Marriott has announced a huge boost for members interested in qualifying/re-qualifying for elite status this year. They have also reduced redemption rates at many properties for reservations
Faster & Easier Elite Status
Marriott has made it much easier this year to keep your elite status or reach next level status. Here are the details:
- 50% Elite Night Credit Rollover: Marriott will deposit 50% of the Elite Night Credits (ENCs) into members’ accounts based on their 2020 Elite status tier. The ENC’s will be deposited in February. As a reminder, Marriott did the same last year.
- Ambassador Elite Status 30% Easier: Marriott is reducing the $20,000 spend threshold for attaining Ambassador Elite status by 30% for 2021. This year you’ll “only” have to spend $14,000 at Marriott properties and earn 100 nights to achieve Ambassador Elite status.
- Double points and elite nights: From February 16 through April 27, 2021, members will earn double the number of points and elite night credits for stays of two nights or more. I expect that this will require registration, but we don’t yet have registration links for this promo. We have been informed by Marriott that award nights count in this promotion as long as there is one paid night within the minimum two-night requirement. In other words, if your stay is 2 nights or longer, you can pay for all but one night with points or certificates and still earn double elite nights for the entire stay.
If you earned status in 2020 (or got status for free from a credit card, lifetime status, or other means), then Marriott should add elite nights to your account according to this table:
|2020 Elite Status
||Regular requirement||50% elite night credits to be deposited in February|
|Ambassador||100 nights + $20K spend||50 nights|
|Titanium||75 nights||38 nights|
|Platinum||50 nights||25 nights|
|Gold||25 nights||13 nights|
|Silver||10 nights||5 nights|
And, here is a summary of Marriott elite requirements and benefits:
|Elite Status Level||Requirements Per Year||Key Benefits|
|Silver Elite||10 Nights||Late checkout, 10% point bonus|
|Gold Elite||25 Nights||2PM late checkout; 25% point bonus; welcome gift (points only); room upgrade; enhanced internet|
|Platinum Elite||50 Nights||4PM late checkout; 50% point bonus; welcome gift w/ breakfast option; room upgrade includes suites; lounge access; Choice benefit (such as 5 suite night awards) when you achieve 50 nights.|
|Titanium Elite||75 Nights||All of the above, plus: 75% point bonus; United Silver Premier status via RewardsPlus; Ritz-Carlton suite upgrades; Additional Choice Benefit (such as 40K free night certificate) when you achieve 75 nights.|
|Ambassador Elite||100 Nights + $20K Spend||All of the above, plus: Ambassador Service (dedicated Marriott agent); Your24 (Choose the 24 hours of your stay. For example, choose to check in at 9am after an overnight flight).|
With the combination of elite night rollover and the double points & double elite night promo, it should be very easy for Marriott Bonvoy members to earn elite status this year.
Discounted Awards (Marriott’s “Super Off-Peak Promotion”)
Marriott has also promised to reduce off-peak redemption rates globally by 10% for all reservations through September 30, 2021 booked between January 11, 2021 and February 21, 2021. More about this promo can be found here.
Here is the standard award chart:
With a 10% award reduction, we can expect to see the following award rates for off-peak properties. Note that for PointSaver awards, only hotels in categories 5, 7, and 8 are discounted. Cash + Points rates are not discounted.
|Category||Off-Peak Price After 10% Off||Off-Peak PointSavers Price After 10% Off|
Unfortunately for those of us with free night certificates, I don’t see any situations where the 10% discount will make hotels eligible for certificates if they weren’t eligible before. For example, category 6 off-peak hotels can’t be booked with 35K free night certificates because they still cost 36,000 points after the 10% discount.
43 elite nights with no stays
Those who will be gifted 13 elite nights due to having Gold status in 2020 maybe able to get 43 elite nights before staying in a Marriott hotel. Anyone with both a consumer and business Marriott card should be in that position: 15 elite nights from consumer card + 15 elite nights from business card + 13 promo elite nights = 43 elite nights.
If you don’t already have 30 elite nights from credit cards, you can get there by signing up for a credit card or two (Please note: I’m not suggesting that this is a good idea, I’m just listing what is possible)…
Consumer cards available for new signups
If you don’t already have a Marriott consumer card, you can sign up for any one of these to get 15 elite nights added to your account (note that signing up for more than one consumer card will not result in more than 15 elite nights):
|Card Offer and Details|
Business card available for new signups
If you don’t already have a Marriott business card, you can sign up for this card to get 15 elite nights added to your account:
|Card Offer and Details|
This year it will be very easy for many of us to earn meaningful elite status levels with Marriott. With Marriott, this mostly means earning either 50 night Platinum status or 75 night Titanium status. Gold status is mostly worthless (in my opinion) and Ambassador status is unreasonably difficult to obtain due to it’s spend requirement (even after the 30% reduction).
- Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide
- Marriott’s FAQ regarding COVID-19 changes for Bonvoy members (e.g. elite status, mileage expiration, certificate expiration, etc.)