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

Once you stay at least 50 eligible nights, you'll get to choose one of these Annual Choice Benefits:
  • Five Suite Night Awards™
  • The gift of Silver Elite status for a friend or family member
  • Five Elite Night Credits
  • $100 (USD) donation to UNICEF
  • 40% off your favorite hotel bed
Annual Choice Benefit: As described in section 4.3.c.vi, a Platinum Premier Elite Member who has achieved 75 Elite Night Credits annually is eligible to receive one additional benefit from the list of available benefits listed below: Platinum Premier Elite Annual Choice Benefit Options:

· Five (5) Suite Night Awards™
· 40% off bed
· $100 Charity Donation
· The gift of Gold Elite status for a friend or family member
· Five (5) Elite Night Credits
· One (1) Free Night Award

The list of Annual Choice Benefits is subject to change at any time. Once a Platinum Elite Member becomes eligible to receive the Annual Choice Benefit, he/she must choose his/her Annual Choice Benefit by visiting the following sites: For Marriott Rewards®: https://choice-benefit.marriott.com/en-us/marriott-rewards/; for SPG®: https://choice-benefit.marriott.com/en-us/starwood-preferred-guest/; for The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®: https://choice-benefit.marriott.com/en-us/ritz-carlton-rewards/ and selecting one of the Annual Choice Benefits. A selection must be made through one of the above methods and may not be made through Member Support. All Annual Choice Benefit selections are final and may not be changed after they are made. In the event that an eligible Platinum Elite member fails to select an Annual Choice Benefit by January 14 of the year following the applicable Qualifying Period, the Member will receive five (5) Suite Night Awards as his/her Annual Choice Benefit. One Free Night Awardi. The Free Night Award (up to 40,000 points) must be redeemed for a stay that occurs no later than December 31 of the year following the year in which the additional benefit is selected (e.g., if the benefit is selected in 2019, the deadline for redemption is December 31, 2020).ii. The Free Night Award will be credited to the Platinum Premier Elite Member's account within two (2) weeks of the Platinum Premier Elite Member selecting this option as his/her Platinum Premier Elite Annual Choice Benefit. The Free Night Award can be redeemed at any available Participating Property for one (1) night, up to 40,000 points, for a standard room.iii. Members can use their Award while booking an eligible Award Redemption Stay on Marriott websites or they may call Member Support and mention they wish to use their Free Night Award. A Free Night Award is not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash or converted into points. Any unused Free Night Award will be forfeited. Free Night Award stay(s) and night(s) will count toward earning Elite membership status. Free Night Awards are combinable and may be added to existing paid or Free Night Award stays.iv. The Free Night Award includes all applicable taxes; however, the Platinum Premier Elite Member may be responsible for payment of additional mandatory resort fees at Participating Properties where resort fees are applicable.v. Free Night Award redemptions may be canceled pursuant to the standard guarantee and cancellation policies as described in Section 3.2.c.vi. An eligible Loyalty Program Member should check his/her Member account to confirm the expiration date of his/her Free Night Award.vii. Any Free Night Award(s) previously awarded to SPG Members as an Annual Choice Benefit which have not yet been redeemed have changed in value and are now valued up to 40,000 points and will have the same expiration date.

T&Cs:

