Yesterday I linked to a rumor about supposed upcoming changes to Marriott Rewards. I emphasized that it was a rumor, I didn’t have direct knowledge but it was something posted by Loyalty Traveler. It was based on a posting in the Marriott Insiders online community.
The gist was a new higher award redemption tier, increased point requirements across the board for all tiers, an end to automatic lounge access for Gold and Platinum members when not upgraded to an executive floor, and confirmed suite upgrades for Platinum Premier members in a new formalized top tier.
Marriott Rewards has denied that these changes are pending. (HT: Matt in the comments.)
There are no changes planned to Elite benefits. There is nothing hidden in these words – we have no devaluation of Elite benefits in the discussion, planning or execution phase. No ‘later this spring’ announcement of any kind planned. No new levels. No changes to concierge lounge access. No “Delta” model. Annual award category changes will be announced next week.
Strictly speaking I read this as a denial that there will be a new ‘public’ criteria for Platinum Premier status, and that there won’t be changes in the coming months to elite benefits.
I note though that the denial centers around elite benefits, and the only comment on award redemption is that “Annual award category changes will be announced next week.”
We’ll have to wait and see what happens on that front.