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The Marriott Explore program is a special discounted rate employees can use when vacationing at Marriott properties around the world. The discount level has two tiers, an employee rate and friends and family rate, that differ greatly in discounts and availability.
If you are lucky enough to be one of Marriott’s 200,000 employees, or even know one, then you might be eligible. It’s not unlikely to save over 50% on nightly rates at properties so find out how to book below.
The Marriott Explore Rate is for employees and immediate family members. Family members includes spouses, domestic partners, parents, parents’ in-law, brothers, sisters and children. Unfortunately any extended family is not covered under this.
The Marriott Explore Friends Rate is eligible for almost anyone as long as it’s an authorized friend of a Marriott employee. The rate is not as good and the employee rate, but still can offer some nice savings.
To use the Explore Friends code, all you need to do is ask a Marriott Employee for an Explore Rate Authorization Form to be completed. They can get this from either Marriott Human Resources or download it directly from the Marriott Global Source intranet site. There is nothing preventing you from searching the Friends and Family code in advance but you’ll need this form before you travel.
Note, you will need to bring a printed out copy of this form to show the front desk when checking in, along with your photo ID.
Keep in mind that the Marriott Explore Rate is reserved for vacation purposes only. If you are traveling for business you are not authorized to use the discount
Marriott makes it straightforward by simply navigating to the search bar and expand the column titled “Special Rates”.
As soon as you enter your rate and click “Find Hotels” all the results will be eligible for that rate.
After the rate is correctly inserted you will be shown the lowest eligible for every hotel.
If you click into a hotel you can compare rates to standard.
Every Marriott hotel comes up with their own policy and discount to support the Explore program. Sometimes the discount can be substaintial while others it can be fairly minimal.
Take this example for the W in London. Using the MMF rate you save 50% off the nightly rate which is a huge discount for a category 7 hotel.
The MMP also gives significant discounts which when available are usually better the MMF.
Take this example at the St Regis Mexico City. You save a whopping 63% off a nightly rate which is one of the highest discounts we’ve seen.
Full Program Eligibility
Here are the rules and terms for the MMP program.
The rate is available to associates of Marriott for personal travel only (2 rooms/night maximum).
Available to spouses, domestic partners, parents, parent’s in-law, brothers, sisters and children of Marriott associates for personal travel only (1 room/night).
When booking the Explore Rate, the 2-room max applies to all rooms booked under all reservations made using the associate discount. (For example: If an associate has 2 rooms, a parent cannot book an additional room at same hotel on same date. If an associate has 1 room, a parent can have 1 room at same hotel on same date.)
Voluntary USD 3/night donation to TakeCare Relief Fund, Inc. (TCRF) added at participating properties. TCRF is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) entity primarily supporting managed associates affected by emergencies.
Guests with confirmed reservations on a sold-out night can be walked if provided alternate accommodations at the same rate.
At check-in, eligible guests must present a photo ID AND Marriott Discount Card, Quarter Century Club Card, or Explore Rate Authorization Form.
Guests are required to establish proper credit (according to local policy) when checking-in.
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