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Marriott Bonvoy Year-end checklist

To the point Before the end of the year, check your information with Marriott Bonvoy and make arrangements to start the new year properly!

Foreword about Marriott Bonvoy

Despite various changes in 2019, Marriott Bonvoy remains my favourite hotel loyalty program because it’s easy to earn Marriott Bonvoy points in Canada!

While we are a few days away from the end of the year, here is a checklist to start the new year properly.

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What to do before the end of the year

As a Marriott Bonvoy member, you have to take action regarding:

  • Credit cards
  • Points account
  • Loyalty status
  • Hotel bookings
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Credit cards

Apply for credit cards

If you haven’t done so yet, take advantage of the current promotion on the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card. These are points you can quickly earn and redeem for many free hotel nights.

And if you’re in a relationship, or with travel-friends, ask your partner to apply for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card: you will be able to pool your points into one Marriott Bonvoy account on a simple call (more details below).

For a detailed presentation of this card, read this post!

Besides, if you are a self-employed, professional, or business owner, I would advise you to also apply for the SME version of the card, Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card.

That way, you’ll earn more points directly on your Marriott Bonvoy account.

To learn more about American Express’s SME cards application (accessible to many more people than you think), read this post!

And if you’d like to know why I consider the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card to be the best credit card for professionals, self-employed and small and medium-sized businesses, read this post!

A couple can earn more than 200,000 Marriott Bonvoy points by applying for both credit cards

Spending categories

The new year is the time to make good resolutions! For example, you might decide to use the spending categories of your credit cards correctly!

If you’re interested in Marriott Bonvoy points, here’s our strategy:

Transfer your Membership Rewards points

If you have a card with membership rewards points, including the American Express Cobalt™ Card, it would be interesting to take stock of your needs for the coming year, especially in terms of hotel nights!

It’s a good time to transfer points to your Marriott Bonvoy account (5 membership rewards = 6 Marriott Bonvoy points).

You will be able to get more free nights or to participate in hotel points conversion into Aeroplan miles (and thus turn your membership rewards points earned with the American Express Cobalt™ Cardinto Aeroplan miles at a reasonable rate!).

To find out if it makes sense or not to transfer your Membership Rewards points into Marriott Bonvoy points, read this article!

Check your annual certificates

If you have held the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card for less than a year, you will receive a free one-night annual certificate worthing 35,000 points at the annual fee renewal.

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If, like me, you hold the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card for more than a year (i.e. you have already renewed the annual fee), this annual certificate has been deposited into your Marriott Bonvoy account (usually 7-8 weeks after the annual fee).

This annual certificate is valid for 12 months from issuance. So take advantage of this end of the year to check its expiry date and apply it on a reservation!

To find out how TO CORRECTLY use your annual certificate, read this post !

Your points account

Pool your points

If you and your spouse/friend each hold the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card, you have earned points in each of your Marriott Bonvoy accounts.

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JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

With Marriott Bonvoy, you can transfer up to 100,000 points per year for free from one account to another. It works as a calendar year: so you have until December 31st this year to transfer up to 100,000 points to the account of the person of your choice!

This is especially handy when you want to take advantage of the “Stay 5, Pay for 4” or a higher status of one of the Marriott Bonvoy members.

To transfer your points to another Marriott Bonvoy account, call 1-800-627-7468.

Register for promotions

To earn Marriott Bonvoy points in addition to those received through the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card, you have to stay at Marriott hotels!

You still have to stay “smartly” after registering up for the points earning promotions! If you follow milesopedia – sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss anything – you need to be up to date with the latest promotions!

The current promotion ends soon, which means that the next one will follow soon after!

Check your Marriott Bonvoy promotions on this page!

Your status

Become a Gold member with a card

Only one card in Canada allows you to get Marriott Bonvoy’s Elite Gold status: the Platinum Card® from American Express. If you already have this card, be sure to ask American Express to do the registration process for you!

More details about the unique perks of the Platinum Card in this post.

Unfortunately, the Gold Elite status offered by the Platinum Card does not provide 25 Elite Nights. If you want to get a Platinum status, you’ll have to start from scratch (or 15 nights if you have the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card).

To learn more about Marriott Bonvoy status, check out our ultimate travel hacking guide to Marriott Bonvoy.

Platinum Members

If you have obtained Marriott Bonvoy Platine Elite status (50 Elite Nights), Marriott Bonvoy has emailed you asking you to choose a benefit:

  • five Suite Night Awards™
  • give the gift of Silver Elite status
  • 40% off your favorite mattress
  • five Elite Night Credits
  • a $100 charity donation

If you haven’t reached 50 nights for this year, you’ll surely be useful to choose the“Five Elite Night Credits”(which are valid for the current year and not the year ahead). You have until January 15 to make your choice (which will be retroactive).

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Ac Hotel By Marriott Cape Town Waterfront - Suite

Otherwise, the choice will be by default the“five Suite Night Awards.” Even by “negotiating” through the Marriott Bonvoy app chat (or by emailing the hotel), it is not guaranteed to get an upgrade thanks to the status.

However, by requesting an upgrade and using one of the five free upgrades in a suite, your upgrade will be guaranteed!

To choose a benefit, check out this page.

Titanium members

If you have obtained Marriott Bonvoy’s Titanium Elite status (75 Elite Nights), Marriott Bonvoy has emailed you asking you to make an additional choice of benefit:

  • five Suite Night Awards™
  • A free night Award
  • gift Gold Elite status
  • 40% off your favorite mattress
  • five Elite Night Credits
  • a $100 charity donation

To make your choice, check out this page.

Here, I choose the free night (worth 40,000 points) to the five Suite Night Awards. I think it’s more valuable to me! But it’s up to you to decide!

If you don’t do anything before January 15, the five Suite Night Awards™ will be automatically applied to your account.

Your bookings

Check the low and high peak rates

With the introduction of peek and off-peak rates, a free night in a hotel can have three different prices. When you book, you have blocked a rate, and it will be the one you will pay in points.

But be aware that these rates change regularly! So it may be appropriate to check your booking if you have booked your night at the peak or off-peak rate! You may be able to benefit from a lower rate (standard or off-peak).

I have thus saved tens of thousands of points since the introduction of this novelty, especially in South Africa. Many hotels had been booked in “high peak”, but their rates had switched in the low-peak a few weeks before our arrival!

For more information on how to proceed, check out this article!

Categories changes around March/April

Each year, Marriott Bonvoy adjusts the categories of its 7,000+ hotels. This adjustment usually occurs in March.

This will be an opportunity for us to update our complete map of Marriott Bonvoy hotels!

We will of course keep you informed: sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss this news!

Conclusion

Being a member of a loyalty program means knowing the rules and learning to take advantage of them! I hope this year-end checklist will help you with your travel plans!

Don’t hesitate to come and discuss about this in our facebook group!

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