Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide


Marriott Bonvoy is the all-in-one rewards program which replaced Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards.  Compared to other programs, in my opinion, Marriott Bonvoy offers better than average rewards for paid stays, a strong elite program (but not best overall), best-in-class options for point transfers to airline miles, a huge selection of hotels that run from very low end to ultra-luxury, and credit cards that offer good value for their annual free nights but relatively poor value for credit card spend.  This post is designed to include everything you need to know.

Marriott Bonvoy overview

Bonvoy shares traits that are common to most hotel rewards programs:

  • Earn points from paid stays (but not when stays are booked through online travel agencies such as Expedia).
  • Use points to book free night awards.
  • The cost, in points, for free nights depends upon each hotel’s category assignment. Category 1 hotels cost far less than top-tier category 8 hotels.
  • Those who spend many nights at Marriott hotels booked either as free nights or paid stays (but not those booked through online travel agencies) earn elite status.
  • Elite status levels range from Silver to top-tier Ambassador.  The higher your status, the more perks you get.
  • Branded credit cards can be used to earn points and to help earn elite status.

Bonvoy also has a few traits that are unique:

  • Ability to transfer points to airline miles at a reasonable rate (not a great rate, but reasonable).
  • Marriott’s partnership with United Airlines means that high tier Marriott elites can get free United elite status, and vice-versa
  • Marriott allows many of their hotels to be exempt from offering certain elite benefits. This can be extremely frustrating for those expecting free breakfast or other perks.
  • Marriott allows members to book awards even if they don’t yet have enough points in their account. This feature is called “Points Advance”

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Marriott Bonvoy award chart

Marriott charges different point prices depending upon which category the hotel is assigned to.  In most cases, you should look at the column titled “Points” to find the right price.

Award chart things to know:

  • All prices shown above are for standard rooms (each hotel defines “standard” differently).  Higher level rooms may show up in award searches, but either at a higher award price or with a required cash co-pay for the upgrade.
  • Cash + Points rates are not always available — you need to search for free night awards and check online award prices to see if cash + points rates are available.
  • Cash + Points prices are not always great, but if you need extra points for an award, it often makes sense to use this option.  Never use this option with Category 1 hotels.  With category 1 hotels, it’s actually cheaper to buy the points you need at 1.25 cents each and to book a standard award.  Conversely, cash + points rates are often a great deal when the hotel is at peak pricing.  See this post for my full analysis.
  • You can customize a mix of paid nights with award nights and free night certificates in a single reservation. See this post or this video for more information.
  • PointSavers rates are available only with select hotels during set dates. To find which hotels are participating, go to the Marriott PointSavers page, scroll down to “Participating Hotels  with Available Dates” and click USA or Worldwide.
  • Homes & Villas by Marriott: Vacation rental properties do not follow this award chart. Instead, Marriott pegs the award price at 0.7 cents per point.  Additionally, 5th Night Free awards do not apply to Homes & Villas.

5th Night Free Awards (now known as Stay for 5, Pay for 4)

Awards booked for 5 nights or longer are automatically priced with the cheapest night free.  For example, standard pricing for a category 4 hotel is 25,000 points per night and off-peak pricing is 20,000 points per night. Suppose you book a 5 night award where four of the nights are priced standard (25K) and one night is priced at off-peak (20K).  In that case, you would save 20K points.  Your total award price would be 4 X 25K = 100K.

This works with longer bookings too.  For example, a 10 night stay with the same award rates would price at 200,000 points.

Note: 5th Night Free Awards do not apply to Cash + Points bookings.

Points Advance

If you don’t have enough points in your account to book an award, you can still book the award via Marriott’s Points Advance feature. As of 9/14/2019, Points Advance includes the following limitations:

  • You can have a maximum of 3 Points Advance reservations at once.
  • Points Advance award pricing is based on the award rate at the time you apply your points rather than the rate at the time you booked the award.  Marriott describes this as locking in the room not the rate.

When you find an award stay online, here’s how to invoke Points Advance:

Automatic Points Advance

If you don’t have enough points in your account and/or you don’t have enough free night certificates, Marriott will default to Points Advance as long as the stay is 30 days away, or longer:

Optional Points Advance

Marriott used to allow you to choose Points Advance even if you have enough points in your account.  Unfortunately, that’s no longer allowed.  One work-around is to make another award booking first in order to drain your points and then cancel that separate booking once you’ve secured the Points Advance booking.  Just make sure that the separate booking allows for free cancellations!

Securing your Points Advance reservation

Once you have enough points for your stay, you can log into your account and “View/Modify” your stay details and “Deduct your points now”.

If you don’t apply your points within 14 days of your stay, you may lose the reservation.

Note: Points Advance reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance of your stay. If you attempt to book fewer than 30 days in advance, you may have the option to purchase the necessary points. As of 3/14/19, Autograph Collection properties will not allow you to purchase points or make a Points Advance reservation within 30 days of arrival.

Elite status

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Junior Suite.  Thanks to my Platinum status at the time, I was upgraded at check-in to this suite from a base level room booked with a free night certificate.

