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Your 2021 Marriott Bonvoy bonus elite nights have posted – check your account

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In early January, we outlined Marriott Bonvoy’s plans to help you retain or gain elite status in 2021 despite reduced travelling.

There are two elements to this. One is an interesting new promotion for double points and double elite night credits, which we will cover tomorrow. If you want to register now, you can do so here.

The second part is giving you elite night credits equivalent to 50% of the status you earned in 2020.

These elite nights have now posted if you look at your Marriott Bonvoy account.

Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

What should you have received?

Based on your Marriott Bonvoy status for last year, this is what you will have received:

  • 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

If you received Gold Elite status because you have an American Express Platinum card, it seems that you will not receive an elite night credit.

For me, as a Platinum Elite member, my account looks like this:

Why do I have 40 elite nights?

As you can see from the screenshot above, I have 40 elite nights.

This is 80% of the nights I need towards Platinum Elite renewal!

I have 40 nights because I have the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. If you get the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card (apply here), you will receive 15 elite night credits. They have been posting within a couple of weeks of application.

It is unlikely that you will qualify for the sign up bonus on the Marriott Amex, as anyone with an existing personal Amex card (or who has had one in the previous 24 months) is disqualified.

However, paying the £75 annual fee for 15 elite night credits is still a very good deal. You also receive 2 Marriott Bonvoy points per £1 spent on the card, or 6 per £1 spent at Marriott Bonvoy hotels. In the rare chance that you stay at a Bonvoy hotel before 31st March, you will receive 10 points per £1 spent.

I will do a full article on new promotion tomorrow. You can register for the new promotion here.

PS. The bonus night credits you have received also seem to count for Lifetime Elite status. Amusingly – since I have always written that I never expected to earn any sort of lifetime status – I am now Marriott Bonvoy Lifetime Silver with 270 elite nights across Marriott and Starwood. Not that Marriott Bonvoy Silver is hugely useful …..

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2021)

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 usually 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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (49)

  • BP says:

    If I combine 2 Marriot accounts, do I keep the higher status and elite nights? One account I am Gold with corresponding elite nights. The other account is a new account I have Platinum on from doing another status match with in case it comes in handy. I’d like to combine them to have Platinum status with my Gold elite nights. I may then do the stays to keep Platinum status,

    • Tom says:

      I merged accounts, one with points but no status and the other account with status but not points. I lost status but was sorted out within a week with a single email.

  • Dance-Ace-Base says:

    I have Gold from Amex plat, 0 stays last year, and now have 13 nights.

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Got my 13 nights credit on my Gold Elite. I did stay one night at the Grosvenor in Dec..

  • FFoxSake says:

    0 stays in 2020 but was Gold from having both Amex and Creation cards.
    Already at 28 nights for 2021 from Amex (15) and this new bonus (13), with another 10 possibly coming in March from the old Creation.

  • Elliot says:

    Hey, just checked and I have gold tier because of the Amex Platinum and have 13 nights posted maybe you get them if you’ve stayed with Marriott on the past year etc

  • Stephen Fowler says:

    Is it worth having both the BA Amex and Bonvoy card? Currently, I have just the BA cc.

  • JK says:

    If we have the Marriott Creation card too (as well as the AmEx Bonvoy) – do we get nights credits still on both? And if so, any idea when the Creation nights post?


  • L Allen says:

    This doesn’t appear to be true: “If you received Gold Elite status because you have an American Express Platinum card, it seems that you will not receive an elite night credit.”

    This is how I’ve got Gold Elite status and I’ve just received an email telling me that 13 Elite Night Credits have been put into my account. I am not a loyal hotel brand follower so Amex is the only way I’ll ever get status.

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