Platinum Elite Annual Choice Benefit

A Platinum Elite Member who has achieved fifty (50) eligible Elite Night Credits annually is eligible to receive one (1) additional benefit from the list of available benefits listed below.
Five Elite Night Credits
  1. Upon an eligible Platinum Elite or Platinum Premier Elite Member selecting the Five Elite Night Credits as his/her Annual Choice Benefit, the Member will have his/her Member account credited with five (5) bonus Elite Nights which count toward earning Elite status only. These bonus Elite Nights do not count toward Lifetime status. Elite Nights and Elite Membership status are subject to the Program Rules in section 4.2.b.
  2. The five (5) Elite Night Credits will be reflected in the Member account within forty-eight (48) hours of the receipt of the confirmation of the Annual Choice Benefit selection.
  3. Elite Nights that are awarded to an eligible Platinum Elite or Platinum Premier Elite Member as the Member's Annual Choice Benefit will be awarded in the Eligible Status Year for which the Elite Nights were earned, regardless of when the Member selects the Five Elite Night Credits as his/her Annual Choice Benefit. For the avoidance of doubt, the Eligible Calendar Year in which the Annual Choice Benefit is earned is the Eligible Calendar Year for which the Elite Nights will be credited toward earning Elite membership status.
Suite Night Awards may be redeemed for advance confirmable upgrades for select, premium rooms or standard suites on a per-room, per-night basis, subject to availability and the applicable terms and conditions set forth below for Suite Night Awards:
  1. Suite Night Awards may be used only on Loyalty Program-eligible paid stays as well as Free Night Award stays and Cash & Points stays.
  2. A Member may request to use their Suite Night Awards on Loyalty Program websites or by calling Member Support.
  3. Suite Night Awards may only be used for standard suites or other premium rooms as designated by the Participating Property.
  4. Suite Night Award use is based upon availability of the requested suite or premium room. Checking for availability begins five (5) days before arrival. If availability is not confirmed five (5) days before arrival, availability is checked each day before arrival up to 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival. If at that time Suite Night Awards cannot be confirmed, the Suite Night Awards are credited back to the Member’s account.
  5. Suite Night Awards may be used only when there are enough in the Member’s account so that one is applied to every night of the reservation.
  6. One Suite Night Award is required per room per night.
  7. Suite Night Awards are required for each night of the stay, including any nights that may be designated “free” such as the fifth night in a Fifth Night Free Award.
  8. Suite Night Awards may not be transferred or given as a gift; however, a Member may use Suite Night Awards for additional rooms on his/her own stay as long as the Member is present for the stay and the other rooms are under the Member’s name.
  9. Members who book separate reservations for consecutive nights that precede or follow a reservation that has confirmed Suite Night Awards will be required to change rooms to the confirmed room type on any night(s) where a Suite Night Award is not used.
  10. If a Participating Property offers multiple room options for the Suite Night Award, once the suite/premium room option(s) is selected, the selection may be changed until 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property the day before arrival so long as the Suite Night Award is unconfirmed. Confirmed Suite Night Awards may be canceled up to 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival only if the entire reservation is canceled.
  11. Suite Night Awards have requesting, booking, cancellation and modification policies that are in addition to – but completely separate from – the booking, cancellation and modification policies for the reservations on which they are used.
    1. Requests to use Suite Night Awards on a reservation may be made up to 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival.
    2. Requests to withdraw the use of unconfirmed Suite Night Awards may be made up to 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival.
    3. Confirmed Suite Night Awards may be canceled up to 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival only if the entire reservation is canceled.
    4. Once Suite Night Awards have been confirmed, the Member must cancel the entire reservation to receive credit back for all Suite Night Awards. Cancellation of a confirmed Suite Night Award reservation after 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival will result in the forfeiture of all Suite Night Awards applied to the entire reservation.
    5. Suite Night Awards cannot be applied to a reservation once the reservation has been checked-in to a Participating Property.
    6. If a Member departs his/her reservation early, any unused Suite Night Awards confirmed for the stay will be forfeited.
    7. If a Member extends his/her reservation and has enough Suite Night Awards to cover the extension, the Member may use his/her Suite Night Awards based upon availability and at the Participating Property’s discretion.
  12. Not all hotels participate in Suite Night Awards. Suite Night Awards are not redeemable at the following brands: The Ritz-Carlton®, Protea Hotels®, Aloft®, Element®, Design Hotels™, all-Suite Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club® EDITION, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ritz-Carlton Destination Clubs and Marriott Grand Residence Club properties. In addition, Suite Night Awards are not redeemable at select Participating Properties. Contact a Customer Engagement Center for individual hotel Suite Night Award participation.
  13. Suite Night Awards will be placed in the member's account within 48 hours of selecting 5 Suite Night Awards as his or her Annual Choice Benefit.
Gift Elite Status
