Earn double points and elite nights with this lucrative Marriott promotion
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As reported by One Mile at a Time, Marriott just launched its first global points promotion of 2021.
You can use this promotion to earn double Marriott Bonvoy points and elite qualifying nights on all stays of two nights or more. The promotion runs from today — Feb. 16 — through Apr. 27, 2021. The promotion is valid on all paid stays of two nights or more at any Marriott hotel.
Let’s take a closer look at the promotion and how to register.
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A look at Marriott’s “Better Two-gether” promotion
As discussed in the intro, Marriott’s “Better Two-gether” promotion lets you earn double points and elite qualifying nights on all Marriott stays of two nights or more.
The promotion is valid on all Marriott stays of two nights or more at virtually all Marriott properties worldwide. The promotion runs from Feb. 16 to Apr. 27, but you must register your Marriott Bonvoy account in the promotion by Apr. 13.
You can register for this promotion using this landing page on the Marriott website. Once enrolled, you’ll start earning double points and elite nights starting with your first stay.
It’s worth noting that only paid stays are eligible for bonus points and elite nights. Unfortunately, free nights are not eligible.
Other things to know include:
- Only stays made after registration qualify for the promotion.
- Double points earning is applicable to base points earned per eligible stay
- Homes & Villas by Marriott International, ExecuStay®, Marriott Executive Apartments® and Marriott Vacation Club® owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for this promotion.
- Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s Elite Night Credits or stay.
- Bonus Elite Night Credits are credited 3 to 7 business days after the qualifying nights post.
- Elite Night Credits count toward the status year in which they are posted.
- Members who choose to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion.
How to maximize this promotion
Earning double points and elite qualifying points on Marriott stays is a huge benefit for Marriott members. As a refresher, Marriott Bonvoy members earn 10x points per dollar spent at most properties worldwide. The only exception is Element, Residence Inn, and TownePlace properties that award 5x points per dollar spent.
Double points earning means you’ll earn 20x points per dollar spent — at minimum — on most stays. Elite members continue to earn their respective elite bonus on all stays as well as their welcome gift. That said, the promotion awards double points based on a member’s base points, meaning points earned before any elite bonuses.
This means a Platinum Elite member spending $200 before tax on a two-night Aloft stay would earn 4 elite qualifying nights and 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. The stay earns 2,000 base points, 2,000 bonus points and 1,000 elite bonus points since Platinum Elites earn a 50% bonus.
TPG values Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.8 cents per point. This means the promotion provides an extra 4% to 8% back on all stays.
Pay for your stay with a Marriott credit card
You can earn even more points when you pay for your stay with a Marriott cobranded credit card from American Express or Chase. Both issuers offer a handful of cards that come with different benefits, points-earning and fees.
Here’s a look at the full lineup of Marriott credit cards and their respective welcome bonuses:
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card: Earn 125,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first three months. Plus, earn up to $200 in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants within the first six months of card membership. Offer ends 5/12/2021.
- Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card: Earn 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases made on your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 5/12/21. Terms apply.
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card: Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card: Earn 50,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.
Stack this promotion with targeted Marriott bonuses
Marriott is also running a targeted promotion that offers a set number of bonus points after a member completes a set number of stays. I’m targeted for 22,500 bonus points after three stays. The first stay earns 6,000 points, the second earns 7,500 points and the third earns 9,000 points. You can view your targeted promotion on the Promotions section of your account.
You can stack this promotion with the new Better Two-gether promotion. You’ll earn both your targeted bonus and double points (based on base points) and elite nights.
Additionally, Marriott awarded existing elites 50% of the elite nights required to maintain their status tier earlier this month. This combined with the Better Two-gether promotion means it’s easier than ever for Marriott elites to requalify for elite status or upgrade their tier.
Finally, some American Express cardholders are targeted for a Marriott Amex Offer that offers a discount on paid stays. I was targeted for $50 off $200 on one of my cards:
It’s great to see Marriott introduce a global promotion, even if it’s lagging behind its competition. Hyatt and Hilton have had global points promotions since the start of the year. This has left Marriott loyalists eagerly awaiting a similar promotion to help them earn or maintain elite status in 2021. This is especially important since travel demand is still low due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Make sure to enroll in this promotion even if you don’t have a confirmed Marriott reservation. If a Marriott stay pops up at the last minute, you’ll still earn double points and elite qualifying nights. Make sure to enroll before registration ends on Apr. 13.
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