Gold and Platinum members (including Ritz-Carlton Rewards Gold & Platinum).

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This change only affects JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, and Autograph Collection hotels in the United States and Canada. Outside of these two countries, the breakfast has been complimentary already 7 days a week.

Note that the breakfast is still not complimentary at Resorts (you don’t believe what hotels might be categorized as “resorts”) and at Courtyard hotels. There were 838 Courtyard hotels in North America as of December 31, 2013. Also, AC hotels in Europe don’t participate to the complimentary breakfast benefit and Ritz-Carlton hotels are excluded too.

USA Today also reported that, if you decline the breakfast in the morning, you can choose additional 750 Marriott Rewards points. It is unclear if this is per day or per stay. I would imagine the latter.

Conclusion

We should hear from Marriott later today about this enhanced benefit.

It is still annoying, however, that the breakfast is not complimentary to Gold and Platinum members at ALL Marriott affiliated hotels.

Considering that the Courtyards are excluded (more than quarter of Marriott’s total hotel portfolio), as are all the resorts categorized hotels, I believe that Marriott could have done the right thing and extended the breakfast benefit for these as well.

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