Marriott Bonvoy has recently made major announcements about their 2021 programme changes as well as teased their upcoming Q1 2020 global promotion which should please Marriott Bonvoy members looking to easily maintain or achieve elite status during a time of limited travel possibilities.


Q1 2021 Global Promotion

Marriott Bonvoy will soon launch its first 2021 global promotion in February that is valid for stays between 16 February and 27 April 2021. Under the promotion, Marriott Bonvoy members who register for the promotion will earn double base points and double elite qualifying nights for stays of two nights or longer during the promotion period. Redemption stays will qualify for the promotion as long as it includes at least one paid night. There is no limit to the number of bonus points you can earn.

50% Elite Night Credits To Be Deposited

A welcome return of one of last year’s programme changes, all Marriott Bonvoy members with status from 2020 will have elite nights deposited into their account in February equal to 50% of their existing elite tier:

  • Silver: 5 additional elite nights
  • Gold: 13 additional elite nights
  • Platinum: 25 additional elite nights
  • Titanium: 38 additional elite nights
  • Ambassador: 50 additional elite nights

Marriott Ambassador spending threshold reduced

Marriott Ambassador status usually requires 100 elite nights plus US$20,000 in qualifying spending within a calendar year. For 2021, that spending requirement will be reduced to US$14,000.


The 2021 programme changes and terms of the Q1 2021 global promotion are very generous and easily rival the very attractive offers from competing chains such as Hyatt and Hilton this period. After the 50% elite nights credit, Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite members will only have to clock 25 nights in 2021 to maintain their status until February 2023, and with the double elite qualifying nights they essentially only need 13 nights (or 7 stays of 2 nights each). I’m a Gold Elite member expecting 13 upcoming elite nights to be credited, which leaves me with 37 more nights to clear in 2021 (or 18 nights during the promotional window if I have that many weekdays and money in the piggy to spare) to achieve Platinum Elite. Once my Competitor Elite Status Match gets approved, I can immediately start enjoying Platinum Elite benefits and take advantage of the Q1 2021 global promotion in one fell swoop – it all works out quite nicely!

With the large spread of Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Singapore, including February additions Duxton Reserve and Marriott Reserve, local Marriott Bonvoy members should have not much issues maintaining and achieving Platinum Elite status in 2021, so long as they try to clock as many elite nights as possible between February to April 2021. I expect to book quite a number of weekday stays to work-from-hotel at Sheraton Towers Singapore during the promotional period since that is one of the lowest priced properties in Singapore with club lounge access.

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Swimming Pool (W Singapore).
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Bedroom, Caroline Astor Suite (The St. Regis Singapore).
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Bathroom, Executive Suite with Premier Marina Bay View (JW Marriott Singapore South Beach).
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Pearl Suite (Duxton Reserve Singapore, Autograph Collection).


What is the Q1 2021 promotion? Earn double points and double Elite Night Credits for stays of two nights or more, between February 16, 2021 and April 27, 2021.
What are the registration and earning dates? Registration starts soon. Stay tuned for registration launch! After you register for the promotion, you can earn on stays between February 16, 2021 and April 27, 2021. Stays made prior to registration are not eligible to earn bonus points for this promotion.
Does this promotion have a maximum earning potential? With this promotion, you can earn unlimited bonus points. There is no limit to the number of bonus points you can earn during the promotion period.
Is the double points earning applicable to all points or just the member’s base points? Double points are only applicable to the base points you’ll earn on each stay.
Which hotels/brands do and do not participate in this promotion? All brands participate except Homes & Villas by Marriott International, ExecuStay®, Marriott Executive Apartments® and Marriott Vacation Club® owner-occupied weeks. Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, BVLGARI, and other hotels that do not currently participate in Marriott Bonvoy™ are also excluded from the promotion.
Do redemption stays qualify for earning? Only if a redemption stay includes at least one paid night, it will count toward the promotion offer of double points and double Elite Night Credits.
Do stays at The Ritz-Carlton count towards this promotion? Yes. Explore participating hotel brands here:
Can Marriott associates participate in the promotion? Yes, Marriott associates are eligible to participate and earn bonus points on eligible stays.
If a member earns airline miles, are they eligible for this promotion? If you’re currently earning airline miles, you are not eligible for this promotion. To earn points with this promotion, change your earning preference in your Membership Account Profile from miles to points.
If a member has two rooms at the same time with his or her family, do both rooms count toward bonus stays/nights if they’re paying for both? Only one room per hotel at a time will count as an eligible stay for the promotion offer even if member pays for additional rooms.
If a member’s stay crosses over the promotion earning period dates, will their stay count toward promotion credit? If you are registered prior to your stay, your stay is eligible and if at least one night of your stay falls within the promotion period, it will count toward promotion credit.
Can members book through a third-party site and earn bonus points? No. Rates available through most third-party online retailers and select travel agency rates are ineligible to earn points with this promotion.  Book via the Marriott Bonvoy™ mobile app or on to ensure you earn your bonus points.

Shawn is a full-time lawyer based in Singapore. Neither a professional critic, blogger nor photographer, Shawn is simply somebody who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. When Shawn is not premature ageing and turning his hair further grey due to stress and vicious deadlines, he is somewhere spending an exorbitant amount of money trying out new dining places and hotels.

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