Marriott Bonvoy Member Status Benefits

  • 0-9 nights per year
  • Complimentary in-room internet access
  • Member rates
  • Mobile check-in/services

Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite Status Benefits

  • 10-24 nights per year
  • Same benefits as Member status, plus:
  • Ultimate Reservation Guarantee
  • 10% points bonus
  • Late checkout

Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status Benefits

  • 25-49 nights per year
  • Same benefits as Silver elite status, plus:
  • Complimentary enhanced internet
  • 25% points bonus
  • 2pm late checkout
  • In hotel welcome gift
    • Bonus points
  • Enhanced room upgrade based on availability

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Status Benefits

  • 50-74 nights per year
  • Same benefits as Gold elite status, plus:
  • 50% points bonus
  • 4pm late checkout
  • Dedicated elite support
  • In hotel welcome gift; choice of:
    • Bonus points
    • Breakfast offering
    • Other amenity
  • Enhanced room upgrade including select suites
  • Lounge access
  • Guaranteed room type
  • Annual Choice Benefit (see Choice Benefits here)

Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite Status Benefits

  • 75-99 nights per year
  • Same benefits as Platinum elite status, plus:
  • 75% points bonus
  • Second Annual Choice Benefit (different selection of benefits to those offered with Platinum status – see Choice Benefits here)
  • 48 hour guarantee

Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite Status Benefits

  • 100+ nights per year plus $20,000 in annual qualifying spend ($14,000 spend requirement in 2021 only)
  • Same benefits as Titanium elite status, plus:
  • Ambassador service
  • Your24 (permits an eligible Member to request a specific check-in time for any upcoming stay at any Participating Property. If the requested check-in time is confirmed, the check-out time will be set for the same time on the day of departure)

Marriott Bonvoy Lifetime Elite Status

Lifetime Silver Elite

  • 250 lifetime nights + 5 years of elite status

Lifetime Gold Elite

  • 400 lifetime nights + 7 years of Gold elite status or higher

Lifetime Platinum Elite

  • 600 lifetime nights + 10 years of Platinum elite status or higher

Elite status things to know:

  • Lifetime Platinum status does not include Choice Benefits.  You must earn 50 elite nights within a calendar year to receive Choice Benefits.
  • Elite nights are earned with either cash or award stays.  When booking a four night award, it makes sense to book 5 nights instead (thanks to 5th Night Free pricing) just so that you can get an extra elite night. Make sure not to check out after the fourth night.
  • Elite nights are not earned with online travel agency bookings.  For example, if you book through Expedia, you will not earn elite night credit (or points) for your stay.  You also might not receive elite benefits during your stay, but some hotels have been known to offer them anyway as long as you add your Bonvoy membership number to the reservation.
  • Via Marriott’s partnership with United Airlines, RewardsPlus, high level Marriott elites can get United elite status, and high level United elite members can get free Marriott elite status.
  • In addition to actual stays, elite nights can also be earned from credit cards, timeshares, and more (jump to shortcuts to elite status for more info)
  • Inconsistent benefits.  Marriott does a spectacularly poor job of enforcing consistent benefits across their hotels.
  • Guaranteed benefits. Elite members may collect points or cash compensation when certain elite benefits are not met.  See this post for details.
  • Missing stay: If a stay was not properly credited to your account, you can fill out a missing stay request online:
  • If you book multiple rooms for the same dates, you’ll earn elite night credits for only one room.  That said, you will earn points from up to three rooms.

Elite perks: What and where?

There is a great deal of inconsistency in the delivery of perks across Marriott hotels:

  • Hotel brands are often exempt from offering certain elite perks.  For example, the following brands are not required to provide free breakfast to Platinum members: Design Hotels, EDITION, Gaylord, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club.
  • Hotels are often exempt from offering certain elite perks.  The best way to find out is to browse to Marriott Bonvoy Terms & Conditions and use your browser’s “find in page” feature to search for the hotel you plan to visit.
  • Hotels sometimes opt out of providing perks even if the terms & conditions indicate that they are supposed to provide those perks.  I don’t know of any good way to find this out.

The rules governing what you should get and where are so complicated that we created a lookup table to help.  Please visit this page before you travel in order to find out what perks you are entitled to:

–> Which Marriott elite benefits apply? <–

Free Breakfast / Lounge Access

The following chart shows our current understanding of who gets free breakfast and at which properties:

Free Breakfast? Participating Hotels
No free breakfast Design Hotels, EDITION, Gaylord, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club
Free breakfast for all* Element, Fairfield, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites
Platinum Elite Welcome Gift Option: Daily $10 Food & Beverage Credit for Member plus 1 Guest (e.g. $20 per day) AC, Courtyard without a lounge, Moxy

Platinum Elite Benefit:

Hotels: Free daily breakfast for 2 in lounge. Free daily breakfast for 2 in restaurant when lounge is closed or doesn’t exist.

Legacy Starwood Resorts: Free daily breakfast for 2 in lounge. Free daily breakfast for 2 in restaurant when lounge is closed or doesn’t exist.

Legacy Marriott Resorts: Free daily breakfast for 2 in restaurant. No lounge access.

Aloft, Autograph Collection, Courtyard with lounge, Delta, Four Points, JW Marriott, Le Méridien, Marriott, Protea, Renaissance, Sheraton, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Tribute Portfolio, W, Westin

* A few of these properties don’t offer free breakfast despite the fact that their brand advertises free breakfast for all.

Elite benefits guarantee

Some elite benefits are backed up with guarantees.  If these benefits are not fulfilled, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of points, cash back, or both:

Silver Elite (and higher):

  • Ultimate Reservation Guarantee: “If for some reason we’re unable to honor your reservation, we’ll pay for your accommodations that night at a nearby hotel and compensate you for the inconvenience. To be eligible, you must provide your member number when making a reservation. Compensation varies by hotel brand.”