  1. A Platinum Elite Member who has achieved fifty (50) eligible Elite Night Credits annually may gift Silver Elite status, and a Platinum Premier Elite Member who has achieved seventy-five (75) eligible Elite Night Credits annually may gift Gold Elite status.
  2. The Gift Elite status benefit may only be provided to a Member who has not yet achieved Elite membership status within the current Eligible Status Year.
  3. The Account status of the Member to whom an Elite status benefit is gifted will be upgraded within forty-eight (48) hours of the receipt of confirmation of the recipient’s selection. Such Member will hold his/her Elite membership for a minimum of a full calendar year. For example, if a Member is given the Silver Elite status benefit during the 2018 Eligible Status Year, the Member will become a Silver Elite member for the remainder of 2018, all of 2019, and January and February of 2020. The Silver Elite Minimum Requirement must be achieved in the subsequent Eligible Calendar Year to remain a Silver Elite member during the calendar year following such subsequent Eligible Status Year or the Member will be downgraded to the subsequent level on March 1 of the calendar year following such subsequent Eligible Status Year. In the above example, this means that in order for the Member to continue having Silver Elite status after February 2020, the Member must achieve the Silver Elite Minimum Requirement during the 2019 Eligible Status Year in order to continue to be a Silver Elite Member after February of the 2020 Eligible Status Year.
  4. Under no circumstances will the Loyalty Program provide membership details or personal Member information of any Members to the Member providing the gifted status benefit or the recipient of the gifted status benefit in order to facilitate the gifted status benefit.
  5. If the desired recipient of the gifted status benefit is not currently a Member, the desired recipient must register on marriottrewards.com/join, ritzcarltonrewards.com or spg.com/join before the gifted status benefit can be provided to him/her.
$100 Charity Donation: UNICEF $100 Donation
  1. The $100 donation from the Marriott Loyalty Program to U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Doing Business As ‘UNICEF USA,’ is not a tax-deductible contribution for the Platinum Elite or Platinum Premier Elite Member who chooses this donation as his/her Annual Choice Benefit.
  2. The Marriott Loyalty Program cannot direct or otherwise guarantee how UNICEF USA or UNICEF will spend the $100 donation.
  3. All funds are transferred to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, www.unicefusa.org.
40% off Bed: Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount from Marriott Retail Brands
  1. Upon the Platinum Elite or Platinum Premier Elite Member’s selection of the Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount as his/her Annual Choice Benefit, he/she will receive a promotional code that can be redeemed for 40% off the full retail value valid on any of the below 16 Marriott Retail Brands’ mattresses and box springs:
    1. The Westin Heavenly® Bed
    2. The Marriott Foam Bed
    3. The Marriott Innerspring Bed
    4. The Ritz-Carlton Bed
    5. The W Hotels Bed
    6. The Sheraton Signature Bed
    7. The St. Regis Bed
    8. Courtyard Foam Bed
    9. Courtyard Innerspring Bed
    10. The JW Marriott Bed
    11. The Renaissance Bed
    12. The Bed by The Luxury Collection
    13. The Fairfield Foam Bed
    14. The Fairfield Innerspring Bed
    15. EDITION Hotel Bed
    16. Gaylord Hotels Mattress & Box Spring
  2. The Marriott Retail Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
  3. The promotional code cannot be duplicated or sold and there is no cash value. In the event the Loyalty Program suspects that the use or redemption of the promotional code was in error, fraudulent, illegal or in violation of these Marriott Retail Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount terms and conditions or the Program Rules, the Loyalty Program reserves the right to withhold or deduct the promotional code or corresponding credit. The promotional code may be terminated or modified at any time and without any liability to the Loyalty Program. The promotional code will be used for its intended and lawful purpose and pursuant to these Marriott Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount terms and conditions and the Program Rules. The promotional code is void where prohibited by law. The promotional code is for a single purchase only.
  4. The Marriott Retail Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code is not combinable with other offers. The Marriott Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code is for a single use and is nontransferable. Only the Platinum Elite Member or Platinum Premier Elite Member who elected the Marriott Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount as his/her Annual Choice Benefit will be able to redeem the Marriott Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code.
  5. To redeem the 40% discount off of a Mattress and Box Spring from any of the Company's Marriott Retail brands, call us at 877-777-5418 in the United States, or internationally call +33 1 41 51 51 55, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET, and Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET. Have the promotional code and the Member Account Number ready.
  6. Prior to shipping the applicable merchandise, the Company reserves the right to verify that the person who redeems the Marriott Retail Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code is the Member who earned the Platinum Elite Annual Choice Benefit prior to shipping the applicable merchandise.
  7. Shipping is not included and varies by region. Bed frames are not included and are not subject to the Marriott-Branded Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code.
  8. The Marriott Retail Brands mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code is valid through December 31 of the year following the year in which the Annual Choice Benefit was earned.

