Marriott Bonvoy Extends Global Promotion (Register Now)

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Marriott Bonvoy’s latest promotion launched in mid-August, and was supposed to be valid through October 18, 2020. Well, the promotion has now been extended through November 10, 2020.

Marriott’s promo: 2,500 points per stay, and more

Registration is still open for Marriott Bonvoy’s current promotion:

  • Members can earn 2,500 Bonvoy bonus points per stay, plus a one-time bonus of 5,000 bonus points after the third stay
  • Registration is required prior to your first eligible stay
  • This promotion is valid for stays between August 13 and November 10, 2020
  • Only paid stays count towards this promotion, and not award stays
  • There’s no limit to how many bonus points you can earn
  • All hotels globally are participating

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How valuable is this promotion?

Marriott Bonvoy hasn’t really had any lucrative promotions in a very long time. On the plus side, this promotion is better than the last one:

  • You earn 2,500 bonus points per stay, rather than 2,000
  • You start earning bonus points with the first stay, rather than with the second stay
  • You get a 5,000 point bonus after your third stay

I value Marriott Bonvoy points at ~0.7 cents each, so to me:

  • The 2,500 bonus points you earn after every stay are worth ~$17.50
  • For the first three stays, you’d be earning an average of ~4,167 points per stay (due to the 5,000 point bonus), which translates to a return of ~$29 for each of the first three stays

If you frequently make short and inexpensive stays then this promotion is pretty solid. However, for those making longer stays, or staying at more expensive hotels, this will hardly move the needle.

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Normal Marriott Bonvoy points earning rates

Not factoring in this promotion, Marriott Bonvoy members ordinarily earn:

  • 10x Bonvoy points per dollar spent at most brands
  • 5x Bonvoy points per dollar spent at Element, Residence Inn, and TownePlace Suites

Then there are elite bonuses:

  • Silver Elite members earn 10% bonus points
  • Gold Elite members earn 25% bonus points
  • Platinum Elite members earn 50% bonus points
  • Titanium Elite & Ambassador Elite members earn 75% bonus points

The above doesn’t include the points you can earn for credit card spending at hotels:

  • You can earn up to 6x Bonvoy points per dollar spent on most co-branded Marriott cards
  • Otherwise, you can earn up to 3x transferable points (with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, or Citi ThankYou)

Bottom line

Marriott has extended its current global promotion by a few weeks, offering 2,500 bonus points per stay, plus an extra 5,000 bonus points after three stays.

This is a better promotion than we’ve seen Marriott offer in the past, though it’s still not all that much to get excited about, especially for longer or more expensive stays. Meanwhile for one night stays at cheap properties, this is solid.

What do you make of Marriott’s global promotion?

  1. Ben- do you see Marriott restoring their elite benefits anytime soon? No breakfast, or other typical guarantees make me end up staying at Hyatt’s or Hilton’s instead.

    Seems counter productive on Marriotts part to reduce benefits for their best travelers during the time when I’d think they need us the most. Just curious for your thoughts.

  2. There are properties that are refusing the complementary breakfast then actively pour salt in the wound by offering to sell you breakfast instead.

  3. Ditch Marriott. Also try to write to Bonvoy using twitter. Would be interesting to know what they have to say about it.

  4. All the clowns suggesting to ditch Marriott have a hard time understanding this: If you are based in US, Platinum status means NOTHING because it is given to almost everyone with 2 credit cards.

    In Europe, we are still getting generous upgrades and breakfast at all the Marriott we stayed at.

    Wish I could return to Asia for even higher status recognition

  5. The bozo suggesting that we should still stay at Marriott even though they refuse to provide basic benefits guaranteed under the Bonvoy program to customers staying close to 100 nights a year may continue to do so. I myself will no longer stay at Marriott as they apparently don’t appreciate the business relationship with someone who leaves between $15-20K. So be it.

  6. So far this year I’m at 200 paid nights and 20 award-redemption nights. I’m sitting on 2.2 million Marriott points.

    This should be 1500 or 2000 points per night. It isn’t really beneficial if I’m doing multi-night stays at hotels. I would much rather Marriott reduce the award chart redemption categories, particularly since many upscale properties are NOT providing services and amenities associated with their brand or rates.

  7. Agreed that this should be at least 1500/night. It’s not moving the needle to incentivize Marriott over Hyatt.

  8. For the clown above who keeps on criticizing Marriott. No ones gives a damn about how much you spend per year and no one asks you to stay at Marriott.

    The point is: If you are based in US, Platinum status means NOTHING. Elite recognition is more the exception than the rule.

    Yoy should consider flying outside of the US and open your mind… even if that means you need to pay for your accomodation with your own money

  9. I think they should do more to encourage high spend at their better properties. This amounts to a trivial return when staying at Luxury Collection, RC etc. Still, something is better than nothing.

