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Your Marriott Bonvoy status and vouchers are being extended – this is how

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Marriott Bonvoy made a big announcement yesterday about moving to ‘dynamic’ redemption pricing. We decided to move that to a separate article.

There were lots of other announcement too about status and vouchers which are covered below. In general it is good news but you can’t please everyone however you decide to approach these things.

Your Marriott status and vouchers are being extended

Announcement 1: Your status is extended

If you currently have Marriott Bonvoy status, it is being extended to February 2023.

No-one will see their status level drop in February 2022.

This is clearly good news for those people who did not retain status this year due to covid. On the other hand, it offers nothing to someone like myself who earned Titanium status this year – I already have it for 2022 and have no guarantees about 2023.

Last year, Marriott also rolled over 50% of the elite nights you earned in the previous year. If they had done this again, it would have given me some extra value from the extension. Instead, I am no better off than I was before this announcement. Arguably I am worse off because all existing Titanium members are rolled over and will be competing with me for upgrades next year.

Ignore my moans though. For most people this is a big win. It is also a win for me if it encourages IHG Rewards to do the same thing, since my Spire Elite status is at risk.

Announcement 2: Points expiry is suspended for another year

Irrespective of the activity on your Marriott Bonvoy account, no points will expire next year.

All expiry is suspended until 31st December 2022. If you have any activity on your account during 2022, it will push the expiry date out even further by resetting the 24 month clock.

Your Marriott Bonvoy status and vouchers are being extended

Announcement 3: Suite Night Awards are extended to 30th June 2022

If you are Platinum or above, you can earn Suite Night Awards as an elite choice benefit for hitting 50 nights and 75 nights. We looked at how Suite Night Awards work in this article.

Unused awards will not expire on 31st December 2021 and will get an additional six months.

This is useful to me, because I have five Suite Night Awards heading towards expiry and no real enthusiasm to travel to Europe in Winter to use them.

Announcement 4: Any Free Night Awards are extended

You may have a Free Night Award, either as an elite choice benefit or from credit card spend.

In the UK, you get a free night worth up to 25,000 Bonvoy points for spending £25,000 per year on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card.

Any Free Night Awards due to expire between 3rd January 2022 and 29th June 2022 will be extended to 30th June 2022.

Your Marriott Bonvoy status and vouchers are being extended

Announcement 5: Free Night Awards will become easier to use

This is something that a lot of people, including myself, have been shouting about for years. Marriott has not gone far enough but it is a start.

From ‘early 2022’ you will be able to top-up your Free Night Award by using up to 15,000 Bonvoy points from your account.

This means that a 25,000 point voucher can be used to book a room costing up to 40,000 points, with the balance taken from your Marriott Bonvoy account.

Whilst this change doesn’t save you any points, it does allow you to use your voucher for a more upmarket hotel than would otherwise be possible.

Let’s be frank – anyone wealthy enough to spend £25,000 per year on the UK Marriott Bonvoy American Express is probably looking for something more exciting than Marriott Northampton from their Free Night Award, which is about the limit of the current voucher. (That is slightly unfair – the excellent University Arms Cambridge, reviewed here, is also covered by the voucher.)

Conclusion

Marriott has done a decent job here which will keep most people happy.

Note that these changes will not show on your Bonvoy account until nearer Christmas, so don’t panic if your Suite Night Awards or Free Night Awards still show an upcoming expiry date.

Of course, you need to see these changes in the context of the coming move to ‘dynamic’ Marriott Bonvoy reward night pricing, which we cover in this article today.


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

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 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 (20,000 bonus points), 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 (31)

  • Harry T says:

    Nice to see my loyalty to Marriott this year rewarded with a good old fashioned Bonvoying. Still, we’ve had two years of “free” nights to help with status. I’m more concerned about the massive devaluation of the points.

  • Magic Mike says:

    “Last year, Marriott also rolled over 50% of the elite nights you earned in the previous year”

    Technically, everyone with status got elite nights deposited into their account equal to 50% of their 2020 elite tier, regardless of how much they stayed in 2020.

    Having requalified in 2021 I’m a little peeved, but the SNA extension is nice. Dynamic pricing is the real Bonvoying…

  • Paul says:

    Nothing clarified re. Travel Packages, for those still holding them. My guess is they’ll retain their ‘peak’ value, if able to be topped up like FNA’s come March, they’ll arguably become more valuable throughout the remainder of ‘22

    • Toto says:

      I still got a 7 night FNA certificate that is expiring on 3rd Jan 2022, category 5. Does this mean it would now be extended to June, and when will this happen?
      And will I also be able to redeem a Cat6 hotel if I pay the difference in point?

      • Felix Flyer says:

        I’m in a similar position with a category 4 seven NIG HT travel package expiring January so hoping there is an extension. Otherwise Northampton beckons!

  • Dave says:

    Earlier this year Marriott gave us 50% elite nights based on what was earned in 2020. They could (and hopefully will) still announce this.

    That would help those of us who actually achieved status in 2021 a head start to maintaining status for 2023 into 2024.

    • Andy says:

      I’d be surprised if that happens – I got Titanium this year from actual stays (the 50% credit helped of course) so I don’t benefit at all from this. However with travel likely resuming fully in 2022 in the US they would end up with too many people qualifying for Plat/Titanium if you give Golds/Plats a 13/25 night head start

  • Karl says:

    I was waiting for this with baited breath! If they’d rolled over this year’s nights I’d have has a go for 20 nights but 35 is too many. Will cancel the Bonvoy Amex too and probably change next month’s holiday booking to Hilton as will then only be 17 short of Diamond for 2023. Bit of a shame really as I like Marriott as a brand.

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