Marriott Bonvoy Extends Expiration Policies and Free Night Awards 2021

The expiration of Marriott Bonvoy points has been paused for a third time due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — this time, until Thursday, March 31, 2022, to provide you ample time to redeem points — and at that time, your points will only expire if your membership account has been inactive for a minimum of 24 months…

Marriott Bonvoy Extends Expiration Policies and Free Night Awards 2021

Sheraton Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

…and if you have a Free Night Award which originally was supposed to expire sometime in 2020 — or which will expire before Sunday, January 2, 2022 as part of your Cobrand Credit Card Benefit, Annual Choice Benefit, promotions, or travel package — you will be able to redeem it through Monday, January 3, 2022, as that will be the new expiration date effective automatically as of Thursday, May 6, 2021. No action on your part is necessary. However, Free Night Awards with an original expiration date prior to 2020 will not be eligible for the additional extension.

The first time the expiration of Marriott Bonvoy points was extended was back in June of 2020, when points would not expire until February of 2021. The point expiration date was extended again through Sunday, August 1, 2021 back in October of 2020.

Remember that all members who earned elite status in 2019 and were scheduled to be downgraded in 2020 and 2021 will have their elite status automatically be extended through Tuesday, February 1, 2022 — which means that you will continue to enjoy all the Ambassador, Titanium, Platinum, Gold or Silver elite status level benefits to which you have access today for the next 15 months.

Summary

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Well, at least you will not need to scramble to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points or use your Free Night Awards, as you now have even more time to plan your travels prior to their new expiration dates.

After the conclusion of this article are some of the frequently asked questions pertaining to other changes with the Marriott Bonvoy frequent guest loyalty program.

In the meantime, do not forget that you can use promotions to extend the expiration of your Marriott Bonvoy points — which include but are not limited to the following offers:

  • Save up to 25 percent on room rates at 1,423 hotel and resort properties in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean region with Marriott Bonvoy and its Escapes promotion, which offers exclusive savings every Wednesday through Sunday across select destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean region — and is valid for stays at hotel properties over the next four weekends and for stays at resort properties all the days of the week — but you must book your reservations as soon as possible, as availability is extremely limited and the promotion is only good while supplies last.
  • Earn 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points per night when you stay at your choice of eight different participating hotel properties in Virginia and Illinois seven days per week through Tuesday, May 4, 2021 — but you must book your reservation using promotional code MR5 by Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
  • Earn 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus when you link your Marrott Bonvoy and Uber accounts effective immediately as the result of a new partnership between the lodging company and the ride sharing service — but in order to take advantage of this offer, you must link your Marriott Bonvoy membership account and Uber membership account on the latest version of the official mobile application software program of Uber; and then complete a qualifying transaction by Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time.
  • Save 30 percent on room rates at twelve participating hotel properties within the United States through Monday, May 31, 2021 if you are a minimum of 62 years of age — and this offer is also available to guests who are visiting a senior living residence — but you must book your reservations using promotion code S9R by Monday, May 31, 2021.
  • Earn up to 6,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points when dining at participating restaurants, bars, and clubs as a member of the fairly new Eat Around Town by Marriott Bonvoy dining membership program through Saturday, July 31, 2021.
  • Save up to 25 percent on a vacation with Marriott at 381 select resort properties in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean region through Monday, September 6, 2021 — but you must book your reservations using promotion code D3Q by Monday, September 6, 2021.

All photographs ©2015 and ©2017 by Brian Cohen.


What was the 50% Elite Night Credits benefit offered in February 2021?

Marriott Bonvoy members who earned Elite Status in 2020 received a one-time deposit of 50 percent of their tier’s annual Elite Night Credit requirement — for example, those members who achieved Platinum Elite status in 2020 received 25 Elite Night Credits in their membership account in February 2021.

Since members already received an extension of their earned 2019 Elite Status through Tuesday, February 1, 2022, the Elite Night Credit deposit helps Members reach the next tier faster.

