Details: Marriott Bonvoy Double Points & Double Elite Nights Promo

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Earlier some positive 2021 program changes were announced for Marriott Bonvoy (in addition to elite guarantees being restored). As part of this we learned the details of Marriott’s next global promotion. While registration isn’t yet open, in this post I wanted to provide a rundown of what we know so far, since Marriott’s latest promotion ended in early November 2020.

Marriott promo: double points & double elite nights

Marriott Bonvoy’s next promotion will offer double Bonvoy points and double elite nights for stays of two nights or more:

  • The promotion will be valid for stays between February 16 and April 27, 2021, regardless of when they’re booked
  • Registration is expected to open in early February, and will be required prior to your first eligible stay
  • The promotion will kick in starting with your first stay
  • Only stays with at least one paid night will count towards this promotion
  • There will be no limit to how many bonus points you can earn
  • All hotels globally will participate


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How valuable is this Bonvoy promotion?

This is easily the most lucrative promotion we’ve seen from Marriott Bonvoy in quite a long time:

  • Bonvoy members will earn 5x bonus points per dollar spent at Element, Residence Inn, and TownePlace suites
  • Bonvoy members will earn 10x bonus points per dollar spent at all other brands

I value Bonvoy points at 0.7 cents each, so to me that’s like an incremental 3.5-7% return on Marriott spending.

The bonus elite nights should also help to make it even easier to earn status with Marriott Bonvoy in 2021, though the truth is that it will already be quite easy:

For example, as a Titanium member with both of the above cards, I’ll be starting the year with 68 elite nights. Unless I go for Ambassador status (which requires $14,000 worth of spending in 2021), I won’t have much need for the double elite nights.


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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)

As a Titanium member with a co-branded credit card, I could be earning 33.5x Bonvoy points per dollar spent. At a valuation of 0.7 cents per point, that’s like a ~24% return on hotel spending, which is solid.

Stack this with targeted Marriott Bonvoy promos

In addition to this upcoming global promotion, Marriott is also offering some targeted promotions. You’ll want to check the promotions section of your account to see what you’re eligible for. For example, I have a targeted promotion for up to 22,500 Bonvoy bonus points after two paid stays.

Bottom line

Marriott Bonvoy has revealed the details of its upcoming global promotion, offering double points and double elite nights for stays of two or more nights this spring. Earning an extra 5-10x points per dollar spent, plus bonus elite nights, is quite generous.

Marriott Bonvoy status should be quite easy to earn in 2021, and it’s nice to see Marriott offering something quite compelling. I’ll post again when registration for this promotion goes live.

What do you make of Marriott’s first global promotion of 2021?

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Comments
  1. Sadly all these promotions are so US centric. It is still a struggle to earn even revised nights in Australia. I have a booking to check out the new W in Melbourne on Feb 4. Might have to change it!

  2. @ Ben – So that means you can earn 10x points for Residence Inn, Element and TownePlace and 20x points for all other?

  3. These promos are great, but it’s getting to a point of benefits overload. Between this, the Aspire card and Hyatt promo, I should easily achieve Hilton Diamond, Hyatt Globalist and Bonvoy Platinum this year. I also now have 14 free nights that I hold currently or will receive soon, most of which expire by the end of this year. I certainly don’t want to waste them, but it’s going to be tough to utilize all of them before they expire. A petty complaint, to be sure, but it’s going to be a juggling act.

  4. I’m in the same exact boat, @MattR, with the same statuses. Can’t complain, but can’t take advantage of all those statuses yet, either. I’m also sitting on United 1K, Alaska Gold 75k, and American Executive Platinum (thanks to the Hyatt Globalist offer last winter) with nowhere to go! Glad to be healthy and able to stay at home, but I miss my days on the road.

  5. I’m Titanium with a Ritz card, so it looks like I’ll be earning at least 43.5 MR. I bought points when they were on sale for $0.0078, so this is like a 34% rebate and roughly equivalent to the Hyatt offer. Sweet.

  6. @ben does the double point apply to only one room or would it apply to multiple rooms booked under one reservation? thanks

  7. @ ZIM — That’s a great question, we’ll have to wait for the full terms. My guess would be that all eligible spending charged to a folio would earn the bonus (which could include multiple rooms), but I could be mistaken.

  8. @ Joe Schmo — I might be missing something, but how do you arrive at 43.5x points? Does the Ritz Card offer 16x points per dollar spent at Marriotts?

