Shortcuts to Marriott Elite status


If you stay at Marriott hotels often, but not often enough to earn high level Elite status, you may be missing out on perks like free lounge access, room or suite upgrades, free breakfast, etc.  You don’t necessarily need to stay more nights at Marriott hotels to get to high level status, though.  In this guide you’ll find a number of shortcuts to achieve Platinum status or Titanium status more easily…

Reminder: Marriott’s current promotion offers double elite nights plus 1,000 bonus points per night.  Register by April 9 and stay by April 23. Details here.  Since last publication, this post has been updated to include shortcuts to Titanium status (previously only shortcuts to Platinum status were explicitly covered).
JW Marriott Grand Rapids Lounge.  Platinum elite status often grants free access to lounges like this one.  Lounges usually include free breakfast and afternoon canapes.  Some offer free alcohol as well.
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Elevate Lounge.


One cool thing about Marriott Bonvoy, besides its delightful name, is that elite perks are pretty good for a hotel chain of its size. Unfortunately, Marriott doesn’t apply the same benefits uniformly across their brands, and even within brands some properties are allowed exceptions.  Still, I find that Platinum or Titanium perks at Marriott hotels are often sometimes very good.  You can find everything you need to know about Marriott Bonvoy in our complete guide.

Here’s a summary of Marriott’s elite perks:

Elite Status Level Requirements Per Year Key Benefits
Silver Elite 10 Nights Late checkout, 10% point bonus
Gold Elite 25 Nights 2PM late checkout; 25% point bonus; welcome gift (points only); room upgrade; enhanced internet
Platinum Elite 50 Nights 4PM late checkout; 50% point bonus; welcome gift w/ breakfast option; room upgrade includes suites; lounge access; Choice benefit (such as 5 suite night awards) when you achieve 50 nights.
Titanium Elite 75 Nights All of the above, plus: 75% point bonus; United Silver Premier status via RewardsPlus; Ritz-Carlton suite upgrades; Additional Choice Benefit (such as 40K free night certificate) when you achieve 75 nights.
Ambassador Elite 100 Nights + $23K Spend All of the above, plus: Ambassador Service (dedicated Marriott agent); Your24 (Choose the 24 hours of your stay. For example, choose to check in at 9am after an overnight flight).
Free breakfast at the Inn at Bay Harbor, near Petoskey Michigan.

The sweet-spot elite status, in my opinion, is Platinum Elite.  This will get you the vast majority of the best benefits: 4pm late checkout (not guaranteed at resorts), 50% point bonus, welcome gift, free breakfast at most properties (see this guide for details), and lounge access at many properties.  And, when you earn 50 elite nights you also get a Choice Benefit, such as 5 Suite Night Awards.

I’ve had mixed success in applying Suite Night Awards at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London. Suite Night Awards are available as Choice Benefits to those who earn 50 and 75 elite nights with Marriott. Once, my Suite Night Awards worked perfectly. On another stay, the upgrade didn’t go through on the first night, but they were able to move us to a suite like the one shown here for the rest of our stay.

The next level of status, Titanium Elite, adds a 75% bonus on point earnings (vs. 50% bonus with Platinum status), United Premier Silver elite status, and the possibility of getting complementary Ritz-Carlton suite upgrades.  In addition to getting Titanium status when you hit 75 elite nights, you also get to pick a second Choice Benefit such as a 40K free night certificate.

My Titanium Elite suite upgrade at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Tucson

Of course, you might not have the opportunity to actually stay at Marriott properties 50 nights per year for Platinum status or 75 nights per year for Titanium.  But all hope is not lost.  There are quite a few shortcuts to Marriott Platinum and Titanium Elite status that you can pursue instead…

Two Distinct Paths for Marriott Elite Status Shortcuts: Elite Nights vs. Big Bang Shortcuts

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. Big Bang shortcuts are not stackable. Each Big Bang shortcut offers a way to get to a specific level of status, but if you want to go for a higher level of status, these won’t help.  For example, spending $75,000 on the Ritz-Carlton card will give you Platinum Elite status (big bang), but that won’t get you any closer to Titanium status, nor will you get any 50 night Choice Benefits.

