Marriott is making changes to its Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program for 2022. The new changes include extending 2021 elite tier status through the beginning of 2023, extensions to award night redemption deadlines, a pause on point expiration, and more.
Major Changes to Marriott Bonvoy in 2022
Marriott Bonvoy is the latest loyalty program to announce changes for 2022. The program, one of the largest hotel loyalty programs in the world, traces its roots back to 1983, and includes three former rewards programs: Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest.
One of the most significant changes to the Marriott Bonvoy program for 2022 is a shift towards dynamic award pricing. Marriott says it will move to dynamic award pricing from March 2022, and the current award chart will be removed.
Despite the shift towards dynamic pricing, Marriott claims around 97% of its properties will maintain their current award peak (and off-peak) pricing through the end of 2022. After 2022, however, there is no cap on the amount of Bonvoy points a specific property may cost. While Marriott claims this new policy will help increase access to properties, only time will tell if the pricing continues to be fair beyond 2022.
Points + Free Night Certificates
Another noteworthy change to the Marriott Bonvoy program is the ability to add points towards free night certificates. Bonvoy members will be able to add up to 15,000 points to a free night certificate, allowing them to access award properties they might typically not be able to afford with just a free night corticate alone.
The addition of points plus award certificates is an excellent addition to the Bonvoy program. The cap of 15,000 points seems low, but again, it will require a better understanding of how award night pricing changes with the shift towards dynamic pricing.
Other notable changes to the Marriott Bonvoy program for 2022 include:
- Extensions of elite statuses through February 2023
- Suite night awards and free night awards also extended through June 2022
- Points will not expire through December 2022
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