Marriott Bonvoy has launched its first promotion for 2023.
You can register here.
It is particularly attractive because you will earn double elite night credits on qualifying stays, as well as 1,000 bonus points per night.
What is the new Marriott Bonvoy promotion?
This is how it works in a nutshell:
- the promotion runs from 7th February to 23rd April
- registration closes on 9th April
- you must register in advance via this link
- you receive 1,000 bonus points per night and double elite night credits
- there is no minimum stay required
- existing bookings are OK
- reward nights do NOT count for double elite night credits or bonus points
- nights at Homes & Villas by Marriott International, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club do NOT count for double elite night credits or bonus points
What sort of return do I get on my spending?
The standard earning rate in Marriott Bonvoy is 10 points per $1 spent, excluding tax.
Converted into £, adjusting for 20% VAT, adding in 1000 bonus points and assuming a Bonvoy point is worth 0.5p (as we do), your return would be:
- 10.1% on a £100 night inc VAT
- 8.5% on a £150 night inc VAT
- 7.6% on a £200 night inc VAT
If you have Marriott Bonvoy status, your return will be even higher.
The real value may be in the double elite night credits
For a lot of Marriott Bonvoy members, the real focus will be on the double elite night credits.
The Marriott Bonvoy status levels are:
- Silver Elite – requires 10 nights. Benefit is a 10% bonus on base points and priority late checkout (based on availability).
- Gold Elite – requires 25 nights. Benefits are 25% bonus on base points, room upgrade, high-speed internet, 2pm late check-out (based on availability, not at resorts and conference hotels) and welcome gift.
- Platinum Elite– requires 50 nights. Benefits are 50% bonus on base points, room upgrade to best available room or suite, high-speed internet, lounge access (or breakfast if the lounge is closed), guaranteed late check-out until 4pm (not at resorts) as well as an annual ‘choice benefit’ from five options including 5 elite night credits or 5 suite night awards and welcome gift.
- Titanium Elite – requires 75 nights. Benefits are 75% bonus on base points, an annual ‘choice benefit’ from six options as well as all the benefits enjoyed by Platinum.
- Ambassador Elite – requires 100 nights and $23,000 of annual spending. Benefits include all those of Titanium Elite (there is no increase in points bonus) as well as a 24/7 personal assistant service, the ability to choose the exact 24 hours of your stay.
Platinum Elite is the sweet spot
For most people, Platinum Elite is the sweet spot.
It triggers the guaranteed 4pm check-out (at most hotels), the annual choice benefit (which most people take as 5 x Suite Night Awards), a decent upgrade and lounge access / free breakfast.
Whilst 50 nights is a lot, if you could put a number of stays towards Marriott Bonvoy by late April you could make a dint in that number with double credits.
Don’t forget to get the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card if you are pushing for status
If you are going for Marriott Bonvoy elite status, you’d be crazy not to apply for the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card.
The card comes with 15 elite night credits for each and every year that you hold it. For new cardholders, you receive your first batch within a couple of weeks of acceptance and then in the first week of January going forward.
You will also earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points per £1 on your spend at Marriott hotels.
If have the Amex card and can fit in a few stays during this promotion you should be well on your way to a worthwhile level of elite status or status renewal. The only snag is that reward nights do not count for double elite night credits. You need to do paid stays.
You can apply for the card here.
This is not a hugely generous promotion for earning bonus points, unless the bulk of your stays are around the £75 mark, but it IS generous if you are looking to earn or renew Marriott Bonvoy status.
I recommend you click here to register now in case you forget – especially as Marriott is being naughty by closing registration early on 9th April.