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Marriott Bonvoy Extends Elite Status Globally

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JW Marriott Cabo San Lucas

From a press statement update from the CEO of Marriott International today, Marriott is extending Marriott Bonvoy elite membership status globally for a year. These includes all elite levels from Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium, and all the way to Ambassador.

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy


“For Our Marriott Bonvoy Members

I also want to take a moment to address our Marriott Bonvoy members. Like many of you, frequent travel is a way of life for me and most of the Marriott team. It is the way we connect, get inspired and evolve our business every day. While it is the right thing to do, it’s been hard not to be able to travel. We know that when you get back in the air and on the road, your points and status will be important to you.

  • Status Extension: We want you to be able to enjoy the status that you earned in 2019. With that in mind, the status you earned in 2019 will be extended to February 2022.
  • Points Expiration: To provide you ample time to redeem points, the expiration of points will be paused until February 2021. At that time, your points will only expire if your account has been inactive for at least 24 months.

As the days unfold, we will continue to monitor and evolve our program requirements as necessary.

We’ve heard from many of you asking how you can help. Through Marriott Bonvoy’s Giving Platform, you can donate your Marriott Bonvoy points to relief organizations that are active in COVID-19 responses around the world and that Marriott is also supporting, including the American Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNICEF and World Central Kitchen.

Thank you for being a member of our loyalty program or simply for staying with us – we consider you a part of the extended Marriott family. We will travel again, and we can’t wait to welcome you back.

Until that day comes, stay well.

Arne M. Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer”

Our Continued Efforts: We Will Travel Again


This is wonderful news after the extension policy was released for the Greater China region earlier this year, now Marriott has stated that they will come back with more updates for those who would like to qualify for elite status this year regarding how they would adjust the elite qualifying requirements.


Reservation flexibility in this period still applies til June 30, 2020 as updated as follows:

“For Our Customers

We remain committed to ensuring our customers experience flexibility during these challenging times, so we have further extended our cancellation policy and I wanted to give you an update on those changes.

For guests with existing reservations for any future arrival date, including reservations with pre-paid rates that are typically more restrictive, we will allow full changes or cancellation without a charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival, as long as the change or cancellation is made by June 30, 2020. Please note that any changes to existing reservations will be subject to availability and any rate differences.

For guests making new reservations for any future arrival date, including reservations with pre-paid rates, between March 13 and June 30, 2020, we will allow the reservation to be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival date.

Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information.”


2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. TPG DICKS

    April 8, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Woo HOO, IHG is on is way

  2. IHG pussay

    April 8, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    They have already lowered the requirement this year

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The 101st Ritz-Carlton Hotel In The World Settled In Nanjing, China

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Drop Off Area Ritz Nanjing
Recently, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, part of the Marriott International Group, announced that the 101st Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the world will officially enter Nanjing on June 28, 2020 to welcome guests.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing is located at the new business district’s street junction in the central area of the city, next to Deji Plaza, seamlessly connected to the subway line through Deji Plaza shopping mall, and convenient to reach all major attractions in the city. With superior transportation location, convenient shopping and entertainment facilities and legendary services of gentlemen and ladies, the hotel reshapes historical classics from a new perspective, injects vitality into the ancient city and inspires new enthusiasm.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Deluxe Room
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Deluxe Room

Nanjing is one of the four ancient capitals of China with a long history of more than 2500 years. It is recognized by UNESCO as the “World Literary Capital” and one of the important commercial centers in East China. Numerous world famous enterprises, profound cultural heritage, world-renowned literary works and world cultural heritage such as Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum and Zhongshan Mausoleum in famous scenic spots attract business and leisure travelers from all over the world.


The Ritz-Carlton Nanjing is located on the 38th to 62nd floors of the office building of Deji Plaza, the hotel has 295 elegant rooms, including 32 suites with kitchen and dining room. This will be a Marriott Bonvoy category four property which would be ideal to redeem points for a luxurious stay experience.

The hotel has 32 suites which starts at 130 sqm all equipped with separate bedroom and living room. Ritz Nanjing’s 11 Executive Suite and 19 Club Executive Suite are all 130 sqm of size, while the only two signature suite of the Carlton Suite and the Ritz-Carlton Suite are of 245 sqm and 300 sqm respectively.

Unlike many other Marriott Group brands, the club lounge access can solely be purchased with cash, which makes the five meals daily executive lounge at Ritz Carlton hotels something exclusively irrespective of status. Although, hotels in Asia generally are more willing to offer upgrades and even in rare instances, granting free club lounge access to elite members.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Executive Lounge
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Executive Lounge

The base room category starts from a massive 50 sqm, while the highest category signature suite of Ritz Nanjing- the Ritz-Carlton Suite, sitting on top of the 60th floor with 300 sqm with its very own spa room and separate study,
dining area with a kitchen and full wine cellar.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Ritz-Carlton Suite Living Room
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Ritz-Carlton Suite Living Room

The bathroom of the guest room is open and bright, and the panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass windows sit on the fascinating city skyline and mountain lake view.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Bathroom
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Bathroom

The interior design cleverly combines Eastern aesthetics and Western classic styles, and integrates the “five elements” of gold, wood, water, fire, and soil in traditional Chinese culture. It is expressed through different building materials, decorations, and artworks, making guests feel like they are gorgeous. Carefully selected master works of art, an elegant atmosphere, and the well-known legendary service of Ritz create a leisurely living space above the bustling city.

Executive chef Mr. Sven Heinrich Wunram has worked in many Ritz-Carlton hotels and Michelin restaurants in Europe, America and Asia. Chinese restaurant executive chef Zeng Weiqiao from Hong Kong also has extensive experience in Michelin restaurants. An experienced chef will lead an acclaimed elite culinary team to perform a memorable Chinese and Western feast for gluttons from all over the world. Guests can enjoy the high-altitude views while enjoying the special cuisine in the five unique restaurants of the hotel: Xinyi(馨逸) all-day dining restaurant full of southern French style, tribute to the classic Cantonese cuisine, Diyuexuan(帝粤轩), which is based on Huaiyang cuisine. Ning Restaurant(品宁府) with its finest Nanjing cuisine, Lobby Lounge overlooking the stunning city view and FLAIR top restaurant and bar.


The hotel also has banquet and conference venues with a total area of ​​more than 2200 square meters. The elegant and flexible event venue is equipped with gentle and professional services of gentlemen and ladies. It is an ideal place to hold corporate events, intimate parties and romantic weddings.


The Ritz-Carlton Spa has 8 treatment rooms, providing a variety of novel facial treatments and wellness programs such as Lotus Yujing skin rejuvenation treatment and Yuhua hot stone active treatment, so that guests can relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. At the same time, guests can regain their vitality in the advanced gym, yoga room and indoor heated swimming pool.


Every day at sunset, the lighting ceremony held in the lobby lounge allows guests to fully experience the elegant and authentic traditional culture of Nanjing. The lotus lantern symbolises the Qinhuai River, the mother river in Nanjing, and the inspiration for many immortal masterpieces written by ancient scholars and scholars in ancient times. The music rang and the lights dimmed. The lady in elegant cheongsam held the lotus lamp and walked through the lobby. Afterwards, the gentlemen and ladies of the hotel presented Nanjing specialty snacks and Yuhua Tea to interpret this ancient civilisation with diverse perspectives from a new perspective.

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