I'm considering the possibility of staying in a Marriott for a couple of months vs a short term apartment lease. Are there any maximum point or night earnings per stay? I'd probably be looking at a regular Marriott or a Courtyard.
My mom stayed at a Res Inn, an entire legislative session when she worked at the capital in Austin. She banked on nights and points No cap. Of course RI only offer 5 points per $ compared to 10 at say a Courtyard or reg Marriott.
If you want to maximize points, do not stay at Marriott ExecuStay or Executive Apartments as you only receive 2.5 points per $1 vs.10 points per $1 at a regular Marriott or Courtyard. You also only get 1 elite night credit per 3 nights stayed at ExecuStay/Executive Apartments, so if you also need nights for lifetime status, they would be a lose/lose proposition. Then, you do not want to stay at a Courtyard, because you only earn points on the room rate only (see: Earn Rewards at Marriott Hotels). I'm assuming with a stay for a couple of months, you may be getting room service or have other in-hotel purchases, so at a regular Marriott, you would get points for all hotel purchases at the regular Marriott, not just the room rate. You can also skip housekeeping (see: Marriott Rewards l Your Choice) at the Marriott (and Courtyard as well for 250 points/day) for 500 points/day up to 3 consecutive days, up to 5,000 points per stay. They have to clean the room every 3 days however, so if you have the option, check out once you reach the Max, go to the Courtyard (if they are nearby) for 1 day, then check back into the Marriott to repeat the housekeeping points. Do this each time you reach the max.
If you can pay for the stay yourself, if you need elite nights, use the Marriott Rewards Visa to pay for the stay for an extra 5 points/$1 and elite night credit per $3,000 spent. If you don't care about nights, then pay for the stay with the SPG Amex for an extra 6 points/$1 (2 SPG points per $1 = 6 MR points per $1).
You can also see if either hotel has a bonus points rate, maybe an extra 1000, 2000, or 3000 points/night. If so, book under that rate if you can. If it's the Courtyard with the bonus points rate, the Marriott rate would have to be approximately $100 more at a minimum than the Courtyard rate (not counting which credit card you pay with, it'd be slightly less) to balance out an extra 1000 points/night at Courtyard. Sign up for the Fall MegaBonus if you haven't, and switch hotels for 7 days at the beginning to get a free Cat 1-5 cert after 2 nights stayed, then 10,000 points after 5 more nights stayed (assuming that's the MegaBonus you receive). For an extra 1000 points/night after those 7 days, you could switch hotels (back & forth between 2 hotels) nightly for an extra 1,000 points per night for the remaining portion of the MegaBonus - not sure if you want to do that though for a consecutive couple months stay however. This method would eliminate the 'Your Choice' housekeeping points, but the MegaBonus would be worth more points anyway.
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