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Register Now: Marriott Bonvoy’s Double Points & Elite Nights Promotion

 

Marriott Bonvoy is known for putting on regular global promotions a couple of times per year, which can often be a great way to rack up bonus points, elite nights, or free night certificates.

Announced back in January in conjunction with a series of elite status changes for 2021, the promotion for Spring 2021 is known as “Better Two-gether”, and registration is now open.

This is one of the Marriott’s most generous promotions in recent times, making it now easier than ever before to earn a meaningful level of elite status within the program.

Double Points & Double Elite Nights

You’ll earn double Bonvoy points and double elite qualifying nights on all paid stays between February 16 and April 27, 2021 of at least two nights or more.

According to the FAQs on the Marriott website, a stay will count as a “paid stay” for the purpose of this promotion as long as it includes a single paid night on the reservation, even if other nights are booked using Marriott Bonvoy points.

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Registration is required prior to your first eligible stay, so make sure to go ahead and register for the promotion now.

Double Points: An Extra 5–10x Bonvoy Points

Ordinarily, Marriott Bonvoy members earn points on their hotel stays at the following rates:

  • 5 Bonvoy points per US dollar spent at Element, Residence Inn, and TownePlace Suites properties
  • 10 Bonvoy points per US dollar spent at all other hotel brands

With double points under this promotion, you’ll earn a further 5–10x Bonvoy points on all eligible stays. Since we currently value Bonvoy points at 0.9 cents per point (CAD) / 0.6 cents per point (USD), this translates into a further 3–6% return on the cost of your hotel stay.

These base points and double points are separate from any points you might earn from paying with a Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit card. These include the Amex Bonvoy Card or the Amex Bonvoy Business Card, which earn 5 Bonvoy points per Canadian dollar spent at Marriott properties.

Double Elite Nights: A Great Opportunity for Mattress Runs

The more exciting part of this promotion lies in the opportunity to earn double elite qualifying nights on all eligible stays during the promotion period. Even if you don’t have any trips planned, you can leverage some clever “mattress runs” to take care of your Marriott Bonvoy elite status plans for the next two years.

Don’t forget that a stay consisting of a single paid night, with the remaining nights booked with Marriott Bonvoy points, will count towards this promotion and earn double elite nights.

These “hybrid” stays can be booked online: you’d search for a stay using points, and then use the Customize Payments feature to select which nights to redeem points and which nights to pay cash.

However, it seems that the Customize Payments feature is only enabled on stays of up to 10 nights. So if you’re booking a stay of 11 nights or more, you’ll need to call in and work with an agent to book the stay with your desired currency combination.

Optimal Mattress Running Strategies

As you’ll recall, as a temporary measure for 2021, Marriott Bonvoy is offering members 50% bonus elite nights based on their elite status in 2020.

These bonus elite nights have been rolling out to members’ accounts throughout this week. I’ve already received my 38 bonus elite nights as a Titanium Elite member, bringing me to a total of 68 elite nights for 2021 without having completed a single stay (on top of the 30 elite nights I’ve earned for holding the personal and business US-issued Bonvoy cards).

After factoring in these 50% bonus elite nights and any nights you’ve earned from credit cards (whether it’s 30 nights for holding the twin US cards, or 15 nights in all other circumstances), you’ll be able to decide how many nights you’d need to “mattress run” to achieve your elite status goals.

For example, since I’m currently sitting at 68 elite nights, I could book a four-night stay during the current promotion period in order to earn eight elite qualifying nights and help me retain Titanium Elite status for 2021.

In my case, I’m confident that I’ll be racking up seven nights at Marriott hotels organically throughout 2021, so I don’t see a need to do a mattress run.

However, if you don’t see yourself travelling much for the rest of the year, or perhaps only staying a night or two somewhere, then now’s the time to take action and plan out any stays you need to book.

 

If you were a Platinum member in 2020 and held the personal and business US-issued Bonvoy cards, you’d currently be sitting at 55 elite qualifying nights. You might be interested in taking aim for Titanium Elite status, especially because there’s likely going to be an influx of Platinum members in the Bonvoy ranks this year, and having higher status would give you the edge in competing for suite upgrades and the like.

