While Marriott and Starwood have officially merged their loyalty program, you probably do not yet see your information combined. The option to merge your accounts is not yet available, so do not panic! You also might not even see the correct information in your respective programs, but I’d give it a few days for everything to shake out correctly. I am personally finding using the Marriott and SPG apps easier to use then their respective online sites, although you’ll have to download the latest update to see your information.
I am personally looking forward to see my lifetime status information updated! I used to be an extremely loyal Marriott person when I was traveling for work every single week in my 20’s. Heck, one year I even lived at a Marriott property for a good chunk of the year and racked up over 300 nights just that year. Although my points towards lifetime status wasn’t as high as you’d think since my average hotel rate was about $89/night, so prior to this merger I was only Lifetime Silver. Now, with the mapping of status and accounts being combined I’ll be Lifetime Platinum Premier!
Finding Your Information Towards Status on the App
When I logging into the Marriott and Starwood apps, I was easily able to find some of my lifetime status information. If you swipe to the right on your account info page, it will show you your total number of nights and then the number of years of status you have at your next tier status level. I earned Lifetime Silver status awhile back so my next lifetime goal is Gold status. Although that information is based on the legacy system, not when calculating the new requirements to earn status or when Marriott and SPG accounts merge. I do not really care about my years at Gold status as my goal is to earn Lifetime Platinum Premier. To earn Lifetime Platinum Premier, that means I need to earn Marriott Lifetime Platinum status based on the legacy requirements (when they map the new status levels those who had or can earn Marriott Lifetime Platinum status in 2018 will be bumped up to Marriott Lifetime Platinum Premier status).
After playing around for while I was actually able to get all my Lifetime Status information to appear. If you click on the “NIGHTS” or “YEARS AS ELITE OR HIGHER” wording, it’ll bring up a different page giving you your years of status at ever single level – Silver, Gold, and Platinum. This was just the information I was looking for! Although if you are looking for your total Marriott points towards status this information no longer seems to be available. For folks who are trying to earn status based on Marriott’s legacy requirements, knowing how many points you have is important. Unfortunately, this might require a call to Marriott to find out.
While I believe my years earning at least Silver and Gold status are correct, I actually do not believe my Years as Platinum is correct – although I will take it! It is telling me 12 years, but I really believe it is more like 8-10 years. I know there were a few years in there where I only earned Gold status. I am not fully trusting what I see in the app, so I am giving it a few more days to “get it correct”. Although maybe they really do have it in their system as 12 years as Platinum and I would gladly accept them thinking this!
Seeing your numbers in the Starwood app is very similar as well. While I was close to earning Gold status for life at Starwood, I didn’t actually make it and ended up not putting in the effort this year since I knew my Marriott status would trump my Starwood status.
My years of status at each level look accurate on my Starwood account. This could also be because Starwood always tracked years of status towards their lifetime requirements. Although I have no idea what the Silver status line means since Starwood only had two status levels – Gold and Platinum. My assumption is that the Silver status numbers is just a copy of the Gold status numbers since they have to align with Marriott when merged.
So once my accounts are merged I’ll end up with 14 years towards Platinum status (although it could be less if the Marriott number ends up being incorrect, but it will be a minimum of 10 years) and 954 nights towards status. With the lifetime status requirements as I listed out below, this will earn me Lifetime Platinum Premier status! 2018 is the only year where once can earn this status, so I am very happy to be earning it now as that opportunity will not exist next year. Although as of right now there really isn’t a huge difference between Lifetime Platinum and Lifetime Platinum Premier status.
Numbers Needed to Earn Lifetime Status
For just 2018, you can earn lifetime status two different ways, with either Marriott and Starwoods legacy requirements or by the new requirements. Starting in 2019, you’ll only be able to earn lifetime status based on the new requirements that were put in place.
Earning Lifetime Status Under the LEGACY Requirements
You’ll need to earn your respective Marriott and Starwood nights and points by December 31, 2018.
Marriott Lifetime Silver Elite Status
- 250 Marriott nights + 1.2 million Marriott points earned
Marriott Lifetime Gold Elite Status
- 250 Starwood nights + 5 years of Starwood Gold or Platinum elite status
- 250 Marriott nights + 1.2 million Marriott points earned
Marriott Platinum Elite Status
- 500 Starwood nights + 10 years of Starwood Platinum elite status
- 500 Marriott nights + 1.6 million Marriott points earned
Marriott Platinum Premier Elite Status
- 750 Marriott nights + 2 million Marriott points earned
- 750 COMBINED nights with Marriott and Starwood + 10 years of COMBINED Platinum elite status with Marriott and Starwood
Earning Lifetime Status Under the NEW requirements.
These will be the new requirements going forward. This is great for those that have stayed at both Marriott and Starwood properties throughout the years. Remember though, there will be no way to earn Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite status under the new requirements.
- Lifetime Silver Elite = 250 lifetime nights plus 5 years of elite status
- Lifetime Gold Elite = 400 lifetime nights plus 7 years of Gold Elite status or higher
- Lifetime Platinum Elite = 600 lifetime nights plus 10 years of Platinum Elite status
What new Lifetime status level will you be earning?