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Today, Marriott Bonvoy made an announcement that will allow fans of the program (or at least those with a few points still left in their account) to rest easier…
Today, the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program announced it would be extending free night award expiration dates and pausing points expirations in general, specifically saying:
Effective December 11, 2020, members who currently have a Free Night Award (FNA) that had [has] an original expiration date in 2020, or which will expire before July 31, 2021, as part of their cobrand credit card benefit, annual choice benefit, promotions or travel package will be able to redeem it through August 1, 2021. Free Night Awards with an original expiration date prior to 2020 will not be eligible for the additional extension. Members do not need to take any action. The system will automatically update your Account with these extensions on December 11, 2020.
In previous messaging, Marriott Bonvoy had also paused points expiration until February 2021 (which normally expires if there is no activity on the account in 24 months), but with this new announcement that has also been extended.
Per the Marriott Bonvoy website:
Points Expiration: To provide you ample time to redeem points, the expiration of points will be paused until August 1, 2021. At that time, your points will only expire if your account has been inactive for at least 24 months.
Elite Status: Members who earned Elite Status in 2019 will receive an extension of their Elite Status to February 1, 2022.
Suite Night Awards: Elite Members who have Suite Night Awards (earned in 2019 as part of the 50- and 75-Night Annual Choice Benefit) with an expiration date of December 31, 2020 will be extended to December 31, 2021.
It’s great to see Marriott stepping up to the plate and providing these extensions (even if they are last to the party).
They’ve had some challenges on their hands that (understandably) may have been higher on the priority list.
Regardless, Bonvoy members can breathe a bit easier knowing their current status, FNAs, and any SNAs have been extended and accounts will automatically be updated with these extensions on 11 December 2020.
Are you happy with these changes by the Marriott Bonvoy Program?