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There is nothing like simplicity when designing a loyalty scheme, and the free breakfast benefit for Titanium Elite or Platnium Elite members of Marriott Bonvoy is nothing like simple.

I put together a guide to what breakfast benefits you will get at each of the Marriott Bonvoy brands if you have Platinum or Titanium status.

The information for the table below is taken from the scheme Terms & Conditions which can be found here

St Regis Mardavall breakfast buffet meats

Even if you don’t have Platinum status or higher in Marriott Bonvoy, it is worth looking at the table below to marvel at the complexity of what Marriott has created.

Above is a picture of the breakfast buffet from Rhys’s review of The St Regis Mardavall in Mallorca, which would be free to Platinum Elite members and above.

Breakfast benefit for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite (and higher) members

AC Hotels – nothing, but you can take a $10 food and beverage credit per person per NIGHT as your welcome amenity, so $20 for a couple

Aloft – must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity

Autograph – breakfast available via your free lounge access, if no lounge or it is closed you can use the restaurant (an additional $10 food and beverage credit, per room not per person, per STAY can be taken as your welcome amenity)

Courtyard – breakfast available via your free lounge access, if there is no lounge you cannot have free breakfast in the restaurant (but you can take a $10 food and beverage credit per person per NIGHT as your welcome amenity, note that credits must be spent daily and cannot be consolidated)

Delta – breakfast available via your free lounge access, if no lounge or it is closed you can use the restaurant (an additional $10 food and beverage credit, per room not per person, per STAY can be taken as your welcome amenity)

Delta Resorts – must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity

Design Hotels – nothing

EDITION – nothing

Element – all guests get free breakfast

Fairfield Inn – all guests get free breakfast

Four Points – must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity

Gaylord – nothing, but you can take a $10 food and beverage credit, per room not per person, per STAY as your welcome amenity

JW Marriott – breakfast available via your free lounge access, if no lounge or it is closed you can use the restaurant (an additional $10 food and beverage credit, per room not per person, per STAY can be taken as your welcome amenity)

JW Marriott Resorts – must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity

Le Meridien – must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity (if there is a lounge you can have breakfast there and take a different welcome amenity instead)

The Luxury Collection –  must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity

Marriott – breakfast available via your free lounge access, if no lounge or it is closed you can use the restaurant (an additional $10 food and beverage credit, per room not per person, per STAY can be taken as your welcome amenity)

Marriott Resorts –  must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity

Marriott Vacation Club – nothing

Moxy – nothing, but you can take a $10 food and beverage credit per person per NIGHT as your welcome amenity, note that credits must be spent daily and cannot be consolidated

Protea – must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity

Renaissance –  breakfast available via your free lounge access, if no lounge or it is closed you can use the restaurant (an additional $10 food and beverage credit, per room not per person, per STAY can be taken as your welcome amenity)

Renaissance Resorts – breakfast available via your free lounge access

Residence Inn – all guests get free breakfast

The Ritz-Carlton – nothing

St Regis – must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity

Sheraton – must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity (if there is a lounge you can have breakfast there and take a different welcome amenity instead)

Sheraton Resorts – breakfast available via your free lounge access

SpringHill Suites – all guests get free breakfast

TownPlace Suites – all guests get free breakfast

Tribute Portfolio – must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity

W –  must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity

Westin – must choose daily restaurant breakfast (for two) as your welcome amenity (if there is a lounge you can have breakfast there and take a different welcome amenity instead)

Note that restaurant breakfast is restricted to two people per room.  Some hotels may allow children to eat for free if they are sharing your room, but this would be a goodwill benefit and is not guaranteed. In the same way, a hotel may allow your children free breakfast if they are sharing a second room booked in your name.


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

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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 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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

HUGE 60,000 POINTS BONUS UNTIL 2nd JULY and 15 elite night credits each year 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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

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 (30)

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  • JDB says:

    The Marriott breakfast situation does look a mess, but in general hotels have played this game quite cleverly as historically breakfast was generally included and, if not, wasn’t very expensive. Now, breakfast is mostly not included and ridiculously expensive (and rarely correspondingly good) so that people think they are getting a really good deal because it is magically included with some status, even if it has to be taken in some soulless lounge or restaurant and/or is rather pedestrian.

