I haven’t spent a single night with Marriott so far this year, but I now have 55 elite nights in my account. Others have even more elite nights than I do without staying once. What a strange year this is (and this is perhaps the least of the reasons why).
- At the end of March, Marriott doubled the number of elite nights you can earn for having their credit cards. A Marriott credit card earns 15 elite nights per year. That used to be capped at 15 nights total, regardless of how many cards you have. But now you can separately earn 15 for a personal card and a small business card, and I have both.
- Marriott gave all current elite members 50% of the elite nights for the status level earned last year, and those posted overnight. They already extended everyone’s current status so no one with current elite status needs to re-qualify this year. However this was meant to make it super easy to qualify for higher status.
ELITE STATUS EARNED IN 2019 NORMAL REQUIREMENTS 50% ELITE NIGHT CREDITS DEPOSIT Ambassador 100 Qualifying Nights and $20k stay spend 50 Elite Nights Titanium 75 Qualifying Nights 38 Elite Nights Platinum 50 Qualifying Nights 25 Elite Nights Gold 25 Qualifying Nights 13 Elite Nights Silver 10 Qualifying Nights 5 Elite Nights Member Not Applicable Not Applicable
These bonus elite nights count towards lifetime status. For instance, lifetime Platinum is earned after 10 years of Platinum or higher and 600 lifetime nights
This should earn a Choice Benefit (for crossing 50 nights) too. My Platinum status is already secure for 2021, but just 20 nights (and I already have a few) gets me Titanium. And if my choice benefit is 5 elite nights, I only need 15 actual nights in hotels for Titanium. I can actually have 60 elite nights without staying in a Marriott hotel.
Unfortunately they aren’t giving any break on the $20,000 spend requirement. Odd after laying off Ambassador agents they still expect as much spend from you but don’t deliver the promised personalized service.
The irony in all of this is that just 7 months ago Marriott eliminated earning 15 elite nights per year for hosting a meeting because they believed it made elite status too easy and low cost to get.