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SNA (Suite Night Award) General Discussion and Question Thread

SNA (Suite Night Award) General Discussion and Question Thread

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IF YOU HAVE A PREPAID RATE, PLEASE READ THIS WIKI!
Recommended SNA Best Practices:
  1. According to the Marriott Lurkers in this forum (see post #220 in this thread), as confusing as it sounds, the SNA system is separate from the reservation system, so if a suite is showing as currently unavailable or available on the website, that does not necessarily mean it is currently unavailable or available for SNAs.
  2. As of March 2019, there is an IT bug on Marriott's website that prevents SNAs from being applied to many if not all prepaid reservations. One member has identified a workaround that enables you to "trick" the website into allowing you apply SNAs to prepaid reservation. Several members have reported success using this workaround to apply SNAs to their prepaid reservations. Hopefully Marriott will fix this IT bug in the near future.
  3. After SNAs are redeemed, they are removed from member's account. But they are in pending mode and will only be processed (confirmed or denied) about one week (normally 5 days) prior to actual stay. Any change to the reservation during this pending period may detach the SNAs. Check with reservation agent again to have SNAs re-attached again.
  4. After SNAs get cleared and confirmed, they are locked with the reservation. Any further changes to the reservation may break the confirmed SNAs. It is a hazard to ask agent to process SNAs again since the SNA processing window is closing
  5. If your SNA clears, be sure to take a screen shot of what suite category you are assigned in the app and be prepared to show this to the front desk at check-in. Several members have reported being confirmed in certain suite categories when there SNAs have cleared or during mobile check-in only to be assigned lower a category room at check-in. Members who have taken screenshots of their initial SNA assignments have had success in getting properties to honor those original assignments after initially getting assigned inferior rooms at check-in.
  6. If you are assigned a lower category of room than any of the options offered during the SNA application process and/or if the hotel refuses honor the representations they made at any point during the SNA process, be sure to submit a formal complaint to Marriott and ask for your SNAs used during your stay to be reinstated. If you have followed the screenshot best practice, your screenshot should go a long way towards getting Marriott to eventually refund your SNA, although it may take a long time for customer service to process your request.
Non-Participating Brands:
Not all hotels participate in Suite Night Awards. Suite Night Awards are not redeemable at the following brands (subject to change at any time; see Marriott Bonvoy Terms and Conditions for full details): The Ritz-Carlton®, Protea Hotels®, Aloft®, Element®, Design Hotels™, all-suite hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, EDITION®, Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Clubs® and Marriott Grand Residence Club properties. In addition, Suite Night Awards are not redeemable at select Participating Properties. Contact Member Support for individual hotel Suite Night Award participation.

From post # 220.

The system is not checking what is available for sale at any marriott.com web site, so you should not be using the web sites as a guide for what is and is not available for SNA approval.

Best regards,

William R. Sanders
Social Media Specialist
Marriott International

FOR ANYONE TRYING TO ADD SNAs TO PRE-PAID NONREFUNDABLE BOOKINGS THAT MARRIOTT IT
CURRENTLY DOESN’T SEEM TO ALLOW, HERE IS A WORK-AROUND. GOOD LUCK!

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/30575978-post541.html

Originally Posted by EuropeanPete View Post
All, I believe that I've found a way of getting around Marriott's IT issue where SNA's cannot be used on advance purchase rates. It takes advantage of another error in the Marriott IT system (go figure) where changes in different windows are not handled properly. It seems to work for me - would be great if someone else can confirm.

For this to work, in addition to a pre-paid reservation where SNAs are disabled you need a rate at a hotel where SNA's are eligible - so go book a bog-standard fully flex rate at your local Westin or whatever which you can cancel later if you don't currently have any flexible rates booked.

Log in to Marriott.com and click on "My Trips" (obviously this won't work for people whose trips are still not showing). Open "View/ Modify" in a new browser window/ tab on the flexible reservation first, and then open "View/ Modify" in the non-refundable reservation in another new window/ tab. Go back to the flexible reservation and click on "Start Upgrade Request" and it should take you to a webpage for the pre-paid reservation where you can finally select your SNAs.

The link for selecting your benefit:
https://choice-benefit.marriott.com/

How to cancel an Award request:

Suite Night Award requests may be canceled until 2 p.m. local hotel time the day before you arrive, as long as the Awards have not already been confirmed for use on a reservation. Once your Awards have been confirmed, you must cancel the entire reservation to receive credit back for all the Awards; however, after 2 p.m. local hotel time the day before you arrive, a reservation cancellation will result in the forfeiture of all Suite Night Awards applied to the entire reservation. This is in addition to any other cancellation fees applicable to the reservation itself.

