Select Your 2021 Marriott Choice Benefits

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Marriott Bonvoy has just launched its Choice Benefits program for 2021, so you can now select your benefits if you’re eligible (prior to today this just showed a “coming soon”).

What are Marriott Choice Benefits?

In addition to the standard published program benefits that apply with every stay, Marriott Bonvoy elite members are able to select additional perks for passing certain milestones.

Elite members — in this case Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador members — can select Choice Benefits when they pass 50 and 75 elite qualifying nights in a calendar year.

Even elite nights not earned through stays qualify towards these thresholds. This includes:

As a Titanium member with the above two credit cards, that means I started 2021 with 68 elite nights in my Bonvoy account, without having completed a single stay.

Marriott’s 50 night Platinum Choice Benefits

With Marriott Choice Benefits, Bonvoy members 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 WE donation

Score 40% off a hotel bed with Marriott Choice Benefits

Marriott’s 75 night Titanium Choice Benefits

Then Bonvoy members 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 WE donation

Select a free night certificate with Marriott Choice Benefits

How to select your Marriott Choice Benefits

Marriott Bonvoy typically emails members to prompt them to select Choice Benefits, though if you don’t want to wait for that email, you can follow this link. Once you’re logged in you’ll be shown your options.

Note that:

  • Once you select your rewards you can’t change them
  • You need to make your selection by January 7, 2022
  • It can sometimes make sense to wait to make your selection if you don’t have an immediate use for it, since you might change your mind on what makes more sense in several months
  • It could even make sense to wait until early January 2022 (right before the deadline) to make a selection, because then the benefit will be valid for an entire additional year; for example, if you wait until January 1, 2022, to select suite night awards, they’d be valid through December 31, 2023

Selecting my Marriott Choice Benefits

I’m a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium member who already has more than 75 elite nights for the year, so in theory I could select rewards at both tiers. For some context, I currently have 12 suite night awards in my account, since I’ve historically selected those — I earned 10 in 2020, and two were rolled over from 2019 as part of the coronavirus extensions.

What’s my plan for this year?

  • I’ll probably select the suite night awards, as I do most years
  • However, I absolutely have no plans to do so anytime soon
  • If I burn all my suite night awards in the coming months and need more then maybe I’ll select them, while otherwise I’ll wait until January 1, 2022, to make the selection, so that they’re valid for an additional year
  • Since we just bought a new place, I’m not ruling out the possibility of selecting a discount on a hotel bed, but we’re not quite there yet

Just to share a bit more on why the other options don’t appeal to me:

  • There’s no value in adding five elite nights to my total for 2021, since I already requalified for Titanium status
  • Gifting Silver Elite or Gold Elite isn’t worth much, as the status doesn’t offer many benefits
  • While a donation is a nice thing to do, realistically I value some of the other options at more than $100, so that wouldn’t be a good way to maximize value
  • Selecting a free night worth up to 40,000 points could be a solid option, especially if you don’t otherwise get value out of the suite night awards; however, historically I’ve managed to get good value out of suite night awards

I used suite night awards for an upgrade to a two bedroom suite last year

Bottom line

Choice Benefits is one of the nice perks offered to Marriott Bonvoy Platinum and Titanium members. Marriott Bonvoy made it easy for people to earn elite nights in 2021 thanks to credit cards and the 50% bonus elite nights, so many members may have the choice of these benefits even without a lot of stays.

This program has just been launched for 2021, so you can go ahead and select your Choice Benefits, with the most popular option being suite night awards. Personally I’d hold off on making a selection until you have an immediate use in mind. Heck, I’d even ideally wait until the first few days of 2022, so that you have another year of validity for whatever you select.

What Marriott Choice Benefits are you selecting for 2021, assuming you’re eligible?

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  1. As a Canadian shocked that they continue to partner with “WE”, the owners are refusing to appear before our parliament to explain what appears like fraud and corruption.

  2. Is there a way to skip the 50 nights selection and jump right to the 75 nights to select the 40k free night? I don’t see an option. I get a message that I get to pick both, but no way to get past the first selection. If I delay the 75 nights free night selection to next year then I get another year, correct?

  3. If you don’t select, is one selected automatically?

    And what is the default if so.

    Forgot that I might want to wait for my first 5, but will want to for my second 5 if I’m confident I’ll remember.

  4. @Lucky – Love reading your blog. Your personality really comes through and I enjoy that. Question: Are you sure that if we hit 50 nights in 2021 and then wait to select suite upgrade awards on Jan. 1, 2022, that they won’t expire until the end of 2023? You’re the only one out of several blogs I follow that has made that claim. Marriott’s FAQ states “Suite Night Awards expire on December 31 of the year following the year in which they were earned. For example, if 50 or 75 qualifying nights are achieved in 2020 and Suite Night Awards are selected, they will have an expiration date of December 31, 2021.” That makes it sound like it doesn’t matter when the suite upgrade awards are selected, rather it matters when the 50 nights are achieved.

  5. @Adam Cummings — your parliament is a joke and carries no weight in the international world. Your country (which was conjured up out of thin air in 1982) should just join the USA.

    No doubt that WE wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to appear before Congress in the USA.

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