Marriott’s new loyalty program is finally here! Marriott has revamped their hotel benefits to include more options, but you should know what the advantages are before choosing which best suits your needs.

The “marriott select annual choice benefit” is a program that allows members to choose one of three benefits. The benefits include free night, free breakfast, or free internet access.

Here's Which Marriott Choice Benefits You Should Select

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Which Marriott Choice Benefits Should You Choose?

on December 24, 2021 by Gary Leff

When Marriott Bonvoy members achieve 50 or 75 nights, they may choose from a variety of ‘choice rewards.’ By January 7, 2022, you must choose your benefits earned in 2021. So, if you haven’t done so already, the time is running out. What you should do is as follows.

I should mention that for 2022, I’m a Titanium (75 night elite). I did not stay at Marriott for 75 nights. Instead,

  • This year, they awarded everyone half of the elite nights necessary to re-up to their current level, in my case Platinum, which needs 50 nights (25 free nights)
  • My Marriott personal and small business cards each gave me 15 nights (30 nights)
  • Then, as part of my 50-night choice perk, I chose 5 elite nights (5 nights)
  • So I had 60 nights and spent 15 of them, about equally divided between paid and reward nights. One of them was a quick mattress errand to acquire my 75th night a few days ago.

You have 50 nights to pick from:

  • To your 2021 total, add five Elite Night Credits. Even if you chose them at the beginning of 2022, they will count as 2021 elite nights rather than a head start on achieving status the following year.
  • There are five suite night prizes. These are seldom apparent, but they could help you obtain a nicer room.
  • 40 percent off a Marriott-branded bed, which are already overpriced; I used to prefer the W beds; my 2007 purchase was excellent, but a 2014 buy seemed to be of inferior quality.
  • Gift Marriott Silver status to a “family member, friend, or colleague” – I’m not sure you’d be considered a friend for this, but maybe it’s for a family member you don’t get along with – there’s no real benefit promise other than 10% more points earned for your spend during stays, but if you aren’t already Silver you don’t stay much.
  • Donations of $100 to the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund, UNICEF, or the World Wildlife Fund are accepted (WWF). They replaced WE Charity earlier this year, and when choice possibilities for 2021 were released, I pointed out that they were embroiled in a controversy in Canada.

I picked 5 elite nights in order to increase my chances of obtaining Titanium. It’s always a good idea to put off deciding on perks until you’ve determined what would best suit you. With just a few weeks left to choose, you should have a strong idea of what you want.

The best option for most – assuming 5 elite nights won’t get you to the next level (Titanium, or Ambassador if you’ve also met this year’s $14,000 spend requirement) – is Suite Night Awards, though you shouldn’t be too optimistic about your chances of using them, especially on hotel stays in the United States.

Gold level replaces silver for the 75-night choice bonus, and they add a free night option.

  • To your 2021 total, add five Elite Night Credits. Even if you chose them at the beginning of 2022, they will count as 2021 elite nights rather than a head start on achieving status the following year.
  • There are five suite night prizes. These are seldom apparent, but they could help you obtain a nicer room.
  • Up to 40,000 points may be earned for a free night. With Marriott allowing you to top up a stay with more points for a more costly room redemption (you’ll need it), this becomes even easy to utilize.
  • 40 percent off a Marriott-branded bed, which are already overpriced; I used to prefer the W beds; my 2007 purchase was excellent, but a 2014 buy seemed to be of inferior quality.
  • Give the gift of Marriott Gold status. This is preferable than a brain hole. You may check out at 2 p.m., avoid the room with the HVAC, and you don’t have to pay more for quicker internet.
  • Donations of $100 to the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund, UNICEF, or the World Wildlife Fund are accepted (WWF). They replaced WE Charity earlier this year, and when choice possibilities for 2021 were released, I pointed out that they were embroiled in a controversy in Canada.

There are two reasons why a 75-night elite would desire to add 5 more elite nights:

  1. To propel them to Ambassador status (they’ve stayed 95-99 nights and paid $14,000+)
  2. Credit for lifetime membership (which is based on years at a status lifetime and total nights stayed)

All of the non-charity alternatives are worth more than $100 to me. And I’m never sure that choosing a charity for a $100 gift really means the travel business donates $100 more than they would have otherwise. For reasons explained in the 12th century, I conduct my philanthropic contributions personally, albeit I do not speak about it often.

Suite Night Awards and a free up to 40,000-point reward night are the applicable alternatives here. I debated between the two for a while, but I believe I’ll go with Suite Night Awards in the end.

  • The free night is a’sure thing,’ and 40,000 points are worth $240 to me.
  • On the other side, I already have three free night vouchers and a seven-figure point sum on my account.
  • If I utilize all five suite night rewards, they must be worth more than $48 each night to break even. I’m not sure whether they are or if I’ll be able to utilize them properly.

The fact is that I prefer a nicer room, have a harder time finding one with Marriott than with Hyatt, and only stay with Marriott when there isn’t a similar Hyatt choice and a better room isn’t as important. I simply believe obtaining an upgrade from Marriott, which I almost never receive at check-in based on status alone in any significant sense, would bring me greater delight (maybe a marginally better view or a slightly bigger room).

So I’m going to disregard the math and simply say I don’t need the free night and would prefer the potential upgrade if it happens. In other words, I’m going to spend money on something I’ll love, possibly frivolously.

Why is it a waste of time? Because I’d be better off accepting the free night, saving $240 on a hotel, and putting that money toward a nicer room on a future trip or anything other than a Marriott upgrade that I’ll appreciate more. I’m going to do the illogical thing because I’m sensible enough to see that I’ll love it.

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The “five elite night credits or suite night awards” is a benefit that Marriott offers. If you are looking for hotel options, this would be a great perk to choose from.

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