Marriott Bonvoy today announced its coronavirus pandemic response to elite members who will see their tiers extended by a year (read more here).
We have already covered certificate extensions for those who received them as being an affiliated cardholder (read more here), but this same policy also applies to annual choice benefit free night certificates, Suite Night Awards as well as Travel Packages.
You can access Marriott’s page for COVID-19 response here.
Marriott Bonvoy is also pausing points expiry until February 2021, and the expiry of Suite Night Awards (SNAs) earned in 2019 is changed from December 31, 2020, to the end of 2021.
Here’s the update:
Status Extension: We want you to be able to enjoy the status that you earned in 2019. With that in mind, the status you earned in 2019 will be extended to February 2022.
Points Expiration: To provide you ample time to redeem points, the expiration of points will be paused until February 2021. At that time, your points will only expire if your account has been inactive for at least 24 months.
Suite Night Awards (SNAs): We have extended the expiration of suite night awards by one year from December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2021.
Free Night Award (FNA): Members who currently have an active Free Night Award (FNA) expiring in 2020 as part of their credit card benefit, annual choice benefit, promotions or travel package will be able to use it through January 31, 2021. (Exception: Members in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan the Free Night Awards will be extended 12 months into 2021 from the date of expiration).
Elite Status Extension
There is a banner on my account that my Titanium is valid through February 2022. The only issue is that this is my lifetime status as long as Marriott doesn’t fold. No extension is required.
Suite Night & Free Night Awards
These have not yet been extended per the updated policy.
Here’s Marriott’s COVID-19 reservation waiver policy:
Marriott’s separate policy for member in Greater china:
You need to consume 50 or 75 nights this year to earn a new set of Choice Benefits unless there is an offer launched later to try to drive more business to hotels.
Bonvoy members now have 12 more months to have their SNAs use denied by the properties.
The Travel Package certificate extension is entirely theoretical because of the devaluation that took place with this product when the programs were merged back in 2018. However, I still have four of my eight seven-night certs unused (have reissued them + extended once).