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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!

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 have not yet done so, 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 a couple, or friends travelling together, subscribe to the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card – you can group your points into one Marriott Bonvoy account simply by calling (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 Reward Points card, 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).

This will allow you to earn more free nights or take part in promotions to convert hotel points into Aeroplan points (and thus transform your earned points on the American Express Cobalt™ Card into Aeroplan points at a good rate)!

Check your annual certificates

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JW Marriott Phu Quoc Resort & Spa - Catégorie 5

If you have held the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® 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 the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® 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 obtained via the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card, you must stay hotels that belong to the chain.

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 15 to make your choice (which will be retroactive).

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Ac Hotel By Marriott Cape Town Waterfront - Suite

Otherwise, the choice is “Five free Suite Night Awards“. Even if you try to negotiate via the Marriott Bonvoy app chat (or by sending an email to the hotel), it is not guaranteed that you will get an upgrade through 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 15, the five Suite Night Awards™ 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!

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 it in our Facebook group!

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