Elite Night Shortcuts

The following shortcuts are stackable.  You can earn elite nights from one or more of these options in order to add up to the 50 or 75 nights you need.

  1. Up to 40 elite nights by being a Bonvoy cardholder.  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, and the Bonvoy Brilliant card offers 25 nights.  You can find a complete list of cards here. Having more than one consumer Marriott card or more than one business card won’t give you more than 15 or 25 elite nights.  That said, you can get up to 30 or 40 elite nights by holding both a personal Marriott card and a business Marriott card.  Important: Marriott has complicated rules regarding whether you can be approved and/or earn a welcome bonus with a new credit card.  See this post for details: Are you eligible for a new Marriott card?  The simplest option is to get both the consumer Amex Bonvoy Brilliant card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card.
  2. 1 Elite Night Per $3K Spend.  Two 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 two 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 both cards that offer this feature only give cardholders 1 point per dollar spent (except in certain categories of spend), whereas most 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 with other cards.  See: Best Rewards for Everyday Spend.
  3. 1 Elite Night Per $5K Spend.  The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase earns 1 elite night with each $5K spend.  While that’s not as good as the ability to earn 1 elite night per $3K spend available on old no-longer-available cards, this card has the advantage of earning a minimum of 2x points on all spend and so your spend towards elite status is a bit less of a waste.  See this post for Nick’s analysis: Marriott Boundless card changes – 3x categories and elite nights from spend.
  4. Book award nights.  Marriott hotels are sometimes available for as few as 4,000 points per night, but more often you’ll see the cheapest hotels starting at around 5,000 points.  Just as with paid nights booked through Marriott, award nights earn elite night credits.
  5. Use free night certificates.  If you have free night certificates (which you can get from simply having certain Marriott credit cards or from completing various Marriott promotions), you’ll earn elite night credit when you use those certificates.
  6. Book 5th night free awards (even if staying 4 nights).  For example, you can book a 5K per night hotel for 5 nights for 20,000 points.  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.
  7. Choice Benefit: 5 Elite Night Credits (useful for getting to 75 nights).  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.
  8. Double Elite Night Promo. Every now and then Marriott offers a promotion where you can earn double elite nights for qualifying stays.  You’ll find details of a recent double-elite night promo here: Marriott’s Surprisingly Good New Promo: Earn 1k Bonus Points Per Night + Double Elite Nights.

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 Big Bang shortcuts below):

Big Bang 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 Bonvoy Bountiful, Bonvoy Bevy, and Ritz-Carlton Card (available only as an upgrade from a consumer Chase Marriott card) offer automatic Marriott Gold status.  Similarly Amex Platinum cards offer free Gold status (you must enroll).  This all-in-one status does not get you closer to earning a higher tier of status.
  2. Credit card Platinum status.  The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card offers automatic Marriott Platinum status.  This all-in-one status does not get you closer to earning a higher tier of status.
  3. Spend $75K for Platinum. The Ritz-Carlton Card (available only as an upgrade from a consumer Chase Marriott card) offers Platinum Elite status with $75K spend within a calendar year.  This all-in-one status does not get you closer to earning a higher tier of status.
  4. Status Match / Challenge.  Every now and then Marriott offers to match status from a competing hotel chain for 90 days.  Usually it works like this: After enrolling, if you complete 16 paid nights during those 90 days, you can retain status for the rest of the current year and through February of the next.  Marriott doesn’t usually publish status match details, but you can find recent reports at StatusMatcher.  Ultimately, the best option is to call Marriott and ask if they’ll match your from a competing chain where you have elite status.
  5. Timeshare Ownership: Marriott Vacation Club and Vistana are timeshare ownership programs affiliated with Marriott, and each offers elite status under certain conditions.
  6. United MileagePlus Premier Gold or higher status: Via RewardsPlus, United elites 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).