Platinum Elite (and higher):

  • Guaranteed Platinum Elite/Titanium Elite Welcome Gift: “Check out this when you check in: As a Platinum or Titanium Elite member, you’ll receive a special gift upon arrival at participating hotels, with a choice of an amenity gift or points. If guarantee is not met, guest compensation applies.”
  • Guaranteed Room Type: “When making a reservation, be sure to note your Member number and room/bed preferences. We’ll always honor your bed type request at our locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Everywhere else, smoking/non-smoking preferences are honored based on availability; exact bed sizes may vary, and only Titanium Elite members will have guaranteed priority for their requested type of bed and room. If guarantee is not met, guest compensation applies.”
  • Guaranteed Lounge Access: “Access to lounge for member plus one guest. This benefit only applies to the guest room that the Platinum Elite/Titanium Elite member is staying in.”

Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite:

  • 48-Hour Guaranteed Availability:  “Traveling on short notice? We guarantee you’ll always have a room for any paid stay. Just make your reservation 48 hours before arrival at any of our participating hotels, excluding Resorts, Marriott Vacation Club, participating Vistana properties, and Design Hotels.  48-Hour Guaranteed Availability: Limited to Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite Member’s personal guest room. Guaranteed room availability for reservations booked at least 48 hours prior to arrival. 48-Hour Guaranteed Availability may not be available on certain limited dates (e.g., special events). Benefit cannot be used in conjunction with award usage or any type of promotional or discounted rates. For Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites, 48-Hour Guaranteed Availability applies to studio rooms only.”Greg’s explanation: If you want to stay at a particular Marriott hotel, but it is sold out for your desired stay, they’ll let you book the stay anyway, but at standard rack rates.  This benefit doesn’t include compensation if it is not met.

More details about Marriott’s elite benefit guarantees can be found here.

Shortcuts to elite status

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 them 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.  Three 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 three 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 each of the cards that offer this feature only give cardholders 1 point per dollar spent (except in certain categories of spend), whereas all 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 “other 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 and Business 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).

Point earnings from stays

The chart above shows point earnings for stays.  The middle column shows the number of points earned per dollar at most brands.  The next column shows the points earned per dollar at long-stay brands that don’t follow the same formula: Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Homes & Villas by Marriott, and Element.

Points are not earned with online travel agency bookings.  For example, if you book through Expedia, you will not earn points for your room charge.  You also might not receive elite benefits during your stay, but some hotels have been known to offer them anyway as long as you add your Bonvoy membership number to the reservation.

You can earn points on up to three rooms at once.  If you book two or three rooms under the same Marriott account number, you’ll earn points on all of the rooms but you’ll earn elite night credits for only one room.

Homes & Villas by Marriott

Marriott has partnered with select vacation home property management companies to provide access to premium & luxury vacation homes around the world.  You can search and book homes on their Homes & Villas website:

Basic Info:

  • Vacation rentals can be booked with points.  Point prices are pegged at 0.6 cents per point value.  For example, a $1000 stay would cost 16,667 Marriott Bonvoy points.  That’s not a good value for your points, in my opinion.  Also note that 5th Night Free Awards do not apply.
  • You can earn points on paid rentals.  The base earning rate will be 5 points per dollar plus bonuses for elite status.
  • Elite members will be eligible for an “Elite Welcome Gift of special amenities or points.”  We will update this once details are known.
  • Location: “Over 100 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.”
  • Scope: “2,000 curated premium and luxury homes.”

Point transfers to Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards on a 1,000:1,000 basis. Amex sometimes offers a bonus when transferring points to Marriott; usually from 30%-40%, but a targeted offer has gone as high as 50%.

Point transfers to airline miles

Marriott Bonvoy points are transferable to a huge selection of airline partners. In most cases the transfer ratio is 3 Marriott points to 1 airline mile. However, if you transfer 60,000 points, you’ll get 25,000 miles instead of 20,000. That makes the transfer ratio 3 to 1.25. Additionally, when you transfer to United Airlines miles, you get a 10% bonus. 60,000 rewards points converts into 27,500 United miles (a 3 to 1.375 transfer ratio).

–> Link to Marriott’s point transfer page <–

Below you’ll find a complete list of Marriott transfer partners as well as quick tips for best uses.

Tips for transferring Marriott Bonvoy points to airline miles

Transfer in 60K increments, up to 240K per day: When transferring points to airline programs, you’ll get the most value by transferring multiples of 60,000 points. When you transfer 60,000 points, Marriott automatically adds 15,000 bonus points to the transfer, and those 15,000 bonus points typically convert to 5,000 miles. For example, 60,000 points transferred to Alaska Airlines becomes 25,000 Alaska miles. By transferring in this way, you get a 3 to 1.25 transfer ratio to airline programs. You are limited to 240K points in transfers per day (which typically equals 100K miles), so if you want to transfer more you should spread out your transfers over multiple days.

Don’t transfer yet: Don’t transfer points until high value awards are available and you are ready to book them. Transfers are one-way only. Marriott Bonvoy points are valuable for their flexibility and for hotel stays. Once you transfer, you are locked into a single program that may or may not have awards available.

Don’t forget that rewards points can be valuable when used directly: Marriott offers many ways to use rewards points: Free night awards, 5th night free awards, experiences, etc.

Use rewards points to exactly top off an account: Most other transferable points programs require transfers in 1,000 point chunks. This can make it difficult to exactly top off an account when you need an odd number of miles. Marriott lets you transfer exact mile amounts over 1,000. For example, if you need 1,001 airline miles, you can get exactly that by transferring 3,003 points.

Watch for hotel to airline transfer bonuses: Airlines occasionally offer bonuses when you transfer points from hotel programs. Since Marriott is a hotel program it usually qualifies.