NOTE: Always detach the SNA before cancelling a reservation. It's the only way to ensure your SNA is returned to your account immediately. Otherwise, you could be waiting hours/days to see your SNA again.

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Old Jan 12, 21, 3:52 pm
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If I qualify for Platinum early (or I guess whenever) in 2021, do I get 5 SNAs in 2021 then 5 more in 2022? Trying to understand when they register in my account.
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Old Jan 12, 21, 4:32 pm
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Originally Posted by nycflyer17 View Post
If I qualify for Platinum early (or I guess whenever) in 2021, do I get 5 SNAs in 2021 then 5 more in 2022? Trying to understand when they register in my account.
No. You get them when you hit 50 (or 75 nights). You’ll get 5 more in 2022 when you hit 50 nights again.

However, the ones you earn in 2021 are valid until Dec 2022.
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Old Jan 15, 21, 9:10 am
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So, in a practical sense, is there any advantage in using a SNA compared to just trying to get an upgrade for Plat or Titanium status?

For example, I am planning to visit the Playa Largo resort in April. I have a number of rooms booked and I applied a SNA to 2 of them for 3 days. The rooms are the only ones you can book with points, which have no view. I really would like to get a 2 bedroom suite out of it. I only selected a 2 bdr suite as the upgrade option.

I e-mailed the hotel and told them what I was planning, and of course I received the reply that nothing is guaranteed, and that a SNA, if used, only guarantees me a one category upgrade, not a suite. If available, shouldn't I be eligible for an upgraded view just from being a Plat or Titianium member? Why would i pick just an upgraded view?

New to the process so any advice or wisdom is appreciated.
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Old Jan 15, 21, 1:24 pm
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Originally Posted by ckelly14 View Post
I received the reply that nothing is guaranteed, and that a SNA, if used, only guarantees me a one category upgrade, not a suite.
If you were able to select the suite for an SNA upgrade, there seems to be some inconsistency between what you were told and what the property actually puts in the SNA pool.

Originally Posted by ckelly14 View Post
If available, shouldn't I be eligible for an upgraded view just from being a Plat or Titianium member? Why would i pick just an upgraded view?
You should be eligible for upgrade to best available room, up to a standard suite, at check-in.

Originally Posted by ckelly14 View Post
Why would i pick just an upgraded view?
Maybe view is really important to you? But I agree, that's a crappy SNA policy if that's their actual policy.
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Old Jan 19, 21, 10:58 am
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Other than the list of excluded brands, is there any way to know which properties will accept SNAs without actually making a reservation and trying to apply them? That works but it's definitely not efficient.
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Old Jan 19, 21, 11:04 am
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nope, dummy booking still the best ... although its not efficient one

Normally, all suite or all villa properties are excluded.
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Old Jan 20, 21, 9:12 am
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I had let the system choose the default 5 SNAs and they just showed up today. So just under 2 weeks for me when granted by not choosing.
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Old Jan 20, 21, 12:25 pm
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I also let the system default to the SNAs, but I'm not seeing them in my account yet.
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Old Jan 21, 21, 12:57 pm
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For those who chose 5 SNA’s at 75 nights over the FNA, any regrets?
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Old Jan 22, 21, 10:46 am
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Originally Posted by pazza2000 View Post
For those who chose 5 SNA’s at 75 nights over the FNA, any regrets?
I am now realizing that the hotels I wanted to use them for have really crappy SNA options, none are actually suites, so it may have been more worth it to pick the FNA. But it’s still early so hoping I can use it on another future trip.
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Old Jan 22, 21, 12:46 pm
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For those who chose 5 SNA’s at 75 nights over the FNA, any regrets?
nope. Haven't used them yet obviously, but no doubt I will.
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Old Jan 22, 21, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by pazza2000 View Post
For those who chose 5 SNA’s at 75 nights over the FNA, any regrets?
The opposite. Glad I chose the FNA.
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Old Jan 23, 21, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by pazza2000 View Post
For those who chose 5 SNA’s at 75 nights over the FNA, any regrets?
Since doing so I'm 1/2 I struck out on a two night stay at the Autograph Collection in Asheville but got a Spectacular Suite at the W Miami. Ended up spending a lot of time in the room especially on the balcony so no regrets thus far. We'll see what 2021 brings.
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Old Jan 23, 21, 12:56 pm
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Only use the SNA on the best available non-basic suite
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Old Jan 23, 21, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
Since doing so I'm 1/2 I struck out on a two night stay at the Autograph Collection in Asheville but got a Spectacular Suite at the W Miami. Ended up spending a lot of time in the room especially on the balcony so no regrets thus far. We'll see what 2021 brings.
Mines is an issue of being able to use them! The FNA would be easier in a year where it’s looking increasingly tougher to use 10 SNA’s
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