Marriott Elite Status Shortcut Graveyard

The following shortcuts are no longer available:

  • Host a meeting in order to earn 10 elite nights [DEAD]
  • Birthday Elite Night Credit [PAUSED: Let’s hope this comes back!]
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Marriott is quite simply a hodgepodge grouping of diverse hotels that provide no consistency of service , facilities or member benefits . This renders Bonvoy totally disingenuous. I have abandoned this hospitality operation after 22 years of appalling member benefit anomalies and lacklustre customer support. Obviously Marriott / Bonvoy views its huge footprint of inconsistent properties as untouchable by its supporters and are able to continue to operate without questioning by its members. Pity in this case size seems to matters !

Nancy Rice

Recently stayed at the AC hotel in St. Petersburg, FL and only got a $10 F&B credit per night, per room. We were two folks, still only $10 bucks. NO free breakfast. They didn’t care I was a Platinum Elite. So, I am not very interested in keeping that level of status in the future.


Hi I have Amex business and personal card both and I pay annual fee on both. I was told by Marriott that in order to get bonus nights 40 nights. I have to have co branded card one Amex and one chase . Can you clarify. Thanks


This article would have been better or more detailed if you included the benefits for specific locations at various brands. There is a chart that explains it. Also, if you went with the first strategy of getting 40 nights based on 2 credit cards then you only need 5-10 nights left depending if there is a double night promotion.


Marriott benefits????? What a joke? free breakfast “AT MOST PROPERTIES” …….then 4pm checkout “BUT NOT GUARANTEED AT RESORTS”………..and wait for it………drumroll please………..NO STICK IN THE EYE AT RITZ CARLTON………..well really just nothing at all at Ritz Carlton……………….what a joke of a program…………I’d rather just have have one wife and stay with Hyatt…………


GM. I always enjoy reading!
If have Amex Brilliant and Business card ND earned 40 elite nights and stayed more and more and reached 65 nights as of now. I am not getting 50 nights perks yet. Wait? Or I should not get it?


Hello Greg,

You mentioned Timeshare owners, how do I go about finding out how to add elite nights with my Marriott account. I am currently Welk timeshare owner which Marriott bought last year. Thanks Greg!!!


I use Interval International to book Getaways with cash at Marriott properties. Palm Desert in the summer can be had at a great price.


This is great. Now someone can achieve the denial of benefits far, far easier than before.


You can also get platinum elite status gifted from somebody with ambassador status.


No clue. All I know is that it was gifted to me by an ambassador


I’ve got the founders card free membership from last year and they have a platinum elite challenge – stay 15 paid nights in 3 months.

They also are offering IHG Gold and it looks to me like this is available for those doing the free trial.


I did this one before but don’t remember if you can only do this once

Points Adventure

Does it confer Platinum status DURING the challenge period?


Greg, thanks also for this superb update and cogent explanation of options. (In my case, to get from Gold, via B Brilliant card, up to Platinum.) Yet like Frank’s post below, I too am wondering about the one issue you don’t cover — just how soon would an additional 15 elite nights from opening a new card (business in my case) take to post? Would it happen soon after opening the card, after meeting spending threshold, at end of calendar year, or (least helpful of all) not until end of first cc year? (I’ve searched for this via your other Marriott cc guides — yet not seeing this q answered. Sorry if I missed it)


Thanks Greg for the reply (and appreciate too I received an email notice of it) Will be sure to use your link when I make the application, in belated thanks for your many posts on this and related issues.)


Thank you for the explanation and tips! So I have the Marriott and Hilton Gold status thanks to the Amex Plat. I am wondering to upgrade from Gold to Platinum of these programmes respectively… Do we still need to stay at least 50+ to get the upgrade or just 25+ nights because of the Gold status. Thank you very much!!


Do they still have a way to earn Elite night credits for x dollars spent on their credit card? Eg, spend $1000 & that counts as 1 night. I’m pretty sure that’s how it used to be years ago, but maybe they took that away?

