Marriott is changing their lifetime status requirements January 1, 2013 for the better. In the past, it used to be based on three things: 1) Number of years in the Marriott Rewards program, 2) Total number of accumulated points, and 3) Total number of accumulated nights. Moving forward they got rid of requirement 1 (which is great!) and lowered the number of total points needed over the years.
The new requirements include:
- Platinum Elite: 750 nights + 2 million points
- Gold Elite: 500 nights + 1.6 million points
- Silver Elite: 250 nights + 1.2 million points
The number of accumulated nights can easily be seen on your Marriott Rewards online account, but to find out your total accumulated points you must call Marriott for this information. I was told it included all nights earned, including credit card earned nights, along with all points earned, including bonus points.
While I would easily make gold lifetime status if it were just based on nights (I have 592 nights), my point balance is much lower. My total point accumulation over the past 7 years is 1,034,568. While I have stayed at Marriotts a bunch – I even had an extended stay hotel at one point, my nightly average cost has been around $89/night – which is pretty low. I am sure I can get Silver Elite lifetime status soon, but it will take awhile for the other lifetime status’s to hit.
However, since I was told it includes ALL earned points, there are many ways to enhance that point balance without staying at hotels – credit card bonus offers, online shopping mall, transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards (although not a good transfer value!), etc. While this has not been fully confirmed, the rep was pretty confident with me that all earned points count, but the fine print hasn’t been published anywhere for me to double confirm.
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