Confirmed: Marriott Bonus Nights Credit Trigger Annual Choice Benefit
I held my breath hoping to get lucky on this, and I can confirm that the 2020 Marriott bonus nights DO trigger the annual choice benefit. For Platinum and Titanium Elite members, the 50% bonus nights credits trigger the status benefit. Here’s the proof.
Marriott Bonus Nights 2020
As previously covered, Marriott is giving everyone 50% bonus nights. These credits are based on the status that you earned in 2020. I mentioned that I’m not lifting a finger with Marriott this year, since the Platinum Elite status I earned for this year will be honored through next year, also. Remember that Marriott announced back in March that you will get 15 nights’ credit for personal AND business Marriott co-branded credit cards.
If you’re not following, here’s what I hoped would happen:
- Automatic 30 nights from having personal + business credit cards
- 25 nights from the 50% Marriott bonus nights credit in 2020
That adds up to 55. It seems too good to be true.
Marriott Bonus Nights Trigger Annual Choice Benefit
I held my breath and didn’t say anything to anyone. My dream came true. A day after the 50% bonus nights posted to my Bonvoy account, I got an email saying I could pick my annual choice benefit. For those unaware, Platinum and Titanium Elites with Marriott can choose an annual gift.
I’ve stayed 0 nights at a Marriott property this year, to be clear. The benefit was triggered simply from my automatic credits from having personal & business credit cards plus the 50% Marriott bonus nights they are giving to all members this year.
I always choose the Suite Night Awards, which you can use to request a suite upgrade on any stay, even when booking a basic room. There’s something to be said about choosing the 5 Elite Night Credits, if you’re shooting for Titanium, but I’m not. I got an immediate email confirming my selection. My new suite nights show in my account, combined with the ones I already earned. I’ve already tacked 2 onto a reservation, so you see that I have 8 Suite Night Awards available for the coming year.
Marriott hasn’t gotten much right in the past 2 years. This…this is a gold mine. I didn’t want to jinx it, so I crossed my fingers and waited. I’m really excited to see that the Marriott bonus nights credit for 2020 has triggered my annual choice benefit. It triggered the status perks, even though I hit the required threshold just from bonuses without setting foot in a hotel.
Check your account. If your nights have posted and bumped you past the required number, you should be able to pick your Platinum or Titanium gifts.