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At the end of February last year Marriott unveiled a number of new benefits for Bonvoy elite members visiting its properties in the Asia-Pacific region and now that I’ve had a chance to see some of these benefits in action, I thought it was worth reminding readers of what’s on offer…especially as the individual properties may not tell you!
I’m in Southeast Asia right now and a series of deals promoted by screens in my hotel’s elevators reminded me of some of the very good deals that Marriott Bonvoy is offering in this region (and a little further afield).
Specifically, there are good offers on dining and spa visits and there’s a very good offer for Bonvoy members traveling with kids.
Full details of these deals can be found on the Marriott Bonvoy Asia website but, in brief, here’s what’s on offer:
Marriott Bonvoy Dining Discounts & Earning Bonus
All Marriott Bonvoy members can get a discount of at least 10% on restaurant and bar spending made at participating Marriott properties throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The discounts on offer increase to 15% and 20% for guests with higher Marriot Bonvoy status and all spending in excess of $10 (or equivalent in local currency) will attract an earning rate of 10 points/dollar.
The 10 points/dollar earning rate won’t make any difference to members staying at a Marriott property where they’re dining or enjoying the bar (all Bonvoy members already earn a minimum of 10 points/dollar for spending charged to a room at full-service properties) but, importantly, the discounts and extra points are also available for Bonvoy members who are just visiting a property’s bar or restaurant and who are not staying at the property.
Joanna and I made the most of this last year when we were visiting Sydney (even though none of the Marriott properties we visited mentioned the promotions). We were staying at the Sydney Harbour Marriott but we chose to have dinner at the Pier One Autograph Collection property after we read some very good reviews of its restaurant.
The meal at the Gantry Restaurant at Pier One was excellent and it was made even better when, as a Bonvoy Titanium member, I had 20% taken off the final check after I gave our server my Marriott Bonvoy membership number.
Later, on the same trip, we also had a 20% discount applied to a check at the Sydney Harbour Marriott’s “Three Bottle Man” bar.
More details of this discount can be found here but be aware that the offer is not available on breakfast spending and the discount is not applied to any taxes or gratuities added to the check.
An added bonus to this promotion is that Bonvoy Members visiting restaurants and bars in Marriott properties throughout the Asia Pacific region can earn 10 Bonvoy Points/dollar through Marriott as well as the bonus points earned from credit cards that offer restaurant spending as a bonus category (e.g the American Express® Gold Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card).
Marriott Bonvoy Enhanced Earnings At Spas
Bonvoy members visiting spas at participating Marriott Asia-Pacific properties will earn 10 points/dollar for spending made on spa treatments, and Bonvoy elite members will also be offered a complimentary “spa enhancement service” (which varies by location and hotel brand).
- Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite Members are eligible to enjoy a choice of complimentary spa enhancement service for every eligible spa treatment purchased.
- Spa enhancement service is an added-value that does not require an additional charge or extend a spa treatment time that is already booked by an eligible Member.
- Choice of complimentary spa enhancement services varies by participating spas and subject to change at any time with or without notice.
The 10 points/dollar earnings won’t make any difference if you’re staying at a Marriott property (guests already earn a minimum of 10 points/dollar on spa spending charged to the room) but, just like the dining promotion, this promotion is also open to Bonvoy members visiting spas at Marriott properties at which they’re not actually staying.
Marriott Bonvoy Free Breakfast For Kids
Elites may not get complimentary breakfasts at all Marriott properties (Marriott’s rules around elite breakfast privileges could not be more complicated) but Marriott properties in the Asia-Pacific region are running a promotion that could be a nice money-saver for families.
As this is a Marriott promotion it was never going to be straightforward (the benefits vary according to the age of the child, a Bonvoy member’s status and the type of property at which the member is staying)…but this chart should hopefully help:
The best deal is reserved for children (aged 12 or below) who are traveling with Titanium or Ambassador elites but the discounts on offer across all the other elite levels will certainly be very useful (more details here).
If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy member visiting the Asia-Pacific region (which in this case even includes the very expensive properties in the Maldives) these offers can be very useful in helping to keep your trip spending down and perhaps even make expensive treats a little bit more affordable….just bear in mind that you’ll probably have to be proactive in asking for the discounts and offering your Marriott Bonvoy membership number.
Personally, I love the 20% discount my Bonvoy Titanuim status gets me at participating bars and restaurants but for families, the kids’ breakfast promotion will probably be the big winner.