Last Chance: Select Marriott 2018 Choice Benefit

One of the positive aspects of the Starwood Preferred Guest program that Marriott has adopted is “Choice Benefits.” Specifically, Platinum members are able to select special rewards when they pass 50 and 75 elite qualifying nights in a year.

Anyway, if you’re eligible for one of these and haven’t yet selected it for 2018, this is your last chance to do so, as you need to make your selection by February 7, 2019. I actually still have one selection to make, which I was only reminded of based on an email I received from Marriott.

What are Marriott’s Choice Benefits?

With Marriott Choice Benefits, those who pass 50 elite qualifying nights in a year can choose from the following rewards:

  • 5 Suite Night Awards
  • 5 Elite Night Credits
  • The ability to gift Silver Elite status
  • 40% off a hotel bed
  • A $100 UNICF donation

Then those who pass 75 elite qualifying nights in a year can choose from the following rewards:

  • 5 Suite Night Awards
  • 5 Elite Night Credits
  • A free night award (valid at a hotel costing up to 40,000 points)
  • The ability to gift Gold Elite status
  • 40% off a hotel bed
  • A $100 UNICF donation

How to select your Marriott Choice Benefits

To select your Marriott Choice Benefit, just follow this link. If you’re eligible you should see the option to select a benefit after logging in.

I had already selected by 50 night benefit, so needed to select my 75 night benefit.

In my case, I narrowed down the options to the five Suite Night Awards or a Free Night Award valid at a property costing up to 40,000 points. I guess my thought process was as follows:

  • I value the free night award at maybe $200, give or take
  • I already earned 10 Suite Night Awards this year (this was only possible in 2018, where SPG members received 10 Suite Night Awards at the 50 night mark, and were able to select another reward at the 75 night mark)
  • Suite Night Awards aren’t valid at Ritz-Carlton and EDITION properties, so is it really worth getting an additional five?
  • I guess it comes down to whether I value a single Suite Night Award at $40 or more

Personally I made the decision to select the Suite Night Awards, simply because I think that securing upgrades with Marriott could be more challenging this year than in the past, given the number of elite members there are.

Even though I received an email saying that my Suite Night Awards have been deposited, they’re not showing in my account as of now, so I guess we’ll see.

Bottom line

If you haven’t yet selected your 2018 Marriott Choice Benefit and are eligible, be sure you do so in the next couple of days. I almost forgot about this, but am happy to have some more Suite Night Awards. Let’s see just how useful they are in 2019…

If you were eligible for a Marriott Choice Benefit, which did you select?

Comments

  1. I don’t know if this is just me, but I rarely if ever get the suite night awards to clear. Hotels occasionally gave me an upgrade as a platinum but most don’t even bother to do that, even if I ask at check-in.

  2. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it true that Marriott hotels is a part of Westin hotels, which is known as W hotels? Just want to make sure got my facts straight. Thanks! 🙂

  3. I remember reading here that it may be possible to get the choice benefit twice, once pre 8/18/18 and once after … is that still the case?

  4. I don’t know if this is more common but I cannot choose any benefit despite staying 50 nights on the dot. The only thing I can think of is that some of my nights were not eligible. But I do not see any definition of what these are and have never had any issues with SPG. Anyone has an idea?

  5. @DNN

    Westin hotels and the W hotels are two different brands. They both belong to the Marriott group now.

  6. I stayed 52 nights last year, so earned platinum status. I am just choosing my benefit now and am wondering if it is true that they add 5 elite night credits on my 2018 total and not my 2019 total? What’s the point of that then if I already stayed over 50 nights in 2018? I could use the 5 stay credits for this year as I see myself staying less in Marriott hotels this year.

  7. Did anyone receive an email about this? I’ve already selected my benefit but if I hadn’t specifically known I had to do this because of this blog and others, I never would have known. They never sent me an email when I re-qualified for Platinum last year. It’s like Marriott is trying to hide this from elites now…

  8. No email reminders sent. Not even my ambassador reminded me.
    @sam – that’s correct. If you got to 50 before 8/18 and 75 at any point during 2018, then you got to choose your normal 10 for the SPG 50 award, and to also choose another 5 to under the new program for reaching 75, giving you a total of 15 for 20018 (and which expire the end of 2019).

  9. @jetset @khatl

    Same here. I had no reminder.

