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Today is Marriott news day (even though we are still anticipating a MASSIVE American Airlines AAdvantage devaluation to be announced today).

First, we had the awful, awful news: Marriott Removes Award Charts.

Then we had some positive news: Marriott Will Now Let You “Top Off” Free Night Certificates.

And now some more good news:

Marriott Extends Elite Status to 2023

  • Members’ 2021 status will be extended for another year through February 2023.  Whether status was earned in 2020 or earned in 2019 and extended for this year, members’ 2021 status will be extended for an additional year. 

Bonvoy Points Expiration Extended

  • The current pause on points expiration will be extended through December 31, 2022. 

Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Awards Extended 6 Months

  • SNAs (Suite Night Awards) set to expire December 31, 2021, will be extended six months through June 30, 2022 

Marriott Bonvoy Free Night Awards (Certificates) Extended Through June 30, 2022

  • Members who currently have FNAs that will expire between January 3, 2022, and June 29, 2022, as part of as part of the cobrand credit card benefit, annual choice benefit, or promotions will be able to redeem them through June 30, 2022. The system will automatically update accounts in December. 

I’m honestly quite surprised that Marriott extended statuses like this. They had already gifted elite nights based on your 2020 status that made it such that a 2020 Titanium basically started 2021 with 68 elite nights. I personally earned the 7 nights needed to requalify, though even if I only stayed 2 measly nights I could have used the 50 night gift to take 5 elite nights. Personally, this is a bit TOO EASY, but I guess they really aren’t getting the volume on business travelers / elites they’d hoped for.

So on the plus side, if you had Bonvoy status in 2020 or 2019, you have it through Feb 2023. On the minus side, so does everyone else which probably won’t help your upgrades…

Extending the SNAs and FNAs is, of course, nothing but good news as is the extension on points expiration.

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