10 Shortcuts to Marriott Platinum Elite status (2020 edition)

Breakfast shown here is from the US Grant Luxury Collection hotel. This is one of many properties where Platinum Elites get free breakfast.

Marriott Bonvoy is Marriott’s loyalty program.  One of the cool things about Marriott Bonvoy, besides its delightful name, is that elite perks are pretty good for a hotel chain of its size. Unfortunately, Marriott doesn’t apply the same benefits uniformly across their brands, and even within brands some properties are allowed exceptions.  Still, I find that Platinum perks at Marriott hotels are often very good.  You can find everything you need to know about Marriott Bonvoy in our complete guide.

Here’s a summary of Marriott’s elite perks:

The sweet spot elite status, in my opinion, is Platinum Elite.  This will get you the vast majority of the best benefits: 4pm late checkout, 50% point bonus, welcome gift, free breakfast at most properties, and lounge access.  And, when you earn 50 elite nights you also get a Choice Benefit, such as 5 Suite Night Awards.

Of course, you might not have the opportunity to actually stay 50 nights at Marriott properties.  But all hope is not lost.  There are quite a few shortcuts to status that you can pursue instead…

Two Distinct Shortcut Paths: Elite Nights vs. “All at Once” Shortcuts

There are two types of shortcuts to elite status.  One type of shortcut offers a way to get elite nights more quickly or easily.  Elite night shortcuts are stackable.  That is, you can mix and match these shortcuts in order to earn whatever level of status you want. The all-at-once shortcuts are not stackable. Each offers a way to get to a specific level of status, but if you want to go for a higher level of status, these generally won’t help.

Elite Night Shortcuts

The following shortcuts are stackable.  You can earn elite nights from one or more of these options in order to add up to the 50 nights you need.

  1. Credit Card 15 elite nights x 2.  This is by far the simplest option. Almost all Marriott and Ritz credit cards offer 15 elite nights per year simply by being a card member.  You can find a complete list of cards here. Having more than 1 consumer Marriott card or more than one business card won’t give you more than 15 elite nights.  That said, you can get up to 30 elite nights by holding both a personal Marriott card and a business Marriott card.
  2. 1 Elite Night Per $3K Spend.  Two legacy Marriott cards offer 1 elite night per $3K spend (you can find a complete list of cards here, along with a chart showing which cards offer elite nights for spend).  Of the two legacy cards that have this feature, readers are most likely to have the Chase Bonvoy Premier Credit Card, but only if they turned down upgrade offers to the Plus version of this card.  Unfortunately both cards that offer this feature only give cardholders 1 point per dollar spent (except in certain categories of spend), whereas most other Marriott cards offer a minimum of 2 points per dollar.  This means that this spend is costly in that you lose the ability to earn more points for your spend.  It’s especially costly if you consider that you can earn far more than the value of 2X Marriott points for that same spend.  See: Best Rewards for Everyday Spend.
  3. Book award nights.  Marriott hotels are available for as little as 7,500 points per night standard, 5,000 points per night off-peak, or 4,000 points per night for off-peak PointSavers (this combo is very rare).
  4. Book 5th night free awards (even if staying 4 nights).  For example, you can book an off-peak category 1 hotel for 5 nights for 20,000 points.  Or, if you are lucky enough to find an off peak category 1 hotel with PointSavers rates, you could book 5 nights for 16,000 points.  In exchange, you’ll get 5 elite nights.  Note that you do have to check into the hotel to get credit.  If you don’t plan to stay all 5 nights, I recommend that you discuss your plan with the hotel manager since they may check you out early if they see that you’re not there.
  5. Choice Benefit: 5 Elite Night Credits.  This is a weird one.  You won’t have access to this Choice Benefit until you’ve earned 50 elite nights, and the 5 elite nights can only be applied to the same calendar year in which you earned the Choice Benefit selection.  Therefore, the only good uses for this option are to help you get to Titanium Elite or Ambassador Elite status, or to increase your lifetime elite night count.  Learn more about Choice Benefits here.

Once you earn elite status this year, your status will be good for the rest of this year, all of the next, and through February of the year after that.