Ben Rosenblum

Thanks for the nice summary.
At the end of last year I regained my platinum using the lowered requirements.
Given the incentive, is it worth presuming titanium? I have 55 nights without doing anything (15×2 + 25). Does the added benefits justify spending 10 nights between February to April?


I’m in the same boat. I think the two things are the 40k night and United Silver? I don’t fly United a ton but it could be worth it to some… I don’t value the 40k cert very highly this year, still have a bunch of other certs to use up!


Greg already covered, but I personally like the (possible) Titanium Ritz Carlton suite upgrades.

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Greg, do you know how quickly the 15 elite nights will post upon opening a new Amex Bonvoy credit card? I’m 12 nights short now for 2020. If I open a new Amex Business Bonvoy account on 12/18, will they post in time for me to count them toward my 2020 total? The T&C’s say “within 60 days,” but I know often things happen much more quickly. If they don’t post until 2021, any chance Marriott will credit them back to me for 2020 so I can qualify for the SNA welcome gift?


Greg, I have 43 nights on my Marriott account right now. I also have a few 1-week awards I bought with the United miles package deal some time ago. Can I just do a 1-week stay (even mattress run) and get 7 more nights? This would get me to 50 nights and Platinum Elite. No idea how I got the 43 nights since I haven’t stayed at a Marriott in over a year.


I mean, can I use one of those 7-night packages and get my Platinum status?


Thanks, Greg. I missed that earlier post.

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I have a Question Greg! I am Amex platinum member and enrolled in Marriott reward program which gives me direct gold status. So now If I apply for 2 Marriott card personal/business from Chase, will I able to achieve platinum status as it will accumulate 30 nights and I am already at gold status?


Hi Greg, I really like your blog. I have three questions:
1. I have the Amex Bonvoy card (1 for business and 1 for personal). Do the points from both cards get aggregated for purposes of elite status, say, to meet the $35K spend, or is it only on one card?
2. The Amex site states that a $35K spend gets you Gold Elite status for Bonvoy. It says nothing about Platinum. Can you spend your way on Amex Bonvoy to Platinum Elite status, or is that only for spend on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card (or the Ritz, but I don’t already have that card).
3. Can you aggregate two Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Cards for the $75K spend, or only on one card?



Chase/Marriott is trying very hard to force people to convert the Premiere card to the Plus version: They’re currently offering 10 elite nights if you convert by March 31. I’m not sure if it’s targeted, because I’m one of those rare people who racks up a lot of nights with the $3K spend. I have the option of getting reimbursed for work expenses rather than using the company card. And I can count on about $20- $30K of reimbursable expenses every year. Those 6-10 elite nights put me over the top in addition to the 15 nights I get with the card and the nights I actually stay. So there’s no way I’ll give up the ability to “spend my way to status” for a one-time 10-night bump.

Between getting rid of the “rewarding meetings” and other downgrades, they’re making it much harder to get lounge access and the other Platinum perks. The “good news,” if you can call it that, is that the quality of US lounges is getting worse: So you’re not missing much if you only have Gold.

People who actually stay about 50 nights a year in hotels are much better off chasing Hyatt Globalist. And people who just want breakfast are much better off with Hilton Gold or Diamond– both easy all-at-once options with AMEX cards.


Hi Greg, I’ve not read all the post, I’ve only quickly brushed through them, so apologies if you’ve already covered this question.
If your a gold elite status through your platinum Amex card and at the same time take out a new Marriott bonvoy Amex card, will you get the 15 elite nights credited above your gold status after meeting the spend requirements, so that it brings you up to 40 nights total elite nights under the new rules 25 night from Amex platinum and 15 extra nights from Marriott bonvoy Amex. So to hit platinum I would only have to stay 10 nights throughout the chain to receive platinum elite status for another year?
I’m a Uk card holder, we get a rubbish amount of deals for credit card in our little country.


