Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status Guide

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Earning Marriott Elite Status

You can earn Marriott elite status either by (1) staying at a Marriott Hotel, (2) having a certain Chase or American Express website, or (3) matching your status with another hotel brand to Marriott. Marriott is changing the name of their rewards program from Marriott Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy, which resulted in some small changes to the elite program. 

Silver Elite 

  • 10 Nights OR
  • Chase Marriott Premier Plus ($95 annual fee)- Silver Elite Status including 15 elite night credits. (Gold if you spend $35,000 per cardmember year) OR
  • Chase Marriott Business Premier ($99 annual fee)- Silver Elite Status (15 elite night credits) (Gold if you spend $50,000 per cardmember year) OR
  • American Express SPG ($95 annual fee)- 15 elite night credits, which is equivalent to Silver status. (Gold if you spend $50,000 per calendar year) OR
  • American Express SPG Business ($95 annual fee)- 15 elite night credits, which is equivalent to Silver status. (Gold if you spend $50,000 per calendar year)

Gold Elite

Platinum Elite

  • 50 Nights

Titanium Elite

  • 75 Nights

Ambassador Elite

  • 100 nights AND $20,000 qualifying spend

Lifetime Marriott Status

  • Silver Elite (250 lifetime nights + five years elite status)
  • Gold Elite (400 lifetime nights + 7 years Gold Elite status or higher)
  • Platinum Elite (600 Lifetime nights + 10 Years Platinum Elite status)

Multiple Rooms– If you book multiple rooms under your Marriott number, you can earn only one elite night credit per night, but you can earn points for up to three rooms per night. 

Status Match

Marriott prefers a “Status Challenge” rather than a “Status Match” to obtain elite status. Marriott typically requires eight nights in three months for Gold elite status, and sixteen nights in three months for Platinum elite status. You can do an elite status challenge by emailing them at elite.member@marriott.com or by phone at 801-468-4000. You can only do a status challenge every three years.

  • United Airlines:  The one exception is if you have elite status with United Airlines (Gold, Platinum, or 1K) due to a reciprocal elite status program. United elites get Marriott Gold status without having to stay a certain number of nights. 

Marriott Elite Status Benefits

All Levels and Base Members: Free Wifi, Member rates, and Mobile check-in. Additionally, you still get elite benefits when booking with a third-party (e.g. Priceline). Marriott is the only major chain that allows this.

All Elite Levels Benefits 

  • Ultimate Reservation Guarantee (compensation if hotel oversold)
  • A dedicated reservation line
  • Late checkout (the guaranteed time depends on elite status level)

Silver Elite Benefits

  • Earns 11 points per dollar. 

Gold Elite Benefits

  • Earns 12.5 points per dollar
  • 2 p.m. late checkout
  • Room upgrade if available.
  • Welcome Gift of 500 points or 250 points based on the brand you stay at.
    • You earn 500 points at: Ritz Carlton, Marriott, JW Marriott, Westin, Marriott Vacation Club, W Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, Tribute, Renaissance, Sheraton, Design, Autograph Collection, Le Meridien, Edition, the Luxury Collection, Delta Hotels, and St. Regis. 
    • You earn 250 points at Courtyard, Element, Moxy, Four Points, Fairfield, Spring Hill Suites, Protea Hotels, AC Hotels, Aloft, TownePlace Suites, and Residence Inn. 

Platinum Elite Benefits

  • Earns 15 points per dollar
  • 4 p.m. late checkout
  • Welcome gift (see chart below)
  • Room upgrade to the best available room
  • Lounge access
  • Guaranteed room type,
  • Annual Choice Benefit (with 50 qualifying nights).
    • Choose one of the following: 5 Suite night upgrades, 40% off a bed, $100 charity donation, you can gift Silver Marriott Elite status, or 5 elite night credits. 