Advantages to elite night shortcuts (as opposed to all-at-once shortcuts below):

All-At-Once Shortcuts

The following shortcuts will get you to a specific elite level, but you can’t stack them with elite nights to get higher status.

  1. Credit card Gold status.  The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card and the Ritz-Carlton Card (no longer available to new applicants) both offer automatic Marriott Gold status.  Similarly Amex Platinum cards offer free Gold status (you must enroll).
  2. Spend $75K for Platinum. The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card and the Ritz-Carlton Card (no longer available to new applicants) offer Platinum Elite status with $75K spend.  With the Bonvoy Brilliant card, the spend must be within a calendar year whereas the Ritz card spend must be within your membership year.
  3. Marriott Platinum Elite Challenge. Earn Platinum status by completing 16 paid nights at Marriott properties within 90 days of enrolling in the challenge.  Please note that award nights do not count.  Call Marriott Bonvoy to enroll.  You cannot enroll in the Platinum challenge if you already have Platinum status or higher.
  4. Timeshare Ownership: Marriott Vacation Club and Vistana are timeshare ownership programs affiliated with Marriott, and each offers elite status under certain conditions.
  5. United MileagePlus Premier Gold or higher status: Via RewardsPlus, United elite’s with Gold status or higher get Marriott Gold.

Disadvantages to all-at-once shortcuts:

  • Earning one level of status doesn’t help you get to the next. For example, if your Amex Platinum credit card gives you Gold status, you’re just as far from earning Platinum status as someone with no status at all.
  • You won’t earn Choice Benefits.
  • You won’t make progress towards lifetime status elite nights (but you will add lifetime elite years).

My Take

If you stay often in Marriott hotels and if you can find a way to use the above techniques to get to Platinum status or higher without spending too much extra money or points, I recommend doing so.  In some circumstances it can be worth short-cutting all the way to Titanium status.  This can be particularly worthwhile if you don’t think you’ll re-qualify for Platinum next year.  By qualifying now for Titanium, you’ll have Titanium status for the rest of this year and all of the next.  Then, in the year after that, Marriott is likely to give you a “soft landing” to Platinum status so that you can enjoy Platinum perks for another year.

Shortcut Graveyard

The following shortcuts are no longer available:

  • Host a meeting in order to earn 10 elite nights [DEAD]
  • Birthday Elite Night Credit [PAUSED: Let’s hope this comes back!]

Last updated on March 31st, 2020

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Blue
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Blue

Pretty grim compared to 2018. Hoping for a soft landing to Plat in 2020 is my best plan!

Sandy
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Sandy

Thanks for this awesome post Greg! Does anyone know when 15 elite nights get posted for AMEX SPG Business card this year? I just noticed I haven’t seen them yet? TIA

Max
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Max

It’s way cheaper (and healthier) to buy your own breakfast. Alternatively, stay in a Hilton with much fewer hoops to jump through.

Busy
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Busy

Many blogs (I think including this one) said that we’d get Platinum status until 2020 if signing up for the RC card. Is that true or not?
I signed up at the end of July and after the merged program, was made Platinum. Will that stay put after Jan of this year?

Bryant
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Bryant

I’d like to know this as well. I’m trying to “requalify” for platinum through this method.

frugalman
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frugalman

Even though I can’t be 100% sure. I think so. Typically you should get at least a full year elite status, not half a year or a few month. If you agree on that, since you signed up last July, it is natural to expect you still have that status until this July. But as you know, if you are a Platinum this July, that status will last until Feb 2020. Sound logical?

Mary Jane
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Mary Jane

Join the discussion…Hi Greg, my new RC platinum status expires in Feb 2020 (I also signed up in July). My question is: to requality for platinum, do I have to then complete my $70,000 new RC charges between July 2019 and January 2020 to requalify for Platinum thru to July 2020. I get confused when it is based on anniversary year and not calendar year.

MCO
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MCO

I wonder if anyone knows the answer: I expect to have 25 nights by the end of March. Will Gold status only begin in 2020, or will I have benefits this year? Thanks.

jessica
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jessica

As soon as the nights are credited to your account, you’ll have gold status. It then will last until the end of 2020,

MCO
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MCO

Great. Thanks for the quick response.