Thanks Greg, makes sense, would have been to good to be true. The Platinum card here in the uk gives us much less than what you guys get in the U.S. Amex said less competition here apparently.
Cheers for the reply mate


I ended up paying $75k for my estimated taxes on the Ritz card. Not sure if it’s worth it but the processor charges 1.87 percent. If you say 2 Marriott points are worth 1.6c then my cost is really only .27 percent of $75k to get platinum. Although the true cost was probably higher since I could’ve put the same $75k on the Citi double cash (Convertible top thank you) card for a 3percent return.



How would you earn 3% on the Citi double cash? You mentioned “convertible top thank you “ please explain. If you can earn 3% you opportunity cost would be significantly higher. Thank you in advance!


Maybe the way I termed was confusing. So I value Citi pts at around 1.5c. with the double cash converted to pts I’m getting 3c in In value. But of course that’s my opinion.


Do award nights that include a cash upgrade give you an award night?


I’m sorry, I realize I didn’t clarify what I meant…will an award night with a cash upgrade component earn an elite night during a platinum challenge? You had stated that award nights do NOT earn elite nights during that.


Hi Greg, did you receive the soft landing to Plat for 2020 you were expecting?


Are you sure the 1 elite night for $3K spend is still around? I have the Chase Bonvoy Business and wanted to use that this year but in researching it I thought that benefit disappeared a year ago. Can you please confirm if this is still working on any card?
Thank you.


Do you know how to confirm this? This site states it does, but don’t know if it’s the most up-to-date.


If I have 4 rooms for 3 nights each(at the same time) will that count as 12 nights if I’ve registered for the bonvoy platinum challenge? Thanks


If you spend $75k in a calendar year and achieve Platinum status and don’t stay a single night in a Marriott property, how can you then achieve Titanium? Only via staying 75 nights? Or would Marriott give you 50 nights from Platinum status, and you’d be left with 25 more nights to get to Titanium?


“Birthday Elite Night Credit: Make sure your birthday is on your Marriott account and that you are opted in to promotional mailings.”

Does the credit count towards lifetime count?

“promotional mailings” – under their Communication Preferences, there are: Email, Text messages, Market research, Postal mail. Do you have to check all 4?


Has anyone actually spent $75k? Do you know if you’re awarded plat at the end of the year or after you meet the spend ?


Hello, I wonder, what If I have 47 Nights and I need just 3 nights left for platinum, and I’m planning to book a hotel from Dec 28 and check out Jan 3-4,2020, will the elite nights count? or I will stay Gold? does anyone had such case ?


Greg, you have one thing in your post incorrect – “Host a Meeting: If you host a meeting at a Marriott property, you can get 10 elite nights per calendar year, plus 1 elite night for every 20 rooms booked and actualized.” You actually get 1 elite night for every 20 room NIGHTS booked and actualized, not rooms.

Billy Bob

Hold one of the cards, book a meeting, get your birthday night, and then somehow stay 14 more nights every year.

Sometimes they have promos which give bonus elite nights so watch for those. Also, definitely use the fifth night free after either using points or paying for four nights, as that night counts too.

Finally, if you’re going to China, spend out of pocket. The value is there.

Billy Bob

Sorry, 24 and not 14


“Choice Benefit: 5 Elite Night Credits.” – per Marriott’s terms, this will be counted toward Lifetime status. For those working on that this can be a small boost. My plan is to hit that then freelance.

Bob T

I was just told by a Marriott Customer Service agent (in writing) that the “Choice Benefit: 5 Elite Night Credits” do NOT count towards Lifetime status. I hope they are wrong?

Bob T

Awesome. I was bummed (but no longer am!)