Platinum Premier Elite Annual Choice Benefit

A Platinum Premier Elite Member who has achieved seventy-five (75) eligible Elite Night Credits annually is eligible to receive one (1) additional benefit from the list of available benefits listed below.
Five Elite Night Credits
  1. Upon an eligible Platinum Elite or Platinum Premier Elite Member selecting the Five Elite Night Credits as his/her Annual Choice Benefit, the Member will have his/her Member account credited with five (5) bonus Elite Nights which count toward earning Elite status only. These bonus Elite Nights do not count toward Lifetime status. Elite Nights and Elite Membership status are subject to the Program Rules in section 4.2.b.
  2. The five (5) Elite Night Credits will be reflected in the Member account within forty-eight (48) hours of the receipt of the confirmation of the Annual Choice Benefit selection.
  3. Elite Nights that are awarded to an eligible Platinum Elite or Platinum Premier Elite Member as the Member's Annual Choice Benefit will be awarded in the Eligible Status Year for which the Elite Nights were earned, regardless of when the Member selects the Five Elite Night Credits as his/her Annual Choice Benefit. For the avoidance of doubt, the Eligible Calendar Year in which the Annual Choice Benefit is earned is the Eligible Calendar Year for which the Elite Nights will be credited toward earning Elite membership status.
Suite Night Awards may be redeemed for advance confirmable upgrades for select, premium rooms or standard suites on a per-room, per-night basis, subject to availability and the applicable terms and conditions set forth below for Suite Night Awards:
  1. Suite Night Awards may be used only on Loyalty Program-eligible paid stays as well as Free Night Award stays and Cash & Points stays.
  2. A Member may request to use their Suite Night Awards on Loyalty Program websites or by calling Member Support.
  3. Suite Night Awards may only be used for standard suites or other premium rooms as designated by the Participating Property.
  4. Suite Night Award use is based upon availability of the requested suite or premium room. Checking for availability begins five (5) days before arrival. If availability is not confirmed five (5) days before arrival, availability is checked each day before arrival up to 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival. If at that time Suite Night Awards cannot be confirmed, the Suite Night Awards are credited back to the Member’s account.
  5. Suite Night Awards may be used only when there are enough in the Member’s account so that one is applied to every night of the reservation.
  6. One Suite Night Award is required per room per night.
  7. Suite Night Awards are required for each night of the stay, including any nights that may be designated “free” such as the fifth night in a Fifth Night Free Award.
  8. Suite Night Awards may not be transferred or given as a gift; however, a Member may use Suite Night Awards for additional rooms on his/her own stay as long as the Member is present for the stay and the other rooms are under the Member’s name.
  9. Members who book separate reservations for consecutive nights that precede or follow a reservation that has confirmed Suite Night Awards will be required to change rooms to the confirmed room type on any night(s) where a Suite Night Award is not used.
  10. If a Participating Property offers multiple room options for the Suite Night Award, once the suite/premium room option(s) is selected, the selection may be changed until 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property the day before arrival so long as the Suite Night Award is unconfirmed. Confirmed Suite Night Awards may be canceled up to 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival only if the entire reservation is canceled.
  11. Suite Night Awards have requesting, booking, cancellation and modification policies that are in addition to – but completely separate from – the booking, cancellation and modification policies for the reservations on which they are used.
    1. Requests to use Suite Night Awards on a reservation may be made up to 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival.
    2. Requests to withdraw the use of unconfirmed Suite Night Awards may be made up to 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival.
    3. Confirmed Suite Night Awards may be canceled up to 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival only if the entire reservation is canceled.
    4. Once Suite Night Awards have been confirmed, the Member must cancel the entire reservation to receive credit back for all Suite Night Awards. Cancellation of a confirmed Suite Night Award reservation after 2 p.m. local time of the Participating Property one (1) day prior to arrival will result in the forfeiture of all Suite Night Awards applied to the entire reservation.