Sandy
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Sandy

You should check if you’re eligible for Platinum Challenge by calling Marriott Rewards or Bonvoy. It only requires 16 nights (not 16 stays) with in 90 days.

Fat Ted
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Fat Ted

Any chance Amex Platinum ups from the gold to platinum status? Seems like that benefit has devalued from what it was at SPG.

frugalman
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frugalman

None of the paths are doable for me. That’s why even though I have quite a few 7-night or RC-free certificate stays this year, I am moving to Hilton holding my Amex Apsire card. Marriott really drive people away by taking back the free breakfast option for credit card holders. For me, a Mr. Nobody, what I care most is the location and free breakfast.

CaveDweller
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CaveDweller

Me Toos ..Cheers

Boonie
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Boonie

Do we get anything at the Marriott Vacation Clubs now?

Alex
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Alex

I need 1 more year to get Lifetime Platinum. Time to apply for a credit card to get 15 elite nights.

Kyle
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Kyle

I’m genuinely concerned that the 1 EQN for $3,000 spent on the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa will go away with the change to the new Bonvoy cards. I’m hoping the benefit will stick around, but I’m not holding my breath.

Jonathan S
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Jonathan S

I have the same concern in the long run. However, I don’t think they will drop this benefit immediately given the page from their website that shows the benefits of each replacement card: https://credit-cards.marriott.com/en-us/chase-us

The website shows that the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card will become the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Credit Card (which is different than the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card) and will earn 1 Elite Night Credit per $3,000 spent on purchases.

Chris
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Chris

I switched to the new card not knowing that I’d lose the 1 night per $3K spend. So pissed. Thinking of going to Hilton after my platinum expires in 2020.

kciflyer
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kciflyer

By holding several Marriott/SPG credit cards last year (and getting 15 elite night credits for each) and taking advantage of the 10 night elite credit for booking a conference room, I managed to get 75 elite nights sufficient to earn Platinum Premier Elite Status (soon to be Titanium) this year through Feb. 2020. I definitely won’t earn that status again this year and may not earn Platinum status through the 50 elite night requirement. My question is, if I only am able to earn Gold status this year (through credit card or via 25 elite nights) is Marriott likely to step me down one level to Platinum status for 2020 or plunge me all the way down to Gold? I seem to recall that the old Marriott typically allowed you a soft landing and only dropped you down one level, but I may be wrong. I’m trying to figure out if I need to spend $75k on my Ritz card or Lux card this year (setting aside whether that is a wise move) to earn Platinum status for next year (or if I can wait until 2020 to worry about earning status for 2021).

Mary Jane
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Mary Jane

Join the discussion…Greg, if you have Plat Elite thru the RC sign up in July and it is good thru 2/20, and you spend 75,000 by 2/20, would your Plat Elite status only be good thru 7/20?

Joseph N.
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Joseph N.

Can it be true? Do my eyes deceive me? Marriott is going to do something about multiple tiers with the name platinum?

OMG, they finally listened! Too bad they only wised up AFTER months of member confusion about tiers during the transition.

As I’ve said before, they could’ve avoided all this confusion if they had jettisoned the word platinum at the start.

Eric
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Eric

SPG Luxury Card Spend Question – If you spend $75K to earn Platinum Elite Status, does this Platinum status count towards a year for Lifetime Status even if you don’t have the 50 nights needed for Platinum in a calendar year? I need two more years to reach Lifetime Platinum and $75K annual spend would be easier for me to achieve than 50 nights.

Spud
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Spud

I am a bit confused about how they are dealing with existing lifetime status. I am lifetime prem platinum. I assumed I would get 75% extra points on stays for life but it looks like you have to get to Titanium every year to get that (i now wonder do we even get 50% extra for life). That seems like a bait-and-switch for those who pulled out the stops last year to get to 2 million points and 750 nights. Any thoughts?

Joseph N.
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Joseph N.

This is the confusion caused by Marriott using the label “platinum” for multiple different tiers.

