This is an update to a post from last week to note that the 15 elite qualifying nights from Marriott’s co-branded credit cards have now posted, just a couple of days before the deadline. Hopefully all members see the elite nights in their accounts, and if they don’t, they should post soon.
Below is the original post answering the question of when elite nights post from Marriott’s co-brand credit cards.
We recently saw the introduction of the Marriott Bonvoy program, and to go along with this, we’ve seen quite a few benefit changes, including to Marriott’s co-branded credit cards.
What is the Marriott 15 elite night benefit?
One of the great benefit of several co-branded Marriott Cards is that they offer 15 elite nights towards status annually just for having the card. The catch is that you can only earn this benefit once per year, so if you have two co-branded credit cards you’re still capped at earning 15 elite nights, and wouldn’t earn 30 elite nights.
This makes Platinum status quite attainable, as it puts you jut 35 nights from Platinum (which requires 50 nights per year).
In many ways this makes Platinum status too easy to earn in terms of managing expectations. Marriott is the world’s largest hotel group, so is promising everyone unlimited space available suite upgrades realistic when Platinum status is so easy to earn, or does that make upgrades as likely as a Delta One saver seat from the US to Australia before Christmas?
When do the 15 elite nights post?
I’ve received this same question literally dozens of times, so I figured it was worth addressing. As of this point, 2019 elite nights haven’t yet posted for the Marriott Card.
When should we expect them to post?
The terms state that the 15 elite nights will post by March 1, 2019, so that means they should post in the next week or so. Usually when loyalty programs set limits like that they post way earlier (I know with SPG in the past they’d post within the first couple of weeks of the year), but Marriott sure is taking their sweet time here.
There are a couple of other things to note regarding this:
- You get your 15 elite nights for 2019 by March 1, 2019, as long as your account was open as of December 31, 2018
- If you open the card during the year, then you still get the 15 elite night benefit for that year, and they will be credited to your account within 60 days of account opening
Which Marriott Cards offer 15 elite nights?
The following American Express and Chase cards offer the 15 elite night benefit (once again, this isn’t stackable, so each Marriott Bonvoy member can earn at most 15 elite nights with this benefit, regardless of how many cards they have):
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase
- Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
- Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card (no longer open to new applicants)
- Marriott Bonvoy Business Credit Card (no longer open to new applicants)
- Marriott Rewards Premier Card (no longer open to new applicants)
- The Ritz-Carlton Credit Card (no longer open to new applicants)
If you’ve been anxiously waiting for your 15 Marriott Bonvoy elite nights to post, they should be posting within the next week or so. Historically these post sooner rather than later, but this year they’re sure taking their time.
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