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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 Jan 9, 19, 5:32 pm
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For those of us who can choose our 2019 gifts, can we do so starting the 15th as well or are we pushed out to mid Feb at this point?
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Old Jan 9, 19, 9:15 pm
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Do you get a email from Marriott when you become eligible for the benefit choice? Is it only for 50 nights Platinum, or 25 stays SPG properties Platinum also eligible? I’m currently Platinum (2018) with the new Marriott, I’ve completed 45 nights but more than 25 stays at SPG properties, tried calling Marriott about my status for 2019 they couldn’t give me any answer. Anyone one here have the same problem?
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Old Jan 9, 19, 9:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Ronger208 View Post
Do you get a email from Marriott when you become eligible for the benefit choice? Is it only for 50 nights Platinum, or 25 stays SPG properties Platinum also eligible? I’m currently Platinum (2018) with the new Marriott, I’ve completed 45 nights but more than 25 stays at SPG properties, tried calling Marriott about my status for 2019 they couldn’t give me any answer. Anyone one here have the same problem?
No, Marriott does not send out an e mail.

Yes, you need 50 nights for the 50 night benefit choice.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 11:00 pm
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Originally Posted by swintec View Post
For those of us who can choose our 2019 gifts, can we do so starting the 15th as well or are we pushed out to mid Feb at this point?
Go on, I'll bite. How do you get 50 nights by 15 January for eligibility in 2019?

Stay Jan 1 to 15 checkout = 14 nights (assuming they post the same day)
Meeting = 10 nights (assuming they post expediently)
Credit Card = 15 nights (assuming they post expediently)

Still only 49 nights. How do you do it?

Otherwise, it's a 2018 qualification and gift that you're choosing (which you may be able to use in 2019 like the SNAs).
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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:16 am
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Originally Posted by ftrichard View Post
Go on, I'll bite. How do you get 50 nights by 15 January for eligibility in 2019?

Stay Jan 1 to 15 checkout = 14 nights (assuming they post the same day)
Meeting = 10 nights (assuming they post expediently)
Credit Card = 15 nights (assuming they post expediently)

Still only 49 nights. How do you do it?

Otherwise, it's a 2018 qualification and gift that you're choosing (which you may be able to use in 2019 like the SNAs).
Ha! I was thinking the same thing! I do have one way...

$150k in spend on the old Chase Marriott Visa which gives an elite night for every $3k spent. Your statement would close at the beginning of the month and post the 50 credits quickly afterwards!

More likely, OP thinks that you get the choice this year for making Platinum from last year's nights or...
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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:38 am
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Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker View Post
Further to this, we learned today that the choice benefit web site should be back up and running sometime on January 15th. Due to the issues with the web site since the beginning of the year, the deadline to make your choice (earned in 2018) will be extended to February 7th.

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Just went to the choice benefit URL to see if things back to normal, the previous "under maintenance" message has changed to below, nothing about extended to February 7 but says it has expired.


We are sorry, the offer has expired
Your SPG® Annual Choice Benefit expired on December 31, 2018.
The good news is that you will be eligible to receive this benefit next year once you have achieved 50 eligible nights in a calendar year.


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Old Jan 10, 19, 2:54 am
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Originally Posted by Ronger208 View Post
Do you get a email from Marriott when you become eligible for the benefit choice? Is it only for 50 nights Platinum, or 25 stays SPG properties Platinum also eligible? I’m currently Platinum (2018) with the new Marriott, I’ve completed 45 nights but more than 25 stays at SPG properties, tried calling Marriott about my status for 2019 they couldn’t give me any answer. Anyone one here have the same problem?
Choice benefits have never been available after crossing 25 stays, only 50 nights. Sorry.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 3:33 am
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Originally Posted by wendySFO View Post
Just went to the choice benefit URL to see if things back to normal, the previous "under maintenance" message has changed to below, nothing about extended to February 7 but says it has expired.


We are sorry, the offer has expired
Your SPG® Annual Choice Benefit expired on December 31, 2018.
The good news is that you will be eligible to receive this benefit next year once you have achieved 50 eligible nights in a calendar year.


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I just logged into my account and saw the new message as well. Like so many on this forum, I'm getting increasingly irritated with all of these problems from my phone calls with ignorant CR's to using their online platforms. This new development is making me question the integrity of Marriott. According to them, the benefit doesn't expire December 31st, but if you didn't choose by January 15th, they would automatically select the SNAs for you. William noted that Marriott would pushback the deadline for making your choice to February 7th because of the IT problems. Why would the new message even appear on that page? It's not as if the link from your elite benefits page randomly appeared there. Someone wrote and crafted that webpage and message.

The problems with the annual choice benefit are very frustrating for me. In just over a week I'm flying to Bangkok with my partner to celebrate our first anniversary. I redeemed a couple of certificates and used points for stays at two different properties. I wanted to use my SNAs to make the occasion extra special hopefully. I feel let down by Marriott. We had a lot of problems last year, from missing stays and points to elite benefits at properties, but this is particularly hard to swallow.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 6:13 am
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Got the same message (my 50 night offer has expired).

Waiting for my 75 night C hoice Benefit to repost.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 6:51 am
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It was posted on another site by a Marriott Customer Service Agent, that the selection of the choice benefit is scheduled to be fixed and available on/by Jan 15, and the selection deadline pushed back to Feb 7.

I am just the messenger and stating the info that was posted by a Marriott agent elsewhere. I have no inside information myself, and like everyone else, am curious to see if those dates are met.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 10:10 am
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Otherwise, it's a 2018 qualification and gift that you're choosing
No, it isnt. 2019 it is. What can i say, im marriott dedicated, although they made it their mission to try my patience with them the last few months, like they have everybody else.
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No, it isnt. 2019 it is. What can i say, im marriott dedicated, although they made it their mission to try my patience with them the last few months, like they have everybody else.
In most cases it is the year in which the benefit is earned that counts and not the actual year it was chosen. So if you choose the elite nites earned in 2018, in January 2019, they would apply to your 2018 status and not 2019. SNAs earned are good through the following year, regardless when chosen. It does appear there is an exception with the free-night award in that it's expiration date is dependent upon when you choose it. These inconsistencies are what drive everyone crazy knowing what applies where. And it doesn't help any at all when they pull the plug on making the selection earlier than declared and everyone starts to scramble.
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Originally Posted by wendySFO View Post
Just went to the choice benefit URL to see if things back to normal, the previous "under maintenance" message has changed to below, nothing about extended to February 7 but says it has expired.


We are sorry, the offer has expired
Your SPG® Annual Choice Benefit expired on December 31, 2018.
The good news is that you will be eligible to receive this benefit next year once you have achieved 50 eligible nights in a calendar year.


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Things are not back to normal yet. They will not be until sometime on January 15th, so I would encourage everyone to not try before then.

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Old Jan 10, 19, 10:47 am
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Just logged on to the app on my phone. Message now says:

"Thank you for your patience while we work to have the Annual Choice Benefit site back up and running. Please revisit this site the week of January 14.
The January 14, 2019, deadline for choosing your Annual Choice Benefit has been extended to February 7, 2019."
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No, it isnt. 2019 it is. What can i say, im marriott dedicated, although they made it their mission to try my patience with them the last few months, like they have everybody else.
That is not what you were asked. Please don't keep us all in suspense. Tell us how you already have 50 nights in 2019. Inquiring minds want to know. (to learn)
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