Confirmed: Marriott Meetings 10 Elite Qualifying Nights is Annual

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Update: Marriott is eliminating the 10 elite qualifying nights for first meeting benefit, effective 1/1/20.

When Marriott rolled out its ‘unified loyalty program’ in August 2018, a big change to Marriott Rewarding Events took away the benefit of earning 10 elite qualifying nights per meeting. Many people earned Platinum status year after year on the back of meetings.

The new August 2018 terms changed to, “Get 10 Elite Qualifying Nights (EQNs) with your first meeting.”

Marriott Rewarding Events 2019

Hunt around the fine print of Marriott’s site in 2018 and you would find no clear definition of ‘first meeting.’ Reports via Marriott PR said that this means once per year, as in your first meeting every calendar year. I never saw this in writing in an official statement.

Terms Updated for 2019

Good news that the new Marriott Bonvoy terms as of February 2019 make this explicit as once per calendar year:

4.2.a.iv When booking a qualifying group event or meeting with Rewarding Events, ten (10) Elite nights per calendar year will be awarded to the Member for his/her first group, event or meeting, and thereafter, one (1) Elite Night Credit will be awarded for every twenty (20) rooms booked and actualized, up to a maximum of twenty (20) Elite Night Credits per contract.  Points or Miles may be earned in addition to Elite Night Credits for Rewarding Events.

Marriott Rewarding Events 2019

Shouldn’t Rewarding Events now be called Bonvoyding Events?

Confirmed by My Meetings

I held a meeting in November 2018 that earned 10 elite nights:

Marriott Meeting 2018 elite qualifying nightsI held a meeting in February 2019 that also earned 10 elite nights:

Marriott Meeting 2019 elite qualifying nights

Tips for Booking Meetings

The following brands do not participate in Marriott Reward Events, so don’t book them:

  • Residence Inn
  • TownePlace Suites
  • Marriott Executive Apartments

Some hotels can be booked and paid for online. Most hotels you need to submit a RFP. If you submit a RFP for a small meeting you’ll probably never get a response.

You can call hotels. Even better, I’ve found when I am staying at a hotel or passing by, asking to see the meeting manager quickly determines if this is a person that can meet my needs. Turnover among meeting planners at hotels in the U.S. seems incredibly high so don’t expect the contact to stay the same for long.

Be aware that on top of the quoted price, most hotels help themselves to generous service charges in addition to taxes.

Now, I wonder, have they really hard-coded their system to give only one set of 10 nights per calendar year?

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[…] quickly: in years past you’ve been able to book at meeting room at a Marriott hotel and earn 10 elite qualifying nights for the first meeting of the year. You can still do that for the rest of 2019 if you’re a little shy. I have a […]

desitraveller
desitraveller
2 years ago

How to book 1 Hr meeting? Do you call any participating marriott hotel and ask them that you want to host a 1 Hr meeting OR is there any specifi reservation number to call and book? Do you need to specify number of attendees etc.?

SeekingPlatinum
SeekingPlatinum
2 years ago

In addition to booking the meeting, do you have to reserve a room at the hotel and stay overnight in order to earn the 10 elite night credits? Or is booking the meeting alone sufficient as long as it’s your first meeting of the year?

Rick
Rick
2 years ago

I used a Fairfield Inn and did a 1 hour meeting for $75. Don’t do an online RFP, just call and explain what you’re looking for. My guy knew the drill and so did the Marriott Courtyard I used last year. It was about $159 out the door after tax and a nonsense 20% beverage charge that applied to the whole rate.

ktc
ktc
2 years ago

do you have to be Titanium to get 10 nights credits? Will it work for Plat?

ktc
ktc
2 years ago

great! thx for the tip.
Am in conversation with CY for a room, quoted $150 + 22% surcharge + tax. I think she knows how it works: “After the meeting I will post the meeting points and Marriott adds the Elite Nights.”
I believe I should ask for a contact… anything else to ensure its correct posting?

ktc
ktc
2 years ago

Thanks for the guidance!
Just walked out of meeting 30 min ago. Got an email about points pointed & bam! 10 Elite Nights already in the account! It tool all of max 30 minutes, could have been posted when I was in there too!
Paid ~$200 but worth it for my 1st ever meeting event.

Dadbug
Dadbug
2 years ago
Reply to  ktc

Would you mind sharing which Marriott. ?

Stefan
Stefan
2 years ago

Great Article. However I browsed through the Marriott Meeting Reward website but never found any online availability. All you can do is select a max. of 3 hotels and ask for a quote. Any ideas how to do this online?

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Ben
Ben
2 years ago

Stefan, do you need to be there “physically” to have the meeting or is this one of those as long as I pay, it will count and I don’t have to be there?

LeoM
LeoM
2 years ago

Stefan, last year I held a meeting in July and received the 10 nights. Held another meeting in November and did not receive the 10 nights. Battled with the Manager and she was not able to add them either. The new rule I think was already enforced after the Aug system update.

Mary Lide
Mary Lide
2 years ago
Reply to  LeoM

I got the elite nights posted on 4 events held in 4 different hotels in Italy last October.

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ken
ken
2 years ago

Another excellent and useful article. Thank you.

Penny
Penny
2 years ago

Hi, can you explain how you book a qualifying group event or meeting? Is this one small room for one person for whole 8 hours day, or one room minium 2 hours, etc.

Also, how do you find and book this? I really want to get 10 elite qualifying nights to move up one elite level, so at least I can get breakfast with my reservation … :).

You are right, I submit a RFP for one small room and never got a response.

Thank you.

Penny
Penny
2 years ago

Great. Thank you!