Where Marriott Suite Night Awards don’t work

The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay looks gorgeous, but it’s a Ritz property and so you can’t use your Marriott Suite Night Awards here.

Thanks to Marriott’s overlapping early 2021 promotions, I expect that many readers will soon have access to Marriott’s Choice Benefits.  One benefit you can choose is a set of 5 Suite Night Awards.  These can be used to try to get upgraded to a suite on a paid or award stay.  Suite Night Awards never guarantee an upgrade, but they seem to at least make an upgrade to a suite more likely.  Unfortunately, Marriott has a long list of brands where Suite Night Awards can’t be used…

Ineligible Brands

Marriott’s Suite Night Awards are not redeemable at the following brands:

  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • The Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  • The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club
  • Protea Hotels
  • Aloft
  • Element
  • Design Hotels™
  • all-Suite Hotels
  • Marriott Executive Apartments
  • ExecuStay
  • Marriott Vacation Club
  • Marriott Grand Residence Club properties
  • Vistana properties

Ineligible Properties

In addition to the list of ineligible brands (above), certain specific properties are ineligible.  Unfortunately, Marriott doesn’t provide a list of these properties.  Instead, the terms say to “Contact a Customer Engagement Center for individual Participating Property Suite Night Award participation.”  LOL.  And when you call to contact Marriott, the automated system will tell you that you should give Marriott.com a try…

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