Marriott Extends Elite Status, Further Extends Points Expiration

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Update 10/26/2020: Great news! Marriott has extended the validity of Free Night Awards through August 1, 2021. This covers all Free Night Awards that have an original expiration date in 2020, or which will expire before July 31, 2021.

Update 4/17/2020: Good news! In addition to processing elite status extensions, Marriott has also now processed extensions for Free Night Awards and Suite Night Awards.

We just barely finished updating you on Marriott's policy changes in response to coronavirus, and now there is more good news! Marriott is giving elite members something to cheer about by extending elite status. Meanwhile, all members will get more breathing room when it comes to points expiration.

Elite Status

Most of the large hotel brands have already extended status for their elite members around the globe. In February, Marriott only extended elite status for members residing in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. Until now, all other Bonvoy members were playing the waiting game to see if their elite status would also be extended.

Well, the wait is over. Marriott has announced that it is extending elite status for all current Bonvoy elite members. The status that you earned in 2019 is now yours to keep until February 2022.

That's obviously great news for travelers who have been essentially sidelined for over a month—with little hope for much travel in the near future. This change should already show up on the My Account page on the Marriott website.

Screenshot of Marriott website showing Gold Elite status "valid through February 2022".

More Bonvoy Benefits

But this elite status extension isn't the only positive improvement from this announcement. Marriott is extending its pause on points expiration and extending other Bonvoy benefits.

Points Expiration Pause

In addition to the extension of elite status for all members, Marriott is also extending the deadline for points expiration. In our last post on Marriott's policies, points expiration was paused through August 31, 2020. Now Marriott has bumped the deadline back to February 2021. Members now have even more time to make decisions about future bookings or to generate account activity to keep their account active.

Once the February 2021 deadline hits, you will need to have qualifying activity in your account within the past 24 months to keep your points. We hope that the travel world will be back up and running by then.

If travel is still constrained, consider donating some points to generate activity. A donation of just 2,500 points will support people and communities affected by COVID-19 and other crises around the world. For a full list of donation options, visit Marriott's donation page.

Or, if you would rather generate activity by earning points, check out which credit cards earn Marriott Bonvoy points.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card!
  • Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy™.
  • 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year. Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
  • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
  • 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases

Free Night and Suite Night Awards

We reported last week that Marriott extended the validity of active Free Night Awards and Suite Night Awards, and this most-recent announcement doesn't change that. The expiration date for Suite Night Awards is still December 31, 2021. Members who have a Free Night Award that expires in 2020 can still use it through January 31, 2021.

If you are feeling inspired to look for Free Night Award redemptions, check out our top picks for free nights at Marriott properties in the US and around the world!

Our Take

We are happy to see Marriott come through with elite status extensions for all members, regardless of where they reside. Fingers crossed that travel opens up soon and we don't have to look for more updates from Marriott—or anyone else.

For more on about how other major hotel brands are responding to the coronavirus crisis:

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    In comparison, Hotels.com extend the expiration of status perks by up to 24 months.

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    Miguel Pena says:

    Thank you very much for the information, very useful. An action necessary for the pandemic we are experiencing and that will be valued by the travel community

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    Helpful to know, thanks. Would be nice if many airlines did something similar, and with extension period that were sensible.

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    My 7 nights travel certificate has just expired.
    I hope to see it again with expiration date January 31 2021 very soon.
    Sometimes the IT system of Marriott has some glitch!

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    They are late to the game but at least they are now at par with other programs like Hilton and Hyatt. Still their gold elite tier is almost worthless. If you do not hold a platinum or higher tier, their program is worthless.

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    Awesome news about points expiration being further extended. All my planned Marriott travel was to events that have been cancelled.

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    This is good news. Glad to hear that elite status is extended. I’m hoping to be out again when they’ll predicting that this summer things will be opened up for travel. I wonder if more people will be doing some extended car ride trips. I know I have a car ride for global entry planned and summer break. So lots of hotel stays. So this will be nice to take advantage of for all the hotels.

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    I’m glad. I just wish Marriott had announced this sooner. I don’t understand why they can’t just be proactive and do something first. Why do they always wait for another company to do this first and then, seemingly, feel pressured to follow suit?

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    While I certainly appreciate Marriott extending our free night certs, I don’t understand why they are making them valid till only Jan 31 2021.
    I just wish they extended the certs a bit more till summer 2021 or so.

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    I thought that the points will not be forfeited only if award or paid stays are booked, no?

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    Can donating points for charity prevent the Marriott points from expiration?

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    Very good news indeed! I am very satisfied with Marriott. I am usually booking more cheap rooms with non-refundable rates and was ready to lost my money on 5 bookings I had with them till July, but they cancelled them without any problem. And now they have points expiration pause!! So my conclusion is simple – I am staying loyal to Marriott.

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    Thanks for the update! I wish they would update the expiration date directly on the certificates too. I also find it annoying Hilton doesn’t display certificates anywhere too.