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If you haven't signed up for the Marriott Bonvoy program yet, you just got a great reason to do so. Marriott just extended a promotion giving new members a free night after joining and completing two qualifying stays by October 28, 2020.
The promotion is only open to new members, and we do not recommend trying to open a second account to take advantage of the promo. However, if you are not a Marriott member yet, then joining and taking advantage of this promotion is pretty straightforward.
- You need to join Marriott Bonvoy as a new member.
- Complete two stays before October 28, 2020.
- Earn a free night certificate for any property up to 25,000 points. That's enough for a category 4 property at standard pricing.
- A “stay” is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Must book a points-earning rate to qualify.
- Marriott will automatically deposit the free night certificate into your account upon completing the second stay.
- You must redeem the award within one year from the date of issue.
This promo is off-limits to those with an existing Marriott account. If your instinct is to create a new one, the terms state that you won't be eligible if you previously had an account. However, if a spouse or family member doesn't have an account, this is a great opportunity to set one up.
Marriott doesn't state an age requirement in their terms and conditions: only that the individual must possess, “the legal authority to agree to the Program Rules,” which isn't much help with whether one of your kids could earn a free night. Just note that the member must use the free night, presumably meaning they would have to be present at check-in.
This generous promotion is worth considering if you are thinking of switching your loyalty to Marriott. While Marriott recently overhauled its rewards program, it still offers some great features and benefits.
However, with travel mostly on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, this might not be the best time to try to sign up and try to earn this promotion. The good news is that this promotion has been extended multiple times over the past few months. So, you may want to hold off on joining the program for now if you want to take advantage of this later.
If you are thinking of switching your loyalty over to Marriott, then a Marriott co-branded credit card can make a lot of sense. Whether you opt for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card or the benefit-packed Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, will ultimately depend on your stay and spending patterns. Small business owners can also opt for the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, to earn Marriott points from their business expenses.
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