United’s partnership with Marriott, called RewardsPlus, provides a way for United elites to get Marriott elite status (and vice versa). Specifically, anyone with United Premier Gold status or higher will automatically get Marriott Gold status simply by enrolling in RewardsPlus.
The deal is even better for top-tier United Global Services members. Even though it’s not officially published on the RewardsPlus website, Global Services members have been receiving Marriott Platinum status.
All of that is very nice, but the problem is that in August and beyond, the status match is expected to stay the same. We have confirmed that United Gold and higher will get Marriott Gold Elite status. And I think it is a safe bet to assume that Global Services members will get Platinum status.
Why is that a problem? In August, the names of Marriott’s elite tiers are going to shift. Current Gold status is pretty valuable, Gold Elite status in August will not be.
This table shows how your matched benefits will differ if you enroll in RewardsPlus now vs. in August:
|United Status||Matched Marriott Status if enrolling in RewardsPlus Before August||Matched Marriott Status if enrolling in RewardsPlus August or Later
|Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, or Premier 1K||Gold Status: Lounge Access, Free breakfast at many hotels, but not at resorts, 4pm late checkout. This will convert to Platinum Elite status in August.||Gold Status: 2pm late checkout|
|Global Services||Platinum Status: All of the above perks, plus welcome gift. This will convert to Platinum Premier Elite status in August.||Platinum Elite Status: Lounge Access, Free breakfast at resorts and many hotels, 4pm late checkout|
As you can see above, Global Services members won’t lose out on much, but this will be a huge drop in benefits for United Premier Gold through Premier 1K members.
If you have United Premier status today, a simple, but short-term solution is to sign up for RewardsPlus now. This way you can lock in meaningful status for the rest of this year and through the end of January 2019.