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Improved Marriott Nightly Upgrade Awards Are Here

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Marriott Nightly Upgrade Awards

Marriott confirmed upcoming changes to its Marriott Bonvoy’s Suite Night Awards™ back in November of 2023. Those changes include several improvements, including the renaming of this benefit to Nightly Upgrade Awards.

The company told us today that in a phased system update beginning this week, they are  bringing this new benefit to life.

Marriott Bonvoy members will start to see the new name, as well as more premium rooms and suites across the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio available for upgrades.

Members will also be able to now use this upgrade benefit at The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Aloft, Element and Protea hotels, which were not eligible previously. Keep in mind that members will be able to choose their preferred room type when requesting and redeeming Nightly Upgrade Awards.

You need to upgrade your Marriott app in order to see the changes.

As a reminder, here are the changes that we first covered in November:

  • Nightly Upgrade Awards will be the new name for Suite Nights Awards to better align with the benefit. Nightly Upgrade Awards are one-night confirmable upgrades to a premium room or suite.
  • Members will be able to choose from five additional brands when redeeming their awards: The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Aloft, Element and Protea Hotels
  • Nearly 20% more premium rooms and suites will be available for upgrades across all participating brands with features like oceanfront rooms, balconies, and extra space.
  • Members will receive notification regarding the status of their Nightly Upgrade Awards request closer to check-in, starting three days prior to arrival.
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  1. Members would be best served if Marriott pulls upgrades out of the hands of individual properties and implements an automated upgrade system like Hilton has.

    Hotels begin assigning “regular” reservations to specific rooms at three days prior to arrival. SNAs had been assigned at five days prior . . . that is, prior to the blocking of regular reservations. With the move to three days prior, SNAs have no priority over regular reservations. Which is a devaluation. But, in practice, there will be no change. Properties will still say that there is no inventory eligible for upgrades (even if there is). And, then they will offer you a PAID upgrade. And, ultimately, your SNAs will go unused and they will expire worthless.


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