Marriott Choice Benefits: How to select this annual perk

Marriott Bonvoy elite status offers some impressive benefits to frequent travelers. But the perks get particularly compelling once you accrue at least 50 elite nights in a calendar year and reach Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status.

One of the benefits you’ll receive is the ability to choose an Annual Choice Benefit. You can select one once you reach 50 elite nights in a calendar year and a second when you get to 75 elite nights — which is also the milestone at which you’ll earn Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite status.

If you accrued at least 50 elite nights with Marriott Bonvoy during the 2023 calendar year, the deadline for selecting your Choice Benefit is Sunday. To help you make the best selection, we’ll examine the Choice Benefit options available at each tier in this guide.

Marriott Bonvoy Annual Choice Benefit overview

You earn an Annual Choice Benefit once you accrue 50 elite nights in a calendar year. You’ll earn a second Annual Choice Benefit after reaching 75 elite nights in a calendar year. However, as you’ll learn later in this guide, the Choice Benefit options aren’t identical at both tiers.

How to select Marriott Choice Benefits

To select your Annual Choice Benefit(s), visit this page on Marriott’s website. You must sign in to your Marriott Bonvoy account to choose your benefit.


You can’t change your selection once you make it, so choose wisely. If you’re eligible for a 50-night and a 75-night Annual Choice Benefit, you must select both during the same session.

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When to select Marriott Choice Benefits

If you accrued 50 or 75 elite nights in 2023, you must select your Annual Choice Benefit(s) by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday. If you don’t make your selection(s) by the deadline, Marriott will automatically choose Suite Night Awards for you.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy elite nights

Earning 50 or 75 elite nights in a calendar year may sound daunting. However, Marriott provides multiple ways to earn elite nights. You’ll earn elite nights at participating Marriott brands when you book directly with Marriott, even when redeeming Marriott points or using a free night award certificate.

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You can also earn elite night credits from select Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. You can earn 15 or 25 elite night credits each year with a Marriott consumer card and an additional 15 with a Marriott business card. Some Marriott cards even offer additional elite night credits when you hit specific spending thresholds. To learn more, check out our guide to earning Marriott elite status with credit cards.

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50-night Annual Choice Benefit options

You’ll unlock your first Annual Choice Benefit when you accrue 50 elite nights in a calendar year. Your options for the 50-night Annual Choice Benefit are as follows:

  • Five elite night credits
  • Five Suite Night Awards
  • $1,000 off a mattress
  • $100 charity donation
  • Gift Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status to another member

Most of these benefits are pretty tough to value. So, let’s take a closer look at each option. I’ll start with the options that are unlikely to make sense for most elite members.

Gift Marriott Silver Elite status

Giving status to someone else might initially sound like a good option. But Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status isn’t worth much, as the primary perks are a 10% points bonus on paid stays and priority late checkout. TPG only values Silver Elite status at $35 — and it’s worth $0 if the person you gift it to doesn’t use it.

Instead of using your Choice Benefit to gift status, you could encourage your friend or family member to earn Marriott elite status with a credit card. For example, primary cardholders of the no-annual-fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card get automatic Silver Elite status thanks to the 15 elite night credits they get each calendar year as a cardholder perk.

Make a $100 charity donation

You can select a $100 donation to several charities, including UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund and the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund, as your Annual Choice Benefit.

The $100 charity donation is a nice touch and could be the right decision if you can’t use any other Choice Benefit options. However, I’d prefer to earn points and miles on a donation to a charity of my choice and maintain my ability to select one of the other benefits.

Related: How you can donate your points and miles to charity

Get $1,000 off a mattress

If you love the mattress at a particular Marriott brand, you can buy a new one for your home. If you’re going to buy a Marriott mattress, you should consider selecting a promo code worth $1,000 off the full retail value for mattresses and box springs from select Marriott brands as your Annual Choice Benefit.

However, you can’t combine the one-time $1,000 discount with other offers. And although this Choice Benefit can offer great value, relatively few people are in the market for a specific hotel mattress. As such, this option won’t apply to most travelers.