    5. Suite Night Awards cannot be applied to a reservation once the reservation has been checked-in to a Participating Property.
    6. If a Member departs his/her reservation early, any unused Suite Night Awards confirmed for the stay will be forfeited.
    7. If a Member extends his/her reservation and has enough Suite Night Awards to cover the extension, the Member may use his/her Suite Night Awards based upon availability and at the Participating Property’s discretion.
  12. Not all hotels participate in Suite Night Awards. Suite Night Awards are not redeemable at the following brands: The Ritz-Carlton®, Protea Hotels®, Aloft®, Element®, Design Hotels™, all-Suite Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club® EDITION, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ritz-Carlton Destination Clubs and Marriott Grand Residence Club properties. In addition, Suite Night Awards are not redeemable at select Participating Properties. Contact a Customer Engagement Center for individual hotel Suite Night Award participation.
  13. Suite Night Awards will be placed in the member's account within 48 hours of selecting 5 Suite Night Awards as his or her Annual Choice Benefit.
Gift Elite Status
  1. A Platinum Elite Member who has achieved fifty (50) eligible Elite Night Credits annually may gift Silver Elite status, and a Platinum Premier Elite Member who has achieved seventy-five (75) eligible Elite Night Credits annually may gift Gold Elite status.
  2. The Gift Elite status benefit may only be provided to a Member who has not yet achieved Elite membership status within the current Eligible Status Year.
  3. The Account status of the Member to whom an Elite status benefit is gifted will be upgraded within forty-eight (48) hours of the receipt of confirmation of the recipient’s selection. Such Member will hold his/her Elite membership for a minimum of a full calendar year. For example, if a Member is given the Silver Elite status benefit during the 2018 Eligible Status Year, the Member will become a Silver Elite member for the remainder of 2018, all of 2019, and January and February of 2020. The Silver Elite Minimum Requirement must be achieved in the subsequent Eligible Calendar Year to remain a Silver Elite member during the calendar year following such subsequent Eligible Status Year or the Member will be downgraded to the subsequent level on March 1 of the calendar year following such subsequent Eligible Status Year. In the above example, this means that in order for the Member to continue having Silver Elite status after February 2020, the Member must achieve the Silver Elite Minimum Requirement during the 2019 Eligible Status Year in order to continue to be a Silver Elite Member after February of the 2020 Eligible Status Year.
  4. Under no circumstances will the Loyalty Program provide membership details or personal Member information of any Members to the Member providing the gifted status benefit or the recipient of the gifted status benefit in order to facilitate the gifted status benefit.
  5. If the desired recipient of the gifted status benefit is not currently a Member, the desired recipient must register on marriottrewards.com/join, ritzcarltonrewards.com or spg.com/join before the gifted status benefit can be provided to him/her.
$100 Charity Donation: UNICEF $100 Donation
  1. The $100 donation from the Marriott Loyalty Program to U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Doing Business As ‘UNICEF USA,’ is not a tax-deductible contribution for the Platinum Elite or Platinum Premier Elite Member who chooses this donation as his/her Annual Choice Benefit.
  2. The Marriott Loyalty Program cannot direct or otherwise guarantee how UNICEF USA or UNICEF will spend the $100 donation.
  3. All funds are transferred to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, www.unicefusa.org.
40% off Bed: Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount from Marriott Retail Brands
  1. Upon the Platinum Elite or Platinum Premier Elite Member’s selection of the Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount as his/her Annual Choice Benefit, he/she will receive a promotional code that can be redeemed for 40% off the full retail value valid on any of the below 16 Marriott Retail Brands’ mattresses and box springs:
    1. The Westin Heavenly® Bed
    2. The Marriott Foam Bed
    3. The Marriott Innerspring Bed
    4. The Ritz-Carlton Bed
    5. The W Hotels Bed
    6. The Sheraton Signature Bed
    7. The St. Regis Bed
    8. Courtyard Foam Bed
    9. Courtyard Innerspring Bed
    10. The JW Marriott Bed