Al Z

Titanium last year. Not even gonna hit plat this year. Hope to be soft landed to plat next year. But I think no one ever received an official confirmation saying that Bonvoy will soft land people…


All of this effort just to get a “free” breakfast? Just go to a local cafe and buy yourself avocado toast with egg and be done with it…


Bye bye, Marriott loyalty! I am becoming a free agent and staying where it’s best. I have the Ritz card, but will keep it for airline incidentals, free night cert, and discount air for flights along east coast (if it sticks around). Priority Pass lounges are not great for me. If there is a Ritz <$350, I will attach club lounge cert. Otherwise, if Virtuoso has a special, or if Chase Luxury hotels/World Elite Mastercard Luxury hotels has a room with perks at a decent rate, or if the rate is better at another brand, I will stick to that brand. The brands do what is best for them, and I have to do what is best for me. Sometimes I just like a good, solid, clean Double Tree for its simplicity. I have to say I prefer Hilton and Hyatt mid level brands over Marriott's mid-level brands. Marriott still reigns supreme with choice of luxury brands, in my opinion. I have become so loyal to Marriott, I felt like I was cheating on it when I made my first Hilton reservation. Loyalty definitely has addictive reward properties!


I currently have 16 nights so far this year and I’m currently Platinum Elite. Should I do a strays match now? I have an 8 night business trip stay Coming up in December and could likely mattress run the other 8 nights. Or should I wait until next year? Also: If I don’t qualify again, does platinum status end at the end of the year or the following March? I’m platinum right now via the Ritz card deal from last year.

Anthony Guglielmo

Greg, i have a couple stays coming up in December. If I apply for the status challenge now so it starts in December, will all 16 nights earned in December, January and February count? Or can the nights not be split between two calendar years? I figured it would be good to earn platinum status in early 2020 since I’ll have it for pretty much 2 full years. Oh…I’m currently already platinum via my RC card until the end of December. Does that disqualify me? Maybe I’ll have my wife do status challenge now if that’s the case. Thanks!


Great info, thank you

Nicole Deschesne

What status match would I get from Best Western Diamond to Marriott? My idea was to get a BW credit card, spend $10,000 to get diamond status then request status match. Thank you for your help.


I vaguely remember you saying something about maintaining plat elite with the ritz card once its achieved with only 10K spend. Am I recalling that incorrectly?? I know youre on the 40K far away right now but maybe you will read this when you come back!


If I am currently Lifetime Gold and have the old Premier Plus Visa card which includes 15 EQNs per year, will that mean I only need to earn 10 more qualifying nights to reach Platinum Elite (50 nights)?

Nick Reyes

No. You need 50 nights – 15 = 35 nights. You don’t get elite night credit for having Gold status — you just keep that status without needing to earn it. You still need to earn Platinum with the full nights requirement (minus the nights you get from the credit card)


Thanks for a very thorough article. Missing from the “other shortcuts” section is the United RewardsPlus route to Marriott Gold status. Does this stack with a credit card Gold status since in effect the different parties, United Airlines and American Express (or Chase) each has paid Marriott to give its member the status level? It’s obvious why Marriott disallows credit card stacking for elite status, but airline partner/credit card partner elite status stacking should be beneficial to Marriott. Has anyone gotten Platinum status or additional elite nights with this route?


In this day and age I’m amazed that a big hotel chain would still give free access to lounges to airline pilots..never flt attendants.Pilot group being 95%male is obviously more important than the FA group that are traditionally female and gay males.Such discrimination

Amiksh Patel

I have the Amex Bonvoy Brilliant ( SPG lux) card. I get gold status and 15 elite nights. Would applying for the Chase Bonvoy Premier also make sense so that I can earn 1 elite night for every $3k spend. In case I fall short of elite nights can I manufacture spends and get elite nights. Please help.

Nanette Cruz

I was gifted Gold Elite Status from another Marriott Platinum Member. If I get the new Bonvoy card that offers 15 elite nights. Does that mean I will just need 10 nights to reach Platinum Elite?

Clueless about elite challenge until now

Do you know if Marriott will retroactively apply 16 nights within a 90 day period if I do the challenge today? Didn’t see this post until today, AFTER I had already spent 14 nights in November and an additional 2 nights in December.

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I did request Chase to lower the credit line on my RC card to $1500 and got the AF refund in October. Is it possible to send them a request to increase my credit line now and not having to pay $450 AF? With $1500 credit line it will take forever to meet 75K spend.