Receive 5 elite night credits

Choosing five elite night credits for your Annual Choice Benefit is smart for some travelers. In particular, the elite night credits can be useful if you fell just a few nights short of earning Titanium Elite status or a new Marriott Bonvoy lifetime status during the 2023 calendar year. The elite night credits will post to the year you earned them, so they’ll count toward 2023 if you select this Choice Benefit by Sunday.

Receive 5 Suite Night Awards

Each Suite Night Award is valid for a one-night confirmable upgrade to select premium rooms and suites designated by each property. So, you’d need six Suite Night Award certificates to request an upgrade for a six-night reservation.

Many members save Suite Night Awards for stays at high-end Marriott Bonvoy properties, while others collect them for nights they’d like more space. However, remember that some members find it difficult to use Suite Night Awards for high value, and these awards won’t start clearing until five days before your arrival. Finally, remember Marriott is changing Suite Night Awards into Nightly Upgrade Awards in early 2024.

If you opt for five Suite Night Awards as a Choice Benefit, your awards will expire Dec. 31 in the year following the one in which you earned them. So, if you reached 50 nights in 2023 and choose five Suite Night Awards as your Choice Benefit, they’ll expire Dec. 31, 2024.

Related: How I used 15 Marriott Suite Night Awards in 10 months with 100% approval

75-night Annual Choice Benefit options

After you reach 75 elite nights, you’ll earn Titanium Elite status and receive a second Annual Choice Benefit. The choices for the 75-night Annual Choice Benefit are as follows:

  • Five elite night credits
  • Five Suite Night Awards
  • $1,000 off a mattress
  • $100 charity donation
  • Gift Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status to another member
  • Free night award worth up to 40,000 points

As you can see, the choices here are mostly the same as those available after hitting the 50-night threshold. I’ll skip over the charitable donation, Suite Night Awards and mattress discount since I’ve already discussed these options in the previous section. Likewise, I won’t discuss gifting Gold Elite status since obtaining Marriott Bonvoy status via credit cards is relatively easy.

However, let’s take a closer look at the other two options.

Receive 5 elite night credits

Earlier in this article, I considered how some travelers might select five elite night credits as the 50-night Annual Choice Benefit to reach Titanium Elite or lifetime elite status. However, it could also make sense for Titanium Elite members to choose five elite night credits to earn Ambassador Elite status. This status tier typically requires 100 elite nights and $23,000 in annual Marriott spending.

This option will likely only make sense if you ended 2023 within five elite nights of a higher lifetime elite status tier or with 95 to 99 elite nights and at least $23,000 in annual qualifying spending with Marriott.

Related: How Marriott can improve Ambassador Elite status

Get a free night award worth up to 40,000 points

The final option, unique to the 75-night Annual Choice Benefit, is one free night award worth up to 40,000 points. This free night award is slightly more valuable than the 35,000-point free night award certificates associated with many of the Marriott Bonvoy cards.

Based on TPG’s valuations, 40,000 Marriott points are worth $336. So, this is undoubtedly a valuable option. However, if you already have lots of Marriott Bonvoy points and outstanding free night awards to cover your future travels, you may want to choose another benefit. If you choose this free night award as your Choice Benefit, you must redeem it and stay by Dec. 31.

Which Annual Choice Benefit should you choose?

The best Annual Choice Benefit for most Marriott loyalists at the 50-night tier is the Suite Night Awards. At the 75-night tier, the best Annual Choice Benefit is usually more Suite Night Awards or the free night award worth up to 40,000 points. If you plan to stay with Marriott frequently in 2024, the free night award and Suite Night Awards can provide significant value.

However, the five elite night credits may be a great choice if you were within five elite nights of qualifying for Ambassador Elite, Titanium Elite or lifetime status in 2023. Likewise, the $1,000 discount is likely your best bet if you want to buy a Marriott-brand mattress.

You may wonder what I typically select for my Annual Choice Benefits. After all, I earned Titanium Elite status in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Each time, I picked five Suite Night Awards for my 50-night choice and a free night award worth up to 40,000 points for my 75-night choice.


Bottom line

Marriott’s Annual Choice Benefits are valuable, with ample options at each threshold. The options aren’t valued equally, so carefully consider which benefit will be most valuable for you before making your decision. And be sure to make your Choice Benefit selections before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday

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