[Expired] Check Your Marriott Account for Targeted Promotional Offers

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Marriott Bonvoy's latest global promotion ended on November 10, 2020, and Marriott hasn't launched another in its place (yet). However, several Bonvoy members have recently reported seeing new targeted promotions in their online accounts.

These promotions vary depending on the member. Some promotions offer bonus points while others offer free night certificates. In any case, it's worth checking your account to see if Marriott has made your next stay more rewarding!

Marriott promotion banner Q3 2020

Marriott Targeted Offer Terms

While Marriott doesn't currently offer a Global Promotion, some members have received targeted offers personalized for them. Unfortunately, not everyone gets one (my wife and I got nothin'). But, for those that do, here are some of the standard terms:

  • You can view your targeted offers (if you've received one) in the “Promotion Central” section of your Bonvoy account.
  • Members must register for any applicable promotion by December 31, 2020.
  • The “earning period” for a bonus starts the day after you register and goes through March 31, 2021.
  • It's usually possible to combine these with other global and brand/property-specific Bonvoy promotions.
  • Marriott usually sends an email to targeted members, though it's possible to see the offers in your account before receiving the email.

Over the years, we've seen several variations of these promotions in the past, including:

  • Receive double points on weekend stays
  • Earn “xx” bonus points on your first stay, and “xx” bonus points on your second stay
  • Earn up to “xx” bonus points on weekend stays

However, one variation takes the cake…

“Get a 35k Free Night Award per stay for up to two stays”

The luckiest of Bonvoy members have received one of the best hotel promotions we've ever seen! They can earn a 35K Free Night Award after every paid stay, up to two stays.

These are similar to the Free Night Awards earned via Marriott Bonvoy cobranded credit cards. They're good for a free night at over 7,000 Marriott properties as long the same night costs 35,000 Bonvoy points or less. However, it's worth noting that these awards expire six months after issuance. So if you earn them, you'll need to use them fairly quickly.

Here are some of the other applicable terms for this targeted variation:

  • Marriott Bonvoy members must register (before December 31, 2020) before booking stays to qualify
  • Award nights are not eligible, only paid stays
  • One room per hotel will earn bonus points (booking multiple rooms will not qualify for multiple bonuses)
  • A “stay” is defined as consecutive nights spent at any hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity
  • Members can earn up to two(2) Free Night Awards.
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Other Bonvoy earning opportunities

Fans of Marriott Bonvoy have a lot going for them, especially when it comes to earning points and co-branded credit cards. Specifically, we're seeing some great sign-up bonuses on Marriott Bonvoy credit cards.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
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Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
Annual Fee$450
Welcome Bonus Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Enjoy up to $300 in statement credits each year of Card Membership for eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
  • Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy Hotels. 3 points at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines. 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive 1 free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy unlimited airport lounge visits when you enroll in Priority Pass™ Select membership.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $450 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
Annual Fee$125
Welcome Bonus Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • 6x points at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
  • 4x points at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping. 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status with your Card. Plus, earn Gold Elite status after making $35,000 in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Terms apply.
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  • 6x points at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 4x points at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping
  • 2x points on all other purchases

Bottom Line

Although Marriott Bonvoy doesn't currently offer a Global Promotion, targeted members may receive a unique promotion just for them. The best of these offers a free night after completing as little as one stay!

It's hard to say how Marriott decides which Bonvoy members receive an offer. My first instinct is that this is simply Marriott's way of encouraging members to book who haven't had a stay for a while. Though, given the current travel climate, it's likely that most Bonvoy members haven't had a hotel stay for a while. So, who knows? If you receive an offer, let us know in the comments if you've completed a Marriott stay recently.

For most offers, the bonus points probably aren't valuable enough to make new reservations for the points alone.  However, if you're lucky enough to get the Free Night Award offer, that's a different story. Just be sure to consider the 6-month expiration policy before making a reservation.

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For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees), and Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees)

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    Samantha Roberts says:

    I did get a promotion that offered up to 18000 points for 3 separate stays that have to include a weekend night. ( Friday or saturday)

    I do have a question though. They label “stay” as 1 or more consecutive nights.

    Does that mean it can just be a one. Ugh that stay somewhere? Or does it still have to be at least 2 nights?

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      If it says “stay”, that usually only means one night! However, if you book back-to-back nights at the same hotel as two bookings, it will only count as one stay. But, as long as you don’t do that, you can easily book just one-night stays.

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    Unfortunately, only promotion was for extra points using the card on Amazon. Maybe next time, better offers (smile).

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    Getting no bonus promotion this time. Am I Bonvoyed? 😉

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    I find the marriott promos to be the least innovative and least rewarding of all the hotel promos out there. I prefer the IHG or the Hilton promos.

