Marriott is in the process of sending out emails signed by Arne Sorensen (Marriott President and CEO) in which the hotelier finally confirms that, amongst other things, it is extending elite status for all Bonvoy members through February 2022.
Marriott's not exactly flavor of the month right now as it tries to deal with another big IT breach and as it continues to be one of only two major hotels chains that have not announced any significant provisions to help regular guests retain or earn elite status this year...but one small piece of good news has now appeared.
If you've ever had any dealing with Marriott you'll probably already know that its IT systems are pretty useless but what you may not know is that its IT systems aren't very secure. In fact, their security appears to be laughably easy to circumvent.
Marriott has just issued a release from its President and CEO Arne Sorenson in which it outlines what it is doing to keep guests safe during their stays, how it is changing its cancellation policies and what steps its taking to minimize the losses by Marriott Bonvoy members.
With the coronavirus putting the world in full-on shutdown mode and with hundreds of travel plans being canceled by the second it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect the larger hotel chains to be doing whatever they can to encourage anyone still traveling to choose their properties. Not Marriott.
As of tomorrow, 4 March 2020, almost a quarter of all Marriott properties worldwide will be moving up a category (and seeing award night cost increase) while only 7% will move down a category (and see their award prices drop), so travelers have less than 24 hours left in which to book their favorite properties that are about to get significantly more expensive.
In August last year, Marriott announced a couple of significant changes to the way its Points Advance reservations work and when these changes came into effect in September, I pointed out that the Bonvoy program's systems appeared to be incapable of dealing with one of these changes correctly. I also pointed out that I thought I could see how Marriott's solution to this system flaw may actually benefit some guests....and I was right.
Over the past couple of days, I've shown how Bonvoy members can locate free night certificates in their accounts and how they can use those certificates to book single night stays. In this post, I take a look at how a Marriott free night certificate can be incorporated into a multi-night booking.
In a post yesterday I showed how Bonvoy members can locate their free night certificates in the desktop site and the Bonvoy mobile app, and today I'm going to go through the simple process of making a single night reservation with a Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate.
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