Current transfer bonuses

If there are any current transfer bonuses from hotel programs, details will appear here:

Transfer Bonus DetailsEnd Date Sortable

Best Marriott airline transfer partners

The following airline transfer partners represent the best potential value in my opinion:

Rewards ProgramMarriott Transfer RatioBest Uses
Air Canada Aeroplan60K to 25KRedeem for Star Alliance flights and/or flights with Air Canada partners (such as Etihad). No fuel surcharges; $39 CAD award booking fee; 5,000 points to add stopover on one-way award. See: Air Canada Aeroplan: Everything you need to know.
Air France KLM Flying Blue60K to 25KMonthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France miles can be used to book Sky Team awards, including Delta awards.
Alaska MileagePlan60K to 25KAlaska Airlines has a number of great partners and offers reasonable award prices for most of them. Unlike most other programs, Alaska allows stop-overs one one-way awards. This makes it possible to stretch award value much further. Travel Codex offers an excellent overview to booking Alaska Airlines awards here.
American AAdvantage60K to 25KBest for AA's web special awards or for partner awards such as Cathay Pacific business class, Qatar business class, Etihad first class, etc. AA no longer charges change or cancellation fees on awards.
ANA Mileage Club60K to 25KRedeem for Star Alliance flights. Multiple stopovers allowed. ANA offers many great sweet-spot awards, including flying around the world in business class for as few as 115K miles! See also: ANA - a terrific Membership Rewards gem.
Asiana60K to 25KRedeem only 50K miles for one-way first class Star Alliance awards between US and Europe! Beware very high fuel surcharges when flying airlines such as Lufthansa.
Avianca LifeMiles60K to 25KAvianca LifeMiles can be great for Star Alliance awards. They offer reasonable award prices and no fuel surcharges on awards. They also offer shorthaul awards within the US (for flying United, for example) for as few as 7,500 miles one-way. Best of all, their mixed-cabin pricing can lead to fantastic first-class award prices. See this post for details.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles60K to 25KCathay Pacific has a decent distance based award chart, but they no longer allow stopovers longer than 24 hours. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles can be a good option for booking American Airlines flights with a distance based award chart, especially if other OneWorld Alliance miles aren't available. For long distance flights, it is possible to reduce the cost of first class by adding on a business class flight. See this post for details.
JAL (Japan Airlines) Mileage Bank60K to 25KJAL has a distance based partner award chart. Depending upon the length of the flights, this can lead to great award prices on partners such as Emirates and Korean Air.
Korean Airlines60K to 25KKorean Air is known for having top notch business and first class on their international flights. Plus, first class tends to be wide open for awards. Korean is also a fantastic program for booking certain partner awards. For example, it is possible to book Delta flights from the US mainland to Hawaii for only 25,000 points round trip in coach or 45,000 points in first class.
United MileagePlus60K to 27.5KLike Avianca and Aeroplan, United never charges fuel surcharges for awards. Unfortunately, United usually charges more miles for the same awards that are bookable with other Star Alliance miles. One good use of miles is to make use of United's Excursionist Perk awards. United no longer charges change or cancellation fees on awards cancelled at least 30 days prior to booking.

Useful Marriott airline transfer partners

The following airline transfer partners can offer great value under certain circumstances:

Rewards ProgramMarriott Transfer RatioBest Uses
British Airways Avios60K to 25KWhile flights on British Airways itself often incur outrageously high fuel surcharges, many BA partners charge low or no fuel surcharges. Excellent value can be had in redeeming BA points for short distance flights. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, and Aer Lingus. See also: Complete guide to Avios - British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.
Delta SkyMiles60K to 25KDelta no longer charges change or cancellation fees on awards originating in North America. Flash award sales can offer great value. See: Best uses for Delta miles.
Emirates Skywards60K to 25KThe best use of Emirates miles is to fly Emirates itself. See: Emirates Sweet Spot Awards - First class from 30K miles round trip.
Etihad Guest60K to 25KEtihad has a very competitive award chart for American Airlines flights, among others.  For example, they charge only 50,000 miles one-way for business class flights from North America to Europe. Partner awards must be booked over the phone.
Iberia Avios60K to 25KIberia offers very low award prices on their own flights. Round trip partner awards can offer good value under some circumstances as well. Fuel surcharges are often lower when booking with Iberia rather than British Airways. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, and Aer Lingus.  See also: Complete guide to Avios - British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.
JetBlue60K to 12.5KJetBlue points offer the most value when cheap ticket prices are available and when award taxes are high relative to the overall cost of the ticket (more details can be found here). The JetBlue Plus Card and the JetBlue Business Card offer a 10% rebate on awards, so you can get more value by holding one of these cards.
LATAM Pass60K to 25KLATAM Pass points can be useful for flying LATAM member airlines: prices aren't bad for short or nonstop routes. Unfortunately, partner awards are often priced unreasonably high.
Qantas Frequent Flyer60K to 25KBest use is probably for flights on El Al with no fuel surcharges. Also useful for short AA flights. Qantas offers distance based award charts similar to Cathay Pacific. Both are OneWorld Alliance members. I recommend comparing award prices across both programs before transferring to either. Qantas offers round the world business class awards for only 280,000 points (but with many restrictions)
Qatar Privilege Club60K to 25KQatar has reasonable award prices for flying Qatar itself, but abysmal prices for flying partners.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer60K to 25KUse to book Singapore Airlines First Class awards (generally reserved for their own members), Alaska Airlines economy awards, or for Star Alliance awards (including United Airlines).
Southwest Rapid Rewards60K to 25KAward flights are fully refundable. Point values vary due to certain taxes not being charged on awards, but tend to average around 1.5 cents per point.
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles60K to 25KMiles & Smiles offers a number of awesome sweet-spot awards including 7.5K one-way anywhere within the US, even to Hawaii. Many awards cannot be booked online but can be booked via email. See: Turkish Miles & Smiles Complete Guide and Turkish business class sweet spots from the US.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club60K to 25KVirgin Atlantic offers quite a few sweet spot awards including ANA first class between the US and Japan for as low as 110K points round-trip; and US to Europe on Delta One business class for only 50K points one-way. See: Best uses for Virgin Atlantic points (Sweet Spot Spotlight).

