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Marriott is one of the largest hotel groups in the world, with a portfolio of over 7,300 properties that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program. In this post, we will take a deep dive into Marriott Bonvoy’s elite status levels and the benefits that status can deliver, as well as the requirements for achieving elite status.
We know that Marriott Bonvoy status delivers elevated experiences such as upgraded hotel rooms, free breakfast, lounge access, and other perks that make your stay more comfortable. But is the effort required to achieve elite status worth it?
Here’s a look at the requirements, some shortcuts that can expedite the path to elite status, and if achieving it makes sense for you.
The Marriott Bonvoy rewards program has several elite levels offering increasingly valuable benefits.
Here are the perks you can expect to receive when you sign up for Marriott Bonvoy and work your way up through the status levels.
Sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program and receive these core benefits:
Silver Elite members receive all Member benefits plus these additional perks:
Gold Elite members receive all Member and Silver Elite level benefits plus all of the following:
Platinum Elite members enjoy all of the benefits previously mentioned plus these additional benefits:
Titanium Elite members qualify for all Member, Silver Elite, Gold Elite, and Platinum Elite benefits plus much more:
Ambassador Elite members are treated well. In addition to all other benefits listed previously, Ambassadors receive these personalized services:
While there are multiple levels of elite status, the annual hotel night requirements to attain elite status with Marriott Bonvoy are simple.
Following are the number of elite qualifying nights needed to achieve each level of Marriott Bonvoy elite status.
Rewarding Events — Earn 1 elite qualifying night for every 20 rooms booked. You’ll also earn up to 20,000 points for each event.
Marriott Bonvoy also has a lifetime elite status level that rewards those loyalists who have made Marriott their brand of choice (or Starwood previously) for a good share of their lifetime.
Having a credit card instantly grants you elite status with Marriott Bonvoy and the status remains valid for as long as you hold the card.
You may also have the opportunity to reach a higher level of elite status by spending on the Marriott Bonvoy card.
|Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card||Comes With:||Spend Your Way to:|
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express||Gold Elite||N/A|
|Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card||Silver Elite + 15 elite qualifying nights||N/A|
|Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card||Silver Elite + 15 elite qualifying nights||Gold Elite — spend $35,000 on the card in a calendar year|
|Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card||Gold Elite + 15 elite qualifying nights||N/A|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card||Platinum Elite + 25 elite qualifying nights||N/A|
|Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card||Gold Elite + 15 elite qualifying nights||N/A|
|Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card||Gold Elite + 15 elite qualifying nights||N/A|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||Gold Elite||N/A|
Each Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card awards 15-25 elite qualifying nights each year that can be used to expedite your path to higher elite status. There is a maximum of 40 nights that can be credited regardless of how many Marriott Bonvoy cards you have.
If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy loyalist, you’ll definitely want one of these credit cards in your wallet.
Hot Tip: Another non-traditional way to achieve elite status is through a status match or challenge.
There are so many options for earning Marriott Bonvoy elite qualifying nights, you’ll need a summary to guide you.
Here’s a list of the ways you can earn elite qualifying nights.
Certain Marriott Bonvoy credit cards offer a free hotel night certificate for each card anniversary year. Each certificate is good for a free night that is capped at a stated point value.
In addition to earning Marriott Bonvoy points for staying at Marriott properties, you’ll earn even more points when you pay for your stay with your Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card.
You’ll also earn valuable Marriott Bonvoy points by spending in bonus-earning categories and on every purchase you make.
You’ll find several useful travel and purchase protections on Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. Benefits such as secondary car rental loss and damage insurance, travel accident insurance, roadside assistance, purchase protection, and extended warranty coverage can save you money during your travels.
Check your card’s specific guide to benefits for actual benefit descriptions, limits, and conditions.
When it comes time to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points or use your free night certificates, you’ll have some very desirable options.
Here’s a sample of where your 35,000 and 50,000 free night certificates or your Marriott Bonvoy rewards points can take you.
Book the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa with your free night certificate (worth 50,000 points) or redeem just 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. You can also take advantage of the fifth night free benefit and book 5 nights for 200,000 points.
Enjoy a complimentary luxury hotel night in Vietnam by using your free night certificate (worth 35,000 points) or by redeeming your Marriott Bonvoy points. A single night can be booked for just 35,000 points or book 5 nights for a total of 140,000 points using the fifth-night free benefit.
Hot Tip: For more ideas on redeeming your Marriott Bonvoy points, our writers have put together their recommendations of the best ways to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points for hotels or flights.. We even have a guide on the best Marriott luxury hotels to book with points for maximum value!
For the latest pricing and welcome offers, visit our reviews on these Marriott Bonvoy-branded cards:
Hotel elite status offers valuable benefits that make your trip more comfortable and potentially save you money.
If you value Marriott Bonvoy benefits and stay frequently at Marriott properties, having elite status makes sense.
If you stay just a few nights a year but want those stays to include free Wi-Fi, the ability to take advantage of the fifth award night free, and the other perks of Silver Elite or Gold Elite status, a Marriott Bonvoy credit card could be a viable option.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
For rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card, click here.
For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
Yes, Marriott Bonvoy elite status is worth it if you value the benefits.
Qualifying for Silver Elite or Gold Elite status is not difficult if you stay at Marriott properties just a few times per year and have a Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card.
Every stay booked through Marriott earns elite qualifying nights that count towards elite status, whether you pay for the night or use Marriott Bonvoy points to book an award stay.
In addition, if you use the fifth award night free benefit, all 5 nights will count towards elite status.
Elite qualifying nights are not actually free hotel nights you can use, they are credits that accumulate on an annual basis and count towards elite status. You can earn elite qualifying nights by staying at Marriott properties, holding events, having a Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card, and through various promotions/bonuses.
Once you have accumulated the required number, you qualify for the corresponding level of elite status.
For example, once you have earned 10 elite qualifying nights, you have earned Silver Elite status. When you reach 25 elite qualifying nights you have earned Gold Elite status, and so on.
Even with elite status, Marriott Bonvoy points expire after 24 months of inactivity in your Marriott Bonvoy account.
To keep your account active, you just need to earn or redeem points. Activity will extend the validity of your points for another 24 months.
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