When it comes to loyalty programs, most of us assume that we earn the same number of points across any brand of a particular program. However, that’s not always the case. In fact, we don’t even earn the same number of elite night credits across brands.
Elite night credits are crucial as they directly impact your status upgrades. For instance, with Marriott Bonvoy, you get one elite night credit for every night you stay at one of their hotels. For example, if you stay 25 nights in a year, you’ll earn Gold Elite status with Marriott Bonvoy.
But at some brands you may have to stay 50 or 75 nights to reach Gold status. Let’s take a closer look:
Brands with Different Earning Rates
The base earning rate for Marriott Bonvoy is 10 points per USD spent. However, there are exceptions to this rule.
The following brands earn only 5 points per USD spent.
- Homes and Villas by Marriott International
- Residence Inn by Marriott
- Townplace Suites
- Protea Hotels
The following brands earn only 2.5 points per USD spent.
- Marriott Executive Apartments
Brands with Different Elite Night Credit Requirements
Protea Hotels requires 2 nights’ stay to earn one elite night credit, while Marriott Executive Apartments requires 3 nights’ stay to earn an elite night credit.
Brands with Full Base Rate and Elite Night Credits
The following brands offer full base rate and elite night credits:
- The Ritz-Carlton
- St. Regis
- The Luxury Collection
- W Hotels
- JW Marriott
- Marriott Vacation Club
- Delta Hotels
- Le Meridien
- Four Points by Sheraton
- Springhill Suites
- AC Hotels
- Autograph Collection
- Design Hotels
- Tribute Portfolio
- Gaylord Hotels
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Moxy Hotels
Bonus Points for Elite Members
Apart from the base points, elite members earn bonus points based on their Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. The bonus points are as follows:
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Knowing the earning rates and elite night credit requirements for each brand can help you make more informed decisions about your stays. It’s crucial to check these details before booking a hotel stay to maximize your rewards and to better plan for status upgrades.