Additional Marriott airline transfer partners

Rewards ProgramMarriott Transfer RatioBest Uses
Aegean Miles + Bonus60K to 25K
Aer Lingus Avios60K to 25KAer Lingus shares the "Avios" currency with British Airways and Iberia. In most cases it is best to move points to one of those programs in order to book awards for less.  See also: Complete guide to Avios - British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.
Aeroflot Bonus60K to 25K
AeroMexico ClubPremier60K to 25KAeroMexico is a SkyTeam partner. Club Premier points can be used to book flights on AeroMexico, SkyTeam alliance members (such as Delta or Korean Air), or on select partner airlines. Unfortunately many have reported that awards are extremely difficult to book through AeroMexico so we do not recommend transferring points to this program. If you want to fly AeroMexico, look to transfer points to another SkyTeam partner (such as Air France) and then book AeroMexico with that program.
Air China Phoenix Miles60K to 25K
Air New Zealand Air Points60K to 307
Alitalia MilleMiglia60K to 25KAlitalia is a member of the SkyTeam alliance. Unfortunately, fuel surcharges can be quite high, and partner awards cannot be booked online. Worse, after numerous devaluations, few sweetspots exist in this program.
China Eastern Airlines60K to 25K
China Southern Airlines’ Sky Pearl Club60K to 25K
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles60K to 25K
Frontier Miles60K to 25K
Hainan Airlines60K to 25KI’m not aware of any great uses for Hainan miles
Hawaiian Miles60K to 25KHawaiian Airlines’ award prices tend to be quite high, but there are some not-terrible uses: fly to neighboring islands for 7.5K miles, fly first class round-trip from Hawaii to South Pacific islands for as few as 95K miles, fly first class round-trip from Hawaii to Australia for as few as 130K miles.
Jet Airways Inter Miles60K to 25KJetAirways JetPrivilege miles are useful only for a few very specific cases such as certain flights to Hawaii for as low as 15K (30K business) one-way, or to the Caribbean or Central America for as low as 10K (20K business) one-way. Details can be found here.
Multiplus60K to 25K
Saudia Airlines60K to 25K
South African Airways Voyager60K to 25K
TAP Air Portugal60K to 25K
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus60K to 25KI'm not aware of any good uses for these miles
Vueling Club60K to 25K
Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer60K to 25K

Indirect transfer partners

In some cases it is possible to transfer to an airline or hotel program in order to then transfer from that program to another program. In most cases this is a bad deal, but it’s cool to think about the possibilities.

Rewards ProgramMarriott Indirect Transfer
Hilton120K to 75K via Virgin Atlantic
IHG120K to 50K via Virgin Atlantic
Wyndham60K to 12.5K via Hawaiian (60K to 25K) then Caesar's Total Rewards (2 to 1)

Manage points

Share points with others

Marriott allows program members to move their points to another person’s account.  Here are the basic details:

  • You must call to share your points
  • Limit: you can share at most 100,000 points per calendar year (but you can receive more than that if multiple people share points with you)
  • Cost: Flat $10 fee for basic members and Silver Elite members.  Free for Gold Elite and higher.

How to keep points alive

Points expire after 24 months of inactivity.  Fortunately, almost all points activity will reset the clock.  Points remain alive and available as long as you earn or use points at least once every 24 months.

Note the following activities which do not reset the 24 month clock:

  • Gifting or transferring Points; however, converting Points to Miles or Miles to Points does count toward maintaining an active status;
  • Receiving Points as a gift or transfer; or
  • Earning Points through social media programs

Travel Packages

Marriott offers an option to redeem points for travel packages, also known as hotel + air packages.  The idea is that you can spend a fixed number of Marriott points to get two things: a bunch of airline miles and a 7 night stay certificate.  The stay certificate is only valid for one year and cannot be upgraded or downgraded by category. Also, if you cancel a stay certificate, Marriott will give you only a very small token number of points.

In most cases travel packages are a bad deal.

The only time it makes sense to purchase a travel package, in my opinion, is when you have plans to do both of these things:

  • Transfer enough Marriott points to get 50,000 or 100,000 airline miles; and
  • Book a 7 night (or longer) award stay at a Marriott property that is category 4 or higher during peak pricing

If both of the above are true, then you can save points to get both of those things.

Here’s an example showing that it’s not worth doing this with travel packages if you book a standard award:

  • Suppose you want to do the following:
    • Convert 120,000 Marriott points into 50,000 Alaska Airlines miles; and
    • Spend 300,000 Marriott points to book a 7 night award stay at a category 6 hotel during standard pricing (after 5th night free: 50K points per night x 6 nights = 300,000 points)
  • When done separately, the miles and hotel stay would cost you a combined 420,000 points, but booked as a travel package the same result would cost 435,000 points.
  • With this example, the travel package would cost you 15,000 points more plus likely extra aggravation if your plans change or if award stays are not available when you need them.

