Marriott Bonvoy introduced the Annual Choice Benefit for members that reach 50 and 75 nights in a calendar year to the combined program in 2018. SPG had these for years, while Marriott Rewards members didn’t have anything similar.

Marriott Bonvoy Choice Benefit

Marriott Bonvoy sometimes forgets to email eligible members after they reach the night requirements to select the award, but you can do it using the link below. If a member doesn’t make a choice, Marriott will choose the Suite Night Awards as a default option on January 15, 2020.

You can access Marriott Bonvoy here and the page for Choice Benefit here (you can choose your gift)

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Note that the elite night options that you can select both at the 50 and 75 nights only apply towards the number of nights consumed in 2019, even if you choose it in 2020.

You should choose the elite night option if:

1. You need more nights towards the lifetime status

2. You are at 70 – 74 consumed nights because you will then lock additional Choice Benefit plus Titanium status (unless you are lifetime Titanium)

3. You have the required spend for an Ambassador ($20K) but are less than five nights short of the 100 required.

The Suite Night Awards are sometimes problematic to use, as many of our readers chimed in on the following piece (unused always expire on December 31 the next year they were earned).

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How Many Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Awards Do you Have Expiring Today?

50 nights options:

  • Five Elite Night Credits
  • 40% off your favorite hotel bed
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Silver Elite status for a friend or family member
  • US$100 donation to UNICEF
  • Five Suite Night Awards

I would choose either Suite Night Awards or $100 UNICEF donation.

75 nights options:

  • Five Elite Night Credits
  • 40% off your favorite hotel bed
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Gold Elite status for a friend or family member
  • US$100 donation to UNICEF
  • Five Suite Night Awards
  • One Free Nights Awards (Up To 40,000 points)

I would choose the free night award.

Here are our previous articles on this topic in 2019:

Marriott Bonvoy Annual Choice Benefit Options 2019 – What To Choose & When

Reminder: Marriott 50 Nights Choice Benefit Selection – No Emails From Marriott, Proceed On Your Own!

Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Marriott Bonvoy Choice Benefit-Gift

Conclusion

It continues to come as a surprise to some that the elite nights’ option from this Choice Benefit applies to the year they were earned and not necessarily to the year when the option was chosen.

If you don’t prefer the Suite Night Awards, you should make your selection by January 15, 2020, or Marriott Bonvoy will choose them for you as default.

I wish that Marriott Bonvoy would have kept the free night award also as an option at the 50 nights like what Starwood had. Would make the 50 nights choice much easier.

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