Earn up to 50,000 points per qualified event with Rewarding Events. Will receive thoughtful attention and expert execution from an in-house event planner. No, You will not earn Marriott Rewards points or miles for any rooms you book for your meeting or event at Residence Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments and Protea Hotels. You can continue to earn points or miles for your individual stays at these brands.

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That said, the earning potential still pales in comparison to an individual stay, where you can earn 15 HHonors points per dollar if you choose to accrue “Points and Points. The credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which ThePointsGuy. The credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which ThePointsGuy. The credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which ThePointsGuy.

You can rent at least one meeting room for any amount of time, or you can contract with a hotel to reserve a block of sleeping rooms. You contract for a block of rooms, and the final bill comes to $6000 before tax. You don’t even have to be registered as a “meeting planner” with any hotel chain. You have probably heard horror stories from people who attended conferences or events and reported back that they were not allowed to keep their points, and that is often the case.

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Without one, wins once again in terms of earning the most points fastest, but since their points are worth less for redemptions, it’s not a complete victory. X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases. X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.

Both chains are partnered with virtually every airline with which you might want to earn points.

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I noted that was the only exception to this, allowing meeting planners to earn points even on rooms that individual guests paid for themselves. I reported in my first post that in order to earn points on a room block, the rooms typically all need to go on one big bill, called a “Master Account. I think it’s actually a close tie among all the programs.

So carrying a co-branded credit card such as the or the card could really up your points-earning potential. So wise, actually, that a lot of properties will outright refuse to sign a contract with you because the risks are too high, and instead will offer you a “courtesy hold” on a block of rooms. Some award 1 point per 3 dollars, while others award 3 points per 1 dollar, while others still even award both hotel points AND airline miles with a partner.

It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered. It turns out that Starwood has recently changed their “Preferred Planner” program to allow this as well, which is great news for meeting planners. It’s important to consider redemption levels and the difficulty of earning points in a particular chain’s program.

However, I have found that some catering and sales managers simply award the points based on the total bill, minus tax. However, if you are trying to reserve a block of rooms in connection with a wedding elsewhere, the equation changes. However, it’s always a good idea to confirm with your sales or catering contact at the hotel whether or not your meeting qualifies, and you’ll be able to earn points on the meeting.

That $6000 would earn you 2K Starwood points, 6K Hyatt points, 18K Marriott points or frequent flyer miles in the airline program of your choice, 6K HHonors points PLUS 6K frequent flyer miles, or 18K Priority club points.

In general, meetings whose total costs are high will net you a lot of points but not much in the way of elite status. In my experience, though, this is a rule that is not often followed. In the end, which program is “best” is really a matter of your personal needs and preferences, but the potential to earn a lot of points is definitely out there. In this case, whether or not the block qualifies as a meeting will be at the discretion of the sales manager.

Next time, I’ll talk about all of the points you can’t earn when I cover the dreaded (cue ominous music) point-earning caps! On the plus side, however, you can reach elite status after only a few meetings, and in some circumstances after only one. Please view our for more information. Please view our for more information.

But while Marriott puts you in the unfortunate position of having to choose between points and miles, Hilton allows you to earn both just like their Double Dip rewards for individual stays. Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

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Some of the things they can do include cutting the room rate in half, awarding you a “signing bonus” worth tens of thousands of points, or giving you amenities and room upgrades. TPG Contributor Max Bloom explains how planning meetings—even if you’re not a “meeting planner”—can you points and at the major hotel chains. That $20K in spend would also reduce to a mere 6667 Starwood points.

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We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. When it comes to earning points for room blocks, the relationship between meeting planners and the people staying in the rooms is almost always: whoever pays gets the points. When you reserve only meeting rooms, the person you want to speak with at the hotel is called the “catering manager,” and this is true even if you don’t need any catering.

You may even be able to talk them into it if they say no at first by explaining how much money you’ll be spending at the property, what facilities you’ll use, and, quite importantly, the number of room nights you’re booking. You should have a pretty good gut feeling about whether or not you’ve got a case.

Please view our for more information. Please view our for more information. Points are officially only supposed to be awarded to planners of “qualifying” meetings. Priority Club seems attractive at 3 points per dollar, but they are so strict about “qualifying” that you may not be able to actually earn those points.

But even if you are averse to haggling, the moral of the story is always ask if you qualify as a meeting because you have to start there. But first a note on what to do if there is no master account. But for now you should assume that whoever pays gets them.

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While you could make the reservations online or over the phone, it’s worth calling the hotel and speaking to a sales manager. While you still earn points in accordance with the amount of money you spend, meeting planner programs tend to award many fewer points per dollar than they would award an individual for a stay. Who Gets the Points?

At a minimum, a room block almost always requires that you sign an actual contract with the hotel stating the number of rooms you are reserving and how many nights you are reserving them.

Just like earning through individual stays, the meeting programs of the big chains differ significantly in the number of points they award per dollar spent. Let’s get two pieces of meeting jargon out of the way before we go on. Let’s look at a typical “meeting” for the average casual meeting planner. Let’s take a practical example of the room night: A group of five people traveling to a hotel for 3 nights makes 15 room nights.

This is obviously important to keep in mind when booking your event, and sales managers will always ask whether the rooms are to be billed to a master account or paid for individually. This post comes to us courtesy of one of our new TPG Contributors, Max Bloom. This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers.

