Exactly a month ago, I wrote an article telling you check your Marriott Bonvoy account. Earlier than expected, Marriott Bonvoy had posted your ‘bonus’ elite nights to your account.
All Marriott Bonvoy members were getting elite night credits equivalent to 50% of the status they earned in 2019. Whilst Marriott Bonvoy has already rolled over status to 2022, giving out elite night credits was meant to encourage members to still use Marriott because higher status was within reach.
This meant that if you were Platinum Elite in 2019 but only did enough nights to earn Gold Elite for 2020, you received 13 elite night credits.
The full list was (this is based on the status you earned in 2019 for 2020):
- Ambassador Elite – 50 elite night credits
- Titanium Elite – 38 elite night credits
- Platinum Elite – 25 elite night credits
- Gold Elite – 13 elite night credits
- Silver Elite – 5 elite night credits
This offer got me thinking
I am current Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite. I am guaranteed this status until Spring 2022 thanks to Marriott’s status extension.
Being Platinum Elite, I was gifted 25 elite night credits. My account now looked like this:
I had a grand total of 26 elite nights credits! I reviewed the new Courtyard by Marriott Inverness Airport back in March (hotel website is here, it’s good) plus I got my 25 bonus credits.
However, could I get to 50 elite nights?
I have a handful of Marriott stays booked in for later in the year. This led to wonder whether I should get the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card again which comes with 15 elite night credits.
Why would I want to reach 50 elite night credits?
At 50 nights, Marriott Bonvoy gives you a Choice Benefit.
There are a few options but the only valuable option is five Suite Night Award certificates. These would allow me to request suite upgrades in advance for five nights during 2021, albeit that not all brands and hotels offer this.
Some people struggle to use their Suite Night Awards. It doesn’t help that Marriott won’t start looking for availability until 5 days before you arrive. However, I though it was worth a try.
A couple of days after publishing the earlier article on 18th July, I (re)applied for the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card.
In theory you are meant to wait 60 days to see the 15 elite night credits on your Bonvoy account. However, mine have already arrived. As you can see here (click to enlarge):
…… I now have 41 Marriott Bonvoy elite night credits for 2020, despite only staying one night.
It still isn’t certain that I will hit 50 nights by 31st December. My existing plans will get me most of the way there, but existing plans aren’t worth much at the moment. I will do what I can, however.
Would the 15 Marriott Bonvoy Amex elite night credits work for you?
If you’re Gold Elite this year …..
You were given 13 elite night credits in July. If you got the Marriott Bonvoy American Express, you’d receive a further 15 nights. This gets you to 28. You’d then need 22 paid or reward nights in 2020 to earn the 50 nights required for Platinum Elite.
If you’re Platinum Elite this year …..
You were given 25 elite night credits in July. If you got the Marriott Bonvoy American Express, you’d receive a further 15 nights. This gets you to 40. You’d need 10 paid or reward nights in 2020 to earn five Suite Night Awards. You’d need 35 paid or reward nights in 2020 to earn the 75 nights required for Titanium Elite.
If you’re Titanium Elite this year ….
You were given 38 elite night credits in July. If you got the Marriott Bonvoy American Express, you’d receive a further 15 nights. This gets you to 53. You immediately trigger a ’50 night bonus’, of which the five Suite Night Awards are by far the best option. You’d then need a further 22 paid or reward nights to trigger a ’75 night bonus’ – choose from five Suite Night Awards, a Free Night Award, gift Gold Elite status, five Elite Night Credits or a $100 charity donation.
Don’t underestimate what a good deal this is for a Titanium Elite. The 15 elite night credits from the Amex card will trigger your ’50 night bonus’ (the best option being the five Suite Night Awards for 2021) even if you don’t do a single night in a Marriott property this year!
If you think getting the credit card makes sense, our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card is here and you can apply here.
New cardmembers will receive their 15 elite night credits within 60 days of applying, although I had received mine within 30 days. In subsequent years, the 15 elite nights will be credited by 1st March.