If you earned LTPP status in 2018, under the old rules or the new rules, you will get Titanium status and that 75% bonus. Only the name of the tier is changing. Here is the relevant part of the Marriott members FAQ:

“If I will not be grandfathered into Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite, will I have the ability to earn into this level in 2018?

“Yes, members can earn Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite in 2018 if they achieve 750 Lifetime nights and 10 years at Platinum Elite status. This requirement is only for 2018 and will not be continued in future years. Members will receive notice of this Lifetime achievement in January 2019.

“We are keeping members “whole” in the applicable night tier in which they earned their Elite status. Example: If a member has 4 years of Elite status at the 50 night level (Gold Elite status) they will be counted in August and beyond as 4 years at the new 50 night level (Platinum Elite status). Only the names of the levels are changing. How we account for tenure is not changing.”

Teo
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Teo

I was not aware with the Ritz card it’s membership year, not calendar year. I’m glad I read the whole post.
Is there a way to see the progress toward 75k spend for the Ritz card?

Pam
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Pam

Greg,

Thank you for a timely & pertinent post with all the announced changes. I have Platinum status thru 2.20 from when I got the RC card last July (thanks to you & Nick!). I want to look ahead to next year when that runs its course.

I can’t do a Challenge (& not sure I would anyways at the volume they require) since am already Platinum. Looking thru my options, it seems I am back to spend which is more doable & easier for me anyways. At the same time, I want to make sure my timing & selection of cards is maximized.

I don’t have Luxe yet cos am waiting on a decent upgrade offer. But if I go ahead & apply as a new account is it, or the RC card, the better option for $75k of spend for status? And when is the ideal time to complete the spend? Am ok with having a several month gap in status after mine runs out 2.20.

Thanks for your advice, Greg.

Pam
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Pam

(btw I have/will always have Gold via Vistana)

P-nope
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P-nope

For some reason, my account keeps saying 22 nights to platinum elite when I haven’t stayed a single night in 2019.

Denise
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Denise

I did request Chase to lower the credit line on my RC card to $1500 and got the AF refund in October. Is it possible to send them a request to increase my credit line now and not having to pay $450 AF? With $1500 credit line it will take forever to meet 75K spend.

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Clueless about elite challenge until now
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Clueless about elite challenge until now

Do you know if Marriott will retroactively apply 16 nights within a 90 day period if I do the challenge today? Didn’t see this post until today, AFTER I had already spent 14 nights in November and an additional 2 nights in December.

Nanette Cruz
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Nanette Cruz

I was gifted Gold Elite Status from another Marriott Platinum Member. If I get the new Bonvoy card that offers 15 elite nights. Does that mean I will just need 10 nights to reach Platinum Elite?

Amiksh Patel
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Amiksh Patel

I have the Amex Bonvoy Brilliant ( SPG lux) card. I get gold status and 15 elite nights. Would applying for the Chase Bonvoy Premier also make sense so that I can earn 1 elite night for every $3k spend. In case I fall short of elite nights can I manufacture spends and get elite nights. Please help.

Nick
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Nick

In this day and age I’m amazed that a big hotel chain would still give free access to lounges to airline pilots..never flt attendants.Pilot group being 95%male is obviously more important than the FA group that are traditionally female and gay males.Such discrimination

Donald
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Donald

Greg:
Thanks for a very thorough article. Missing from the “other shortcuts” section is the United RewardsPlus route to Marriott Gold status. Does this stack with a credit card Gold status since in effect the different parties, United Airlines and American Express (or Chase) each has paid Marriott to give its member the status level? It’s obvious why Marriott disallows credit card stacking for elite status, but airline partner/credit card partner elite status stacking should be beneficial to Marriott. Has anyone gotten Platinum status or additional elite nights with this route?

Jason
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Jason

If I am currently Lifetime Gold and have the old Premier Plus Visa card which includes 15 EQNs per year, will that mean I only need to earn 10 more qualifying nights to reach Platinum Elite (50 nights)?

