There have been a bunch of announcements/updates/clarifications since Marriott announced the first significant pieces of their new loyalty program.
Each blogger I follow had a bit of a different take on all of the changes. It was interesting to see the points certain folks focused on. I didn’t set out to focus on lifetime status. But, many of you have asked me questions about referred to Marriott’s decisions around lifetime status.
After I posted about the changes I was able to grab some time with Gary Leff of View From The Wing to get his thoughts. Along with program changes, we also had new credit card strategies to consider for both SPG and Marriott.
At the outset, Marriott had said that only Marriott lifetime Platinum members would be able to earn lifetime Platinum Premier status (to be awarded to guests staying 75 nights per year in the future). This would be a one-shot deal. If you were a lifetime Platinum member via the Marriott requirements by the end of 2018, you’d receive lifetime Platinum Premier status. If not, that path would be closed.
After a bit of consideration, Marriott changed their minds and laid out qualifications for SPG lifetime Platinum members to earn the new lifetime Platinum Premier status. At that time, the requirements were 10 years of Platinum status with SPG and at least 750 nights total at SPG hotels. There was no mention of combining your progress between Marriott and SPG to earn lifetime Platinum Premier status. And, it was still a one-shot deal. Meet the qualifications by the end of 2018 and you’d be in.
That still left one question unanswered. Heck, there may be more. But, there was one question that just kept coming up. Would Marriott allow a combination of achievements between Marriott and SPG to qualify for lifetime Platinum Premier? They hadn’t said “no” specifically on this point. And, it turned out that after a bit more waiting, the answer was “yes”. Marriott announced that as long as you had 10 years of top-tier elite status and 750 nights across both programs you would meet the requirements for this one-time status match to lifetime Platinum Premier.
That covers it all, right? No.
At least half a dozen folks immediately had a follow-up question for me. It had to do with how Marriott would look at folks who were earning elite status in both programs in the same year.
Sum it up something like this, “If Jane Doe has 5 years as a Marriott Platinum and 5 years as an SPG Platinum, in theory she’s met that requirement. What if Jane Doe earned both of those status levels in the same year, say 2015? If she earned both status levels in the same year (2015), does she get credit for 2 years of top-tier status for purposes of calculating lifetime status?”
What’s The Answer?
I reached out to Marriott to get clarification. I got a speedy and helpful reply to my question above”
In this scenario, once the member combines their accounts in August, they would receive credit for two years in total of Platinum Elite status that would count towards lifetime.
Yay! This should make some folks happy! I’m glad to hear that Marriott is using the most generous method to award folks lifetime status.
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