It is tricky finding all the different requirements and earning possibilities for the various hotel meeting rewards programs when planning your wedding, so I’ve compiled the major items into the table below.
You can use this to figure out if your wedding or wedding block will qualify as a meeting (it almost certainly will) so you can earn even more rewards through the hotel – and get more travel opportunities!
The table breaks down like this:
- Hotel: The name of the hotel chain (pretty straightforward)
- Separate sign-up?: Do you have to sign-up specifically for their meeting planner rewards program, or can you just use your normal, personal account?
- Earning Rate: How many points you earn for each dollar spent. Note that this is usually only for master-billed spending, which is what you pay the hotel, not what your guests spend on their rooms.
- Maximum: The largest amount of points you can earn for a single ‘meeting’, as well as how much that equates to in spending in dollars.
- Qualified Meeting: In order for your wedding or wedding block to qualify as a meeting for these rewards, it needs to meet these requirements.
- Earn on non-MB?: This is whether you can earn points on non master-billed spending – that is, do you earn points for what your guests pay for their hotel rooms? Only a few programs allow this, but if your guests will be paying for their rooms on their own, you could still earn rewards for their stay!
|Hotel||Separate Signup?||Earning Rate||Maximum||Qualified Meeting||Earn on non-MB?|
|Starwood||Yes||1 point per $3||20,000 points ($60,000)||10 rooms||Yes|
|Hilton||No||1 point and 1 mile per $1||100,000 points and miles ($100,000)||$1,000 in meeting spending||No|
|IHG||Yes||3 points per $1||60,000 points ($20,000)||10 rooms and a booked meeting room or catering||Yes|
|Marriott||No||3 points or 1 mile per $1||50,000 points ($16,667) or 15,000 miles ($15,000)||10 rooms at least 1 night||Yes|
|Hyatt||No||1 point per $1||50,000 points ($50,000)||10 'actualized' rooms or a meeting room/catering||No|
|Carlson||No||3 points per $1 on first $5,000, then 5 points per $1||$50,000 in Europe, Middle East, and Africa||(probably 10 rooms)||No|