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Guide to the Marriott Luminous Program: Get the VIP Treatment with Marriott Luminous without having Hotel Elite Status

Many people aren't aware of these types of programs, but Marriott offers a special program reserved for a select few travel agencies and advisors that offers travelers great value-added benefits and amenities that can't be secured on your own.  Even if you have elite status with Marriott (Platinum, Titanium or Ambassador), Marriot STARS & Luminous perks can go above and beyond hotel elite benefits and provide great value for your next stay.

London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Image Credit: Randy | The Family Travel Guy 

This article covers Marriott Luminous benefits.  To see Marriott STARS benefits and participating hotels, click here.

The Family Travel Guy is a Virtuoso affiliated Travel Advisor and is able to offer Luminous benefits to clients staying at certain Marriott brands.

Marriott Luminous (and Marriott STARS) are benefits programs available to eligible travel advisors and agencies that are able to offer special perks and amenities to those who book through them.  In many cases, Marriott Luminous benefits can outperform the benefits offered to those with Marriott Bonvoy elite status (or combine the best of both!)

Marriott Luminous

When booking your next Marriott Luminous hotel stay through The Family Travel Guy, you'll be eligible for special value-added Marriott Luminous benefits as part of your stay at the following participating hotel brands:

  • Westin 
  • Marriott
  • W Hotels
  • JW Marriott
  • Autograph Collection Hotels
  • Le Meridien
  • Renaissance Hotels
  • Tribute Portfolio

Benefits include room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, hotel credits and special Luminous only promotions (non-public offers).

Marriott Luminous benefits include the following: 

  • Daily complimentary breakfast for 2 guests per day (Hotel designates full or continental breakfast and venue)
  • Priority for complimentary room upgrade (based on availability upon arrival)
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Indigenous welcome amenity representing the local area 
  • Early Check-in/late Check-out, based on availability
  • $100 property credit per stay (only valid at Marriott Luminous brands that opt to provide the Enhanced Program Benefit)

What hotels participate in Marriott Luminous?

Marriott Luminous Participating Hotels Directory

Marriott Luminous Participating Hotels Directory (Offers the Enhanced Program Benefit of $100 Hotel Credit)

How to Book a Marriott Luminous Reservation

  • Contact The Family Travel Guy with your booking request via email or send me a message
  • The Family Travel Guy will send you Marriott Luminous rates and included benefits.
  • To confirm a booking, The Family Travel Guy will need your billing information, phone number, Marriott Bonvoy Number and a valid credit card to make your reservation. 
  • Once the reservation has been made, you will receive an email confirmation directly from Marriott and you will also be able to see the reservation in your Marriott Bonvoy Account. 

Marriott Luminous Frequently Asked Questions

Do you charge a fee to book Marriott Luminous?

  • No, The Family Travel Guy does not charge any booking fees for hotel reservations for Marriott Luminous (or Marriott STARS).

What rates qualify for Marriott STARS and Luminous?

  • In most cases, the “Best Available Rate” or "Flexible Rate" needs to be booked in order to gain these benefits.  
  • You can't combine rates or use other discounted rates or use points to book your stay.
  • Sometimes there may be special STARS offers that can provide tremendous value for your stay (Examples may include upgrade at time of booking, free night benefits (3rd, 4th night free,  etc, bonus hotel/resort credit or other special offers)

Is the Marriott Luminous rate more?

  • The Marriott Luminous rate should reflect the the best available/flexible/standard rate. You can’t book a Marriott Luminous rate in conjunction with other discounts or award stays.

Is there a minimum stay requirement?

  • There is no minimum stay required for Marriott Luminous reservation.

Do you earn Marriott Bonvoy points for Marriott Luminous Rates?

  • Yes - Marriott STARS and Luminous reservations are booked directly with Marriott and you will earn and receive all elite benefits when booking. 

Is Marriott Luminous similar to having elite status in Marriott Bonvoy (Marriott Platinum or Titanium Elite Status)? 