    Reached Platinum in 2017 on a status challenge and requalified for the first time in 2018, so this is the first time I had the opportunity. For some reason, I thought this was only a 75 night benefit, so wasn’t thinking about it. Thanks @Lucky for the reminder!

  10. I selected my choice (5 nights credit) back in Jan when it became available. At first it said to return because “oops, there is an error”, then when it was working I initially got a messaging saying I was not eligible. Few days after waiting got it to work and made my selection that said to wait 48hrs for it to post. Received a confirmation e-mail too. Credit nights have not posted almost a month later. Website does acknowledges that I have made my choice. I am hoping they post after the cut-off date, otherwise I will start making calls.

  11. @Lucky @FunTraveler You should call. I selected my additional 5 nights yesterday on the mobile app… and they credited immediately… and I’ve already used some of them against some upcoming stays. Sounds like a glitch

  12. selected suite awards, question did I read correctly and you have to wait til 5 nights before your arrival to confirm the availability?

  13. Thanks so much for posting this! For some reason, I thought only the 75-nighters were eligible for this, so I never even looked into it :-O And Marriott never sent me an e-mail or text message reminding me to choose a benefit.

    Just selected the 5 SNAs now, and immediately received an e-mail confirming the selection — whew! Now let’s see if I can actually GET any upgrades …

  14. I am a Plat and called MR Mid- Jan; was informed I got my 5 night credits .
    BUT when I said I cannot see them in my account on line; the reply was: “it is in our MR system, you cannot see it, we do. It is there.” Strange.

    Did others get the same reply???

  15. I called as I wanted the 5 nights added for this year. It did say 2018. Anyway the person put me on hold and came back and told me that it’s a mistake and the nights are for 2019. Guess what it’s not a mistake and the count for 2018.
    Super disappointed.
    I was SPG elite and I g
    Just think Marriott is shit.
    Not sure where to put my hard earned cash.

  16. Marriott didn’t send out any emails about earning 50 and 75 nights. However, since I was tracking my nights I was able to select the Suite Night Certificates as soon as I was eligible. I used all 10 on an award stay (booked at the old rate of 40k/night) last month at the Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott Maui. All cleared and we had an ocean front, ground floor junior suite with large lanai. Plus, surprisingly, no resort fees!!

  17. Thanks for reminding me. Usually I get an email reminder about this. Maybe I missed it. 5 night vs 10 Plats used to get. 75 nights gets the same 5. Clearing them is another issue.

  18. Wow! Marriott really needs to do so PR ASAP! I too am a Platinum Premier member (120 nights last year) No status upgrade to Ambassodor (I only spent $15,000, not $20,000 required to earn it) because apparently Marriott doesn’t think they should reward their best customers just those who stay the least?!? In 2017 I choose the 10 Suite night awards and all 10 just expired on Dec. 31 2018 so that just proves how much of a joke it is to use them, 120 nights and couldn’t even use one suite award lol! And I stay at a variety of properties mostly JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Delta, The Westin, Aloft, Marriott, Sheraton, Four Points, and just to be clear only a few nights (Maybe 10/120) were spent at limited service properties like Aloft and Four Points. Majority of my nights were spent at JW Marriott, Delta & Autograph Collection. I have 12 nights this year so far but I’m honestly becoming more and more disheartened by the service from Marriott and honestly I’m thinking Hilton might be a better option for loyalty in 2019 unless Marriott takes a cold shower and wakes up to this ridiculous treatment and starts rewarding me properly.

  19. Correct me if I am wrong, but if you do not choose, I think Marriott will choose for you and give you the suite nights automatically.

  20. Suite Upgrades, but the hotels I stay at upgrade me to the suites by e-mail ahead of time, so I don’t wind up using them. I have one upcoming stay at a hotel where I don’t have the lounge email address so I went ahead and tried to apply one for it – we’ll see if it works. It will be my first attempt using one.

    20 year Marriott Platinum + 10 Year SPG Platinum = 0 Years Bonvoyage Captain

  21. @Michael “20 year Marriott Platinum + 10 Year SPG Platinum = 0 Years Bonvoyage Captain” lol thats a good one 🙂

  22. Free night, because suites are nice to have but not a must; but, the free night + the cc anniversary nights = a paid-for long weekend somewhere.

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