Here’s an example showing that it may be worth bothering with travel packages if you use the travel certificate to book a peak award:

  • Suppose you want to do the following:
    • Convert 120,000 Marriott points into 50,000 Alaska Airlines miles; and
    • Spend 360,000 Marriott points to book a 7 night award stay at a category 6 hotel during standard pricing (after 5th night free: 60K points per night x 6 nights = 360,000 points)
  • When done separately, the miles and hotel stay would cost you a combined 480,000 points, but booked as a travel package the same result would cost 435,000 points.
  • With this example, the travel package would save 45,000 points but at the expense of likely aggravation if your plans change or if award stays are not available when you need them.

Is it worth it to save 45K points? Personally, I wouldn’t bother.  Travel package stay certificates have serious restrictions that are not true of points:

  • Stay certificates expire after one year (but you may be able to get the certificate extended if you call)
  • You cannot split the certificate across multiple separate stays or across multiple hotels.  For example, if you wanted to spend 4 nights in one hotel and 3 nights in another, you can’t do so with one certificate.
  • Nights booked with a stay certificate must be consecutive.  For example, you can’t stay Sunday and Monday, skip Tuesday, then stay Wednesday through Monday.
  • Free night awards must be available for every night of your stay in order to apply a stay certificate.
  • You can stay less than 7 nights with a 7 night certificate, but then the certificate will be considered fully used.  You can’t use the remaining days.

5 Night Travel Packages

Marriott offers 5 Night Travel Packages only to Marriott Vacation Club owners.  I haven’t seen the award chart for these so I can’t say if they’re a good deal or not, but I suspect that the answer is no.

United partnership (RewardsPlus)

Marriott’s partnership with United Airlines is named RewardsPlus.  RewardsPlus offers benefits to United and Marriott Bonvoy members who sign up here:  RewardsPlus offers the following benefits:

  • 10% more miles (convert points to miles): When you convert Marriott points to United miles.  For example, instead of converting 60K points to 25K miles as you can do with other airlines, you can convert 60K points to 27.5K United miles.
  • One to one miles to points: RewardsPlus members may convert United MileagePlus miles to Marriott points at a 1 to 1 ratio.  This is rarely a good idea in my opinion.
  • United MileagePlus Premier Silver status (Marriott Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members only): United Silver status offers free economy plus seats at check-in, free domestic first class upgrade on day of departure when available, one free checked bag, etc.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status (for those with MileagePlus Premier Gold or higher status): Marriott Gold status offers 2pm late checkout, 25% point bonus, welcome gift (points only), room upgrade when available, enhanced internet.

Choice benefits (including Suite Night Awards)

If you have completed 50 nights at Marriott hotels through the calendar year, then you are eligible to pick a “Choice Benefit”.  A second Choice Benefit is available for those who complete 75 nights.  Here’s the website for selecting your benefit:

Note that if you acquired Platinum status or higher through a status challenge, credit card spend, lifetime status, etc., you won’t get to pick a Choice Benefit unless you also complete 50 nights within a calendar year.

Selection Deadline: Mid January

If you don’t make a choice by mid-January, you’ll get the “5 Suite Night Awards” choice automatically.

50 Night Choices

  • 5 Elite Night Credits: These add to your prior year total if you wait until January to make your selection.  In other words, you can use this choice to help you get to the next level of status (75 night or 100 night, but 100 night status also requires $20K Marriott spend).  Note: These 5 nights do count towards lifetime status (I’m pointing this out because they didn’t use to count).
  • 5 Suite Night Awards: Each Suite Night Award is a one-night confirmable upgrade to a standard suite or select premium room, depending on the hotel’s availability of those rooms. The number of Suite Night Awards used must match the entire length of stay; it cannot be used for part of a stay (e.g., the first two nights of a five-night stay). Once Suite Night Awards are requested to be applied to a stay, Marriott will begin checking upgrade availability 5 days in advance of your stay, up until 2pm on the day of your arrival. If your Suite Night Award request doesn’t clear, you’ll get the awards back to be used later.
  • Gift Silver Elite Status
  • $100 Charity Donation: Make a $100 (USD) donation to UNICEF.
  • 40% off a Marriott bed: Get 40% off retail prices for Westin Heavenly Beds, St. Regis beds, etc.

75 Night Choices

  • 1 Free Night Award (Up to 40K Points): “Must be redeemed for a stay that occurs no later than December 31 of the year following the year in which the additional benefit is selected (e.g. if the benefit is selected in 2019, the deadline for redemption is December 31, 2020).
  • Gift Gold Elite Status
  • The rest of the 75 night choices are the same as the 50 night choices:
    • 5 Elite Night Credits
    • 5 Suite Night Awards
    • $100 Charity Donation
    • 40% off a Marriott bed

See also: Marriott Choice Benefit Valuations. Which to pick?

Marriott Bonvoy Credit cards

Marriott Bonvoy credit cards are issued by both Chase and American Express.  If you're interested in getting more than one Chase or Amex Marriott card, it's important to consider the complex rules they have put in place:

Below you’ll find information about each currently available Marriott card:

Card Offer and Details
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
3 Free Night Certificates (up to 50K each)
3 Free Night Certificates (valid for a single night each up to 50K points) after $3K in the first 3 months + 10x on up to $2500 in combined spend at gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores in first 6 months.

$95 Annual Fee

This card is subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).

See Also: Are you eligible for a new Marriott card?

