As a member of World of Hyatt, I can easily keep my account active with patronizing Hyatt's F&B outlets. Very, very regrettably, I was told by Marriott's hotel staff that my spending as a non-staying guest is WORTHLESS!!!
Well then be forewarned - you don't earn points for Bistro expenses at Courtyard or food and beverage expenses at Ritz Carlton, even as a hotel guest.
As a former Hyatt person, I do appreciate the ability to earn and redeem points for restaurants & spa visits even if you aren't a guest at the hotel.
Looks like Marriott was testing something similar in 2016 but I don't know what happened to it:
I think, in this aspect, Marriott fails big time. If the idea of a loyalty program is premised on getting the member to spend more, then any potential source of income for Marriott is a potential source of, well, income!
Wonder what they were thinking when they decided on this matter.
It's a relatively new feature at Hyatt though and no other program (that I know of) has this feature.
I don't think it's really been "decided" yet as it might be a feature of the new program. I wouldn't be too quick to judge until the new program comes out.
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