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More people are traveling again and staying at hotels. If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy member, the past 19 months haven’t been the easiest to redeem your points and free night awards. Thankfully, Marriott has extended several benefits into 2021 and is doing it again for 2022.
Marriott Bonvoy Status Extensions into 2023
Your current status for 2021 now remains active through February 2023. So, if you earned Bonvoy Elite status in 2019 or 2020, it’s possible to retain your pre-pandemic loyalty level for another year.
Bonvoy Points Expire in December 2022
Bonvoy points in inactive accounts now expire on December 31, 2022 (they were initially going to expire on March 31, 2022). These hotel points usually expire after 24 months of account inactivity.
Redeeming points or earning more points (with a Marriott Bonvoy credit card, for example) also renews your balance indefinitely.
Award Night Pricing Changes
So far, so good, right? Well, here’s one piece of negative news about an upcoming change to the Marriott Bonvoy award chart.
The loyalty program currently uses a category-based award with off-peak, standard, and peak night pricing.
In March 2022, Bonvoy begins transitioning to a new flexible point redemption rate that more closely reflects the current cash value for the nightly rate.
You will be able to access the current award chart for the first quarter of 2022 before the pricing change goes active. According to Marriott, the redemption rates for 97% of the properties will remain close to the current peak and off-peak pricing.
However, the pricing changes will be more dynamic starting in 2023 and reflect the cash price more accurately.
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These benefit extensions give you more time to use your benefits in 2022 if you’re still not traveling as often as before. The pandemic has lasted longer than many of us initially expected, and this support can make it easier to maximize your hotel travel benefits when you go on trips.