For the last couple of years, Marriott has been quietly (and unofficially) rolling over ‘extra’ elite nights earned by Silver, Gold and Platinum members. Marriott has now confirmed via its closed private forum that this feature will be made permanent and ‘official’.
At present, you need to stay 10 nights for Marriott Silver status, 50 nights for Gold and 75 nights for Platinum. (Don’t get me started on how crazy these last two numbers are, versus the poor benefits you get.)
Going forward, if you achieve enough nights to retain your current status level or get promoted the extra nights you earned will be carried forward into the following calendar year.
This is of most value to Silver members, I think. If a Silver members achieves 25 nights in a year, they will now be carrying forward 15 nights into the following year – which means they are already guaranteed to retain their status for the following year as well.
Note that you do not get to carry forward spare nights if you get demoted. A Gold member who only achieves 30 nights and so gets demoted to Silver (which only requires 10 nights) will not carry forward the extra 20 nights.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (February 2023)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
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