In fact, if you have ever organized a hotel stay for a group of people for business or pleasure, odds are good that your group may have qualified as a meeting without even knowing it. In fact, many chains and individual properties run special wedding promotions, sometimes involving 100,000 points or more for the happy couple. In future posts, I’ll talk about splitting points between people, and what to do if you work for a company that prohibits you from collecting points.

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If the rooms all go on a single bill, called a “master account,” the meeting planner gets the points. If you are planning on getting married at a hotel, the answer is almost always yes. If you are reserving a block of sleeping rooms, or both meeting rooms and sleeping rooms, you want to speak with a “sales manager. If you are reserving one room for 10 nights, for example, I wouldn’t bother. If you hadn’t guessed, there is sometimes a way around this rule and it is called the “room night.

If in reading this piece, you’re thinking that all of this rule-bending creates great opportunities to haggle for a boatload of points, you are right, and I’ll be talking more about ways to do that in future posts. If it is status you’re after, you should book as many cheap meetings as possible since status is more of a numbers game in this case. If the people staying in the rooms pay for them individually, they get the points.

As a general rule, a room block also requires that you reserve at least 10 rooms on at least one night, and this is written into the T&C of many meeting rewards programs.As always, there are exceptions, like Starwood, which awards elite status only based upon the amount of money you spend at their properties.

However, you’d have to spend $2,222 on an individual Starwood stay as an elite member or $3,333 as a regular member to earn that many points, so it could still be a good choice even with its comparatively low point-to-dollar ratio. Hyatt is a great example of a program with ambiguous rules in this area, requiring “10 or more actualized guestrooms. I am aware of only one exception to this rule and it’s Marriott.

That means you could get points on basically everything you put on the master account, including use of the business center, handling charges for shipping to and from the hotel, meals in the hotel restaurant, or incidental charges to rooms in a room block—though don’t tell your guests because then you might get stuck with enormous minibar charges!

  1. A lot of people want to know whether or not weddings qualify as meetings, and like many things in the world of meetings, the answer is: it depends.
  2. Again, sometimes all it takes to as a meeting is reserving a room block that can be anything from a family group all staying together to a corporate retreat, so make sure you check out all your options, even if you’re just planning a getaway for you and a group of friends.
  3. Although Starwood has upped their game by allowing you to earn on rooms that are not master-billed, they seriously lag the group in only awarding 1 point per $3.
  4. There are two ways to qualify as a meeting. These are people who work within the hotel’s events department and are not normal reservation agents. They allow meeting planners to earn points on the total cost of the room block, even when people pay for their rooms individually. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear).

    Like deciding which chain to stay in on a given trip or which hotel-branded credit card to apply for, choosing a property that will give you the most points or value for your money is not necessarily as straightforward as picking the one that awards the most points per dollar. Make sure you start by telling the sales manager that you need “X room nights” in order to pique their interest or they may blow you off.

    Max recently attained SPG Platinum by spending over $100,000 a year on meetings at their properties. Meetings can be a great way to earn a lot of points at once, especially if you are earning them on the spending generated by a block of sleeping rooms. Most programs claim in their T&C that only “qualifying purchases” like sleeping rooms, event space, and catering are eligible for points.

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    Everyone else awards at least three times that many points. For a meeting room-only event, this may be prohibitively high, but for a block of rooms it’s pocket change. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit.

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    Room nights are the number of rooms you reserve times the number of nights you reserve them, and if this number is greater than 10, you may be able to make a case for your group as a meeting. Say you are in charge of an event where you need to book 10 rooms for 3 nights, and each room costs $200 per night. Since bending the rules is relatively common, I rarely refer to these “rules” in absolute terms.

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    In this post, he explains how each chain calculates the number of points you earn by spending money on “meeting” expenses. It is a bill for everything you spend money on in conjunction with your meeting or event. It is important to understand that earning points and status through meetings is significantly different than doing it through normal hotel stays. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

    The credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which ThePointsGuy. The master account is more than just a bill for a block of sleeping rooms or meeting space. The number of points per dollar varies by chain and can be as low as 1 point per $3.

    For example, $20K in spend with Hyatt would net you almost enough points for a stay at any Park Hyatt property worldwide. Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. Hilton and Marriott are unique in allowing you to earn miles with your airline of choice through meeting spend.

    1. Although renting a meeting room is very straightforward, the guidelines for qualifying by reserving a block of sleeping rooms are significantly looser.
    2. And if you already have this card in your wallet, you can each year when they get approved.
    3. And if you already have this card in your wallet, you can each year when they get approved.
    4. Another key difference is that while the major hotel chains tend to have pretty well defined criteria for meeting planner rewards programs and what qualifies as a meeting, meeting managers at individual properties have a tremendous amount of discretion to bend the rules, and when they do it is usually in your favor.
    5. Hilton is the only chain that has a minimum-spend requirement, at $1000. His work has him coordinating events at hotels all over the country and he’s become an expert on meeting planning, and how it can earn you both points and status. Holding meetings and events at hotels can be a fantastic way to earn a lot of points and even elite status, and it’s easier than you might think. Hotel sales managers are very wise to the fact that weddings often cancel for a variety of reasons.

      If you paid for the event with a hotel-branded credit card, however, you could earn 6K Starwood points, 24K Hyatt points, 36K-48K Marriott points depending on your card, 42K-60K Hilton Points depending on your card plus 6K frequent flier miles, or 48K Priority club points. If you’re lucky, they’ll decide that you have enough to qualify and you’ll be off to the races. In combination with a branded credit card, Hyatt and Hilton take the cake.

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