Today was supposed to be the day that American Airlines gutted its loyalty program for a second time (it didn't - more on that later) so while most of us were focusing heavily on AAdvantage and waiting for the hammer to fall, Marriott sneaked up on the outside and caught a lot of people by surprise when it dropped the biggest bomb of the day in announcing a massive change to the Bonvoy program.
With the year gradually drawing to a close, with Marriott having dropped a lot of elite night credits into member accounts in February and with Bonvoy members having been given a double elite nights promotion earlier in the year, a significant number of people will now have enough elite night credits in their Bonvoy account to trigger Marriott's Annual Choice Benefits. With that in mind, I've taken a look at what benefits Marriott is offering Bonvoy members when they credit 50 and 75 nights to their accounts in 2021.
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Marriott has brought back its Week of Wonders promotion that we first saw last year and once again the 7-day set of promotions are a combination of new deals and existing promotions dressed up to appear like they're something new. The promotions include discounted awards nights, discounts on Homes & Villas stays, discounts on all-inclusive booking, discounts on Marriott's boutique (amenity) ranges, and a number of other deals that offer savings, bonus points, or discounts.
Since the middle of August, Marriott Bonvoy has been running a points sale promotion in which it has been offering a mystery bonus on points purchased and points gifted through 25 September 2021. Most people appear to have been targeted for a useful 45% bonus but as this promotion is ending tomorrow, there's not much time left to make the most of it if you need to top up a Bonvoy account.
In October last year, Marriott introduced us to what it called its "Week of Wonders" promotion which saw it offering a variety of deals and discounts across a period of 7 days. Now Marriott's social media teams are plugging a Week of Wonders promotion for October 2021 and while we don't yet know what this year's deals will look like, it's probably a safe bet to say that they'll be pretty similar to what was offered last year.
United Airlines is currently offering its flyers a 30% bonus when they transfer various hotel currencies across to their MileagePlus account and while I wouldn't recommend that readers transfer over points from programs like Hilton Honors, the World of Hyatt, or IHG Rewards, a transfer from Marriott Bonvoy can make a lot of sense.
After what seems like an inordinate amount of time, Marriott has finally published a new promotion to take us through to the end of the year (almost) but considering just how long Bonvoy members have had to wait for the chance to earn a few bonus points, Marriott has, once again, been less than generous with its offering - set your expectations low and you won't be disappointed.
With most of the entertainment and sporting world effectively closed to the public for the past year, the Moments program had been put on ice, but with live audiences now back in arenas and with sporting stadia filling up, Marriott has announced that its Moments packages are on their way back.
Before yesterday, we hadn't seen a new transfer bonus from Chase since last year. As of right now, however, anyone wishing to transfer Ultimate Rewards Points over to their Bonvoy account can do so with a 50% bonus thrown in for good measure. The question is, just how good a deal is this?