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Close to higher Bonvoy status? Should you get the Marriott Amex for 15 elite night credits?

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If you are currently within 15 nights of Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite, Platinum Elite or Titanium Elite status, there is a way of making the leap in one go.

The Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card comes with 15 elite night credits. They have, in 2021, been posting within two weeks of application for most people.

I know that a lot of HfP readers will not qualify for the 20,000 Bonvoy points sign-up bonus because they hold, or have recently held, another personal American Express card. However, EVERYONE who is accepted receives the 15 elite night credits

This is a repeating benefit. Your first batch of elite night credits comes within a couple of weeks of applying, with a further 15 elite nights posting each January.

You can apply for the card here.

Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

The card has a representative APR of 41.6% APR variable, based on a notional £1,200 credit limit and a £75 annual fee. The representative APR on purchases is 24.5% variable.

Marriott has already gifted you some elite nights this year

Earlier in 2021, all Marriott Bonvoy members were gifted elite night credits equivalent to 50% of the status they earned in 2020.

This means that if you were Platinum Elite in 2020, you received 25 elite night credits.  You were half way to renewal already.

The full list of elite night credits given out was (this is based on the status you earned in 2020 and which was carried over into 2021):

  • 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

Even if you have only done a few Bonvoy stays in 2021, you may well be close to the next tier.

Marriott Bonvoy elite nights bonus

Would the 15 Marriott Bonvoy Amex elite night credits work for you?

These are number of elite nights you need to reach each tier:

  • Ambassador Elite – 100 elite night credits plus $12,000 of spending
  • Titanium Elite – 75 elite night credits
  • Platinum Elite – 50 elite night credits
  • Gold Elite – 25 elite night credits
  • Silver Elite – 10 elite night credits

Would 15 extra night credits from the credit card be worth having? There is no easy answer to that question, as only you know how many nights you currently have and what another 15 nights would do for you.

Platinum Elite is the sweet spot in Marriott Bonvoy

If you have 35 elite nights at present, another 15 would take you to 50 and Platinum Elite status.

To my mind, this is where you want to be. You qualify for club lounge access, free breakfast at most brands, decent upgrades and guaranteed 4pm check-out at most hotels.

This is, absolutely, worth having.

You also get an ‘annual gift choice’ for reaching Platinum, the most useful of which – for most people – are five ‘Suite Night Awards’. We looked at the Marriott annual gift choice awards in this article.

St Regis Venice

It’s also worth pushing for Titanium Elite

If you are within 15 nights of Titanium Elite, you should also be seriously considering getting the Bonvoy Amex.

Whilst the elite benefits are not much better than Platinum Elite – although you are higher up the upgrade pecking order – you get another ‘annual gift choice’ benefit for hitting 75 nights. You can choose from five Suite Night Awards, a Free Night Award, gift Gold Elite status, five Elite Night Credits or a $100 charity donation.

Warning ….

If 15 extra elite nights in 2021 would make a difference to your Marriott Bonvoy elite status in 2022, you may want to apply for the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card.

There is some risk, however.

During 2021, new applicants have been receiving their 15 elite night credits within two weeks, looking at reader reports. If this happens to you, and you apply now, you’ll be fine.

If it takes more than three weeks, of course, your nights won’t arrive in time. Your first batch of elite night credits will be the batch that every Marriott Bonvoy American Express cardholder receives in early January.

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

You need to apply ASAP if you want a good chance of your first batch of 15 elite night credits posting in 2021, however.


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

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (January 2022)

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 (22)

  • Stu p says:

    Think it’s $14000 spend for ambassador.

  • Paul says:

    Realising this is a fairly niche question for people with a credit history / nexus in multiple countries –

    If you have a US consumer Bonvoy card and a UK consumer card can you get 30 total elite nights?

    In the US multiple consumer cards don’t add to your total elite nights and are capped at 15 per year, though if you get a business card alongside the consumer one you can get 30 nights per year.

    • Stu p says:

      Not quite the answer but I am still getting nights from my original MBNA(?) Marriott credit card so every chance I would think.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Creation wasn’t it?

        • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

          Yes – I have the Creation Marriott Mastercard and it definitely posts 10 elite nights alongside the Bonvoy AMEX card’s 15 😎

    • Harry T says:

      I think, but don’t know for sure, that the personal UK Bonvoy amex wouldn’t post 15 nights in addition to the personal US Bonvoy Amex. It should stack with the US business card. This is a good question for the Marriott Bonvoy forum on Flyertalk, who will know better than me.

    • mattxcheung says:

      I’m in an even nicher category of people who have the US Bonvoy Brilliant, US Bonvoy Biz, Canadian Personal Bonvoy, Canadian Bonvoy Biz, and UK Bonvoy. Unfortunately, the only combination that gets you the max 30 elite night credits is a US personal and biz card (can be either Chase or AMEX).

  • krys_k says:

    Am I night away from achieving Platinum Elite and due to last night’s announcement company has stopped working from office, to which I travelled 😉

  • Nigel says:

    Good article..
    If you have the Marriott AMEX card and a AMEX Platinum card, which is best to use for frequent spending, baring in mind you get points from both?

    • DJ says:

      If you only want to spend points in Marriott, then the Marriot card gives you the most points.

      You only spend on the Amex Plat if you want point diversification.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Depends what you want?

      If you want Marriott then 2/£ beats 3/£2 on Platinum. It’s usually my go to card after I’ve spent £15k on gold for the year.

      • Russ says:

        What about the transfer caps? Do Amex transfers count against your yearly allowance?

    • David says:

      Sometimes Amex offer a bonus for transferring MR points to Bonvoy points. MR points are also far more flexible if you decide to use them somewhere else.
      Also you may find the new Marriott dynamic points pricing could make it much harder to get good value using Bonvoy points.

  • Hb says:

    Hi guys, what is the collection period for Marriott nights each year? Also, if you have had and cancelled the marriott card this year, then are you able to take it out again this year and get an additional 15 nights? Or would you have to wait until next year to qualify again?

    • Rob says:

      Calendar year.

      You can only get one lot of 15 nights per year (this is enforced, in the US there are multiple Marriott cards which offer elite nights and the system knows how to stop more than one lot posting). You would get 15 nights in early January 2022 though.

  • Doommonger says:

    I have BAPP, and Plat, do I qualify?

    I got 25 nights from Marriott, and have stayed 3 nights on redemptions, and 7 paid stays, so 35 nights, am I right in assuming the Bonvoy Amex would give me Titanium for 2022 or would it reconfirm Plat for 2022? Also is there a soft landing for 2023?

    Doomster

    • Rob says:

      You won’t get a bonus but you will get the 15 nights.

      You’d get to 50 nights, so you renew Platinum – but Marriott has rolled you over anyway, so there’s no point!

      No soft landings any longer.

  • whiskerxx says:

    I’m looking to book a few reward nights as soon as they get released. When do Marriot release them? It seems they don’t do it daily.

  • Downundermick says:

    Same question — I have a UK consumer Bonvoy and a US Bonvoy business card, but have not been credited the 30 nights — just 15 for the UK card. Seems odd that this combination wont yield the 30 nights especially because the T&C don’t state both must be US based cards

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