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    Although it’s not a universal promotion for every member, it still provides a certain opportunity to potentially contributing members or elite ones. Comparing to the usual promotion, however, it would be nice if all members can have the motivation not only to contribute more but also have a staycation in these troubled times. It’s definitely a win-win.

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    Great promo. My wife got 2 free night certificates for 2 paid nights which we plan anyway in Playa del Carmen next February.

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    Thanks for the heads up! I opened my app to see I have been targeted for 18k bonus points after three stays. 3 K after the first stay, 6k after the second stay and 9 k after the third stay! I guess I’m going to be moving around each night on the first work trip of the new year.

    Luckily I’ll be in a location where I can easily stay a three different Marriotts during a 3 day trip.

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    Hopefully a nights based stay next time to help me keep platinum next year…

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    Drives me crazy when they have these promotions and great deals at a time when I’m not traveling.

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    While this is a decent promo, i was kind of hoping that after this promo ends, they would come up with some “nights” based promo instead of stay based.

    The overall bonus becomes pretty diluted even with a 2+ night stay.

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    I like it when they extend the promotions without making you reregister. I wish they would just apply all promotions to all accounts which are eligible without having to register for them. It is frustrating when you miss something and time consuming to keep up on all of them.

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    Monica Samezuk says:

    Only global promotions for me. Chase offers and Amex ones are only for us and Canadian. Residentes . Marriott, as a global company should take into account those who have no access to any credit card and offer a different type of promotion as a recognition of loyalty

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      Yes, I feel your pain not having access to the world of credit card offers. You’re cut off from a lot, but I’m just not sure what would replace those offers. At least you are eligible for the first highlighted stay-related promotion above.

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    Excellent, also marriot bonvoy has also extended the expiration of your status as a member by one year due to the covid situation, which seems very successful and is what the airlines should do with the expiration of miles.

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    I love points promotions. I frequently travel to countries in Africa and Asia where there are forex restrictions and few elites, so beautiful hotels tend to offer low point redemption rates. I average about 2.5 cents per point, occasionally as much as 5 cents. I never redeem for less than 1.4 cents, ever.

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    Even though I don’t know if I can benefit of this promo I have registered.
    In case I don’t have to do anything and I don’t risk of forgot.

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    I am short of some points for my next stay in marriott, will think of this card.

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    Awesome! It’s give me a big active to stay at Marriott Hotel. 5000 marriott point can be redeem a Cat 1 level hotel . Thanks this good info.

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    I finally (after 5 months) have an upcoming 1-night stay. A little bonus is better than no bonus!

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    My issue is that, while I appreciate the promo, most travel has pretty much halted. I’ve wanted to do a few staycations, just to get out of the house, but apparently no one told the hotels that no one is staying there because their rates are just as expensive as pre-corona. If they are hurting for business so much, I don’t understand why the rates don’t follow suit.

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    It’s really a wonderful promo at Marriott Bonvoy, I’d like to upgrade my wife’s account to Platinum memeber at Marriott. so that we can take my family to have great trip.

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    Great promo. Just when I’m thinking about getting out of London for a quick weekend away somewhere.

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    If you are planning to stay at Marriott soon sign up for this one. Free additional points are free additional points.

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    I like that they’re trying, but I really wonder how much incremental business this will drive. It might be a tie breaker between one hotel and another, but I doubt anyone who’s hesitant to travel in the current environment is now going to because of a few thousand points.

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      That’s true but I think they feel they have to compete. If they didn’t offer anything they kind of would seem less tempting than e.g Hilton.

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    Registered for it. I believe what you have said before, to register for whatever promo just in case. Especially these days you just do not know what will be going on. I have been seeing more and more Marriott where I am going but I have heard such annoying things about any elite status benefits not being honored, etc. It makes me not want to try and earn anything with them besides from a credit card elite status.

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    They should make the promotion valid for the remainder of 2020.

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    Fernando Tordera says:

    Hi, just booked in a hotel 5 days ago and I saw this promotion today (our stay will start next Tue 18th).

    Am I still eligible? I registered the promo already, though booking was prepaid and done days before

    Thanks a lot

    Fernando

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    Farid Kassam says:

    Good offer. However, I will take a pass due to pandemic.

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    Signing up all accounts even though not sure we will be traveling. However, some accounts it lets register. Others it doesn’t.

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    I wish I could say that registration only took a couple of seconds. Despite the fact that this promotion is supposed to be open to everyone, I got an error message. I think I am going to have to call to register. However, it will be worth it as I have several short stays coming up.

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    Probably not enough to make me book Marriot but a nice perk nonetheless

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    This is a nice promotion from Marriott. It’s great to see bonuses for just one stay.

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    Not sure how often we’ll be staying at a Marriott property during this time frame, but it’s certainly worth a look at to register.

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    Wow they are really working hard to get people back!

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    I love getting bonus Marriott points though I don’t really have any travel plans coming up and I wish they’d do a double elite qualifying night promotion