One of the few aspects of SPG that Marriott Bonvoy appears to have adopted is the idea of targeted promotions which appear in members' accounts ever now and again - there doesn't seem to be any pattern to when they're loaded. Right now a new set of Marriott Bonvoy targeted promotions appear to have been loaded and, from what I've seen so far, there are at least three different offers doing the rounds.
Marriott has finally taken time out its busy schedule of 'Bovoying' its customers into despair to launch a promotion for the summer months. The 2019 summer promotion is called "Endless Earning" and runs through to the middle of September.
Up until yesterday, Chase had just two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards in its portfolio and only the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card was still open to new applicants. Now a new card has been introduced to the market - the Marriott Bonvoy Bold credit card - and it comes free of charge.
Marriott recently ran its first ever points sale but, while this was a big change from the Marriott Rewards of old (and probably something it has taken on from Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program which it merged into Marriott Rewards to create Marriott Bonvoy), there was one big issue with the sale - it only allowed Marriott Bonvoy members to buy up to 50,000 points.
Marriott Bonvoy launched its first ever points sale back in the middle of April and anyone interested in topping up an account has less than 48 hours to do so before the promotion expires.
Marriott has made a small change to how its 'Points Advance' award booking benefit works (which seems to have raised a few hackles in the Twittersphere) but, when you think through the change that Marriott has pushed though, it's hard to see how it makes any great difference at all.
Joanna and I have recently returned from a trip to Australia where we stayed at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel for 5 nights. I made the award night booking back in 2018 and when I received my suite night upgrades (courtesy of my Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status) I applied five of them to this stay.
It looks like Marriott has taken a further leaf out of Starwood's playbook by launching a points promotion in which it is offering Bonvoy points for sale at a 25% discount to their regular price.
If you're a Marriott loyalist, are thinking of booking a stay in the UK and haven't been put off by all the nonsense Bonvoy members have been putting up with since the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (a suffering now known as 'being Bonvoyed'), you may wish to consider this offer for stays in London.
Bonvoy was a terrible name for Marriott to call the merged Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs and whatever they paid the company that came up with that name was too much....but that's the least of Marriott's problems right now.