I am staying from December 22- January 1. At checkout the elite credit if counted in 2018 would put me in the next elite category. Does anyone know if it gets counted towards 2018 or 2019 nights?
If your checkout is Jan. 1, 2019, my bet is it will be considered a 2019 stay. And in addition to the Jan. 1 checkout date, it usually takes a few additional days before your MR account is credited and by that time it will be well into January 2019.
If you really want to shoot for that 2018 elite level, whatever it is, do something else to get the nights you need before the end of December ... and the earlier the better. I got nicked in August over a 2-day difference in a similar situation.
I actually have enough to make Platinum this year. I'm in the same boat in terms of the timing. My stay is Dec 22-Jan 1. It would be awesome if my 10 nights are counting towards 2019. That gets me well on the way to starting the platinum status goal. This is good news for me. I didn't think about that. This is why I love insiders!
It depends on how you are paying for the say - Cash, Cash+Points, or award stay (or at least it used to matter, so i'm guessing it still does). Either way, without going into details for that, just change your stay. Since it's not a 7-night cert (unless you have one mixed in those nights), make one stay Dec 22-Dec 31 (or some date before the end of the year if you are using a 7-night cert mixed in), and make a separate one night stay Dec 31-Jan 1 and PAY for that stay. If I remember correctly, that PAID Dec 31 stay would count in 2018.
Either way, if it doesn't, then you just need to account for one more night, vs. potentially 9 or 10.
I'd be cautious about that. Marriott has a policy about back-to-back check-outs/check-ins within a 24-hour period counting as a single stay. While nights are the thing in question (not stays), the two are related and I'm just paranoid enough that I'd want to avoid the risk of getting caught up in a "what year do you get nights credit for?" over a pair of back-to-back stays that would be counted as a single stay overlapping Dec. 31/Jan. 1. If I were shooting to meet a higher elite level I wouldn't take chances at the last minute.
As long as the reservations are cut with 2 separate confirmation numbers, in terms of promotions, etc, it would be counted as a single stay. To ease paranoia, you could also ask to switch rooms for the 31 December night stay. However, that first "stay" would end in 2018 with an ending confirmation number, and the 2nd "stay" having a different number. You just couldn't allow the hotel to combine your reservations into one, and you can easily tell them exactly why you are splitting the reservation upon arrival. If you are super extra paranoid, just book 31 December night in someone else's name, and ensure you can get that 1 remaining night elsewhere.
As long as you have 2 separate receipts, you "used" to be OK. May be different with the new system, but I'd doubt it, because it's still the Marriott system.
I have stayed over new years three times. once they all counted in the previous year, once they all counted in the new year and once they split. I think what is supposed to happen is that they split.
All nights in 2018, including 31 December, count in 2018; regardless of when credited.
Not exactly - a paid stay could post differently than an award or points+cash stay...
We have stayed at Marriott properties on several new year's eves, they were all paid stays, so that is our limited experience.
The Elite Status Nights count for the year the night the stay took place in, i.e. 12/31/17 counted in 2017. The points however posted early January 2018 and counted as 2018 points.
In 2019, the points don't count towards Lifetime status so it shouldn't make a difference for most people. ESN credits will be the important measure for lifetime status. Points are fluid and we can burn them for room stay redemption as soon as the post, so it shouldn't matter.
Enjoy your stay!
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