And the hits keep coming. In the past, Marriott offered 10 elite night credits for every meeting you booked, offering a relatively cheap and easy way to earn status if you wouldn’t meet the requirements through actual stays.
That changed in 2018 when they limited the number of elite nights you could earn to 10 per year from meetings. That’s changing once again, so you’ll now earn zero elite night credits when booking a meeting.
This change is coming into force at the start of next year:
Beginning January 1, 2020:
Members will no longer earn ten (10) Elite Night Credits for the first event of the calendar year with Marriott Bonvoy Events. This change does not affect the current points/miles earn structure. Members who hold qualifying events at participating properties will continue to earn one (1) Elite Night Credit for every twenty (20) room nights actualized up to a maximum of twenty (20) Elite Night Credits per contract.
That means if you want to earn 10 elite night credits when booking a meeting, you’ll also need to book 200 room nights(!)
Greg shared last month how you could book a meeting online and pay only $100 to earn 10 elite night credits. See: Book Marriott meeting online for $100, get 10 elite nights. You now have fewer than two weeks to take advantage of this opportunity before it disappears completely at the end of the year.
At the rate this is going, we should probably expect Marriott to deduct 10 elite nights in 2021 for every meeting that you book.