Marriott Bonvoy is offering off-peak redemption rates at more than 5,500 properties globally, although some properties in Singapore are excluded
Given how Covid-19 has disrupted the travel industry this year, Marriott has come up with kind of a two-in-one promotion.
Marriott Bonvoy offer 50% elite nights for current elite members
The first part of it is that Marriott will be giving all members bonus elite night credits. The number of credits given the each member will be 50% of the elite tier they earned in 2019.
Note that this is not the actual number of nights you clocked last year, but rather, the number of nights you need to qualify for the tier. This means:
- Silver Elite members will get five elite nights
- Gold Elite members will get 13 elite nights
- Platinum Elite members will get 25 elite nights
- Titanium Elite members will get 38 elite nights
- Ambassador Elite members will get 50 elite nights
The elite nights will be deposited into members’ accounts by the end of July. According to View from the Wing, Marriott will also count these elite nights towards lifetime statuses.
Off-peak award redemption
Marriott is also concurrently offering more than 5,500 properties under its portfolio available for booking at off-peak rates. To book these cheaper awards, the bookings must be made between 15 Jun and 30 Jun for stays by 31 Jul 2020. Note that this is not implemented across all properties.
Marriott has introduced a three-tier award pricing since mid 2019, and expectedly it was rather difficult to look for off-peak awards. With this ‘promotion’, members can expect to save up to a third of the points required for a standard tier redemption.
For most people, this promotion will probably means cheaper staycation options within your countries, given that international travel is going to be highly unlikely before the end of the year.
In Singapore, these are the properties available and their categories:
|Sheraton Towers Singapore||5|
|Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel||5|
|St Regis Singapore||6|
|Four Points by Sheraton Singapore||5|
|W Singapore Sentosa Cove||6|
|Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa||5|
|Courtyard Singapore Novena||5|
|JW Marriott Singapore||6|
A quick check on the Marriott website showed that not all properties were offering the off-peak pricing, so be sure before you book. Also, most properties are offering room rates at an all-time low, so you might be better off paying cash than burning your points.
This promotion is rather well timed, as Singapore further liberalises its Covid-19 control measures to allow for socialisation and hopefully, staycations as well.
While the elite nights make it a worthy cause to chase after a higher elite status for next year, given that international travel is going to be severely restricted for the rest of the year, it’s going to be highly unlikely to clock those additional nights to jump to the next level.