9 Stays And Marriott Platinum Status Has Arrived

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I used to say that I liked my Marriott Gold status and I’d keep it, that is until I found out you can get Marriott Platinum status after only 9 stays. Marriott may not be everyone’s favorite hotel chain to maintain status in, but I very much find value. Especially in redeeming the points for Ritz Carlton point saver awards and getting complimentary upgrades (not guaranteed but does happen) at Ritz Carlton hotels.

Marriott is generally the third hotel chain status I achieve in a year, after Hyatt Diamond and Starwood Platinum status. I find most value in Hyatt’s complimentary breakfast for Diamond members, Hyatt upgrade awards and their confirmed suite nights followed directly by Starwood’s complimentary suite night certificates and lackluster and inconsistent complimentary breakfast option.

Recently Starwood started to make it more attractive to hit higher night counts with their 50 night suite upgrade certificates and other benefits at 75 nights and 100 nights during a calendar year. So this threw a monkey wrench into my trifecta hotel status strategy. With only about ~130-180 nights in a hotel per year, no longer was I going to be able to achieve two top tier hotel status levels and a mid tier with Marriott. That is until I heard about Marriott’s offer to earn and maintain their top tier Platinum status through February 2014 after only 9 stays in a Marriott hotel.

Getting The Platinum Challenge With Marriott

So I embarked on Marriott’s Platinum status challenge. The first step I took was to call the Marriott Rewards Customer Service and ask for a Platinum Elite Status Challenge. They took a deep look at my stay history with Marriott, and previous activity with their Marriott credit card, and determined that they would extend the Platinum challenge to me.

The Platinum Challenge Offer

The challenge was to complete 9 stays at any qualifying property between now and December 31, 2012. If I accepted and met this challenge, I’d have Marriott Platinum status through February of 2014. If I accepted this challenge, but didn’t meet it, I’d have Marriott Platinum status through the end of the calendar year.

So this was a high stakes game :)

The Platinum Challenge Results

I stayed just over 10 one-night stays in a 2 month period. This was met by a combination of business and personal stays at a number of hotels including Marriott, Marriott Autograph collection, Marriott Courtyard, and Ritz Carlton hotels.

This enabled me to exceed the 9 stay threshold to earn and maintain Marriott Platinum status through February 2014.

Marriott Platinum Benefits

You’ll receive the following benefits as a Marriott Platinum member:

1) Room upgrades (also with Gold)

2) 50% bonus on points for stays

    • The bonus points with Marriott can add us fast

3) Free Internet Access (also with Gold)

    • Free internet access is great
    • Gold status also gets this benefit

4) Guaranteed room type (also with Gold)

    • Always receive your preferred room type
    • If they don’t have it, you’ll receive compensation
    • Gold status also gets this benefit

5) Guaranteed lounge access/breakfast (also with Gold)

    • Marriott lounges usually have consistent offerings in the morning
    • Gold status also gets this benefit

Bottom Line

Marriott’s Platinum challenge is a great offer (for those that didn’t earn their status the hard way) to quickly earn status and maintain it for over a year. But it doesn’t get offered to everyone. You must have demonstrated loyalty to Marriott in the past with either or both hotel stays or credit card spend, how much is not clear, but they are both in fact considered.

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  1. well if you dont have 75 nights in ’13 you wont have Plat status after 2/14. Now if you plan to use up all your MR pts before 2/14 thats 1 thing otherwise what good is it?

  2. Hi Craz – It’s good because I have if you have several MR reward or paid reservations next year all of them will qualify for Platinum status benefits. Instead of going for Gold (50 nights) I was able to go for Platinum for 9 (10 in my case) nights. So I saved 40 nights this year to apply to other chains for status.

  3. I just followed your lead and did exactly the same thing — 9 stays, and now I have platinum status through February 2014. Thanks to you and to Marriott! I do have a deep loyalty relationship with them and am a Marriott Vacation Club owner to boot; that probably helped. Thanks for the excellent post that resulted in my Platinum status!

  4. may i ask what business are you in that you stay 180 nights in hotels per year , that is every other day!!!

  5. Hi Julia – Some could say I travel for a living but it is more of a job requirement.

    For example, today is one of those ~180 other days. I’m flying to a city but have no need for a hotel since I’m taking the last flight of the day back home.

  6. Actually, they offer the Platinum Status Challenge to almost anyone. I did it with zero stays ever at Marriott.

  7. I haven’t stayed in a Marriott in over 1.5 years and just got their credit card but haven’t spent any money on it. I called and asked for the challenge and they immediately agreed to do it. Seems like they aren’t that picky with this.

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