Nick Reyes
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No. You need 50 nights – 15 = 35 nights. You don’t get elite night credit for having Gold status — you just keep that status without needing to earn it. You still need to earn Platinum with the full nights requirement (minus the nights you get from the credit card)

Nicole Deschesne
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Nicole Deschesne

What status match would I get from Best Western Diamond to Marriott? My idea was to get a BW credit card, spend $10,000 to get diamond status then request status match. Thank you for your help.

jim
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jim

Great info, thank you

Anthony Guglielmo
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Anthony Guglielmo

Greg, i have a couple stays coming up in December. If I apply for the status challenge now so it starts in December, will all 16 nights earned in December, January and February count? Or can the nights not be split between two calendar years? I figured it would be good to earn platinum status in early 2020 since I’ll have it for pretty much 2 full years. Oh…I’m currently already platinum via my RC card until the end of December. Does that disqualify me? Maybe I’ll have my wife do status challenge now if that’s the case. Thanks!

Anthony
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Anthony

I currently have 16 nights so far this year and I’m currently Platinum Elite. Should I do a strays match now? I have an 8 night business trip stay Coming up in December and could likely mattress run the other 8 nights. Or should I wait until next year? Also: If I don’t qualify again, does platinum status end at the end of the year or the following March? I’m platinum right now via the Ritz card deal from last year.

Paul
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Paul

Bye bye, Marriott loyalty! I am becoming a free agent and staying where it’s best. I have the Ritz card, but will keep it for airline incidentals, free night cert, and discount air for flights along east coast (if it sticks around). Priority Pass lounges are not great for me. If there is a Ritz <$350, I will attach club lounge cert. Otherwise, if Virtuoso has a special, or if Chase Luxury hotels/World Elite Mastercard Luxury hotels has a room with perks at a decent rate, or if the rate is better at another brand, I will stick to that brand. The brands do what is best for them, and I have to do what is best for me. Sometimes I just like a good, solid, clean Double Tree for its simplicity. I have to say I prefer Hilton and Hyatt mid level brands over Marriott's mid-level brands. Marriott still reigns supreme with choice of luxury brands, in my opinion. I have become so loyal to Marriott, I felt like I was cheating on it when I made my first Hilton reservation. Loyalty definitely has addictive reward properties!

Omer
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Omer

All of this effort just to get a “free” breakfast? Just go to a local cafe and buy yourself avocado toast with egg and be done with it…

Al Z
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Al Z

Titanium last year. Not even gonna hit plat this year. Hope to be soft landed to plat next year. But I think no one ever received an official confirmation saying that Bonvoy will soft land people…

ktc
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ktc

“Choice Benefit: 5 Elite Night Credits.” – per Marriott’s terms, this will be counted toward Lifetime status. For those working on that this can be a small boost. My plan is to hit that then freelance.

Bob T
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Bob T

I was just told by a Marriott Customer Service agent (in writing) that the “Choice Benefit: 5 Elite Night Credits” do NOT count towards Lifetime status. I hope they are wrong?

Billy Bob
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Billy Bob

Hold one of the cards, book a meeting, get your birthday night, and then somehow stay 14 more nights every year.

Sometimes they have promos which give bonus elite nights so watch for those. Also, definitely use the fifth night free after either using points or paying for four nights, as that night counts too.

Finally, if you’re going to China, spend out of pocket. The value is there.

Billy Bob
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Billy Bob

Sorry, 24 and not 14

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Greg, you have one thing in your post incorrect – “Host a Meeting: If you host a meeting at a Marriott property, you can get 10 elite nights per calendar year, plus 1 elite night for every 20 rooms booked and actualized.” You actually get 1 elite night for every 20 room NIGHTS booked and actualized, not rooms.

Irakli
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Irakli

Hello, I wonder, what If I have 47 Nights and I need just 3 nights left for platinum, and I’m planning to book a hotel from Dec 28 and check out Jan 3-4,2020, will the elite nights count? or I will stay Gold? does anyone had such case ?

Gio
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Gio

Has anyone actually spent $75k? Do you know if you’re awarded plat at the end of the year or after you meet the spend ?

ktc
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ktc

“Birthday Elite Night Credit: Make sure your birthday is on your Marriott account and that you are opted in to promotional mailings.”

Does the credit count towards lifetime count?

