Marriott Doubles The Elite Nights You Can Earn Via Credit Card

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With the launch of the new Marriott program, members have been limited to earning 15 elite nights via credit card. Each Marriott credit card offers 15 elite nights per year – but the cap on earning has been 15 total nights.

While Marriott’s recent direction has been to clamp down on opportunities for earning elite nights via means other than hotel stays, such as removing the 10 elite nights per year just for holding a meeting, the hotel chain has just made one change to liberalize elite earning by credit card.

Nick Ewen flags that you can now earn up to 30 elite nights per year by credit card: 15 for a Marriott personal card, and 15 for a small business card.

  • Chase exclusively issues new mass personal cards. Either one will give you 15 elite nights per year:

  • American Express issues premium personal cards and small business cards

    The Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card offers 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Cardmembers receive a Free Night Award every year after account anniversary as well as an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year. Each can be used for one night whose redemption cost is 35,000 points or less.

    It will now separately give you 15 elite nights per year.

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Years ago it used to be possible to have friends and family get the Starwood American Express card, and link your Starwood Preferred Guest number so that you would get the elite nights from each of those cards. A certain very prominent blogger told an SPG Vice President about this loophole (they had no idea it existed) and Starwood clamped down on the practice.

And of course 10 nights used to be per meeting not once per year, before that opportunity got closed.

Nonetheless, earning 30 elite nights via credit card makes Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status really within reach for a lot more people and is an avenue some will find to be even better than the 10 night meetings ‘trick’.

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  1. And, it goes without saying, it’s a big F You from Marriott to the 75% of the world in which the cards are unavailable.

  2. @Gary 15 Nights for the traditional Chase Marriott Bonvoy – Visa Signature (personal) card too? (Chase Bonvoy card Visa has always had 15 night bonus w/ spend). Not mentioned here.

  3. 30 elite night credits from Marriott CCs, 5 from Hyatt. Come on, Hyatt. I might have to give up on going for Globalist, hold my nose and go get Bonvoyed now.

  4. Any step taken to better replicate the prior SPG program is favorable. Hopefully a permanent change here…

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