SHORT VERSION - FREE Breakfast for Plats across all brands except:
NO FREE BREKKY at Ritz Carlton, Design, Edition, Gaylord, Vacation Clubs & Marriott Grand Residences
and 2 special Autograph exemptions - Atlantis Bahamas and Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Longer version, well whilst in many ways the new scheme seems superficially simpler its actually more complex than the old one.
For example, 50 nights remains where the meat of Marriott Rewards is and is now called Platinum. In-stay benefits are the same for all Plats. But there are now 2 levels below the 50-nighter and 2 levels above it, all with gradually accumulating benefits. And then there’s the redemption table, 9 categories and 5 tiers have been compressed into just 8 categories, but there’s peak and off peak seasons and then each season has pointsavers. So there’s a total of 38 different price points across 72 different sub-categories. However, we’ll get acquainted with our own elite levels and benefits pretty quickly and although the new point redemptions will result in a myriad of numbers that’s no different from looking at cash and choosing the rate that best suits our needs and budget.
But if there’s one area that’s difficult to comprehend it’s the new Platinum Free Breakfast benefit, you see Marriott announced in Spring that all Platinums would receive free breakfast across almost all hotels, but it turns out how this is provided will vary, some brands it’s because it’s included in the rate, others it’s straight breakfast in the lounge. Others it’s a welcome option. Other brands it’s an F&B credit. And the rule is not steady across many brands with some brands having lounges and resorts of certain brands differing their approach against the rest of the brand.
So, what goes where? And where can’t Platinums breakfast for free?
At first I was going to provide a list, then realised I wasn’t actually that sure myself, so instead I posted this hoping we could all work together to provide a clear summary of breakfast across the brands, and so it’s turned out.
Acknowledgments to erc for his reply adding in the no weekend breakfast properties, ks83 for reminding me that I’d missed out Gaylord entirely and chrissss0r for the bright idea that if you’re not bothered about how Plats end up with free breakfast then the list you really want is the ones that dont do free breakfast at all. Although they appear on the list at point 8, I will highlight these prodigal brands here as well:
NO FREE BREAKFAST FOR YOU, NOT EVER - NEVER, SO DON’T ASK!
Ritz Carlton, Design Hotels, Edition, Gaylord, Vacation Clubs & Marriott Grand Residences
and 2 special Autograph exemptions, Atlantis Bahamas and Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
So the Platinum Free Breakfast is best summarised as follows:
1. Brands offering free breakfast in the rate to all guests
Element, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, Springhill Suites & TownePlace Suites
2 - Brands with Lounges (hence breakfast is part of lounge access)
JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph, Delta, Courtyard, Le Meridien, Sheraton & Westin
NB - Not all hotels have lounges, some CYs in Asia have lounges
Properties that offer free restaurant breakfast where lounge is closed
JW Marriott*, Marriott*, Renaissance*, Autograph*, Delta & Courtyard
(*A handful of each of these brands don’t offer weekend Plat breakfast, see erc’s list below)
Properties with lounges where free breakfast is a welcome amenity choice where lounge is closed
Le Meridien, Sheraton & Westin
3. Brands where in the absence of a lounge, breakfast is free in restaurant
JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph & Delta
4. Brands where in the absence of a lounge, restaurant breakfast is a welcome amenity choice
Le Meridien, Sheraton & Westin
5. Brands where breakfast is a $10pp daily F&B welcome amenity choice
Moxy, AC & Courtyards without lounges (that’s almost all CYs worldwide!)
6. Brands where restaurant breakfast is a welcome amenity choice
St Regis, W, Luxury Collection, Tribute, Aloft, Four Points & Protea
7. ***Resort Brands*** with no Plat lounge access, restaurant breakfast is a welcome amenity choice
****Resorts**** JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance and Autograph ****Resorts****
8. Brands without any free breakfast for anyone, not ever!
Ritz Carlton, Design Hotels, Edition, Gaylord, Vacation Club, Grand Residences + Atlantis Bahamas & Cosmo Vegas