Marriott is extending current elite status through February 2022. And while they had already paused expiration of points through August they have extended that out to February 2021.
Marriott doesn’t appear to be using its elite program to incentivize continued travel – 2020 elite nights will only be helpful if you earn a higher level of status next year. They will not roll over to 2021 and help towards qualifying towards 2022 status.
Elite members who made ‘choice benefit’ selections like Suite Night Awards already are having the validity of those benefits extended. They won’t get to make new, additional benefit selections next year (unless they stay the requisite nights to earn more).
Giving Away Rooms To Health Care Professionals
The chain has also worked with credit card partners American Express and Chase to provide $10 million in hotel stays for healthcare professionals (“Rooms for Responders”) in New York City, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C. and Newark. They’re matching rooms with doctors and nurses through the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association. They’re also making discounted rooms available at approximately 2500 hotels in the Americas.
This adds to the million rooms that Hilton and American Express announced for health care workers. The Four Seasons New York was the first hotel I became aware of donating rooms to hospital staff needing a place to stay near their medical centers, to avoid having to commute in and out of the city after a long day. This is incredibly admirable, and of course benefits the hotel owners as well as those working to help fight the virus.
A week ago Marriott extended their flexible booking policy through June 30. Existing prepaid rates can be changed or cancelled by June 30, including for travel beyond that day. Meanwhile new reservations made through June 30 will be changeable and refundable up to 24 hours prior to arrival.