Can Marriott Corporate Rates really save you money on your hotel booking?
Whatare Marriott Corporate Rates?
Corporate travelers can often benefit from cheaper stays with select hotel brands and this includes Marriott. Corporate discounts work by negotiating a discount - if a company has a large footprint in the area of the hotel the discount is likely bigger. The reverse is also true.
If you travel for business, it's possible to get a lower rate by booking your Marriott stay in advance online usinga particular code. Depending on hotel availability, your negotiated rate may not be available on the requested dates and not all corporate codes work with all properties.
Corporate rates are usually stated as strictly only for corporate use by employees, so they are to be used at your own risk, especially as you may need relevant ID when checking in.
How do I use Marriott Corporate Rates?
You can easily add the code to your online reservation from the Marriott homepage; when you click on the 'Find our lowest rates' box to enter your destination,it shows you the option for 'Special Rates', where you can then enter your 'Corporate/promo code':
For our tests, we chosethe Ritz-Carlton Atlanta on April 11th, 2017.It comes out at $319 plus taxesfor the Regular Rate (which is flexible as it can be cancelled a day before arrival) or $313 plustaxes for the Marriott Rewards member rate:
Some ofthe codes we tried for our test booking worked to give us a discount off the member rate:
- ATT AT&T $176- save 44% ($137)
- IBM IBM $185- save 41% ($128)
- COK Coca-Cola $225 - save 28% ($88)
- GEE General Electric $255- save 18% ($58)
However, the corporate rate was not available for our test booking with most of thecodes that we tried:
- FRD Ford
- PHI Philips
- CDH Cardinal Health
- FED FedEx
- NOR Northrup Grumann
- SPR Sprint
- UPS United Parcel Service
- SHL Shell
- JPM JP Morgan
- LGM Legg Mason
- NOV Novell Pharmacy
- DIS Disney $319 - 2% more ($6)
- GDA General Dynamics $395 - 26%more ($82) (although only a Club or Executive room is available with this code for this booking)
It's interesting to note that the cheapest rate we found using a corporate code for the test booking for Disney and Apple was $319, which was the same priceas the Regular Rate.
What else do I need to know about Marriott Corporate Rates?
It's always useful to compare the corporate rate you're using with other rates on the Marriottwebsite, so you can see exactly how much of a discount you're getting. In this instance, it pays to be a Citigroup, Dell or AT&T employee to get the biggestdiscounts of between 43% and 45% off the member rate, although you may well get a much better saving when searching other dates orproperties.
This Hotel Corporate Codes postand this FlyerTalk postare both useful for various Marriott corporate codes, but you could alsofind one foryour company witha Google search. If your business isn't listed on any of the sites that you check, you could ask HR if there is a corporate code that you can use or contact Marriott. Plus the way these Marriott codes are written, it may actually be easy to guess your company's three-letter code!
Keep in mindthat many hotel brandsare extremely vigilant about codes being abused and if you try to check in without proof that you are entitled to use a corporate code, you could lose your place to stay or end up having to pay the rack rate instead!
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