Marriott Bonvoy has launched a new targeted offer, the first one for 2020, that is valid for stays through June 30, 2020.
There could be other offers, but the one that several readers have emailed us is for double Elite Night Credits.
Most airlines and hotels have instituted variable cancellation, refund, and rebooking policies due to the current coronavirus outbreak.
Marriott has launched a dedicated website that shows that non-refundable reservations for members traveling to or from Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, French Polynesia, and Italy through March 31, 2020.
Marriott Bonvoy elite statuses based on 2018 activity were supposed to be first valid through the end of January 2020, but something didn’t go as intended. Downgrades were then supposed to take place at the end of February. Here we are on March 5, and the online/app counter still shows expiry as January 31.
Also, the elite year counters for members thriving for lifetime status with Marriott Bonvoy have not been updated for 2020. This was also supposed to take place in February, but now customer service is messaging members that this would take place sometime in March.
Marriott Bonvoy announced changes to its award categories (read more here) back in early February that will take place this coming Wednesday (March 4, 2020).
There is a total of 2,185 hotels changing in the number of awards points required, of which 499 (7% of total hotels) will require less and 1,686 (23%) more. You must make your bookings by March 4 to lock in current award pricing.
Our Fabulous Fridays topic this week is about hotels that go above and beyond for their Elite members, providing benefits far higher than they would be required as per program and brand standard.
While waiting for Marriott Bonvoy to launch their next global promotion (read about the possible one here), and while you can buy their points at a 50% bonus, we on Monday launched a giveaway for 100,000 points that ends tomorrow.
The giveaway is about to end, and you must enter by 11:59 PM ET on Friday (February 28, 2020). We will announce the winner on Sunday (March 1).
Marriott Bonvoy’s last global promotion called Unlock More was valid for stays between October 29 – January 5, 2020 (read more here).
It is unusual for Marriott not to have a global offer for two months (there are some targeted and property/area-specific), but now there has been some chatter of new promotion to be unveiled next week.
Marriott Bonvoy launched Escapes last year that replaced Last Minute Escapes that were available for a few months. Marriott previously had eBreaks while SPG had its Hot Escapes.
Members save 25% while the non-member discount is capped at 25%. These Escapes are valid seven days a week at resorts and Friday to Sunday at city hotels. The latest Escapes are valid for travel through March 22 if booked by Sunday
As the coronavirus is starting to spread around the world from its base in Wuhan, China, many hotel loyalty programs have already released their elite status waivers for 2020.
Accor Live Limitless, Best Western Rewards, Hilton Honors, World of Hyatt, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Bonvoy and Shangri-La have all released their waivers/extensions for those members in Greater China and/or Asia-Pacific.
Marriott Bonvoy has extended the popular 33% off rate promotion for stays in the Middle East and Africa now through December 31, 2020.
Members that book two nights get third night free or two free nights when paying for four nights. You must make the booking using a promotional code BOG.