Recent better offer: Earn 5 50K free night certificates after $5K spend in 3 months [Expired 10/28/20]

Card Type: Visa Signature


Earning rate: ⚬ 6X Marriott Bonvoy ⚬ 2X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn Gold status when you spend $35K each year

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Annual free night certificate for 1 night at a hotel redemption level up to 35K ⚬ Automatic Silver status ⚬ 15 nights of elite credit each year

See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
75K points + Up to $150 statement credit
75K points after $3K of eligible purchases in the first 3 months of card membership + up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases in first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$125 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the best offer we've seen.

Card Type: Amex Credit Card


Earning rate: 6x at Marriott Bonvoy properties ⚬ 4x U.S. restaurants, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased from U.S. suppliers and on U.S. purchases for shipping ⚬ 2x on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply. (Rates & Fees)

Big spend bonus: Marriott Gold elite status with $35K annual spend ⚬ Earn an additional free night (good for one night at a redemption level at or under 35K points, subject to resort fees) after you spend $60K on purchases in a calendar year

Noteworthy perks: 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary for a one-niight redemption level at or under 35K points (subject to resort fees) ⚬ Complimentary premium Internet access at Marriott properties ⚬ Terms Apply (Rates & Fees)

See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card

FM Mini Review: The best use for this card is probably to downgrade from the Ritz or Boundless card to avoid the annual fee. That way, you can always upgrade again when you need the annual free night or other perks

Card Type: Visa Signature


Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Marriott Bonvoy ⚬ 2X travel ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Noteworthy perks: Automatic Silver status ⚬ 15 nights of elite credit each year

See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
75K points + up to $200 in statement credits
75K points after $3K in the first 3 months + up to $200 in statement credits for purchases at US restaurants in the first 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$450 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the best offer we've seen.

FM Mini Review: Decent ultra-premium option for Marriott fans, but Hilton fans may prefer the ultra-premium Hilton Aspire card.

Card Type: Amex Credit Card


Earning rate: 3X airfare charged by airline; 3X US restaurants, 6X Marriott; 2X on all other eligible purchases

Big spend bonus: Platinum Elite status with $75K calendar year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 50K Free Night Award each year upon renewal ⚬ $300 Marriott statement credit per membership year ⚬ Gold Elite status ⚬ 15 elite nights credit ⚬ Priority Pass Select with 2 free guests ⚬ Global Entry fee credit ⚬ Free premium internet at Marriott properties

See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Marriott Bonvoy Moments

In addition to redeeming points for award nights or for airline miles, it is also possible to redeem points for experiences. These include things like backstage concert tickets, impossible to get sports event tickets, dining with famous chefs, etc.  Some experiences have fixed award prices, but most are setup as auctions.  In either case, you may or may not get good value depending upon circumstances.

Marriott Bonvoy Moments (click here to visit website)

  • Search by: location, category, date range, keyword, points range
  • Fixed Price & Auction
  • When to start looking: Events start to appear ~3 months in advance. 2 months seems to be the sweet spot.

Bonvoy pros & cons

Pros (where Marriott Bonvoy is better than average):

  • 5th night free awards (Hilton offers this too)
  • Points Advance: Ability to book awards even if you don’t yet have enough points in your account
  • Marriott offers good point earnings on paid stays for elites
  • Points to miles transfer ratio offers reasonably good value (most competing hotel programs offer poor value when converting points to miles)
  • Marriott offers elite benefit guarantees (I don’t think any other major brand does the same)
  • Marriott has a huge number of hotels that run from bottom-tier to ultra-luxury

Cons (where Marriott Bonvoy is worse than average):

  • Marriott charges resort fees on award stays (Hilton and Hyatt do not)
  • Elite benefits are extremely inconsistent from brand to brand
  • Marriott phone representatives are very poorly trained in the complexities of the rewards program. As a result, they often give incorrect information over the phone.
  • Marriott credit cards don’t offer great value for spend, but may be worth keeping for their annual free nights.

Q & A (Questions and Answers)

Q: Can I get the 5th Night Free if I pay for some of the nights with cash, free night certificates, or cash + points?

A: No.  To get the 5th Night Free, you must book entirely with points.  Important: Marriott’s website may try to apply your free night certificates automatically to your booking and this may remove your 5th Night Free if it brings the total number of nights booked with points under 5.

Q: If I book a stay with Points Advance, can I lock in current award prices?

A: No.  When you apply your points, you will pay the rate that is in effect at that time.

Q: I completed a stay but it hasn’t credited to my account. What can I do?

A: First, wait a bit.  Marriott properties vary tremendously with how quickly stays are credited to accounts.  It’s not unusual for a stay to appear on your account about a week after checkout.  Next, if the stay still hasn’t appeared, you can fill out a missing stay request online:

Q: If I book multiple rooms for the same stay will I earn rewards on all of them?

A: You will earn points for up to three rooms, but you’ll earn elite night credit for only one room.

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You are flat out crushing it of late Greg with these mega posts.

Am hoping to make the trip to San Diego.


Another question Greg:
I had dinner at one of the restaurants at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun. I was staying at the JW Marriott Cancun. When I paid the bill I gave my Marriott rewards number to the waitress so my points could be added to my account (10 basic plus 7.5 per $ as I am a Platinum Premier). They said that if I was not staying at the hotel, I could not get the points. With SPG this was not only possible but encouraged and I was wondering if you know anything about this.

Anonny Mous

Section 2.1.b(ii) of the T&C provides for this benefit but the wording makes it sound like it’s not required – “…Participating Properties that offer this benefit…” – and if you are credited the points, the Elite status bonus does not apply – “Elite bonus Points will not be awarded on charges incurred by the Member without a stay in a guest room under Section 2.1.b(ii)”. So if this was a legacy SPG thing, it’s probably more likely found on legacy SPG properties rather than at Marriotts. Marriott’s new slogan should be “consistently inconsistent, Bonvoy!”


