Did I Select The Best 2019 Marriott Choice Benefit? (Deadline 01/15/20)

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Having status with a hotel chain is pretty cool. Generally, you’re able to check-in early, check-out late, eat breakfast for free, and/or you’re upgraded to amazing rooms for your “loyalty.”

I would say those are some pretty amazing benefits given some hotel credit cards give you the loyalty just for possessing the credit card.

In addition to these benefits, elite members are able to select additional perks for passing certain benchmarks.

For example, Marriott has a program called “Choice Benefits” where Marriott Bonvoy Platinum members can select a Choice Benefit when they pass 50 elite qualifying nights for the year, and Marriott Bonvoy Titanium members can select a Choice Benefit when they pass 75 elite qualifying nights for the year.

WHAT ARE THE CHOICE BENEFITS?

Depending on the benchmark you were able to meet, you are able to select from the following Choice Benefits:

Marriott’s 50 Night Platinum Choice Benefit

With Marriott Choice Benefits, those who pass 50 elite qualifying nights in a year can choose from the following rewards:

  • 5 Elite Night Credits
  • 40% off a hotel bed
  • The ability to gift Silver Elite status
  • A $100 UNICEF donation
  • 5 Suite Night Awards

Marriott’s 75 Night Titanium Choice Benefit

Then those who pass 75 elite qualifying nights in a year can choose from the following rewards:

  • 5 Elite Night Credits
  • 40% off a hotel bed
  • The ability to gift Gold Elite status
  • A $100 UNICEF donation
  • 5 Suite Night Awards
  • A free night award (valid at a hotel costing up to 40,000 points)

SELECTING MY MARRIOTT CHOICE BENEFIT

I acquired more than 50 nights in 2019 so I qualified for Platinum status for 2020.

For having passed 50 elite nights I received an email requesting to select my Choice Benefit.

MY THOUGHT PROCESS

Here is my thought process on my five options:

  • 5 elite nights: Adding this to my totally stays for next year could be cool but I find myself staying at Hyatt hotels more often so I’m not sure if this is a good idea.
  • 40% off a hotel bed: Are they serious!? I don’t need a ned!
  • Gifting Silver Elite status: Silver status sounds cool but when you look at the benefits, it’s not worth anything.
  • Support UNICEF: I love kids but I value some of the other options at more than $100, so that may not be a good choice either.
  • 5 Suite Nights: Who doesn’t like to be guaranteed a suite!? This doesn’t sound like a bad option given I have some stays already booked for 2020.

So I selected the 5 Suite nights…

…and then I received confirmation…

NOTE: If you’re eligible to select a Choice Benefit but haven’t chosen one yet, you can choose one following this link. Once you’re logged in you’ll be shown your options. (DEADLINE: January 15, 2020)

FINAL STAMP

50 elite nights may seem like a lot of nights but with the co-branded Marriott card [READ MORE], you are given 15 elite nights just for having the card.

Although, THIS TRICK died a few weeks ago, you could have acquired 10 more elite nights for less than $100 for a total of 25 nights. In other words, you would only have to stay at Marriott properties for 25 nights to obtain Platinum status.

Choice Benefits are one of the nice perks offered to Marriott Bonvoy Platinum and Titanium members. If you haven’t yet selected your 2019 Choice Benefits be sure you make your selection soon.

Which Marriott Choice Benefit did you select (or would you have chosen if you were eligible)?

2 comments

  1. Great post and I agree, suite nights is definitely the way to go. I’ve never been denied a suite night request, maybe because I usually book off-season. I also save them for suites that my titanium status alone won’t necessarily get me upgraded to, like the two-story Samuel Beckett suite at the Westin Dublin. Unreal!

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