In addition, these Elite Night Credits will count towards achieving the 2021 Annual Choice Benefit, as well as achieving Lifetime Elite Status. 50 percent Elite Night Credits deposit and remaining 2021 requirements needed to achieve the next tier’s status are based on the 2020 earned status tier as follows:

  • Ambassador Elite received 50 Elite Night Credits and will need an additional 50 Elite Night Credits and US$14,000 in Qualifying spend in 2021 to re-achieve Ambassador Status through Tuesday, February 21, 2023
  • Titanium Elite received 38 Elite Night Credits and will need an additional 62 Elite Night Credits and US$14,000 in Qualifying Stay Spend in 2021 to achieve Ambassador Elite through Tuesday, February 21, 2023
  • Platinum Elite received 25 Elite Night Credits and will need an additional 50 Elite Night Credits in 2021 to achieve Titanium Elite through Tuesday, February 21, 2023
  • Gold Elite received 13 Elite Night Credits and will need an additional 37 Elite Night Credits in 2021 to achieve Platinum Elite through Tuesday, February 21, 2023
  • Silver Elite received 5 Elite Night Credits and will need an additional 20 Elite Night Credits in 2021 to achieve Gold Elite through Tuesday, February 21, 2023
  • Member tier did not receive Elite Night Credits and will need a total of 10 Elite Night Credits in 2021 to achieve Silver Elite through Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Example:
A member who earned Gold Elite Status in 2019 already received an extension of the Gold Elite Status to Tuesday, February 1, 2022. To achieve the next tier up of Platinum Elite in 2021 to enjoy through February 2023, the member will need to achieve a total of 50 Elite Night Credits by Friday, December 31, 2021. This Gold Elite Member will receive 13 Elite Night Credits — 50 percent of the 25 normally needed to requalify for Gold — which means the member will only need 37 Elite Night Credits to achieve Platinum Elite this year.


You already extended the Elite Status that I earned in 2019 until February 1, 2022. How will the 50 percent Elite Night Credits benefit me?

Recognizing the challenges to travel this year due to current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, the 50 percent Elite Night Credits helps you achieve the next Elite tier faster. The deposit of the 50 percent Elite Nights Credits is in addition to any Elite Night Credit you may have already earned this year. Overall, the extra Elite Night Credits gives you more opportunity to achieve the next Elite tier before the end of 2021, which can then be enjoyed through Tuesday, February 1, 2023.


Who was eligible to receive the 2021 50 percent Elite Night Credits?

Marriott Bonvoy members who earned elite status in 2020 received a onetime deposit of 50 percent of their tier’s annual Elite Night Credit requirement. Members who did not earn Elite Status in 2020 did not receive the 50 percent Elite Night Credits deposit.


I enrolled in the Taste Of Platinum Elite Status Challenge as of December 31 2020. Will I receive 25 Elite Night Credits when you extend the 50 percent ENC deposit?

  • If you were in an active Taste of Platinum Status Challenge as of December 31, 2020, you received your 25 Elite Night Credits if the Challenge was completed and earned by December 31, 2020.
  • If you are still in your Challenge period and have not completed the Challenge as of December 31, 2020, your Elite Night Credits will be deposited after your earning Challenge period, even if you have completed it prior to the end of the earning Challenge period.
For Example: If your earning Challenge period ends March 31, 2021, and you earned the required number of nights by February,  your Elite Night Credits will be deposited after March 31, 2021, which is the end of your earning Challenge period.
  • If you are still in your Challenge period and at the end of the Challenge period, you did not meet the Taste of Platinum Challenge requirements, you will received the Elite Night Credits based on your level prior to enrolling into the Taste of Platinum Challenge after the Challenge period has ended.
For Example: If your earning Challenge period ends March 31, 2021, and you did not earn the required number of nights by the end of the Challenge period — March 31, 2021 — you will received your Elite Night Credits based on your Elite Level earned (prior to your enrollment into the Taste of Platinum Challenge) after March 31, 2021.

I enrolled in the Taste Of Gold Elite Status Challenge as of December 31, 2020. Will I receive 13 Elite Night Credits when you extend the 50 percent Elite Night Credit deposit?

