In mid-January, Marriott announced several initiatives for Bonvoy members in 2021. All elite members would receive an elite night credit equal to 50% of the nights required for their 2020 tier, off-peak award redemptions would be discounted by 10%, and a double points + elite night promotion would be offered from February to April 2021.
Registration for the double points + elite night promotion is now live, and can be done via the link above.
Marriott Bonvoy Double Points + Double Elite Night Offer
Registered Marriott Bonvoy members will earn double points and double elite nights for stays of at least two nights between 16 February to 27 April 2021. This is valid from the very first stay, and there is no cap on the bonus points or elite night credits you can earn.
As a reminder, only base points are doubled (not the elite bonuses). Here’s how many points you can expect to earn, depending on tier:
|Points per US$1|
|Titanium & Ambassador||10||7.5||10||27.5|
|At Element, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites, members earn a base rate of 5 points per US$1|
Registration closes 13 April 2021.
Earn six elite nights for the cost of two
This promotion creates some intriguing opportunities to triple your elite night earning, thanks to the ongoing Pay 2 Stay 3 offers you can find through travel advisor channels like HoteLux.
|Note: Effective 5 February, Westin will be changing how they calculate the third night. The third night will now price at $0, which will mean you’ll only earn 2 elite nights (4 after the bonus).|
I’ll do a more detailed post on this, but here’s a simple example. The Westin Singapore is currently offering a Luminous rate which knocks the third night’s cost off the bill. For example, if you search for two nights, you’ll pay S$260++ per night. Search for three, and that becomes S$175++ per night (260 * 2/3)
Best of all, you’ll earn elite credit for three nights, not two- and if you’re registered for this promotion, that gets doubled to six nights.
You’ll also enjoy the usual benefits for Luminous rates, such as free breakfast, room upgrades, US$100 dining credit and early check-in/late check-out. Since the Westin’s club lounge is currently closed, those who book club rooms or have Platinum Elite and higher status will enjoy an additional S$100 dining credit.
Here’s a recap of the initiatives that Marriott Bonvoy is offering.
50% elite night credit for 2021
All Marriott Bonvoy elite members will receive a bonus credit equal to 50% of the elite nights required for their 2020 tier, i.e:
- Silver members get five bonus elite nights
- Gold members get 13 bonus elite nights
- Platinum members get 25 bonus elite nights
- Titanium members get 38 bonus elite nights
- Ambassador members get 50 bonus elite nights
Bonus night credits have started to post, and you should see yours by the end of the week.
Marriott Ambassador spending requirement cut by 30%
Normally, Marriott Ambassador status requires 100 elite nights and US$20,000 in qualifying spending per calendar year. For 2021, the night requirement is the same, but the spending requirement is being cut by 30% to US$14,000.
10% discount for off-peak redemptions
Marriott Bonvoy will be reducing off-peak redemption rates by 10% for all properties around the world. This applies for reservations made by 21 February 2021, with stays up till 30 September 2021.
Here’s how much awards will cost after the 10% discount.
In case you were wondering, this stacks with Marriott Bonvoy’s usual 5th night free offer. There’s no need to enter any special promo code; the reduced rate will reflect automatically when searching.
Obviously, the higher the category, the more points you save. While it’s mighty tempting to book the St Regis Maldives or Al Maha Resort, you’re basically taking a gamble on travel opening up (although it is a refundable gamble, so why not).
It seems unlikely that international travel will materialize by April, but for those of you doing staycations of at least two nights, there’s a chance to earn double points and double elite night credits.
Registration only takes a second, so you might as well do it just in case.