It is not really a free night, just a night counting towards status. My wife received e-mail today from MR saying that everyone likes surprises, after clicking on it it was one night counting towards Elite status. She is MR Gold. I am Ritz Carlton Gold, also had birthday and received no such surprise gift. It's not much but at least a nice creative gesture on MR part as the 50 nights requirement is SOOO high compared to other chains.