Select Your Marriott Annual Choice Benefit Before the January 7 Deadline

AwardWallet receives compensation from advertising partners for links on the blog. Terms Apply to the offers listed on this page. The opinions expressed here are our own and have not been reviewed, provided, or approved by any bank advertiser. Here's our complete list of Advertisers.

With the end of the year approaching, it's getting down to the wire for Marriott Platinum Elite and Titanium Elite members to choose their Annual Choice Benefits. If you've logged at least 50 Marriott qualifying nights this year, make sure you select your benefit before January 7, 2022!

The Tower Suite at Augustine, A Luxury Collection Hotel in Prague

Marriott Bonvoy Annual Choice Benefit

Marriott's top elite members have a lot going for them. Beyond the prospect of incredible suite upgrades, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite, and Ambassador Elite members also get 4 pm late checkout, lounge access, and free breakfast at many brands.

One of the best perks is the ability to choose an Annual Choice Benefit after hitting 50 and 75 qualifying nights. That's becauseunlike other elite benefitsmembers get to choose the perk the suits them the best.

For hitting 50 qualifying nights, members can choose from the following benefits:

  • Add five Elite Night Credits to your 2021 total
  • Save 40% on a bed from your favorite hotel brand
  • Gift Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status to a family member, friend, or colleague
  • $100 charity donation to WE Charity
  • Get five Suite Night Awards to redeem for upgrades to suites and premium rooms

After hitting 75 qualifying nights, members can choose an additional benefit from the list above, or:

  • One Free Night Award worth up to 40,000 points
  • Gift Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status to a family member or friend

For most Platinum Elite members, it's going to make the most sense to choose the Suite Night Awards. For Titanium Elite members, the Free Night Award is likely the best choice.

It's important to note that the Elite Night Credits are applied to your 2021 total. So, this only makes sense for Platinum Elites to choose if you're finishing the year with between 70-74 qualifying nights. That way you'll be bumped up to Titanium Elite and get another choice—in addition to better elite status for 2022. For Titanium Elite members, it only makes sense to opt for the Elite Night Credits if you already meet the $20,000 spending requirement for Ambassador Elite status.

These Annual Choice Benefits add to the value of Marriott elite status—particularly the Suite Night Awards and Free Night Award certificate. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a catch.

Annual Choice Benefit Deadline

If you've accumulated enough qualifying nights to earn an Annual Choice Benefit, you need to make a choice soon. That's because the deadline to choose benefits earned in 2021 is January 7, 2022.

If you somehow still manage to forget, this benefit isn't lost. Members who fail to choose by the deadline automatically receive the Suite Night Awards by default. So, Platinum Elite members who forget to choose their Annual Choice Benefits will receive five Suite Night Awards. Likewise, Titanium Elite members that fail to choose either benefit will get ten Suite Night Awards.

Just keep in mind that choices made—either by default or the member—are final and can't be changed.

Bottom Line

If you've managed to earn enough Marriott qualifying nights to receive an Annual Choice Benefit, make sure you choose your preferred benefit by January 7, 2022. Otherwise, Marriott will automatically award Suite Night Awards to you.

Which Marriott Bonvoy Annual Choice Benefit are you choosing?

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

**You may receive 5 bonus AAdvantage miles for leaving a comment (Details/FAQ)


  • I chose exactly as suggested in the article. The suite nights don’t hold a lot of value for me. Though a suite is nice, I don’t need much room and I’ve heard they aren’t always available to book anyway. I can use a free night anywhere.

  • As a LT Platinum member, I don’t know what to choose. As most, I forget and wind up with Suite Nights…which I rarely , if Ever get. I have used them to upgrade at Swan and Dolphin at Walt Disney World but that’s the exception. Guess I’ll do suite night again..

  • Appreciate the heads up. I forget this most years but will not be using BONVoY much this upcoming year. Upgrades are to rare when using SNU but I seem to get them at checking. Go figure.
    I’m close enough to LT Platinum that I don’t need to chase it but so saying the 5 nights are probably worth more to me that the upgrades.

  • Every benefit / perk would represent a gamble on 2021. That’s a somber thought

  • They should “review and revise” the benefits in night of the travel forecast for 2021.

  • Thanks for the reminder. Always helpful tips! Please keep them coming!

  • Wish they would honor thier benifits

  • I did not even get close to 50 qualify the night at Marriott hotels this year.

  • Deadline is actually ridiculous because some Marriott stays don’t post correctly, and you must wait 10 days before retro-claiming. A late December 50th or 75th night could theoretically only reach your account after the 8th…

  • The Platinum for the Amex Biz card is only for the first year.