  9. What do you mean by “Only stays with at least one paid night will count towards this promotion”

    I thought only paid nights are eligible. Are you suggesting that all nights in a stay double if at least one night is paid?

  10. @Ben, I noticed this wording in the terms that you posted
    “Only stays with at least one paid night will count towards this promotion”

    Does this mean that if i book a two night stay with points but during booking, it gives the option to pay one of the nights with money instead of points, then would that be eligible for the double nights?
    I also got the targeted “earn 22500 points with two stays”. Earlier i was planning to do a one night staty for the first stay (to get the 7500 points) but if I make it a two night with one “paid” and one “point” night (especially if you can find an off-peak night), then you may be able to leverage both. Would be good to check/verify

  11. @Ben – please ask them to bring back a path to Lifetime Titanium. Will keep some of us on the hamster wheel.

  12. @Ben – sorry! I left out a key detail. My targeted promotion is 2x on weekend stays and I confirmed it’s on unlimited uses during the promo period.

  13. I have no doubt that moving forward at some properties upwards of 50% of guests will have platinum, titanium or ambassador status. If anyone the platinums and titaniums should be most annoyed by free giveaway nights since there is no dollar threshold for those statuses.

    If club lounges every return they will need to seriously consider stripping complimentary lounge access for platinums on every stay. It is unsustainable.

  14. No targeted promotion here. What did you mean half the elite nights would be credited? When does that happen? So far I only have the credit card nights that have posted.

  15. Ben, I have the same question as Kai above, and I think it’s quite important to clarify.
    What does “Only stays with at least one paid night will count towards this promotion” exactly mean?
    Can you have one stay with just one paid night and the rest on points and still get double QN for all nights?

  16. Ambassador Elite, Lifetime Titanium. 3.5 million points in my Bonvoy account. I never received the promo that is stackable with this. I guess they think they don’t need to incentivize me.

  17. I just noticed I made lifetime Silver this year! I know that’s not a huge deal for most people here, but I only really started the whole miles/points/status hobby a few years ago, so this is my first lifetime status 🙂

    I’m currently on a 14 night stay in Hawai’i, so add in 15 cc nights and 38 Titanium bonus it looks like I’ll have 67 nights before the double nights promotion even starts! Based on all the additional promotions, I’m guessing the travel industry has scaled back their predictions for 2021, at least through H1.

  18. Unfortunately, in Canada, the Elite nights earned through cards is still capped at 15 nights (I have a personal and a business Amex Bonvoy card).

  19. I’m currently in the status match promotion which is 15 nights in 90 days for Platinum. Does this mean I only need to stay 8? Crazy.

  20. Add me to the list of people who wants clarification over the situation with paid nights vs redemption nights.

    If I book a stay with one paid night, and then add (say) two redemption nights onto that (second reservation that will be merged into one stay), does it count as a stay of 3 nights and therefore earns 6 nights?

    This is the one thing Ben hasn’t given any answer to so far.

  21. Marriott’s system is pretty archaic in the way stays are coded into the system. It’s either a paid stay or redemption stay. There is no option for a “hybrid” stay.
    In my experience, most of the time the hotel will code it as a paid stay. To increase your chances, make sure the first night is a paid night. Fairly sure the entire stay will then count as a paid stay, so double nights for everything.

  22. So, if the new ‘double points & double elite nights’ promotion begins Feb 16th, what about stays checking in on Feb 15th and checking out on Feb 20th?

  23. @pm – I have the same question and if you get an answer, please let us know. I have a weeklong stay checking in on the 14th. The FAQ isn’t entirely clear on this. It says: “If a member’s stay crosses over the promotion earning period dates, will their stay count toward promotion credit?” and the answer is “If you are registered prior to your stay, your stay is eligible and if at least one night of your stay falls within the promotion period, it will count toward promotion credit.” I can’t tell if the final “it” in the answer refers to the “stay” or the “at least one night”.

  24. I called Marriott and also separately messaged them on Twitter, and I got the same answer from both: The nights that fall within the promotion period would qualify for the promotion, but the other nights from the stay that fall outside the promotion period would not.

  25. The way stays are coded in MARSHA, there would be no automated way to separate nights from the same stay into separate stays. Historically, nights have been never separated for a promotion. If the stay touches the period, all nights are counted.

    So, unless Marriott has revolutionized their system….
    (But this is solely based on my own experiences.)

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