Suite Night Awards are getting a new name, the number of hotels at which they can be redeemed is increasing, and the time period during which you can make a request is being reduced.
Upcoming Changes to Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Awards
As a reminder, Suite Night Awards can be earned as an Annual Choice Benefit for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum and higher members at 50 and 75 nights. Suite Night Awards can also be earned as a Brilliant Earned Choice Award, which comes upon spending $60,000 (USD) on a US-issued Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card in a calendar year.
Once earned, members can request room upgrades, including suites, during a cash or award booking at eligible hotels with Suite Night Awards.
Beginning in 2024, Marriott Bonvoy’s Suite Night Awards will be known as Nightly Upgrade Awards. This name more accurately reflects the benefit, as they apply on a per-night basis, and you don’t necessarily get a suite each time.
Aside from a new name, there are some more material changes to how Nightly Upgrade Awards work, compared to how the current iteration of Suite Night Awards function.
For one, the range of hotels at which Nightly Upgrade Awards may be applied is expanding to include The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Aloft, Element, and Protea Hotels. Historically, Suite Night Awards haven’t been eligible for use at these properties.
Marriott Bonvoy is also increasing access to room inventory for upgrades by 20%. Available room types will include premium rooms and suites with features such as oceanfront views, balconies, and extra space.
Currently, Suite Night Awards may be requesting up to five days prior to arrival. However, Nightly Upgrade Awards may only be requested within three days of arrival.
Aside from the above, there are no further material changes announced. You’ll still be able to use Nightly Upgrade Awards on cash and award bookings, and you’ll still be able to earn them in the same manner as Suite Night Awards.
Each Nightly Upgrade Award will be good for a single-night upgrade request at a property; however, whether or not it’s confirmed will be up to the individual hotel.
Aside from “early 2024”, there’s no specific date by which these changes…