Some Marriott Hotels Offer Points For Early Checkout

Guests at some Marriott hotels have occasionally been offered Rewards points or a monetary credit for early checkout.

The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California, for example, offered guests 1,500 points or a $15 resort credit for checking out by 9 a.m. — two hours earlier than the normal checkout time.

The offer “was an individual hotel decision,” and such compensation is not in the Rewards program’s terms and conditions, Marriott International spokeswoman Kimberley Mannino says.

Marriott International contacted the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, and the luxury hotel refused to comment, Mannino says.

Members of the Timeshare Users Group, a website of timeshare owners and prospective owners, posted on the website in June about Marriott Vacation Club properties that have offered guests Rewards points for early checkout.

One member posted that three Marriott Vacation Club properties offered 1,000-3,500 points for early checkout. Another member posted that a Marriott Vacation Club property offered different point amounts for early checkout by 7 a.m., 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Early checkout is the antithesis of a Marriott policy that elite Rewards members enjoy: — late checkout at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., depending on elite status.

Platinum Elite members and members with a higher status may check out as late as 4 p.m. except at resort and convention hotels and Design Hotels, where such a checkout is based on availability. The 4 p.m. late checkout policy doesn’t apply to Marriott, Sheraton and Westin Vacation Club properties, Ritz-Carlton Reserve residences and some other Marriott properties.

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