Like all of its fellow hotel loyalty programs, Marriott Bonvoy puts on a rotating series of promotions every year to drive incremental stays among its members.
The latest promotion, from now through March 31, 2022, appears to vary quite a bit among Marriott Bonvoy members on a targeted basis.
Some members have received promotions that are very rewarding, others that are more run-of-the-mill, and still others haven’t received any promotions at all.
We’ll summarize some of the key things to know here, and then I’ll give you my impressions of a few of the targeted promotions that have popped up.
Marriott Bonvoy’s Targeted Promotions
Simply check the “Promotions” tab or menu on the Marriott Bonvoy website or app to see if you’ve been targeted for one of these promotions.
I personally noticed my targeted promotion on my profile earlier this week. If you don’t see one yet, keep checking back over the next couple of days, and also make sure to check all the accounts in your household too.
Keep in mind that there’s always a chance you were not targeted this time around. There’s no firm criteria for who gets targeted and who doesn’t.
For example, in my entourage, I myself have received a decent promotion as a Titanium Elite member who has (somehow) racked up 120+ elite nights in 2021, whereas neither my dad nor my partner’s mostly dormant accounts have been targeted for a promotion.
And meanwhile, others are reporting the opposite phenomenon, where it’s their more inactive accounts that are getting targeted.
Based on the terms and conditions, it seems that the promotion period can vary based on when you register: “Earning period starts the day after members register through the end of the month, plus an additional three (3) months.”
Those of us who have registered in December 2021 will have a promotion end-date of March 31, 2022; meanwhile, presumably if you waited until January 1 to register then you’d have until April 30, 2022 to complete your stays, so it may well be a good idea to delay your registration if you don’t have any urgent stays coming up.
Finally, as a general rule, only paid stays that earn base points within the Marriott Bonvoy program are eligible for promotions like these; redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points for a free night will not count towards the promotion criteria.
With that said, let’s break down a few of the different promotions that members have received for Winter 2022, from the most generous to the least generous.
Earn Two Free Night Certificates After Two Stays
This is an insanely generous promotion if you’re lucky enough to be targeted for it.
Simply make one stay at a Marriott hotel and you’ll earn a Free Night Award worth up to 35,000 Bonvoy points. Then make a second stay, and earn another certificate.
Needless to say, if you happen to see this promotion on your account, you should absolutely be thinking of ways to optimize it, even if you don’t haven’t actually planned any travels during the promotion period.
Search for some cheap Marriott hotels in your area to do a mattress run – or if there aren’t any good choices nearby, you can always get a friend to check you in elsewhere using the “second guest trick” at a cheap property.
Remember, a Free Night Award worth up to 35,000 Bonvoy points can be redeemed against a Category 5 hotel at the standard rate, or in the optimal scenario against a Category 6 hotel at the off-peak PointSavers rate.
The certificate can quite easily fetch $300+ in value if redeemed wisely, so it’s very much a blessing if you’ve been targeted for this promotion and can pick up two certificates for two cheap stays.
The only thing to note is that the free night certificates earned here come with a six-month validity period, so you’ll want to think about how to tailor them towards your 2022 travel plans.
Earn 22,500 Bonus Points After X Stays
Most of the remaining promotions are pretty straightforward, offering bonus points after a certain number of stays. In these discussions, we’ll draw upon our 0.9cpp (CAD) valuation of Marriott Bonvoy points to evaluate the offers.
The most generous one I’ve seen is for 22,500 bonus points, though the number of stays required may vary.
A total return worth $202.50 is fairly respectable, especially if your underlying stays weren’t the most expensive to begin with.
Earn 18,000 Bonus Points After X Stays
A similar targeted promotion offers a total of 18,000 bonus points, again after a certain number of stays.
The total return here is worth $162, so it could certainly persuade you into booking with Marriott for any upcoming trips you’ve been thinking about.
Earn Double Points
The above three promotions are the most rewarding ones that Marriott Bonvoy members have reported seeing.
Some members have also been targeted for a few Double Points promotions, which I’d say represent lower value compared to the lump-sum bonus points and Free Night Awards.
For example, there’s a promotion for double points on stays of at least two nights in duration.
Meanwhile, I was personally targeted for double nights on weekend stays:
While these promotions don’t provide real outsized value, you’d happily take these promotions you were planning to book some Marriott hotels over the next few months anyway.
Moreover, they might move the needle when deciding whether to pay cash or redeem points for a hotel.
Marriott Bonvoy’s promotion event for the winter of 2022 offers a wide range of targeted offers that we’ve seen from the program recently.
Check your Promotions page to see whether you’ve been targeted for an offer, and especially whether you’ve been lucky enough to get one of the promotions for two Free Night Awards after two paid stays.