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New Marriott Bonvoy Members Can Earn a Free Night After Just 2 Stays

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Here’s a fantastic deal for new members of the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program – earn a Free Night Award (worth up to 25,000 points) after just 2 stays!

Summary of the Deal

  • You must be a new Marriott Bonvoy member
  • You must enroll in the Marriott Bonvoy program using a specific “Join Marriott Bonvoy” link
  • Make 2 paid stays between now and 9/28/2019
  • You’ll receive a Free Night Award, good for one year from the date of issue, for any Marriott-family hotel up to 25,000 points

Relevant Links

Here’s the key link – the page you must use to enroll in Marriott Bonvoy to participate in this promotion as a new member:

And here are the full terms & conditions of this promotion:

More Details on the Deal

Marriott has run this promotion or something similar for a while, but we wanted to re-highlight it here. If you’re an experienced points-and-miles person, you’re surely already a Marriott Bonvoy member – but this is a great offer to share with your friends who are less points-and-miles savvy. It’s straightforward and easy to achieve, and it provides positive reinforcement quickly given that you’re rewarded after just 2 stays.

Key additional details are:

  • The Free Night Award is good for up to 25,000 points. Currently, this means that you can stay at any Marriott-family hotel that is in Category 4 or lower.
    • This will change a bit later this year when Marriott Bonvoy introduces Peak/Standard/Off-Peak pricing. At that time, Category 4 hotels will no longer be available during times of “Peak” pricing
      • For this reason, now is a very good time to take advantage of the promotion – a new member enrolling and earning the Free Night Award now can still get a Category 4 hotel during high-demand times that will later become “Peak” dates
    • For a Directory of Marriott-family hotels, go to this page:
      • Marriott Bonvoy: Hotel Directory
      • To find hotels that are eligible for the Free Night Award, click the “Filter” button and then filter by Marriott Bonvoy Category. You can select all Category 1, 2, 3 and 4 hotels, or you can select only Category 4 hotels
  • You will receive the Free Night Award in the form of an electronic certificate that will be automatically deposited into your Marriott Bonvoy member account after you complete 2 qualifying paid stays
  • Note that a “stay” is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity
    • This means that you can’t game the system by breaking up a single multi-night stay into 2 “stays” by checking out and back in
  • Note that you may use the certificate plus additional points to upgrade your room type, subject to availability
    • This means that you can stay at a 25,000-point hotel and use additional points to get a better room, if that option is made available by Marriott
    • This does not mean you can stay at a hotel that requires 35,000 points for a standard room by using the 25,000-point certificate plus 10,000 points – that won’t work
  • Other details are in the full terms and conditions, which are listed and linked above

Where Can I Stay With a 25,000-Point Free Night?

Let’s start by saying that you won’t be staying at a Ritz Carlton or St. Regis hotel with a 25,000-point Free Night Award. But we think you’ll be surprised at what a 25,000-point Free Night Award might get you.

Looking at the Marriott Directory, 5,553 Marriott-family hotels are in Category 4 or below. That’s a little more than 75% of all Marriott hotels. The list includes some truly nice and near-aspirational properties, like the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera, where Middle Age Miles stayed last summer and loved, and The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, which has been on our want-to-go list for a while.

Spectacular view of the pool and surrounding mountains at the beautiful Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel

Locally for our friends here in the Dallas area, you might like to know that the new Renaissance Dallas in the hot Plano Legacy West area is a Category 4 hotel where you can currently stay for 25,000 points a night. Paid room rates there regularly run $200, $300 and even up to $400 per night. With all of the nice restaurants in the Legacy West area, the Renaissance would make for a good local stay-cation or date night destination.

Lobby of the new Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel, where Middle Age Miles redeemed a Marriott Free Night Award certificate (25k)

Other potentially great 25,000-point free night redemptions include hotels in college towns, for football weekends or other big events like graduations.

Middle Age Miles will be using 25,000-point Marriott certificates to stay at the Courtyard Fayetteville for Middle Age Miles son Andrew’s college graduation
[image of Old Main courtesy University of Arkansas Alumni Association]


If you’re not a Marriott Bonvoy member, now’s a great time to enroll with this generous new-member promotion and quickly earn a free night that you can use for a good hotel stay. And if you’re not a new member, now’s a good time to tell your friends and family about joining.

What do you think of the Marriott Bonvoy new-member promotion? Can you use it, or can you tell your friends about it? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!

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