Reliance on mobile devices puts the world at our fingertips, and Marriott Bonvoy’s newest app updates improve upon the functionality that it offers. The latest changes provide more search capability for both hotels and residences, new ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and an improved user interface.
A variety of languages are available in the app (11 by the end of the year, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian), making it easier to navigate. Travelers can use the app to check in, review their account balance and explore travel options at any of Marriott’s brands.
This guide will help you understand the recent changes in Marriott’s new app, which is available for Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
How to get the new app
If you already have the app on your device, it should automatically update, giving you access to the latest changes and features. If automatic updates are turned off, you can update it yourself to trigger the changes.
But if you don’t yet have the app, you can download it for free from the Google Play Store or App Store on your mobile device. Then, log in with the credentials for your Marriott Bonvoy account, or create an account if you don’t have one.
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Tips for using the new Marriott Bonvoy app
Reserve more than just a hotel room
The updated app now has the functionality to book more than just a hotel room. You can search for Homes & Villas by Marriott International home rentals, Work Anywhere with Marriott Bonvoy Day, Stay and Play Passes, and Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities. This means you can use the app to decide if you want a traditional hotel room or one where you can work remotely for the day.
Use the dynamic map
Whether you're looking for a hotel room or residence, the app offers a new dynamic map that helps you understand exactly where a property is located. You can search by brand or price, too.
Find restaurants to earn points
Marriott Bonvoy members can now search for more than 11,000 restaurants that award points simply for dining there. The search feature for Eat Around Town means you can look for participating restaurants in your area, making the app relevant even when you aren't looking for a Marriott hotel room. As a member, you can link a credit card with Eat Around Town, and any time you use that credit card at a participating venue, you’ll earn up to 6 points for every dollar spent.
In the app's mobile dining feature, you can also peruse menus and place dining orders when staying at a hotel.
Take advantage of contactless options
The app allows you to opt for contactless check-in, using your phone’s Bluetooth capability as the key to your room with step-by-step instructions. This mobile key feature is available at more than 4,000 Marriott hotels at the moment.
You can also request items for your stay, like towels or toiletries, through a messaging feature in the app.
Get access to promotions
Access to Marriott Bonvoy promotions is also available in the app, making it easy to sign up for bonus offers or get details on credit cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card, among others.
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The app now uses facial and fingerprint recognition technology as well. And like before, members can track their points, see what promotions they're registered for, and keep an eye on their progress toward the next tier of elite status.
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The bottom line
The new app from Marriott Bonvoy has added several features that make it easier and more beneficial to use. Many people use the app to make hotel room reservations or manage their points, but the ability to search for residential properties through Homes & Villas and reserve Marriott Tours & Activities is a nice upgrade. Plus, for those who prefer to minimize contact, the option to make requests by chatting with the hotel staff is among the app’s best uses.
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