    11. The Renaissance Bed
    12. The Bed by The Luxury Collection
    13. The Fairfield Foam Bed
    14. The Fairfield Innerspring Bed
    15. EDITION Hotel Bed
    16. Gaylord Hotels Mattress & Box Spring
  2. The Marriott Retail Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
  3. The promotional code cannot be duplicated or sold and there is no cash value. In the event the Loyalty Program suspects that the use or redemption of the promotional code was in error, fraudulent, illegal or in violation of these Marriott Retail Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount terms and conditions or the Program Rules, the Loyalty Program reserves the right to withhold or deduct the promotional code or corresponding credit. The promotional code may be terminated or modified at any time and without any liability to the Loyalty Program. The promotional code will be used for its intended and lawful purpose and pursuant to these Marriott Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount terms and conditions and the Program Rules. The promotional code is void where prohibited by law. The promotional code is for a single purchase only.
  4. The Marriott Retail Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code is not combinable with other offers. The Marriott Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code is for a single use and is nontransferable. Only the Platinum Elite Member or Platinum Premier Elite Member who elected the Marriott Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount as his/her Annual Choice Benefit will be able to redeem the Marriott Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code.
  5. To redeem the 40% discount off of a Mattress and Box Spring from any of the Company's Marriott Retail brands, call us at 877-777-5418 in the United States, or internationally call +33 1 41 51 51 55, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET, and Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET. Have the promotional code and the Member Account Number ready.
  6. Prior to shipping the applicable merchandise, the Company reserves the right to verify that the person who redeems the Marriott Retail Brands Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code is the Member who earned the Platinum Elite Annual Choice Benefit prior to shipping the applicable merchandise.
  7. Shipping is not included and varies by region. Bed frames are not included and are not subject to the Marriott-Branded Mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code.
  8. The Marriott Retail Brands mattress and Box Spring 40% Discount promotional code is valid through December 31 of the year following the year in which the Annual Choice Benefit was earned.
One Free Night Award
  1. The Free Night Award (up to 40,000 points) must be redeemed for a stay that occurs no later than December 31 of the year following the year in which the additional benefit is selected (e.g., if the benefit is selected in 2019, the deadline for redemption is December 31, 2020).
  2. The Free Night Award will be credited to the Platinum Premier Elite Member's account within two (2) weeks of the Platinum Premier Elite Member selecting this option as his/her Platinum Premier Elite Annual Choice Benefit. The Free Night Award can be redeemed at any available Participating Property for one (1) night, up to 40,000 points, for a standard room.
  3. Members can use their Award while booking an eligible Award Redemption Stay on Marriott websites or they may call Member Support and mention they wish to use their Free Night Award. A Free Night Award is not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash or converted into points. Any unused Free Night Award will be forfeited. Free Night Award stay(s) and night(s) will count toward earning Elite membership status. Free Night Awards are combinable and may be added to existing paid or Free Night Award stays.
  4. The Free Night Award includes all applicable taxes; however, the Platinum Premier Elite Member may be responsible for payment of additional mandatory resort fees at Participating Properties where resort fees are applicable.
  5. Free Night Award redemptions may be canceled pursuant to the standard guarantee and cancellation policies as described in Section 3.2.c.
  6. An eligible Loyalty Program Member should check his/her Member account to confirm the expiration date of his/her Free Night Award.
  7. Any Free Night Award(s) previously awarded to SPG Members as an Annual Choice Benefit which have not yet been redeemed have changed in value and are now valued up to 40,000 points and will have the same expiration date.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by rny321 View Post
Only this week?
OK, maybe a wee bit longer.

