9 Shortcuts To Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Status [2021]


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9 Shortcuts To Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Status [2021]

  • June 30, 2021 - Marriott Offers Amazon Employees Automatic Platinum Elite Status Tryout
  • Good News: Marriott is offering 50% elite night credits based on each Marriott Bonvoy Member's elite status in 2020. See below

Marriott Bonvoy's elite status can be beneficial to have. However, the real Marriott's elite status benefits don't really start becoming valuable until you hit the Marriott Platinum Elite status level. That's because the Platinum Elite offers daily complimentary breakfast or executive lounge access at select Marriott properties that serve food and drinks throughout the day, which can be significantly beneficial especially when you are staying at an expensive resort or visiting an expensive destination, and thus it can be money savings on food and drinks expenses. 

Shortcuts To Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Status
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    What Are Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Benefits

    • 50% Bonus points on stays.
    • Enhanced room upgrade including select Suites, based on availability at check-in. 
    • Welcome gift choice of points, breakfast, or amenity varies by brand. 
    • Lounge access at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties.
    • Guaranteed 4 P.M. late checkout, subject to availability at resort and hotels. 
    • Complimentary enhanced in-room Internet access. 
    • Annual gift choice if you stay 50 qualified nights. The choices are:
      • 5 Suite Night Awards
      • The gift of Silver Elite status for a friend or family member
      • 40% off your favorite mattress
      • 5 Elite Night Credits
      • $100 charity donation

    ** The Marriott Annual Gift Choice Benefit is not applicable if you earn 50 elite nights through the following shortcuts.

    Shortcuts To Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Status Level

    Please note that, to reach Marriott Platinum Elite status level without the shortcuts, you must stay at least 50 qualifying nights per year. For those that cannot have that many stays a year, below are the shortcuts to Marriott Platinum Elite that are earned through automatic elite night credits, credit card spends, timeshare status match or through Marriott's status challenge. 

    It's worth mentioning that if you reach Marriott Platinum Elite through real qualifying stays of 50 nights or more, you will receive the annual gift choice benefit such as Marriott Suite Night Awards. With the shortcuts, you will not earn the gift choice. 

    COVID-19: Extra 50% Elite Night Credits of 2020

    Amidst the COVID-19, Marriott is offering 50% elite night credits based on each Marriott Bonvoy Member's elite status in 2020. This means that if you were Platinum Elite in 2020, you will automatically receive 25 elite night credits for this year 2021. See the chart below:

    EARNED IN 2020
    Ambassador Elite 100 Qualifying Nights 50 Elite Night Credits
    Titanium Elite 75 Qualifying Nights 38 Elite Night Credits
    Platinum Elite 50 Qualifying Nights 25 Elite Night Credits
    Gold Elite 25 Qualifying Nights 13 Elite Night Credits
    Silver Elite 10 Qualifying Nights 5 Elite Night Credits
    Member Not Applicable Not Applicable

    What awesome about this shortcut is that those 50% elite night credits will count towards achieving Marriott Annual Gift Choice Benefit and Lifetime Elite Status as well. 

    This is by far considered one of the best shortcuts to reach the Platinum Elite level in 2021. For example, if you were Gold Elite status in 2020, you will receive 13 elite night credits and you will need an additional 37 elite night credits to achieve Platinum Elite this year 2021. You can earn those extra 37 elite night credits with more shortcuts below. 

    I was Marriott Platinum Elite in 2020, I will receive 25 elite night credits in my Marriott account for 2021. Plus I also have one personal and one business Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards, I already received automatic 30 elite night credits in my account without any stays for this year. My Marriott account shows 55 elite night credits and that's more than enough to reach the Platinum Elite status level. Moreover, this also makes my Marriott account eligible for the Marriott Annual Gift Choice Benefit after 50 nights. 

    Earn 1 Elite Night Credit For Every $3,000 Spent on Legacy Marriott Credit Cards

    The legacy Chase Marriott credit cards such as Marriott Bonvoy Premier Credit Card and Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Credit Card, each offers the ability to earn 1 elite night credit for every $3,000 spent on the card. These credit cards are no longer available for new applicants, but don't worry if you don't have any of these cards, there are more ways to earn elite night credits toward Marriott Platinum Elite below. 

    Automatic 30 Elite Night Credits With Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

    If you hold one personal and one business Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards, you can receive 30 elite night credits every year. Please note that if you have two Marriott personal credit cards, you can only receive 15 elite night credits. 

    By having personal and business Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards, you will automatically earn 30 elite night credits every year, and then you only need additional 20 more nights to reach Marriott Platinum Elite status level. 
    Editor's Note: If you are looking for a new Marriott Bonvoy credit card, make sure to check our Master List of Best Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus Offers page to see the current and past best offers to ensure you receive the best possible sign-up welcome bonus Marriott points. 

    Marriott Award Stays Count Toward Elite Night Credits

    Marriott counts award stays toward qualifying elite night credits. Thanks to Marriott's peak and off-peak award pricing model, you can do a quick "mattress run" to a category 1 property that only requires just 4,000 points per night for an off-peak time. The gist of it is, any award stays including points and cash reservations all count toward elite night credits and status. 