“promotional mailings” – under their Communication Preferences, there are: Email, Text messages, Market research, Postal mail. Do you have to check all 4?

Jeff
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Jeff

If you spend $75k in a calendar year and achieve Platinum status and don’t stay a single night in a Marriott property, how can you then achieve Titanium? Only via staying 75 nights? Or would Marriott give you 50 nights from Platinum status, and you’d be left with 25 more nights to get to Titanium?

Nickie
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Nickie

If I have 4 rooms for 3 nights each(at the same time) will that count as 12 nights if I’ve registered for the bonvoy platinum challenge? Thanks

cnmaz
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cnmaz

Are you sure the 1 elite night for $3K spend is still around? I have the Chase Bonvoy Business and wanted to use that this year but in researching it I thought that benefit disappeared a year ago. Can you please confirm if this is still working on any card?
Thank you.

Pam
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Pam

Hi Greg, did you receive the soft landing to Plat for 2020 you were expecting?

Joseph
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Joseph

Do award nights that include a cash upgrade give you an award night?

Hal
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Hal

I ended up paying $75k for my estimated taxes on the Ritz card. Not sure if it’s worth it but the processor charges 1.87 percent. If you say 2 Marriott points are worth 1.6c then my cost is really only .27 percent of $75k to get platinum. Although the true cost was probably higher since I could’ve put the same $75k on the Citi double cash (Convertible top thank you) card for a 3percent return.

Richard
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Richard

Hal,

How would you earn 3% on the Citi double cash? You mentioned “convertible top thank you “ please explain. If you can earn 3% you opportunity cost would be significantly higher. Thank you in advance!

Hal
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Hal

Maybe the way I termed was confusing. So I value Citi pts at around 1.5c. with the double cash converted to pts I’m getting 3c in In value. But of course that’s my opinion.

Texan@heart
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Texan@heart

Chase/Marriott is trying very hard to force people to convert the Premiere card to the Plus version: They’re currently offering 10 elite nights if you convert by March 31. I’m not sure if it’s targeted, because I’m one of those rare people who racks up a lot of nights with the $3K spend. I have the option of getting reimbursed for work expenses rather than using the company card. And I can count on about $20- $30K of reimbursable expenses every year. Those 6-10 elite nights put me over the top in addition to the 15 nights I get with the card and the nights I actually stay. So there’s no way I’ll give up the ability to “spend my way to status” for a one-time 10-night bump.

Between getting rid of the “rewarding meetings” and other downgrades, they’re making it much harder to get lounge access and the other Platinum perks. The “good news,” if you can call it that, is that the quality of US lounges is getting worse: So you’re not missing much if you only have Gold.

People who actually stay about 50 nights a year in hotels are much better off chasing Hyatt Globalist. And people who just want breakfast are much better off with Hilton Gold or Diamond– both easy all-at-once options with AMEX cards.

Jez
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Jez

Hi Greg, I’ve not read all the post, I’ve only quickly brushed through them, so apologies if you’ve already covered this question.
If your a gold elite status through your platinum Amex card and at the same time take out a new Marriott bonvoy Amex card, will you get the 15 elite nights credited above your gold status after meeting the spend requirements, so that it brings you up to 40 nights total elite nights under the new rules 25 night from Amex platinum and 15 extra nights from Marriott bonvoy Amex. So to hit platinum I would only have to stay 10 nights throughout the chain to receive platinum elite status for another year?
I’m a Uk card holder, we get a rubbish amount of deals for credit card in our little country.
Cheers

Jeff
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Jeff

Hi Greg, I really like your blog. I have three questions:
1. I have the Amex Bonvoy card (1 for business and 1 for personal). Do the points from both cards get aggregated for purposes of elite status, say, to meet the $35K spend, or is it only on one card?
2. The Amex site states that a $35K spend gets you Gold Elite status for Bonvoy. It says nothing about Platinum. Can you spend your way on Amex Bonvoy to Platinum Elite status, or is that only for spend on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card (or the Ritz, but I don’t already have that card).
3. Can you aggregate two Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Cards for the $75K spend, or only on one card?

Thanks!