Marriott Rewards Free WiFi Expanding To All Members January 15, 2015

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The free wireless internet access, whether actually working or not, is becoming complimentary to all Marriott Rewards members regardless of the status January 15, 2015.

Marriott Rewards Free WiFi Worldwide January 15 2015

The only catch is that the benefit only apply to stays that are booked on Marriott’s own reservation channels and not on any of he 3rd party sites such as Expedia or Booking.com.

You can access Marriott’s web page for this announcement here.

Note that Marriott Rewards Gold and Platinum members are eligible for “enhanced” internet access (means that you can use for something else besides checking emails).

Marriott Rewards uses words such as “free standard” and “essential” trying to bring down the expectations about the quality of the connection.

This doesn’t affect the internet benefit in Asia Pacific that has been complimentary already for a while.

There are properties that don’t participate Marriott Rewards at all. The internet access is not complimentary at these properties:

Here’s the list of non-participating properties for this benefit:

Non-Participating Brand: Protea

Non-Participating Properties:

The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore

Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The Ritz-Carlton Destination Clubs, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, and The Abaco Club JW Marriott Miami

Beaux Arts

Residence Inn at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Marriott’s StreamSide Evergreen, Vail, CO

Marriott’s StreamSide Douglas, Vail, CO

Marriott’s StreamSide Birch, Vail, CO

47 Park Street – Marriott Grand Residence Club, UK

Marriott Vacation Club at The Empire Place, Bangkok, Thailand

Marriott Vacation Club at The Buckingham, Macau, ChinaAspen Wye River Conference Center, Queenstown, MD

NCED Marriott Conference Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Jesse H. Jones Rotary House Conference Center, Houston, TX

Non-Participating Partner Hotels:

Hotel Ritz-London – London, UK

Hotel Ritz Madrid – Madrid, Spain

Bulgari Hotel, Milano – Milan, Italy

Bulgari Resort, Bali – Bali, Indonesia

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Conclusion

Let’s hope that the hotels also ensure that the internet connection that they are offering is adequate to get anything done. I was just complaining the internet connectivity at many hotels the other day (access here).

What is the free or complimentary internet connection worth if it doesn’t work at all or is so slow that even Gmail is timing out?

Here are frequently asked question by Marriott Rewards about the free wifi:

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Here are the terms and conditions of the free wifi:

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