    Moreover, Marriott members receive every Marriott 5th Night Free on award stays of five consecutive nights or more. Marriott counts the total 5 award nights instead of 4 and credit you 5 qualifying elite nights. 

    Combing award stays to get 20-night credits along with the automatic 30 elite night credits through personal and business Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards mentioned above can be a quick way to obtain Marriott Platinum Elite status level. 

    Automatic Platinum Elite by Spending $75,000 on Select Marriott Bonvoy Premium Credit Cards

    For big spenders, American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card and the discontinued Chase Ritz-Carlton Card (no longer available to new applicants) offer Marriott Platinum Elite status after you spend $75,000 on the card. The spend must be within a calendar year for the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card, and the spend must be within your card's membership year for the Chase Ritz-Carlton Card

    Get Timeshare Ownership Status Matched With Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status

    I am not a fan of timeshare and certainly don't know much about the program, but if you are a Marriott Vacation Club timeshare owner, the Club Points program can help to achieve your Marriott Bonvoy elite status as well. 

    Marriott club points offer you a timeshare status and you can match that timeshare status with Marriott Bonvoy status. Supposedly, if you have timeshare Owner status, you are automatically granted the Marriott Gold Elite status. If you have timeshare Select and Executive owner status, you can get matched with Marriott Platinum Elite status. 

    Marriott Offers Amazon Employees Automatic Platinum Elite Status Tryout

    Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 3-months trial period of Marriott Platinum Elite status to Amazon employees. 

    To participate in this trial offer, you need to enroll in the offer with your Amazon email address to be eligible. This trial offer is available to both new and existing Marriott Bonvoy account members. Once enrolled through the offer site, your Marriott Platinum Elite status tryout is good for three (3) months between June 30, 2021, and September 30, 2021. During the same period of time, you need to stay 15 paid nights from June 30, 2021, through September 30, 2021, to keep enjoying your Marriott Platinum Elite status and its benefits. 

    Marriott Platinum Elite Status Match

    UPDATE: Marriott decided to pull out the following status challenge/match offer. Registration is closed. Don't miss it again. Subscribe to our blog's posts below. See this post for more information.  

    I have talked about the quickest way to earn Platinum Elite is through the challenge in Master List of Hotel Status Match and Challenge post. Basically, Marriott offers status challenges that you can request to receive Marriott Bonvoy's elite status such as Gold and Platinum. Marriott gives you 90 days to complete the challenge. The requirements of the challenge are:
    • 8 nights for Gold
    • 16 nights for Platinum
    Only paid nights count toward the challenge. You'll receive Gold or Platinum Elite status within 48 hours of successfully completing the challenge. For more information and how to request Marriott's status challenge, see this post

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    Elite Nights Promotions

    In the past, Marriott has offered extra Elite Nights promotions. These types of promotions allow members to earn extra elite night credits for every paid night with Marriott. This can really help to rack up elite nights towards Marriott Platinum Elite
    • You can check your Marriott's Promotion Central for any available offers. 
    • Make sure to subscribe to our blog posts below or follow us on social media channels below, and we'll let you know when Marriott extra elite nights promotions return. 
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    • Marriott Promotions and Offers

    When Does Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status Reset?

    Once you earn elite status with the Marriott Bonvoy program, your status will be good for the rest of the calendar year in which you’ve earned it, plus the following year and an additional two more months after that. 

    For example, if you earn Marriott Platinum Elite status in 2020, it will be valid until February 28, 2022. That's when your Marriott Platinum Elite status will reset and you'll have to earn enough night credits in the 2022 calendar year to re-qualify for Platinum Elite. 

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    K C said…
    In terms of how long the status lasts.....Someone who gets upgraded in November, would get the upgraded status for the remainder of the year (November + December) 2 months + 14 months = 16 total
    Where as someone who got the status in January, would have it for the remainder of the year (12 months) + an additional 14 (26 total) months after that?
    I only ask because i'm 1 night away from a Platinum upgrade but its already mid september. Contemplating delaying the next credited stay until January.
    PL said…
    Hi KC, unfortunately it does not work that way. On January 1, 2022, your total nights this year towards Platinum status will start over (zero). Therefore, you will need to complete that one night between now and Dec 31, 2021 to get the Platinum status that will be good for the rest of this year 2021 through Feb 2023. If I were you, I’d try to get that one night as soon as possible so that you can start enjoying the perks the rest of this year. You can also try to contact Marriott via Twitter or call and ask for one night credit without stay as a one-time good will gesture. Worst case they say no. Good luck!
    K C said…
    Thank you so much for the super fast response!
    I just called Marriott and you are right. The minute the clock strikes 0 on New Years Day, my accumulated nights rolls back to Zero.
    Interestingly though, the rep stated that the status upgrade is only good for the remainder of the year + 12 months and not 14 months.
    Could this be a change in the rule?
    PL said…
    It’s very common that the rep has wrong information on the validity of the status. No worries. It’s been the case that that the status once earned will be good for 14 months, not 12 months.