  • Yes - but without the requirements needed for elite status!  
  • If you don't travel extensively for business or leisure and can't reach the requirements needed for Marriott Bonvoy elite status, you can book a Marriott Luminous rate (or STARS rate) and make yourself a VIP!  

Do you earn Marriott Bonvoy points on these stays?

  • Yes, all Marriott STARS and Luminous bookings are considered “qualifying” for the purposes of earning points, elite credits, and more. 
  • Marriott Luminous reservations count the same as any other stay booked directly with Marriott.

Are these rates combinable with other consortia or programs?

  • All of the benefits for both STARS and Luminous will only be granted by booking the respective rate codes that are tied to the Best Available Rate and they are not combinable with any other consortia or programs.

Is STARS and Luminous mandatory for all hotels in the respective member brands?

  • No - STARS and Luminous hotels that are not able to support the amenities due to their particular market conditions are allowed to opt-out of the program (or not participate in the enhanced Luminous benefits)

Are there any Marriott Luminous special offers? 

Yes!

There are great Marriott Luminous promotional offers available for a particular hotel that may include a free night (3rd or 4th night free, etc), upgrade at time of booking, extra hotel credits and more.  

Here are some great examples of Marriott Luminous promotional offers I selected to share here 

These are just a few examples below, there are tons more offers depending on the hotel

Also note that these offers have valid dates for the offer, as well as booking date windows and sometimes can have blackout dates

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (offers the Enhanced Program Benefit of $100 USD Credit)

  • 5th Night Free Promotion
    • Book now through March 31, 2022 and travel through June 15, 2022 on a 5-night stay or longer, and receive complimentary night on every 5th night along with all Luminous amenities.

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

  • Long Length of Stay Discount
    • Stay 3 nights and save 15%
    • Stay 4 nights or more 20%

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach (offers the Enhanced Program Benefit of $100 USD Credit)
  • 5th Night Free Promotion
    • Book now through December 13, 2022 on a 5-night stay or longer in one of our Historic Banyan Ocean, Diamond Oceanfront, Tower City, Tower Partial Ocean and Tower Ocean rooms, and receive a complimentary night on EVERY 5th night along with all Luminous amenities.
Sheraton Waikiki (offers the Enhanced Program Benefit of $100 USD Credit)
  • 5th Night Free Promotion
    • Book now through December 13, 2022 on a 5-night stay or longer in our Ocean Front Room, High Ocean Front Room, Deluxe Ocean Front Room, Malia Suite, Kai Suite and Ohana Suite, and receive a complimentary night on EVERY 5th night along with all Luminous amenities.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali (offers the Enhanced Program Benefit of $100 USD Credit)
  • Stay 4 Nights, Get 5th Night Complimentary

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa (offers the Enhanced Program Benefit of $100 USD Credit)

  • Hotel Credit Offer: Enjoy the magnificent gastronomy with your resort credit.
    • Receive an Extra $100.00 USD F&B per room per day
    • Minimum of 3 nights required

The Westin Paris - Vendôme (offers the Enhanced Program Benefit of $100 USD Credit)

  • Stay Longer at the Westin Paris Vendôme and be rewarded
    • Stay a minimum of 3 nights and enjoy 15% discount on the room rate.
    • Stay a minimum of 4 nights and enjoy 20% discount on the room rate
    • Stay a minimum of 7 nights and enjoy 25% discount on the room rate
London Marriott Hotel County Hall (offers the Enhanced Program Benefit of $100 USD Credit)
  • Stay 2 Nights, Get 3rd Night Complimentary through  31/03/2022
  • Stay Longer and Save Offer: Luminous Stay Longer and Save Offer
    • 20 percent off our flexible rates for 3-night stays.
    • 25 percent off our flexible rates for 4-night stays or longer.
    • 30 percent off our flexible rates for 7-night stays or longer.
The Westin London City (offers the Enhanced Program Benefit of $100 USD Credit)
  • Complimentary Night Promotion - Stay 4 nights and receive 1 night complimentary.
Contact The Family Travel Guy with your booking request or to learn more about Marriott Luminous

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