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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

As we approach the end of the year, here are a few steps to take to get the New Year off to a good start with Marriott Bonvoy.

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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 already, take advantage of the current promotion on the Marriott BonvoyTM American ExpressMD Card. These are points you can quickly earn and redeem for many free hotel nights.

And if you’re a couple, or friends traveling together, each sign up for the Marriott BonvoyTM American ExpressMD Card: you’ll be able to combine your points into a single Marriott Bonvoy account with a single call (more details below).

And more recently, you can even get 12,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for free by subscribing to the new Choice Card from American Express™!

In addition, if you are a self-employed person, a professional, or a business owner, I recommend that you also subscribe to the SME version of the card, the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card.

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

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 Membership Rewards card, such as the American Express CobaltTM Card, you may want 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).

This will allow you to earn more free nights or participate in hotel points-to-Aeroplan promotions (and therefore convert your American Express CobaltTM Card Membership Rewards points into Aeroplan points at a great rate)!

Check your annual certificates

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If you have held the American ExpressMD Marriott BonvoyTM Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card for over a year (i.e. you have already renewed your annual membership fee), this annual certificate has been deposited into your Marriott Bonvoy account (typically 7-8 weeks after membership renewal).

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!

Your points account

Pool your points

If you and your spouse/friend each hold theMarriott BonvoyMD American Expressᵐᶜ Corporate American ExpressMD Card, you have earned points in your respective 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 particularly convenient when you want to take advantage of the “Stay 5 nights at the price of 4” or of the 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 earned via the Marriott BonvoyTM American ExpressMD Card or the Marriott Bonvoyᵐᶜ Corporate American ExpressMD Card, it’s all about stays at group 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!

Check your Marriott Bonvoy promotions on this page!

Your status

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 free upgrades to a suite (Suite Night Awards™)
  • Silver Elite status gift
  • 40% off your favourite 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 07th, 2022 to make your choice (which will be retroactive).

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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 free upgrades to a suite (Suite Night Awards™)
  • A free night
  • Gold Elite status gift
  • 40% off your favourite 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) and not 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 07, 2022, the next five free upgrades will be automatically applied to your account.

Your bookings

Check the off-peak and 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).

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!


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.

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