Several days ago I flagged the possibility that Marriott would be eliminating the great annual offer of 10 elite nights for booking a meeting at a hotel. Before the Marriott and Starwood programs were combined Marriott used to let you earn 10 elite nights per meeting with no annual cap.
Word on the street was that this offer would be going away entirely. And indeed a leaked internal communication from Marriott bears this out.
US Credit Card Guide has Marriott’s internal screen shot confirming that starting January 1 Marriott Bonvoy will no longer offer 10 elite nights for the first meeting booked each year.
Beginning January 1, 2020:
Members will no longer earn ten (10) Elite Night Credits for the first event of the calendar year with Marriott Bonvoy Events. This change does not affect the current points/miles earn structure. Members who hold qualifying events at participating properties will continue to earn (1) Elite Night Credit for every twenty (20) room nights actualized up to a maximum of twenty (20) Elite Night Credits per contract.
This update will be included in a Weekly Update and on MGS to share internally. The Program Terms & Conditions will be updated before the end of the year, until then this change has not been publicly shared.
This is a sad loss for members taking advantage, especially, of a cheap ($20 – $100) conference room for an hour at a limited service Marriott property. It was a great way to get elite credits, paired with 15 each year from a Marriott co-brand card.
What’s most striking to me is that:
- It is December 19 and Marriott still has not informed members of a change going into effect January 1.
- They appear to consider a buried change to the program terms and conditions to be ‘notifying members’
Marriott’s statement on Monday – a mere three days ago – is especially vexing, “We have no updates regarding the benefit at this time. If that should ever change, we would communicate it to our members.”