Titanium Elite Benefits

  • Earns 17.5 points per dollar
  • 4 p.m. late checkout
  • A welcome gift (see chart below)
  • Room upgrade to the best available room
  • Lounge access
  • Guaranteed room type
  • Annual Choice Benefit (with 75 qualifying nights)
    • Choose one of the following: 5 Suite night upgrades, 40% off a bed, $100 charity donation, you can gift Gold Marriott Elite status, 5 elite night credits, or Free Hotel Night (up to 40,000 points). 
  • 48-hour reservation guarantee. 
  • United Airline Elite Status- Platinum Premier Elite members also get United Airlines Silver status, which can automatically get you to Economy plus seating and an upgrade to first class if you are lucky. 

Suite Night Awards– You could get a total of 10 suite night awards since you get 5 awards at 50 nights and 5 awards at 75 nights. Alternatively, you could choose the gift option at 50 nights and suite award option at 75 nights. Suite night awards allow you to confirm an upgrade to a suite before you arrive, but they are on a per room and per night basis (a two-night stay would require 2 suite night awards. Whereas with Hyatt, one free suite certificate is good for stays up to seven nights). Suite Night Awards can be used with paid rates, award stays, and Cash + Points stays. Suite Night Awards can be used at all brands except Aloft, Element, Marriott Vacation Club, and Vistana. 


Ambassador Elite Benefits

  • Earns 17.5 points per dollar
  • 4 p.m. late checkout, ambassador service
  • A welcome gift (see chart below)
  • Room upgrade including suites
  • Lounge access
  • Guaranteed room type
  • 48-hour reservation guarantee
  • Your24
    • Allows you to have the room for 24 hours outside of normal arrival and departure times; (e.g., if you check in at 9 p.m you can have the room until 9 p.m. the following day. If you check in between 9 a.m and 4 p.m., you can still check out at 4 p.m.) These requests are arranged via your Ambassador. You can get this benefit at all Marriott brands except Marriott Vacation clubs, Design Hotels, and some Vistana hotels. 

Ambassador Service– You are assigned a specific “Ambassador” who can be very helpful trying to get you an upgrade, early check-in, special services at the hotel, and sometimes they will proactively arrange for free things to be delivered to your room especially for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, etc. Let your ambassador know things that are important to you in a hotel stay and some information about you so that they can arrange for a more personal service. Additionally, if you don’t like your Ambassador, you can request to be reassigned to a new one. 


Addendum

Upgrades- The “best available room” may include rooms with desirable views, rooms on high floors, corner rooms, rooms with special amenities, rooms on executive floors, or suites. Each hotel decides what rooms are in the upgrade pool, so some hotels are more generous than others with upgrades. Additionally, upgrades are not available at Marriott Vacation Club, Marriott Grand Residence Club, Aloft, Element, or Vistana properties. 

Lounge Access– Allows you access to the lounge for the member and one guest. However, it only applies to the room in which the Platinum Elite/Platinum Premier Elite member is staying. 

  • Hotels with lounge access excluding resorts: JW Marriott, Marriott, Delta, Autograph, Renaissance, Courtyard (outside of U.S. and Canada)
  • Hotels with lounges access including resorts: Le Meridien, Westin, and Sheraton. 
  • If Hotel Has No Lounge or Lounge is Closed- At Marriotts, JW, Delta Hotels, Autograph Collection, and Renaissance Hotels, the hotel must offer breakfast in restaurant for two or 750 points per day (or $100 if no breakfast or points were offered). At Courtyards (outside of U.S. and Canada and hotels with a lounge), if the lounge is closed, the hotel must offer breakfast in the restaurant. At Sheraton, Westin, and Le Meridien, the hotel does not need to offer an alternative.

48 Hour Guarantee– You are guaranteed a room for reservations booked more than 48 hours prior to arrival at all Marriott brands except Marriott Vacation Club, Design Hotels, and Vistana. 

No Breakfast at Ritz-Carltons, Editions, Design Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, Marriott Vacation Club, and Marriott Executive Apartments.

Platinum Elite Welcome Gift