Marriott has announced that starting November 25, 2019, employees rates well as those under the friends/family discount will be eligible to earn night credits toward elite status, as well as receive elite benefits on their stays assuming they have status.
Previously, those who booked an employee rate or friends/family rate would have to forgo their elite status benefits and not earn any stay credits. For comparison, Hilton allows its employee rates to qualify for elite status, so nice to see this change take place.
Starting November 25, 2019, associates will be able to participate in Marriott Bonvoy as earning members on all stays, including on eligible Explore Program and business travel rates.
Here’s a run down on why Marriott is making this change:
•Marriott Bonvoy, the travel loyalty program at Marriott International, is built upon the belief that travel enriches us all and has the power to connect the world.
•There is no better way to help associates believe in the power of Marriott Bonvoy than to have them experience it firsthand.
With nearly 200,000 current Marriott employees and growing, as well as thousands more who can book friends/family rates, I’d expect to see an increase in elite members.
If you’re a Marriott employee you’ll now be well on your way to earning elite status, however even if you aren’t, the hotel company offers a lucrative friends/family rate so see if you know anyone who works at Marriott who will share their discount with you.
Feel free to share your thoughts below if you’re in favor of Marriott employee rates now eligible for elite benefits/stay credits or if you think we’ll see added elites as a result.