A 10-night stay under the double elite nights promotion would do the trick, helping you reach the 75-night threshold for Titanium Elite. You could also reduce this by choosing the five extra elite qualifying nights when it comes time to select your 50-night Annual Choice Benefit (which should be rolled out shortly).

Meanwhile, even if you’re someone who doesn’t want to get into the US credit card game and would prefer to stick with Canadian offerings, you’re still currently looking at the easiest path to Platinum Elite status that we’re likely to see for a long time.

From holding a Canadian-issued Marriott Bonvoy credit card, you’ll earn 15 elite qualifying nights. Assuming you held Gold Elite status in 2020, that’s a further 13 elite qualifying nights under the 50% bonus, bringing you to a total of 28.

Thus, an 11-night stay under the double elite nights promotion would earn you 22 elite qualifying nights and propel you towards the 50-night threshold for Platinum Elite.

With Marriott Bonvoy also simultaneously also offering a 10% discount on off-peak award nights through February 21, this means that your 11-night stay could be booked for as little as 36,000 Bonvoy points + ~$80 at one of Canada’s Category 1 hotels, factoring in the Fifth Night Free benefit. 

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(There’s also the matter of checking in for these stays. Thanks to the “second guest trick”, enterprising Edmontonians, Winnipeggers, and Petawawans (?) have developed a solid track record for helping out their fellow Canadian points enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a local mattress-running plus, I’d recommend the Prince of Travel Elites Facebook group as a starting point.)

For those of you who might be hesitant to dive into US credit cards, then 36,000 points + ~$80 is going to be one of the easiest and lowest-cost pathways to attaining Platinum Elite status that we’ll see for a long time.

So if you have any desire to stay at Marriott hotels throughout 2021, 2022, and early 2023, and would like to enjoy elite perks such as free breakfast and suite upgrades while you’re at it, now’s the time to take action.

Conclusion

Registration is now open for Marriott Bonvoy’s “Better Two-gether” promotion, which gives you double points and double elite nights on all paid stays of two nights or more between February 16 and April 27, 2021.

If you play your cards right under this promotion, you can easily achieve your Marriott Bonvoy elite status goals through February 2023, allowing you to take comfort in elite benefits on any travels you’ve planned for the next few years, while also giving you the freedom to try out other hotel brands that pique your interest without worrying about retaining status with Marriott.

Don’t forget that this promotion also stacks upon Marriott Bonvoy’s recent round of targeted promotions, so there’s an opportunity for even more earnings if you’ve been targeted for one of the better promotions there.

 
33 Comments
  1. CR

    It seems like a combination of 10 nights in points and one night in cash is not possible, even after calling the Marriott line and asking for a supervisor to double check. Has anyone been successful with this?

    1. CR

      nvm. HUCA a few times and got an agent who was able to do it for me.

  2. Rachel

    Hi Ricky, I’m in Toronto, and the only “ok” option for doing a mattress run is a C2, which would cost $99 CAD plus 45K points for 7 nights total. Would you say this is a fair price for getting Titanium from Platinum? Is it worth it? I’m already Plat until Feb. 2023. Not much travel planned this year.

  3. Allan Harris

    Would a hybrid stay booked with one paid night then the other nights booked using only certificates, but not actual Bonvoy points, qualify as double elite nights for all the nights booked?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Yes!

  4. Stephane Delisle-Lavoie

    I have two questions about the Titanium level as it is within reach this year. In your experience is the upgrade to a “real” suite more likely than if you are Platinum? We are planning a trip in 2022, is Titanium more valuable in certain parts of the World?

    1. Ricky YVR

      To second Jay’s answers, Titanium should bump up your odds of getting a nicer suite, although it depends on the hotel and it’s only one factor among many others. South East Asia is also an excellent place to leverage status, whether Platinum or Titanium.

    2. Jay*

      Absolutely! To both of your questions.