For some reason, my account keeps saying 22 nights to platinum elite when I haven’t stayed a single night in 2019.



Thank you for a timely & pertinent post with all the announced changes. I have Platinum status thru 2.20 from when I got the RC card last July (thanks to you & Nick!). I want to look ahead to next year when that runs its course.

I can’t do a Challenge (& not sure I would anyways at the volume they require) since am already Platinum. Looking thru my options, it seems I am back to spend which is more doable & easier for me anyways. At the same time, I want to make sure my timing & selection of cards is maximized.

I don’t have Luxe yet cos am waiting on a decent upgrade offer. But if I go ahead & apply as a new account is it, or the RC card, the better option for $75k of spend for status? And when is the ideal time to complete the spend? Am ok with having a several month gap in status after mine runs out 2.20.

Thanks for your advice, Greg.


(btw I have/will always have Gold via Vistana)


Brilliant AND Boundless! Thank you so very much for your help with sorting all this out and for helping me plan out the next year in spend.


I was not aware with the Ritz card it’s membership year, not calendar year. I’m glad I read the whole post.
Is there a way to see the progress toward 75k spend for the Ritz card?


I am a bit confused about how they are dealing with existing lifetime status. I am lifetime prem platinum. I assumed I would get 75% extra points on stays for life but it looks like you have to get to Titanium every year to get that (i now wonder do we even get 50% extra for life). That seems like a bait-and-switch for those who pulled out the stops last year to get to 2 million points and 750 nights. Any thoughts?

Joseph N.

This is the confusion caused by Marriott using the label “platinum” for multiple different tiers.

If you earned LTPP status in 2018, under the old rules or the new rules, you will get Titanium status and that 75% bonus. Only the name of the tier is changing. Here is the relevant part of the Marriott members FAQ:

“If I will not be grandfathered into Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite, will I have the ability to earn into this level in 2018?

“Yes, members can earn Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite in 2018 if they achieve 750 Lifetime nights and 10 years at Platinum Elite status. This requirement is only for 2018 and will not be continued in future years. Members will receive notice of this Lifetime achievement in January 2019.

“We are keeping members “whole” in the applicable night tier in which they earned their Elite status. Example: If a member has 4 years of Elite status at the 50 night level (Gold Elite status) they will be counted in August and beyond as 4 years at the new 50 night level (Platinum Elite status). Only the names of the levels are changing. How we account for tenure is not changing.”


SPG Luxury Card Spend Question – If you spend $75K to earn Platinum Elite Status, does this Platinum status count towards a year for Lifetime Status even if you don’t have the 50 nights needed for Platinum in a calendar year? I need two more years to reach Lifetime Platinum and $75K annual spend would be easier for me to achieve than 50 nights.


I’m less certain on what the rules are on the various platinum attainment measures. I have well over 600 lifetime nights stayed, but I don’t think my “years at platinum or higher” goes up each year from having the brilliant for another year.

Joseph N.

Can it be true? Do my eyes deceive me? Marriott is going to do something about multiple tiers with the name platinum?

OMG, they finally listened! Too bad they only wised up AFTER months of member confusion about tiers during the transition.

As I’ve said before, they could’ve avoided all this confusion if they had jettisoned the word platinum at the start.


By holding several Marriott/SPG credit cards last year (and getting 15 elite night credits for each) and taking advantage of the 10 night elite credit for booking a conference room, I managed to get 75 elite nights sufficient to earn Platinum Premier Elite Status (soon to be Titanium) this year through Feb. 2020. I definitely won’t earn that status again this year and may not earn Platinum status through the 50 elite night requirement. My question is, if I only am able to earn Gold status this year (through credit card or via 25 elite nights) is Marriott likely to step me down one level to Platinum status for 2020 or plunge me all the way down to Gold? I seem to recall that the old Marriott typically allowed you a soft landing and only dropped you down one level, but I may be wrong. I’m trying to figure out if I need to spend $75k on my Ritz card or Lux card this year (setting aside whether that is a wise move) to earn Platinum status for next year (or if I can wait until 2020 to worry about earning status for 2021).

