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Marriott Offers Free Night for New Bonvoy Members

Marriott Offers Free Night for New Bonvoy Members
Joe Cortez

Marriott wants you to join Bonvoy before the end of the year, and is offering a holiday gift. First time members can sign up for the embattled loyalty program with a promotion: earn a free night certificate after two paid stays before April 29, 2020.

Marriott Bonvoy wants your new membership in the program, and are willing to give you a promotion to earn it. Brand new members of the loyalty program who sign up for the embattled program can earn a free night certificate after earning two stays between Dec. 19, 2019 and Apr. 29, 2020.

The New Member Promotional Offer

Under the promotion, new members who sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program are qualified to earn a free night certificate. The rules are simple: earn two qualifying stays at Marriott Bonvoy properties, and earn the certificate with an equivalent value of up to 25,000 points. The 25,000-point certificate is valid for any participating Bonvoy hotel in categories 1-4.

As with all Marriott Bonvoy promotions, it comes with a long list of terms and conditions. The promotion is only open to new members. Existing members with a Marriott Bonvoy number are not eligible, no matter how long it’s been since you stayed at a Marriott property. Qualifying “stays” are defined as consecutive nights spent in the same hotel, regardless of check-in and check-out activity.

Once you’ve earned the award, it will be delivered as an electronic certificate in your account, available for redemption at participating hotels. The award certificate can only be used to pay for the expense of a Category 1-4 hotel, and can’t be used for food, beverages, services charges or resort fees. Finally, the certificate expires one year after it is earned.

Is It a Good Deal?

Considering that Marriott Bonvoy has come under fire for “Bonvoying” guests and lackluster promotions, it doesn’t feel like a great promotion overall. With all the problems people have faced and unannounced “resort fees” attached to stays, offering a low-value hotel certificate for two paid stays feels like a ploy to get new guests into the program.

However, there are far worse ways to earn a free night certificate. If you are considering switching loyalty and want to see what the new Marriott looks and feels like, this isn’t the worst way to give it a try. As far as new member promotions go, this could be a great way to see if Marriott is right for you.

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View Comments (4)


  1. ranles

    December 20, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Offers a free night if you join, doesn’t seem the same as earn a free night after joining immediately AND making two qualifying stays by a certain date. Title is a bit misleading IMHO

  2. errantflyer

    December 20, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Marriott lost my business when they were hacked. Expansion without taking care of customers results in bankruptcy when the economy turns. Upper management has golden parachutes and don’t care about shareholders or loyal customers. Situation normal…

  3. downinit

    December 20, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    A cat 4 Marriott is about on par with a Super 8; while cat 1-3 are closer to the Motel 8 or Super 7. Hard pass for me.

  4. DFWsakp

    January 2, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Marriott Stock says otherwise. Looking at the comments, I feel that it is the tiny 0.1% that complains all the time. This is actually a good promo for new joiners.

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