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The Hidden Benefit of Marriott Bonvoy Status

by joeheg

After our most recent stay at a Courtyard by Marriott property, I was reminded of one hidden perk of Marriott Bonvoy status. It’s also the benefit that’s least likely to be denied by a property.

Here’s the list of benefits for Platinum Elite members from the Marriott Bonvoy website.

There’s another thing they don’t mention and it’s one of those #IYKYK (If you know, you know) things. I’m not talking about late checkout or room upgrades, which hotels often deny. I’m talking about preferred parking spots.

For the 125 rooms at this Courtyard by Marriott, there were spots reserved for:

  • 2 Ambassador Elite
  • 3 Titanium Elite
  • 3 Platinum Elite
  • 2 Gold Elite
  • 1 Silver Elite

That’s approximately 10% of hotel guests who have preferred parking. This isn’t an airport or cruise port hotel, so there’s not a bunch of people parking cars for a long period of time. The parking lot is considerably large, but I have seen it overflowing when the hotel is at capacity.

The incredible thing is that guests respect the signage, as most evenings, the reserved spots were empty when the closest parking spots were all taken.

Since we are Platinum Bonvoy members, for at least the rest of 2022, we parked in the Platinum spots.

It wasn’t until the last day when all of the parking spots were full except for the one reserved for a Silver Elite. I couldn’t bring myself to park in this spot. To be honest, there were other spots in the lot closer to the entrance than this one.

I don’t give much value to Marriott Bonvoy status. We’ve been lucky to have some of our upgrades clear but when we drop down to Gold or Silver, it won’t change our stays.

When we parked in the Platinum Elite spot, Sharon reminded me that SHE’s the one with Platinum Elite Marriott Bonvoy status and without her, I’d only be able to park in the Gold Elite spots.


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SMR June 21, 2022 - 1:25 pm

It is not really a benefit because it is not tracked…at all. Anyone can park there lol

joeheg June 21, 2022 - 11:43 pm

I’d bet the benefit is honored more often than Marriott hotels provide space available upgrades upon check-in.

Jorge Eliz June 23, 2022 - 1:49 am

South Padre island Courtyard will Valet your car for free if you are Titanium. I do not know if they honor this for other elite status but that is definitely an amazing perk at this property. Free parking is located across the street in a empty parking lot.

Christopher Holmes June 23, 2022 - 9:28 pm

I stay at Marriott properties well over 250 nights a year and have never seen preferential parking like this…

(Yes I’m an Ambassador)

It is however the little things that keep me coming back. The welcome gifts. I usually get a card in the mail by one or two properties a year, and sometimes even receive additional goodies too.

Every once in a while a property will offer free valet which is really nice. I just make sure to tip well in those cases.


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