Recently, 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.
After a long period of silence from the world's biggest hotelier, Marriott has now started to show its hand for 2021. Yesterday I wrote about Marriott's 'Super Off-Peak Awards Deal' in which off-peak awards are being discounted by 10% and in this post, I'm going to cover what Marriott is doing with elite status in 2021 and what its plans are for its first major promotion of the year.
Marriott has released a new promotion for award bookings made by 21 February and for once, it's not an award promotion with a ridiculously short booking window. The new promotion is valid for bookings through September so even if you can't travel now, you may still be able to get a nice discount on a trip for later in the year.
For any Marriott Annual Choice Benefits that were earned in 2020, Bonvoy members must make their selection(s) by 11:59 p.m. ET TODAY, 8 January 2021. If no selection is made by the end of today, five Suite Night Awards will be automatically deposited in the member’s account.
Marriott appears to be continuing to take the same lackadaisical approach to global promotions that we've come to expect from the hotelier (it hasn't bothered to come up with a new global promotion for Q1) but in the lead up to Christmas, we started to see select Bonvoy members being targeted for a variety of new deals. Now, more people appear to have been targeted.
Towards the end of October Marriott announced that it would once again be extending the validity period of all free night certificates and upgrade certificates that were set to expire before 31 July 2021. True to its word, that's exactly what Marriott has now done.
Marriott has brought back a promotion that originally debuted back in June and which allows Bonvoy members to book most of the properties in Marriott's portfolio at off-peak award rates. This time around the promotion is a little more generous than the June promotion as the travel window is a month longer, but be aware that the booking window is still relatively short.
Marriott has been running a flash sale this week in which it's offering a bonus of up to 60% on Bonvoy Points purchases. Historically speaking, this is the highest bonus we have ever seen Marriott offer (it matches the bonus offered back in May) and we now apparently have it on good authority that this will be the best offer we see during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
In the past 24 hours, Marriott launched a new sale in which it's offering Bonvoy members the opportunity to buy points with a bonus of up to 60% thrown in. Historically speaking, this is the highest bonus we have ever seen Marriott offer (it matches the bonus offered back in May) but there's an outside chance that there's something better to come.