Mary Jane

Join the discussion…Greg, if you have Plat Elite thru the RC sign up in July and it is good thru 2/20, and you spend 75,000 by 2/20, would your Plat Elite status only be good thru 7/20?


Why would you get it until the following February as well?


I’m genuinely concerned that the 1 EQN for $3,000 spent on the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa will go away with the change to the new Bonvoy cards. I’m hoping the benefit will stick around, but I’m not holding my breath.

Ed Jenkins

Greg, in your table it looks like the Chase Bonvoy Boundless card is not eligible for the 1 EQN for each $3,000 of spend though…

Jonathan S

I have the same concern in the long run. However, I don’t think they will drop this benefit immediately given the page from their website that shows the benefits of each replacement card:

The website shows that the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card will become the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Credit Card (which is different than the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card) and will earn 1 Elite Night Credit per $3,000 spent on purchases.


I switched to the new card not knowing that I’d lose the 1 night per $3K spend. So pissed. Thinking of going to Hilton after my platinum expires in 2020.


I need 1 more year to get Lifetime Platinum. Time to apply for a credit card to get 15 elite nights.


Do we get anything at the Marriott Vacation Clubs now?


None of the paths are doable for me. That’s why even though I have quite a few 7-night or RC-free certificate stays this year, I am moving to Hilton holding my Amex Apsire card. Marriott really drive people away by taking back the free breakfast option for credit card holders. For me, a Mr. Nobody, what I care most is the location and free breakfast.


Me Toos ..Cheers

Fat Ted

Any chance Amex Platinum ups from the gold to platinum status? Seems like that benefit has devalued from what it was at SPG.


I wonder if anyone knows the answer: I expect to have 25 nights by the end of March. Will Gold status only begin in 2020, or will I have benefits this year? Thanks.


As soon as the nights are credited to your account, you’ll have gold status. It then will last until the end of 2020,


Great. Thanks for the quick response.


You should check if you’re eligible for Platinum Challenge by calling Marriott Rewards or Bonvoy. It only requires 16 nights (not 16 stays) with in 90 days.


Many blogs (I think including this one) said that we’d get Platinum status until 2020 if signing up for the RC card. Is that true or not?
I signed up at the end of July and after the merged program, was made Platinum. Will that stay put after Jan of this year?


I’d like to know this as well. I’m trying to “requalify” for platinum through this method.

Biggie F

Well, some folks who have the Ritz card but don’t really spend on it and don’t really stay at Marriotts (or RCs) seem to have inherited it during the changeover.


I was already platinum when getting the Ritz Carlton visa in July 2018, from stays during 2017. However I did not requalify by stays during 2018, instead getting this card in July. Wondering if that triggers as requalifying in 2018.


Even though I can’t be 100% sure. I think so. Typically you should get at least a full year elite status, not half a year or a few month. If you agree on that, since you signed up last July, it is natural to expect you still have that status until this July. But as you know, if you are a Platinum this July, that status will last until Feb 2020. Sound logical?

Mary Jane

Join the discussion…Hi Greg, my new RC platinum status expires in Feb 2020 (I also signed up in July). My question is: to requality for platinum, do I have to then complete my $70,000 new RC charges between July 2019 and January 2020 to requalify for Platinum thru to July 2020. I get confused when it is based on anniversary year and not calendar year.


It’s way cheaper (and healthier) to buy your own breakfast. Alternatively, stay in a Hilton with much fewer hoops to jump through.


Thanks for this awesome post Greg! Does anyone know when 15 elite nights get posted for AMEX SPG Business card this year? I just noticed I haven’t seen them yet? TIA


Thank You! Here I thought I got left behind by the merger chaos, LOL.


Mine posted a few days ago (AMEX SPG Business). I also have the Chase personal and those posted also.


Pretty grim compared to 2018. Hoping for a soft landing to Plat in 2020 is my best plan!