    I don’t understand the outrage about elites being treated badly – is it a US phenomenon? I’ve been treated well in Europe and UK as a lowly Gold. For my last four stays I’ve had two 2pm checkouts, one 3pm checkout, and one 4pm checkout, for example.

  10. I’m a Platinum Elite from Indonesia. These last 2 months I’ve been having several staycations at different Marriott properties in my city. So far from my last 7 stays, i always get upgraded to at least junior suite, 4 times i get the Executive Suite and well, there’s no this ‘no breakfast’ bullshit or any elite benefits that is not honored.

    I would say in Asia, especially on developing countries the elite benefits really does make a big difference. Probably from lack of elites vs non elites staying in the hotel.

    You know you can’t expect too much when there’s boatload of elites and only few suites in a hotel. That’s the sad truth.

    You want to stop complaining from being a ‘lowly’ Platinum Elite? Come to S.E. Asia

  11. @FNT – respectfully, if you have already done 200 paid nights this year (of all years) at Marriott properties, with their diminished service and brand standards, why should they offer anything other than this standard crappy promo? Vote with your wallet.

  12. The promo is already live, valid for stays until Oct 18. Quite good for me, since I have a couple of 1 and 2 night stays soon

  13. Is this same as their prior promos, or I have read too much into it?

    ‘Stays made after registration’ means stays starting and ending post the registration (regardless of the reservation time), or both stay and reservation being made after registration?

    “Only stays made after registration will qualify towards the promotion. A “stay” is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/checkout activity on any Points-eligible rate (“Qualifying Rate”).”

  14. @ Terence — All that matters is that you stay after registering. It’s fine if you booked your travel before registering.

  15. Nobody that travels for work and is a Marriott loyalist is switching. While Hilton may have some great aspirational properties their mid-tier, biz travel focused brands, suck. Good luck finding Hyatt options.

    Buy hey, to all you credit card junkies, please please please leave. Us warriors won’t miss you.

  16. I’m a genuinely earned Titanium to Ambasador. I’m surprised to read that the pandemic still didn’t teach people that we don’t really have to travel for work unless you’re a traveling merchant.

  17. Is this promotions targeted? I received an error when trying to register.
    My account is set to earn points, not miles.

  18. This is great. Have a number of trip to the NE to visit my parents (retirement community) that just re-opened. Can only visit 3 days at a time, usually visit monthly and stay at a local (and inexpensive) Sheraton. This will be a huge boost to my total and looks like 2 weeks in Hawaii on Marriott maybe in the cards next year!

  19. I think this is a good promo to incentivize people who have been in lockdown mode to stick their toe in the water for a 1 or 2-night stay.

    An extra $20 (cash value of points) on a $125 night is a solid 18% discount (not incl bonus points, etc).

  20. Same, received an error when trying to register:

    We’re sorry, but there was an error in directing you to this promotion.

    The reason for this error could be:

    You’re trying to access a miles promotion and are a points-earner, or vice versa
    You are not eligible for this promotion
    This promotion has expired

  21. Gold member (by mistake, or they got rid of their soft-landing policy) and was able to register. I went through Promotion Central though.

  22. I also had the error message so I sent a whiny message to the customer service email and they replied within an hour (a pandemic positive, I guess, since it used to take 2 months to hear back from them…). Anyways, they replied that they had registered me and it should show up in my promotions in a few hours. OTOH, those few hours have passed, and it still doesn’t show up. Oh well, whatever. I miss SPG.

  23. People – the error message is because Marriott IT is hot garbage. Those of us from the Starwood side (who enjoyed a better experience) felt the IT/online experience downgrades immediately starting Aug 2018. These error messages LITERALLY happen every promo for 2+ years now.

    Get on FT and mail the Marriott Lurker. Embarrassing but that’s Marriott for you.

  24. Won’t let me sign up through the app or PC. Solid work, like all the ants in our room at last week’s Courtyard stay.

  25. “Bonus points will be awarded to the member’s account up to 6 weeks after the promotion ends.” I guess they’re holding true to that? I completed all three stays over a month ago but haven’t seen any of the bonus points yet (and the tracker shows that I’ve earned them).

  26. Same as the commenter above. I haven’t receive the bonus 5K points yet. I’ve stay 7 nights since the promotion started.

  27. Same as previous 2 comments. I have had 8 nights as four stays received 10,000 points …. no bonus as yet. I am UK based member. I did not see any email notification about the change in the end-date of the promotion, and in fact had a notification telling me a few days before the 18th that it was my last chance to benefit. But, after reading the post here, I have checked my Bonvoy app, where under the details of the promotion it now says the earning period is up until 10th November. So, thanks for the heads-up!

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