When the choice was between 10 SNAs and one free Cat 1-5 award night, I believe the SNAs were an easy choice. At 5 SNAs to one free 40K night, the choice is less obvious. Your insight helped me decide on the SNAs for the 75-night benefit. Also, my wife and I have several 35K free night credit card awards, two 50K credit card awards and a couple of travel packages, all of which may no longer be extendable as in the past.
Yeah, I totally understand. I accumulate points so quickly that the added chance for a suite upgrade with SNAs is almost always more useful for me. But I can understand wanting another free night, too. Especially if you, like me, tend to get upgraded often regardless of SNAs. As with everyithg, YMMV.
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FWIW, my Ambassador told me today that the website for Choice Benefit is currently down. They are hoping to have it up within the week.

So patience will be key this week.
According to the help line, my SNA choice selection where I hit 50 nights this week will be available on Sept 18... I would not be able to select it prior to this... Maybe, they said... I was told to check often but nothing guaranteed until Sept 18...
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Well I have my 5 night SNAs and apparently they can’t be used with my corporate rate on two different bookings. I keep getting a message that they cannot be applied.
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Well I have my 5 night SNAs and apparently they can’t be used with my corporate rate on two different bookings. I keep getting a message that they cannot be applied.
It’s possible that the rate is ineligible, but it’s more likely that the IT isn’t working properly. Even with SPG, I sometimes had issues applying SNAs for certain SET rates at some hotels and had to ask my Ambassador to do it. She’d always be able to do it without any issue.

You may want to wait a little or perhaps just call the Plat line and ask for assistance. Maybe when the hold times aren’t so tragic.
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It’s possible that the rate is ineligible, but it’s more likely that the IT isn’t working properly. Even with SPG, I sometimes had issues applying SNAs for certain SET rates at some hotels and had to ask my Ambassador to do it. She’d always be able to do it without any issue.

You may want to wait a little or perhaps just call the Plat line and ask for assistance. Maybe when the hold times aren’t so tragic.
I have 3 weeks before the first hotel stay and hopefully the wait time will be better in the next week or so.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 6:30 pm
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How useful are the SNA’s? I have had platinum/gold status on Marriott and SPG for many years. However, I have platinum status this year because of my status at Marriott Vacation Club. I expect to end this year with 48 nights stayed. Is it worth spending money or points for 2 more nights in exchange for 5 SNA’s or one of the other options with 50 nights?

I will hit lifetime platinum regardless in 2 years so I will likely face a similar question frequently in the future.