    We prefer to choose if we do or don’t have breakfast on the day or if we prefer to go out early because the sun is shining or would like to have breakfast in a more memorable location. It all seems to work for the hotels, as for many the lure of of ‘free’ breakfast booked months in advance seems to have a disproportionate influence on hotel/location choice.

    • Paul says:

      Not just Marriot! Hilton have utterly destroyed the proposition in the USA. My go to transit hotel at LAX was the Hilton LAX and I was back 2 weeks ago, and without researching the property post covid. I knew the breakfast option was a cash alternative but did not appreciate that they had closed the lounge. Indeed when I checked in and asked I was told it was on the 17th floor. So I went there the next morning to discover it is but only for evening drinks! Not much good when I was checking out at 11am!
      The cash alternative to the diamond breakfast is a measly $18, which bought a small egg bacon and processed cheese slice filled English muffin and undrinkable coffee. It was not enough to cover the bill plus tax and the ludicrous tipping culture of the USA. The stay was so dire that I cancelled my return stay two weeks later.

      I rebooked into the LAX holiday inn as an IHG diamond. The building is a bit run down, the rooms are huge, but the free breakfast was outstanding and perfect for a one night stay.

      The breakfast benefit is, for me, a big issue with one night stays. I don’t have to think to hard and I see it as a recognition of status. On a weekend city break or longer I’d agree that going where the wind takes you can enhance the experience.

    • Mikeact says:

      Totally agree, wherever possible we go out for breakfast locally, or if Airbnb we might do it ourselves before our day out.

    • jj says:

      Completely agree with @JDB. I don’t think that I have ever paid on the day for a hotel breakfast, as the quality is so rarely there and the price is invariably excessive.

      The latest way of prising money out of punters.in the USA is to present the bill for the full amount – $70 for two, for example – with an offsetting payment, space for a gratuity and a large statement that service is not included. At US tipping rates, the ‘free’ breakfast now costs $14 for two.

      • meta says:

        It again depends on the hotel and location. Europe and US quality is generally dire. In Asia, South America and Africa there are some luxury hotels where the setting is beautiful and breakfast a very civilised affair with some unique items that you would find in many local restaurants.

        This is why I never dismiss chain hotels and status while also combining them with independent hotels.

  • JDB says:

    Also, currently staying in a hotel (in Tasmania, and in the middle of nowhere) that has ceased to offer breakfast at all. Guests and hotel happy with the decision.

    • Michael C says:

      Hope you’re having a goodie, @JDB – my brother lives in Aus. for years, and always said Tasmania would be where he’d live if he returned.

      • Ant says:

        I’m born and raised in Hobart – hope you’re having a great time!

  • Tariq says:

    The only HFP article that I keep coming back to…

    Individual hotels may deviate from the rules too.in a positive way – I’ve been offered complimentary breakfast in some Courtyards rather than the $10 credit before.

    • meta says:

      Free breakfast for Plat and above at Ritz Carlton Kyoto.

      • meta says:

        And also many have significantly reduced rates for elites.

  • BJ says:

    The very existence of this article only goes to show that benefits at Bonvoy are a shabby mess.

  • josh says:

    Most Marriott, Sheraton, JW, and Renaissance in Europe (and Asia I believe from comments of friends)still offer an excellent free breakfast and great amenities to elite members. Frankly as a long time Titanium I am very pleased with Marriott. Hilton is also pretty good with breakfast in europe. The other loyalty programs are dismal so on a relative basis marriott stands out.

  • Sandy says:

    Dollar credits generally can’t be consolidated so to use each credit you need to spend each day.

    • iSub says:

      +1
      I think this is important to highlight – I got caught out by this in the Moxy in Edinburgh, assuming that the three nights of credit would go towards the drinks bill with some friends one night. Having said that, I’ve had the Moxy in York (absolutely awesome staff there) and the Courtyard in Oxford bend the rules – but you cannot count on that. (I asked what the rule was, as I was genuinely not sure, and they told me but offered to bend the rules as a one off, which I hugely appreciated)

  • Bumblebee says:

    Le Meriden in Dubai has always been generous. As a platinum member we check into free breakfast for 4 of us. High tea at 3. And cocktails and wine with snacks at 6/7.

  • Dave says:

    The $10 f&b credit at some brands (Moxy, Courtyard etc) is for member plus one guest per night. So $20 per couple per night.
    At brands where the $10 is per stay (Marriott, Delta etc) then only one person gets this.

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