FYI here are the points conversions for an MVC 5 night package.

CAT 50,000miles 100,000miles

1-4 195,000pts 270,000pts
5 235,000pts 310,000pts
6 315,000pts 390,000pts
7 355,000pts 430.000pts
8 475,000pts 550,000pts

It wasn’t clear whether the United 10% bonus applied to these awards.

Roger Anderson

Hilton is charging me resort fee on award stay coming up in Kauai at their HGI. Check your sources.

Roger Anderson

Thanks for the information. My 7 day reservation was made points only. However, HGI Kauai Wailua Bay offered me what they call an ‘eStandby Upgrade’ request to move from the standard king room booked with points to an ocean view king room, paying an extra $21 per night, plus tax. I find out if I get it when I check-in. Can decline and be put in original room blocked. Technically, I am booking with points, but the upgrade charge could allow them to claim a ‘room rate’ applied. This hotel runs very high occupancy (95%+) in season (per front desk) probably since it is the only Hilton on Kauai. I am gold member and possibly could get upgraded without paying but at that occupancy rate doubt it. Stayed there two years ago around same time and place was full.


Call them then post I never paid any on a award stay .Put the Screws to them and make Sure the matter is solved before u go or book another hotel. .


Great write up Greg. Question: how do you transfer points between people? Only same households or anybody? Is there a link to do this? (There was with SPG). And finally, I think with Marriott in the past at least a long time ago, you could combine points from people in the same household (without transferring them to either account) into one award. Is this still posible?


Amazing, especially some of the charts.

Additional info that would be great to have: point expiry (& options to avoid), point pooling


Great write up. I wish Marriott would be so descriptive!
Have been having interesting conversations with my longtime SPG Ambassador. She indicated that effective 1/1/19 all award as well as cash&poinys nights would NOT qualify for elite level night requirements. Hmmm. You had stated that Elite nights are earned with either cash or award stays. Better check on this.

Also she said she was 99%sure that if one qualifies for the special grandfathered platinum premier elite lifetime status in 2018 it WILL be Titanium Lifetime status. Apparently these elite lifetime status were announced to take effect in late January 2019, when they were first announced in August.

I can’t believe that Marriott is allowing properties to make up their own rules when it comes to elite benefits. SPG never allowed this and it was part of the branding contracts. Sad.


Thanks for this write-up. I was lifetime Platinum Premier Elite and was expecting to be grandfathered into Lifetime Titanium, consistent with what you’ve stated above. Today, I checked my Bonvoy account and it says Lifetime Platinum. I called the Ambassador line and the agent insisted that there is no Lifetime Titanium level (no grandfathering). I’m waiting for my personal ambassador to get back to me on this as well. Is there any official communication that states that Lifetime PP Elite will be grandfathered to Lifetime Titanium? Do you have any suggestion on how I could get this resolved?

(I recently merged my Marriott and SPG accounts, keeping the SPG account number. Would this have perhaps caused the issue, given the IT system issues they’ve been having through the merger?)



I was lifetime Platinum Premier before the end of 2018. I haven’t heard back from my Ambassador yet. She’s been very responsive in the past – perhaps I’ll hear something early next week. Will post her response here. (I really hope I’m not getting “bonvoyed” after 20+ years of patronage, 1800+ nights, etc. that would be beyond upsetting.)

Nafisa Merali

I am having similar issues. I had lifetime Platinum in Aug and I worked to get to 750 nights however
I am still e mailing and talking to them. Frustrating


Will lifetime platinum premier elite become lifetime titanium elite?


When will the 15 elite nights from credit cards be given?


Hope the nights can show soon as the annual fee will hit my card soon. Wanna have the nights before I cancel the card.


Check how late u can cancel the card and get the renewal fee back .I got by check after I canceled the card.


It should appear on 2/12 and due on 3/9. Hopefully the 15 EQN will be appeared before that.


Another great post thanks! I’m Platinum elite and looking to book two rooms for one night in Paris as an award, one using the Ritz Carlton credit card free night and the second straight up points. I understand benefits are inconsistent, but by the terms if I book two rooms would both rooms get free breakfast for two if the brand otherwise allows it? (I’m looking at the Prince de Galles which is Luxury Collection). I did see that:

Guaranteed Lounge Access: “Access to lounge for member plus one guest. This benefit only applies to the one guest room in which the Platinum Elite/Platinum Premier Elite member is staying.”

but I’m unclear if lounge access is distinct from breakfast benefit – I don’t think there’s a lounge at the Prince de Galles.

Oh and if anyone recommends a Marriott property in Paris for a special occasion (wife’s birthday) please chime in!

Thanks Greg!


Watering down the lifetime statuses. Looks like Lifetime Platinum Premier won’t translate to United Silver status anymore.
Wish they’d grandfather those who got the status via 1000+ BIB into the Titanium level. Am I missing something?


Thanks for the clarification. Didn’t see that anywhere.


For getting the 5th night free, can we mix up free night certificates and points ? Thanks!


My god! I feel like I am studying for an exam or something .


That 5th night free is only when you pay with points?


Great write up thanks!

I’m currently a Platinum Premier and won’t requalify. Do you know if they will soft land us to Platinum Elite next year?


What is “soft land”? I’m also currently a Platinum Premier and won’t re-qualify. I was hoping to get them to extend my current level since I’m finally going to take a decent vacation this year and could use the upgrade.

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