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Marriott Friends & Family Rates

by Neil McPherson
Originally published - 22 December 2021


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This guide is based upon Marriott Bonvoy Terms & Conditions dated June 2021 and Marriott QCC T&C's dated 9 August 2021

To save sifting through all the T&C's, for more information on Marriott's loyalty program, please refer to our Marriott Bonvoy guide.


Overview

Marriott offers exclusive discounts and rates for its employees, associates (past and present), their friends and their families. Its a valuable benefit, as eligible people can get up to 80% off on their stays and 50% off on F&B, when booking at a Marriott hotel.

The Marriott Associate Explore program provides a discount code that can only be used when booking online.

For friends and family of Marriott employees, there is a different discount code (MMF) for use under Marriott's "Friends and Family” program. Explore Friends can be used by an associate's extended family or friends.

Let's dig a bit deeper...

Marriott Friends and Family Employee Rate: codes & discounts

Marriott offers exclusive discounts and rates for its employees, associates (past and present), their friends and their families. Its a valuable benefit, as eligible people can get up to 80% off on their stays and 50% off on F&B, when booking at a Marriott hotel.

Marriott’s Friends and Family rates and benefits are pretty similar to Hilton Go - Family and Friends program. However, Hilton is slightly easier to book. On the other hand, only members of Hilton Honors can participate, whereas being a Marriott Bonvoy member is not required to take advantage of these special rates..

There are 4 types of discounts offered by Marriott for its employees, their friends and families:

Employee Dining Discounts 20% - All Marriott employees
Explore Rate Up to 80% MMP For employees and immediate family only
Explore Friends Rate Up to 50% MMF For friends and family (broader definition)
Quarter Century Club 100% off - For employees with 25+ years of service


All  discounts and availability vary from property to property and largely depend on the current occupancy, whether it’s peak or off-peak season and some other criteria. Be prepared to spend some time researching before you find your perfect rate.

You earn Marriott Bonvoy points, elite qualifying nights and other loyalty benefits with Marriott Friends and Family (MMF) and Employee (MMP) rates as well.

Gritti Palace in Venice - a Marriott Luxury Collection hotel - enjoy Friends anFamily rates here !

The Gritti Place, Venice - a great destination at Friends & Family rates


Marriott Explore Rate (Code: MMP)

This is the primary discounted rate for Marriott employees and associates. 

We checked 10 properties and the general discount was a generous 70+ % on those properties.

Who is eligible for the Explore Rate?

How to book Marriott Explore Rate?

Marriott Explore Rate can be booked directly on Marriott’s website using the code "MMP" in the promotional code field.

However, you will be asked for an authorisation form at check-in to confirm that you are eligible.

You can get the Marriott Explore Rate authorisation form from your MGS (Marriott Global Source) using your EID and print it from MyPDR. In some situations, you should be able to use a Marriott Discount Card instead.

Check with your HR for more details about the form and the discount card.


Marriott Explore Friends Rate (Code: MMF)

The Explore Friends Rate has a broader eligibility net but much lesser discount. This rate can be good at times, however it’s rare.

Having said that, it’s always (mostly) better than regular rates. You should check rates and then decide if it’s worth going through the hassle of obtaining the authorisation forms / approvals etc.

Who is eligible for the Explore Friends Rate?

How to book Marriott Explore Friends Rate?

Marriott Explore Friends Rate can be booked directly on Marriott’s website using the code "MMF" in the promotional code field.

However, you will still be asked for an authorisation form at check-in to confirm that you are eligible.

Just like the Explore rate, the Marriott team member can get the Marriott Explore Friends Rate authorisation form from their MGS (Marriott Global Source) using their EID and print it from MyPDR (check with HR for more details).

The form generally is valid for 2 months from date of issue.

Ritz-Carlton, Barcelona - possibly Barcelona's most instagrammable hotel

The Ritz-Carlton, Barcelona - possibly the city's most instagrammable hotel


Marriott QCC - Quarter Century Club

The Quarter Century Club (QCC) is a long term service reward program by Marriott.

QCC membership is available to all employees, current or former, who have completed 25 or more years of service at Marriott managed properties.

It’s a lifetime membership.

The program rewards members with complimentary rooms or villas at participating Marriott managed locations and access to Explore Rates even after quitting the job (or perhaps retiring, in this case)

Marriott QCC Benefits

Eligible members can book 1 complimentary stay for 1 room up to 3 nights per property per year.

You can book one additional room at the available Explore rate or Explore Friends rate.

Your stay can be at Marriott-managed properties participating in the Explore Program or Marriott Vacations Worldwide properties participating in the Explore Program (with limited exceptions).

Complimentary stay IS NOT available at the following brands:



How To Book A Room Using the Marriott Employee Discount ?

The process is very similar for each of the three rates.

  1. MMP if you qualify for the Explore rate (employees, associates and their direct family).
  2. MMF if a Marriott employee or associate is nominating you.
  3. MMP if you qualify for the QCC rate. You additionally need to contact QCC Customer Engagement Center (call at +1 (800) 826-1882 or via email at SalesServices@marriott.com) to request that it be changed to the QCC complimentary rate. Alternatively, email them before making your booking. Marriott QCC rates can be booked up to 90 days in advance.

Can you use the Friends and Family rate without a form?

It might be tempting to book online using the code for the discount, then try your luck at the check-in.

But, don’t !

Marriott Hotels are not only strict about the authorisation form, if you cannot provide the form, they will ask you to pay the full-price, which is higher than most online rates. Remember, they have your card on record and they can charge it if you accepted the conditions while booking.

At the same time, by blocking the availability, you are also denying a room to someone wanting to use one of their employee benefits.


Don't overlook...

... the regular Bonvoy promotions and offers made to all Bonvoy members.  You may find that:

  1. you can buy discounted points to top up your balance enough to be able to redeem for a free night;
  2. some promotions may be very competitively priced and/or be available for destinations that do not have a plentiful supply of rooms under the Marriott Family & Friends program.


Conclusion

Marriott offers its team-members and associates generous discounts for stays made at Marriott hotels by themselves, their family and their friends.

It is an employee benefit, so participants should not "rock the boat" in any way as this will reflect badly on the relevant employee or associate.

The Explore program is an attractive one and long-serving employees are well-recognised under the QCC benefits.

We earlier looked at Hilton's equivalent program and the process of obtaining signed authorisation, while necessary to prevent abuse, does seem clunky by comparison to the online version of Hilton.

Nevertheless, a good program for Marriott's hard-working members of the hospitality industry.


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