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What is a mattress run?

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A mattress run is a stay at a hotel for the purpose of earning elite status, points bonuses in a hotel loyalty program, or any other activity needed to qualify for a promotional offer. Mattress run are best done by booking inexpensive hotels especially on the weekends, and then using the benefit acquired for something really expensive. For example, Starwood is currently running a 3 stays = 1 free night promo that can be redeemed at over 200 resorts with an unlimited number of nights that may be earned. By checking in and out of a hotel 3 times, one may then redeem the free night at someplace quite expensive such as the St. Regis Kauai even though the stays for earning were 3 cheap mattress runs at Washington Dulles and the surrounding area Starwood properties. Starwood’s top elite status is the Platinum level which requires 25 stays, so one can earn both 8 free resort nights and book one additional stay for gaining Platinum status, but you might as well book 3 more stays and earn another free resort night.


Written by chitownflyer

April 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm

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