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Marriott expands off-peak pricing through July, will add bonus elite night credits

June 15, 2020
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St. Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico
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As the world begins to reopen — even amid the coronavirus pandemic — you might be planning some hotel stays in the coming weeks, especially if you've been cooped up since the spring.

Marriott Bonvoy today announced several sweeping updates to its loyalty program, from pricing changes, to elite night credits, to perks for its top-tier members. Here's what you need to know.

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Expanded off-peak pricing

Beginning today, Marriott will make some temporary updates to its redemption rates. Approximately 5,500 open Marriott Bonvoy hotels will offer off-peak pricing only for award bookings made between today and June 30, 2020. Travelers interested in booking stays at off-peak pricing must complete those stays before July 31, 2020.

The golf course at St. Regis Bahia Beach (Photo courtesy of the resort)

According to Marriott, some participating Category 7 and 8 properties are included on this list — meaning that they will be entirely off-peak for stays booked by June 30 for travel through July 31. These hotels include some of the best domestic properties in its portfolio, such as The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club, Autograph Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.

That means the St. Regis in Puerto Rico, (which is normally 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a night for peak pricing or 85,000 points for standard dates) will stay at 70,000 points during the month of July.

If you're trying to save your points for a bigger redemption, but still looking for an escape this summer, Category 1 hotels will only cost 5,000 Bonvoy points. That could easily get you a quick getaway at hotels like Four Points by Sheraton in Bakersfield, California or the TownePlace Suites in Baton Rouge.

Related: Caribbean Comeback: A Review of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico

Temporary pause to peak rates

During the stay period when the booking window is open, no hotel participating in Marriott Bonvoy will be priced at peak levels, according to the chain. That means even Category 8 hotels will effectively be capped at no more than 85,000 points through the end of July — as long as you book by June 30.

Related: The award traveler’s guide to Marriott Bonvoy

Given the widespread nature of these new offers, it's worth checking your existing Marriott award stays to see if the same room is available for fewer points. And if you have any Points Advance reservations for which you haven't actually redeemed points, now could be a good time to see if the rate has dropped from the one you initially booked.

And these award-stay updates aren't the only ones.

Extra elite-night credits and perks

Marriott also announced some positive changes for Bonvoy elite members. Marriott says it will deposit Elite Night Credits into members' accounts amounting to 50% of the nights required for the status they earned in 2019. For Marriott Bonvoy credit cardholders, these additional ENCs are on top of the ones awarded from eligible Marriott Bonvoy credit cards you may already hold — which as of earlier this year, allowed personal and business cardholders to earn up to 30 nights.

According to the chain, members will see the added credits in their accounts in late July. Here's the breakdown:

ELITE STATUS TIER EARNED IN 2019ANNUAL TIER REQUIREMENTS50% ELITE NIGHT CREDITS (ENC) DEPOSIT
Ambassador Elite100 Qualifying Nights AND US$20,000 stay spend50 Elite Night Credits
Titanium Elite75 Qualifying Nights38 Elite Night Credits
Platinum Elite50 Qualifying Nights25 Elite Night Credits
Gold Elite25 Qualifying Nights13 Elite Night Credits
Silver Elite10 Qualifying Nights5 Elite Night Credits
MemberNot ApplicableNot Applicable

Even though Marriott has extended elite statuses through Feb, 2022, these boosts could help push you toward a higher tier. For example, TPG Editor Nick Ewen qualified for Platinum Elite status last year and is currently at 36 nights in 2020 (30 from his credit cards and another six from pre-pandemic stays). His 25-night boost will put him just 14 nights away from Titanium — which would include another set of Choice Benefits. So if you hit Titanium elite through this boost you could earn sweet perks like Five Suite Night Awards or a free night award, worth up to 40,000 points.

Note that this could also help with your progress toward Marriott Lifetime Elite status — both with the number of nights and an additional year of higher status.

Finally, Ambassador Elites who earned status in 2019 and reach 100 ENCs this year will be able to share Platinum Elite status with a friend, family member, or loved one.

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Rewards

2 - 6X points
6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
2X2x points on all other eligible purchases.

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Recommended Credit

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The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
3 / 5
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Rewards Rate

6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
2X2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

    Earn 100,000 points
    75,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $125
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees