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Extended: New Marriott Bonvoy members can get a free night after two stays

Nov. 27, 2020
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Marriott is extending its promotion where new Bonvoy members can earn a free night after two paid stays.

New members who sign up for a Marriott Bonvoy account using this dedicated page will earn a free night after completing two paid stays between now and March 30, 2021. That free night will be valid for any stay worth up to 25,000 points. That's enough to book a free night at any Category 1-4 hotel.

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What you need to know

This promotion is for new users only — not existing Bonvoy members — and you must sign up using the dedicated sign-up page.

The terms and conditions note that a stay is “defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity,” so you’ll need two actual separate stays to earn your free night, though there's no minimum spending requirement.

Your free night certificate will be automatically deposited directly into your account after completing the stays, and you’ll be able to redeem it online when booking an award stay at an eligible property. The award will be valid for one year from the date of issuance, so be sure to use the certificate before it expires or its value to you is exactly zero.

Related: The award traveler’s guide to Marriott Bonvoy

Redeeming your free night

To redeem your free night, simply search for hotels using Marriott Bonvoy points and select one that prices at 25,000 Marriott points per night or less. Choose your desired room type and, at checkout, you will be given the option to pay using your Marriott 25,000-point certificate.

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For reference, here's a breakdown of Marriott's award chart.

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If you're curious to know what 25,000 Marriott points are worth, here are some options around the world.

Westin Guadalajara

Standard points rate: Category 3 – 17,500 points per night

Catered to business travelers, this hotel in Mexico includes a fitness center, White Tea Bath & Body products and Westin Heavenly Beds. 17,500 points will score you either a king or queen room.

Element Lexington

Standard points rate: Category 4 – 25,000 points per night

This Element hotel is a roughly 20-minute drive from downtown Boston, which may explain its lower category. But with an indoor pool, modern rooms with kitchens and free breakfast for all, it can be a solid place to redeem your free night.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Nest Hotel, A Member of Design Hotels

Standard points rate: Category 4 – 25,000 points per night

This five-star hotel located just minutes from Seoul (ICN) Airport on the island of Yeongjongdo. This 370-room hotel offers views of the Yellow Sea. Built as the "ultimate retreat," the hotel includes a library cafe, mini-theater, spa and an outdoor heated infinity pool.

Earning more free nights

If you’re new to the Marriott program and want more free nights in the future, you may want to consider adding a Marriott co-branded credit card to your wallet.

Within the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, there are two types of annual free night certificates available. The cards with annual fees that hover around $100 or more per year offer an annual free night worth up to 35,000 points at each card renewal month. These include the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card ($125 annual fee; see rates & fees).

Meanwhile, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card offers an annual free night worth up to 85,000 points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program (certain hotels have resort fees). The card comes with a $650 annual fee. (see rates & fees)

Related: Which Marriott Bonvoy credit card is right for you?

Bottom line

Note, Marriott is extending all members’ elite status and points expiration through Feb. 2022, as well as extending free-night certificates and Suite Night Awards. For all new reservations with arrival dates through Dect. 30, 2020, Marriott is allowing free changes and cancellations up to 24 hours before check-in. In addition to enhanced cleaning protocols, Marriott is requiring guests to wear face coverings in public areas of hotels.

Additional reporting by Victoria M. Walker.

For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant, please click here.

Featured image by (Photo of The Moxy NYC Downtown courtesy of the hotel.)
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