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Marriott Bonvoy credit card elite nights have posted for 2020, here's how to confirm

Jan. 03, 2020
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Marriott Bonvoy credit card elite nights have posted for 2020, here's how to confirm
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The beginning of the year can be quite a sad time for elite status holders as our elite night and elite-qualifying miles counters reset to zero. But, if you're a cardmember of select Marriott Bonvoy credit cards, you should find that your Marriott elite nights haven't been completely zeroed out.

That's because one of the perks of several Marriott cobranded credit cards is 15 elite night credits. And these elite nights have already started posting in many Marriott Bonvoy accounts. This is significantly earlier than in 2019 when it took until Feb. 26 before nights started posting to accounts.

You'll find this 15 elite night benefit as a perk of the following cards:

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If you have -- or are considering applying for -- more than one of these cards, keep in mind that the elite nights don't stack based on the number of cobranded cards you have. You just get 15 nights whether you have one eligible Marriott card or multiple eligible cards.

These cards are a great way to help you qualify for Marriott elite status. 15 elite night credits is enough to qualify for Marriott Silver elite status each year (which normally requires 10 nights), but the real benefit comes from using these credits to lower the requirements for higher tiers of status.

The real sweet spot in the Bonvoy program is Platinum Elite, with benefits like a guaranteed 4 p.m. checkout and free breakfast at many brands. This status requires 50 nights, meaning that you can get this status for 35 nights in a Marriott hotel after earning 15 elite nights from a credit card. This is very attainable for less-frequent travelers who are still looking to be loyal to a single chain.

Status levelNumber of nights required to earnNumber of nights required in addition to the 15 elite night credits
Silver150
Gold2510
Platinum5035
Titanium7560
Ambassador100 + $20,000 in qualified spending85 + $20,000 in qualified spending

To see if your 2020 elite night credits have posted, head to Marriott's website, log into your account, click your name at the top right corner of the page and then select Activity. Or, you can click this link to log into your Marriott account Activity page. If you have a qualifying credit card, your "nights earned" will hopefully be (at least) 15.

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You can click on Details to note the sources of the nights you've earned thus far in 2020. If your credit card nights have posted, you'd see an entry on the line labeled "Rewards Credit Card."

Related: Maximizing redemptions with the Marriott Bonvoy program

However, there seem to be numerous glitches in the system. You may have noted in the screenshot above that I have "0 nights needed to renew Titanium Elite."

On my account homepage, Marriott notes that I'm just "10 nights + $20,000 to Ambassador." Marriott Ambassador requires 100 nights and $20,000 in qualifying spending to earn, so I should be 85 nights away:

Other Marriott cobranded credit cardholders have taken to Twitter to point out similar issues. One TPG reader with 15 elite nights from a Marriott credit card is supposedly just "25 night(s) to Titanium Elite" -- which is an elite status level that should require 75 elite nights.

Another user with 15 credit card elite nights is showing as just "11 night(s) to Titanium Elite":

Hopefully, these glitches will be fixed soon so that Marriott Bonvoy account holders can accurately track their progress toward elite status.

If you made Marriott Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite or Ambassador Elite status, remember to select your Marriott Choice Benefits before the Jan. 15, 2020 deadline.

Ethan Steinberg contributed to this post.

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023