Marriott has made a few changes to the Terms & Conditions of their Bonvoy program to kick off the New Year.
These changes will be of little-to-no significance for most members, but it’s always good to be aware of changes like these, especially if you use your account to book award stays for other people as that’s something you could be impacted by.
You can find a full list of Terms & Conditions here; here’s a quick summary of what’s changed.
1) Reduced Number Of Transferred Awards
The change most likely to affect more people is that Marriott is reducing the number of awards you can transfer to other members.
This is separate to their policy allowing you to transfer up to 100,000 points to another member each year. Instead, this policy lets you use your points to book award stays on behalf of other people and transfer those.
Up until now you were limited to transferring 20 awards per calendar year, but that’s now been reduced to 5 awards per year. Their official policy hasn’t changed in that you’re only allowed to transfer awards booked with points, not free night certificates.
2) Reinstated Ambassador Spending Requirement
In order to earn Marriott’s top-tier Ambassador status, you used to have to earn 100 elite nights and spend $20,000 in a calendar year. Marriott reduced that spending requirement to $14,000 last year due to COVID, but also removed the benefit of receiving a Marriott Ambassador (somewhat similar to a Hyatt Concierge), making a bit of a mockery of the status name.
That reduced $14,000 spending requirement was only temporary and so the full $20,000 spending requirement has been reinstated for 2022.
3) Homes & Villas Counts Towards Ambassador Spending Requirement
Although you now need to spend $20,000 again to earn Marriott Ambassador status, it’s potentially being made easier because stays with Marriott’s Homes & Villas program will now count towards that spend requirement.