  • If you were in an active Taste of Gold Status Challenge as of December 31, 2020, you received your 13 Elite Night Credits if the Challenge was completed and earned by December 31, 2020.
  • If you are still in your Challenge period and have not completed the Challenge as of December 31, 2020, yourElite Night Credits will be deposited after their earning Challenge period, even if you have completed it prior to the end of the earning Challenge period.
For Example: If your earning Challenge period ends March 31, 2021, and you earned the required number of nights by February, your Elite Night Credits will be deposited after March 31, 2021, which is the end of your earning Challenge period.
  • If you are still in your Challenge period and at the end of the Challenge period, you did not meet the Taste of Gold Challenge requirements, you will received the Elite Night Credits based on your level prior to enrolling into the Taste of Gold Challenge after the Challenge period has ended.
For Example: If your earning Challenge period ends March 31, 2021, and you did not earn the required number of nights by the end of the Challenge period (March 31,2021), you will received your Elite Night Credits based on your Elite Level earned (prior to your enrollment into the Taste of Gold Challenge) after March 31, 2021

What is the reduced spend threshold for achieving Ambassador Elite Status in 2021?

For 2021, we’re reducing the US$20,000 spend threshold for attaining Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite status to US$14,000. If a member reaches 100 Qualifying Nights and US$14,000 in qualified spend during 2021, they will achieve Ambassador Elite status. During 2022, the qualified spend requirement for Ambassador Elite status will return to US$20,000.


What benefits were extended for Members during 2020?

For all Marriott Bonvoy Members:

  • 2020 Elite Status: Members who earned Elite Status in 2019 received an extension of their Elite Status to February 1, 2022.
  • Suite Night Awards: Elite Members who had Suite Night Awards (earned in 2019 as part of the 50- and 75-Night Annual Choice Benefit) with an expiration date of December 31, 2020 were extended to December 31, 2021.
  • Elite Night Credits: In July 2020 we gave you a head start toward earning status by depositing 50% of the Elite Night Credits into your Account based on your 2019 earned Elite status tier.

Who was eligible to gift Platinum Elite Status in 2020?

Members who earned Ambassador Elite Status in 2019 and achieved 100 Elite Night Credits in 2020 were eligible to gift Platinum Elite Status to one individual, e.g. friend or family member. This Platinum status will continue through February 1, 2022.  This was an exclusive opportunity offered for 2020 only to Members who earned Ambassador Elite status in 2019 and achieved 100 Elite Night Credits in 2020. You must have selected this choice by December 31, 2020.


When will my year of 2020 Elite status be applied to my account so I can track my path to Lifetime Elite Status?

In a normal year, members receive their tenure year of Elite status in one of two ways:  In Q1 (when we run our annual renewal and downgrade processes to assess the member loyalty activity in the prior year) or if they achieve a higher Elite level, their tenure year for the higher level is applied upon achievement.

During July 2020, when we extended the Elite Status that members earned in 2019 until February 2022, members also received their 2020 year of Elite status. Also note, if you achieved a higher Elite level during 2020, your 2020 year for the new, higher level was applied at the time of achievement.

If you maintain the same Elite level for 2021, your 2021 year of Elite status will be applied to your account in January 2022. If you achieve a higher Elite level during 2021, your 2021 year for the new, higher level will be applied at the time of achievement.

Examples:

  • A Member achieved Platinum Elite in 2018, enjoyed the status in 2019 and re-achieved Platinum Elite by staying 50 nights. They received their 2020 year of Platinum status in Q1 2020.
  • A Member achieved Platinum Elite in 2018, enjoyed the status in 2019 but they did not stay enough nights to renew their Platinum Elite status and downgraded to Gold Elite in Q1 2020. They received their 2020 year of Gold status in Q1 2020.
  • A Member achieved Platinum Elite in 2019 and enjoyed the status in 2020. They received their 2020 year of Platinum status in July 2020 when we extended Elite status.
  • A Gold Elite Member achieved Platinum in April 2020; the Platinum year of Elite status for 2020 was applied upon achievement.
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One thought on “Marriott Bonvoy Extends Expiration Policies and Free Night Awards 2021”

  1. Babblespeak says:

    This is all so customer friendly for Marriott that there must be a massive points devaluation coming…

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