Confirmed: Marriott Meetings 10 Elite Qualifying Nights is Annual

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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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Stefan

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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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?

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LeoM

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
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Mary Lide

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

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ken

Another excellent and useful article. Thank you.

Penny
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Penny

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.