UPDATE:
  • Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card now earns 1 elite night credit after each $5,000 spent on the card. 
  • Marriott Offers Amazon Employees Automatic Platinum Elite Status Tryout through February 28, 2022.

Marriott Bonvoy's elite status can be beneficial to have. However, the actual 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 a costly destination. 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 who cannot have that many stays a year, below are the shortcuts to Marriott Platinum Elite earned through automatic elite night credits, credit card spends, timeshare status match, or 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

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    • The offer is expired, and it is not sure at this time whether it will return or not in 2022. Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts below if it returns in the future. 

    Amidst the COVID-19, Marriott offers 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 would automatically receive 25 elite night credits for this year 2021. See the chart below:

    ELITE STATUS TIER
    EARNED IN 2020
    ANNUAL TIER
    REQUIREMENTS
    50% ELITE NIGHT
    CREDITS (ENC) DEPOSIT 2021
    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 is fantastic about this shortcut is that those 50% elite night credits will count towards achieving Marriott Annual Gift Choice Benefit and Lifetime Elite Status

    This is 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. 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 $5,000 Spent on Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

    The Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card now earns 1 elite night credit for each $5,000 spent on the card. This means that each time you spend $5,000 on the card, you will receive one (1) elite qualifying night credit from the last day of each calendar month you qualify. The elite night credit earned is eligible towards the Marriott Platinum Elite status. 

    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 offer 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 personal Marriott credit cards, you can only receive 15 elite night credits. 

    Having personal and business Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards will automatically earn 30 elite night credits every year. Then you only need additional 20 more nights to reach Marriott Platinum Elite status level. 

    For example, you can apply for the Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card and American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business Card. Once you are approved and become a cardmember, you will receive 15 elite night credits per card for a total of 30 elite night credits. This benefit is in addition to the card's current sign-up bonus offers:
    • Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card offers
    • American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business Card offers

    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 best offers to ensure you receive the best possible sign-up welcome bonus Marriott points. 


    Marriott Award Stays Count Toward Elite Night Credits

    UPDATE: 
    • Marriott Bovoy program is moving to a dynamic award pricing model sometime in March 2022. This means that the standard, peak, and off-peak award pricing will be gone. 

    Marriott counts award stays toward qualifying elite night credits. Thanks to Marriott's peak and off-peak award pricing model allows you to do a quick "mattress run" to a category 1 property that only requires 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 5 total award nights instead of 4 and credits you 5 qualifying elite nights. 

    Combining award stays to get 20-night credits and the automatic 30 elite night credits through the 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, you are automatically granted the Marriott Gold Elite status if you have timeshare Owner 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 offers 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
    • During the same period, you need to stay 15 paid nights from November 9, 2021, through February 28, 2022, to keep enjoying your Marriott Platinum Elite status and its benefits. 
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    Marriott Platinum Elite Status Match

    UPDATE: 
    • Although Marriott does not have a dedicated page for status challenges, Marriott still offers a status challenge. However, you must contact Marriott to enroll in the challenge and learn more about the qualifications. Typically, after enrollment, you are required to stay a certain number of nights within 90 days to earn elite status with Marriott. 
    • Direct Link to Contact Marriott

    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. See this post for more information and how to request Marriott's status challenge. 

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    Elite Nights Promotions

    In the past, Marriott has offered extra Elite Nights promotions. These promotions allow members to earn additional elite night credits for every paid night with Marriott, and this can really help 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. 
    • You can also check out our master list of Marriott Promotions and Offers!

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    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 earned Marriott Platinum Elite status in 2022, it will be valid until February 28, 2024. That's when your Marriott Platinum Elite status will reset, and you'll have to earn enough night credits in the 2024 calendar year to re-qualify for Platinum Elite.