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Don’t Forget to Choose Your Marriott Choice Benefit Before Wednesday

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If you have reached either 50 night or 75 nights with Marriott Bonvoy in 2019, you have earned a bonus gift from Marriott for the achievement.

You must select your gift by January 15th, else you will automatically be given the Suite Night Awards and you’ll lose your chance to change it.

You can select your benefits here.

At 50 nights (Bonvoy Platinum), you are offered a choice of:

  • Five Elite Night Credits
  • 40% off your favorite hotel bed
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Silver Elite status for a friend or family member
  • US$100 donation to UNICEF
  • Five Suite Night Awards™

And at 75 nights (Bonvoy Titanium), you are offered a choice of:

  • Five (5) Suite Night Awards™
  • 40% off bed
  • $100 Charity Donation
  • The gift of Gold Elite status for a friend or family member
  • Five (5) Elite Night Credits
  • One (1) Free Night Award

If you are thinking about the 5 elite nights, it’s vital you read this post first, or you may REALLY regret it: Don’t Make This Mistake Choosing Your Marriott Choice Benefit (for Earning Platinum Status). Applying them now will add to your 2019 tally, not 2020.

As well, the one free night award at 75 nights is for an award night certificate covering a room up to 40,000 points. It should expire Dec 31, 2020, however the one I selected is showing an expiry of Dec 31, 2021. I don’t know if that is a mistake and if that will be amended later. I wouldn’t be surprised.

What Marriott Bonvoy Choice Benefits Should You Choose?

I can only share my opinion. The Suite Night awards (you get 5 per choice) will be good through the end of this year. Some people have great luck getting upgraded into fantastic suites (generally in Europe and Asia), while others never have their SNAs accepted. I used 3 SNAs for a fantastic suite at the Gritti Palace in Venice last summer and 2 nights expired. Remember Suite Night Awards are only confirmed 5 nights before you check in and are subject to availability. At least they are controlled by Marriott, and not the property, which somewhat limits games.

Gritti Palace Suite Upgrade

Gritti Palace Suite Upgrade

Personally, I achieved Titanium this year and chose the 5 nights for my 50 night choice benefit (and I only selected it once I knew I’d have no more stays in 2019 and needed the 5 nights to push me back over 75 nights) and then I selected the 40k award night with my 75 night gift. I’m passing on the Suite Night Awards this year because I don’t have any super special trips with the need and as Titanium I’m still entitled to suite upgrades on arrival. That is enough for me.

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