The planned August program merger between Marriott and SPG has led to some short term opportunities (see this post for a list of opportunities). One such opportunity is the ability to earn 15 Suite Night Awards in 2018.
Today, if you earn 50 elite nights with SPG within a calendar year, you get to pick a Choice Benefit. The most valuable option, in my opinion, is to select 10 Suite Night Awards.
In the new combined program, you’ll get one Choice Benefit selection at 50 elite nights and another when you reach 75 elite nights. That sounds better than the current SPG program, but it’s not. With each Choice Benefit in the new program, you can get only 5 Suite Night Awards. So, in the new program, you need to hit 75 nights to get as many Suite Night Awards as you can get at 50 nights today.
That said, this year only there’s an opportunity to earn up to 15 Suite Night Awards. Here’s what a Marriott representative wrote to me when I asked about this:
If an SPG member has 50 nights before July 27, 2018 and chooses Suite Night Awards as one of their Choice benefits, they will receive 10 Suite Night Awards. The member will have the option to choose an additional choice benefit when they achieve 75 nights, and at that time, if they choose Suite Night Awards – they will receive an additional 5 Suite Night Awards.
So, if you have the opportunity to earn 50 elite nights with SPG before July 27th, you can get a total of 15 Suite Night Awards this year by earning 25 more elite nights by December 31st. The nice thing is that the 75 elite night objective will include any elite nights you’ve earned from Marriott as well.
More about Suite Night Awards
- A Suite Night Award is a one-night confirmable upgrade to a standard suite or select premium room, depending on the hotel’s availability of those rooms.
- The number of Suite Night Awards used must match the entire length of stay; it cannot be used for part of a stay (e.g., the first two nights of a five-night stay).
- Once Suite Night Awards are requested to be applied to a stay, Marriott will begin checking upgrade availability 5 days in advance of your stay, up until 2pm on the day of your arrival.
- If your Suite Night Award request doesn’t clear, you’ll get the awards back to be used later.