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Old Sep 3, 18, 7:00 pm
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I have 3 weeks before the first hotel stay and hopefully the wait time will be better in the next week or so.
With your stay only in 3 weeks, I’d brave the Plat line. SNAs get approved in the order they are submitted, all other things being equal. Waiting can hurt your chances with the window being so small.
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Old Sep 4, 18, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by sdflyer04 View Post
How useful are the SNA’s? I have had platinum/gold status on Marriott and SPG for many years. However, I have platinum status this year because of my status at Marriott Vacation Club. I expect to end this year with 48 nights stayed. Is it worth spending money or points for 2 more nights in exchange for 5 SNA’s or one of the other options with 50 nights?

I will hit lifetime platinum regardless in 2 years so I will likely face a similar question frequently in the future.

Appreciate your thoughts!
Would only take two cheap stays at a Fairfield Inn type of hotel to get you to 50 nights and 5 SNAs. I think it's worth it considering you can find $69 rooms at some Fairfield Inns, depending on where you live.

Also, lifetime Plat has nothing to do with SNAs or any other Choice Award. Choice Awards are only handed out with butt-in-bed nights each year. Having lifetime Plat status just makes you Platinum each year, regardless of how many nights you stay. But you are not eligible for the Choice Award perks unless you actually stay in hotels for the requisite nights (50 & 75).

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Old Sep 4, 18, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by RobOnLI View Post
Would only take two cheap stays at a Fairfield Inn type of hotel to get you to 50 nights and 5 SNAs. I think it's worth it considering you can find $69 rooms at some Fairfield Inns, depending on where you live.

Also, lifetime Plat has nothing to do with SNAs or any other Choice Award. Choice Awards are only handed out with butt-in-bed nights each year. Having lifetime Plat status just makes you Platinum each year, regardless of how many nights you stay. But you are not eligible for the Choice Award perks unless you actually stay in hotels for the requisite nights (50 & 75).

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Thanks. I asked the question because it applies to my circumstances this year and my future circumstances when I have lifetime platinum. So how do you value the 5 SNA’s?
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Old Sep 4, 18, 8:46 am
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I am told "oops - you are screwed" when I try and log in and select. No idea why - could it be becuase I already hit 50 and selected? Or is it just this unmittigated disaster of an integration? I am almost terrified to call in and be told I have to wait to select it. I don't care about having to wait to select it so much as I don't want to sit on hold futilely for hours and then be told "no soup for you".
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Old Sep 4, 18, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by sdflyer04 View Post

Thanks. I asked the question because it applies to my circumstances this year and my future circumstances when I have lifetime platinum. So how do you value the 5 SNA’s?
Every year I get to stay in a suite that's probably $100-$300 more expensive than the base room I book on points.

Others ascribe a minimal to no dollar benefit of a suite, and would rather take the free night

YMMV
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Old Sep 4, 18, 9:41 am
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Every year I get to stay in a suite that's probably $100-$300 more expensive than the base room I book on points.

Others ascribe a minimal to no dollar benefit of a suite, and would rather take the free night

YMMV
Agreed completely. Totally depends on the value you place on the upgrade, and then the gamble as to whether those upgrades will clear. Not really a wrong answer.
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Old Sep 4, 18, 10:25 am
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Hi Guys, for the "Book 4 nights, get a 5th Free" is it possible to book 3 nights via points, add in a free night cert for the 4th night and then get the 5th night free as well? Or is this deal strictly for all points redemption only? (not even w/cash?)
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Old Sep 4, 18, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by xar View Post
Hi Guys, for the "Book 4 nights, get a 5th Free" is it possible to book 3 nights via points, add in a free night cert for the 4th night and then get the 5th night free as well? Or is this deal strictly for all points redemption only? (not even w/cash?)
I'm pretty sure you can only use points for the 5th night free--at least, that's how it worked with SPG, which Marriott essentially is copying.
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Old Sep 4, 18, 10:40 am
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I'm pretty sure you can only use points for the 5th night free--at least, that's how it worked with SPG, which Marriott essentially is copying.
That's the way it worked at Marriott too. It was automatic when you booked a 5 night award. It has to be done all at once using same award level and type for all 5 nights. (I am unsure what is being copied here)
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