      1. Stephane Delisle-Lavoie

        Thx Jay…I have heard that Southeast Asia is one the places that really does a good job of recognizing status…thoughts?

        1. Jay*

          Platinum will treat you well in Southeast Asia.

  5. steve

    Just a FYI. I called Marriott and was able to put a paid AAA rate with a 7 night travel certificate all on one reservation. Fingers crossed.

  6. sam

    P2 and I both keep getting the following, across several browsers / incognito mode, etc.

    A Note About This Promotion
    We’re sorry, but there was an error in directing you to this promotion.

    The reason for this error could be:

    You’re trying to access a miles promotion and are a points-earner, or vice versa
    You are not eligible for this promotion
    This promotion has expired

    1. Tor

      I am getting this too. Super annoying I wonder why it won’t let us access the promotion.

      1. Ricky YVR

        Seems like a technical glitch. Try using the app, calling the contact centre, or waiting a few more days and see if it’s resolved.

    2. Jeff

      I’m getting the same as well.

      1. Thor

        I got the same as well… is this targeted promotion? I thought it was global promotion

        1. Ricky YVR

          It’s not targeted, just Marriott having IT issues as usual. Try using the app, or calling in to register.

  7. farnorthtrader

    I think you mentioned a couple of times in this post that having business and personal US Bonvoy cards would get you thirty elite nights. Is this not also true of having Canadian business and personal Bonvoy cards? My wife needs the additional 15 nights from a business card (she already has Canadian and American personal Bonvoy cards) to extend her platinum status, but she really no longer has a US business, so we were going to get the Canadian Bonvoy business card, but not if it isn’t going to get her anywhere with elite nights.

    1. mainlydana

      No. The *only* way to get the 30 nights is to have both US personal and biz Bonvoy cards. Any other combination, you just get 15.

    2. Ricky YVR

      Nope – the only combination of cards that stack to 30 elite nights is a US personal and a US business card. Having the two Canadian cards will still only result in 15 elite nights.

      In your wife’s case, only applying for a US business card (perhaps as a sole proprietor) would earn the extra 15.

  8. John

    Hi,
    Can anyone see the cash + point customization. For me, it’s not showing up at all even after i logged in.

    1. Shawn

      That option disappeared! I should really have booked in the last few weeks…

    2. Ricky YVR

      Did you tick the “Use Points / Certificates” box? And are you searching for a stay of 10 or fewer nights?

      1. John

        It was for more than 10 nights, I put for 10 and see it now thanks.

        1. Ted YYZ

          Hello,
          If i reach 50 nights in this Feb by mattress-runs, am i entitled to Platinum status for the rest of 2021?

          1. Jay*

            And rest of 2022.

      2. Shawn

        Thanks Ricky. Selecting 10 nights or less did the trick.

  9. Ben

    Hi Ricky, would a AAA/CAA special rate would qualified for this promo ?

    1. Ricky YVR

      I don’t see why not.

  10. Adele

    I spy this in the T&C: “nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for bonus points or double Elite Night Credits”. That seems to imply that only paid nights will count for double elite nights. 😒

    1. Ricky YVR

      As Steve pointed out, the online FAQs explicitly mention that hybrid stays will still count. To follow up, I’ve also confirmed with Marriott the same: a stay consisting of one paid night and multiple nights booked with Bonvoy points would earn Double Elite Nights for the entire stay.

      The wording on the T&Cs of the promotion page could definitely be improved. I think they’re trying to say: “nights spent while redeeming an award for the entire stay are not eligible…”

    2. steve

      This issue is all over the place online. The T&C mention points stays as counting as mentioned by Ricky, but the FlyerTalk community is waiting for some type of clarification and One Mile at a Time has said only paid stays count. Oh well, still two weeks away so it should be cleared up by then.

      1. Adele

        It seems they will count paid nights of the stays that also include redemptions, but perhaps not the nights redeemed with points. I don’t think I would care either way. My stays would be limited to US in the foreseeable future, and the elite benefits here currently, let’s just say, don’t feel very elite. Would be fun if someone was willing to take one for the team and try it, the points and cash stay that is.

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