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The next Marriott Bonvoy promotion has been announced and although it doesn’t launch until 8 February, registration for the promotion is already open and with dozens of elite night credits on offer, this may be the first Marriott promotion in some time which is worth a closer look.
- Register by 20 April 2022 (here)
- Stay between 8 February and 4 May 2022
- Earn 1,000 bonus points and a bonus elite night credit for every night consumed
- There are no earning limits other than those set by the length of the promotion
- Only stays made after registration will qualify
- Award bookings including cash + points bookings and bookings made with free night certificates are not eligible for the promotion.
- Rates available through most third-party online retailers and select travel agency rates do not qualify for this promotion.
- Stays at Homes & Villas by Marriott International, Marriott Executive Apartments, and Marriott Vacation Club owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for this promotion.
- Only one room per property is counted toward a member’s nights for the promotion.
Full terms and conditions can be found on the promotion page.
The promotion covers 85 nights so, technically, there are 85,000 bonus points and 85 elite night credits on offer here. Realistically, however, pretty much no one will find themselves staying at eligible Marriott properties for the full 85 days but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that this promotion makes earning or retaining Marriott Bonvoy status a lot easier.
In truth, the points on offer in this promotion don’t really move the needle as they’re worth very little – you could stay at eligible Marriott properties for the entire promotion period and still not earn enough points for a free night at a top Marriott property – so it’s the bonus elite night credits that I’m going to focus on.
For 2022, Marriott has reset the Bonvoy elite status targets so they’re back to what they were pre-pandemic…
- Silver Elite – 10 nights
- Gold Elite – 25 nights
- Platinum Elite – 50 nights
- Titanium Elite – 75 nights
- Ambassador Elite – 100 nights + a minimum of $20,000 in qualifying spending with Marriott
…and you can find out what benefits come with each status level on this page.
In truth, Silver and Gold elite statuses are mostly useless and are not levels that anyone should be making a special effort to reach, but things get better from Platinum Elite status onwards – 4 pm late checkouts, lounge access, 50%+ bonus points, upgrades, and complimentary breakfast at select Marriott brands are all benefits that can make stays nicer and more economical – so it’s worth considering if this promotion can give you a solid boost to the 50 elite night credits needed to lock-in Bonvoy Platinum Elite status.
Readers who hold the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (review), the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (review), the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card (review), or the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card (review) will all already have 15 elite night credits in their Bonvoy accounts even if they haven’t stepped through the doors of a Marriott property this year so with 11 months of the year still to go, they’re already off to a strong start on their way to earn/retain Bonvoy status and this promotion can really help them push on.
Readers who hold the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card and any other Marriott Bonvoy credit card issued in the United States will already have 30 elite credits in the bank, so just 10 nights spent at eligible Marriott properties during this promotion will lock in Platinum Elite status for another year and whichever way you look at it, that’s a pretty great deal.
When considering whether to move any stays over to Marriott or whether to book any extra stays because of this promotion, the key thing to keep asking yourself is how much value will you get from whatever Marriott Bonvoy status you’re pursuing, and is that status worth whatever you’ll end up paying to get it?
If you’re not going to be spending any more than you would otherwise be spending and if you won’t be giving up anything significant with any other loyalty program, there’s no harm in focusing your efforts on this promotion and trying to earn some extra elite night credits to move you higher up the elite ranks.
If, however, you’re unlikely to make many more Marriott bookings in the second half of this year and you’re unlikely to consume more than 10 – 15 nights at Marriott properties next year, it’s likely that chasing Marriott Bonvoy status is not an economical path for you – whatever status you earn will end up costing you more than it will give you back. The fact is that while elite statuses can be very alluring, they’re almost always not as valuable as a lot of people think.
Overall, this is clearly an enticing promotion from Marriott and considering the targets for elite status in 2022 have gone back to normal, it’s great (and a little surprising) to see Marriott giving people the opportunity to boost their chances of earning/retaining status for another year.
Details of Marriott’s first major promotion of 2022 have now been published and while the number of points on offer in the promotion is unimpressive (as is often the case with Marriott promotions), the fact that up to 85 elite qualifying nights can also be earned makes this one of the more interesting Bonvoy promotions in some time. Don’t forget that any nights consumed before registration will not count towards the bonuses that this promotion will offer so register now in case you forget to register before your next stay.