Marriott Bonvoy has been checkered at best, since its launch, but there’s unequivocally positive news today that puts members back at the heart of the program. You’ll need fewer points to book great stays, you’ll need to stay fewer nights to earn great perks and if you do happen to hit some milestones, there’s new perks out there, which you can even share with friends or familiy.
Marriott Temporarily Lowers Points Rates
Marriott came under fire recently for all but abandoning off peak pricing, with its variable peak, off peak and standard tables. That’s changing. For a limited time, from June 15th-June 30th, 2020, all Marriott stays booked for travel up until July 31st will enjoy off peak pricing. Yes, every one of the thousands of global hotels will be off peak.
What about travel later in the year, or next year? It’s safe to assume many hotels will go back to a better balance of off peak, and standard pricing, given the slowdown in global travel which may take years to fully recover. With that in mind, there’s reason to be hopeful for great Marriott Bonvoy Points values for later in the year, they’re just not spelled out at the moment.
Moving Up The Marriott Bonvoy Elite Tiers
Marriott Bonvoy made the right move months back, extending elite status for all members through to February 2022. Basically, your Marriott Bonvoy: Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium or Ambassador elite status is secure for the foreseeable future, but Marriott is offering a generous set of benefits to push you to the next tier.
To help members reach a new tier, Marriott is depositing 50% of the nights you’d need to re-earn status, which matters because it helps you get to the next tier. You can also combine these with Marriott credit cards which offer nights toward status.
- Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite: 5 nights credited toward earning status.
- Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite: 13 nights credited toward earning status.
- Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite: 25 nights credited toward earning status.
- Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite: 38 nights credited toward earning status.
- Marriott Bonvoy: Ambassador Elite: 50 nights credited toward earning status.
This is a great gesture to help push people up to the next tier, so they can enjoy a better status for longer. Since you can stack these night “gifts” with whatever nights your credit cards earn you, you can do extremely well. A Bonvoy business credit card and personal credit card combo can yield up to 30 nights, so someone currently holding Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite could get themselves to 43 nights, without leaving the house.
That’s a pretty good reason to then actually leave the house, and go earn Platinum…
OMAAT notes that anyone who reached the lofty heights of Ambassador status in 2019, who manages to secure 100 total nights this year will also be able to gift a Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Status to someone, which is a nice way to reward friends or family.