We still seem to be getting bits and pieces of information about the new Marriott Rewards program. Since the announcement just a couple of weeks ago, we’ve already had one clarification. We found out that Marriott intends to award lifetime Platinum Premier to Starwood Preferred Guest members with 10 years of Platinum status and at least 750 nights. I was glad to hear they’d made that decision. It’s goodwill during the merger and it shouldn’t cost them a lot of dough.
As soon as I posted about that change, I got a handful of folks commenting, tweeting, texting and e-mailing me asking about another unique situation. Folks wanted to know if they were lifetime Platinum with SPG and had 750 nights combined between SPG and Marriott, would they qualify for lifetime Platinum Premier. The reason folks want to know is because this is a one-shot deal. After the end of 2018, Marriott has announced they won’t be offering lifetime Platinum Premier status. I’m not entirely sure I understand the rationale there. But, that’s a discussion for another day.
My initial reaction was that Marriott likely wouldn’t go to the trouble to try and compute members’ combined progress. I was wrong. In fact, a Marriott insider confirmed an even more generous lifetime status calculation. If you have:
- 10 combined years of Platinum status between SPG and Marriott by the end of 2018
- 750 combined nights between SPG and Marriott by the end of 2018.
My understanding is that Marriott will grant you lifetime Platinum Premier status. This is a one-shot deal, only for 2018.
The Final Two Pennies
I’m happy to see Marriott moving to a calculation that’s most rewarding to the most members. It’s more than I would have expected in this situation. Most of all, it’s fair. If you’ve been loyal to both chains over the years, it makes sense to combine that loyalty to calculate your value in the new program.
Platinum Premier status doesn’t give you a ton more benefits than Platinum:
- 25% more bonus points
- 5 more suite night awards per year
- 48-hour guaranteed rooms
But, it beats a sharp stick in the eye. And, assuming “lifetime” actually means lifetime, then you never know when these extra benefits might come in handy. Chalk this one up as a win for long-time customers of both Marriott and SPG.
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