Marriott has amended the Terms and Conditions governing its guest loyalty program Bonvoy effective October 30, 2019.
There are quite important changes this time from how Suite Night Awards are used to when members can purchase points during sales.
You can access Marriott Bonvoy here.
Here are the changes:
Marriott Bonvoy previously required accounts that purchase points being open a minimum of 90 days. Now, this changed to a year!
Suite Night Awards (SNAs)
Marriott Bonvoy now clarifies that you are not allowed to use Suite Night Awards for Advance Purchase Rate-reservations
You cannot use SNAs for multiple use reservations. You can, however, use them towards single ones as long as the member is occupying one of the rooms, and they are all under his/her account.
Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach
Ritz-Carlton Residences properties do not participate except this specific property. Marriott Bonvoy has now clarified the benefits that apply for stays at this property that are:
(1) Earn Points or Miles as described in Section 2 under The Ritz-Carlton
(2) Redeem Points as described in Section 3 under The Ritz-Carlton
(3) Members receive benefits as defined in Section 4 except for the following:
Complimentary Enhanced Room Upgrades, Late Checkout, Suite Night Awards, and Your24TM.
The Reef & The Beach at Atlantis
Previously these two were earning locations only. Now they don’t participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program at all in addition to Harborside.
Homes & Villas
Gold members are eligible for 500 welcome points and Platinum members and above 1,000 points.
Protea & Residence Inn Exclusion
Previously there was one Protea (Aishi Machame) and Residence Inn (The Inn at Mayo Clinic) that were not program participating. Now they both are.
Not sure what is behind the two most significant changes of SNAs and buying points? Is Marriott’s system unable to properly process SNAs for prepaid reservations? There is a workaround for this that we covered the other week (read more here).
Buying points with Marriott Bonvoy is not exactly a great deal even with the discount or bonus, although it can make sense if used the absolute best possible way. No other program makes you to wait 12 months before purchasing is enabled.
It is good that there are fewer non-participating properties, although the situation around Atlantis participation in the Bahamas is becoming messy.