Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status: How to Earn It and What It's Worth

Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status: How to Earn It and What It's Worth

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Earn Marriott Bonvoy elite status by achieving a certain number of elite night credits at Marriott hotels — Marriott Silver Elite, the first elite status tier, requires 10 elite night credits.

Quick facts:

  • Value of elite status: Marriott elite status is worth between $22 and $6,000.
  • Elite night credits: Earn between 10-99 elite night credits to reach the first four elite status tiers; 100+ elite nights gets you the top tier, Marriott Ambassador Elite.
  • Hotel locations: Stay at any of Marriott's 7,000+ hotels in 131 countries and territories to earn elite night credits.

Marriott has made it 50% easier to earn status this year, and has resumed many popular benefits at its hotels, including free breakfast. By our analysis, the average Marriott member can get around $22 to $6,000 of value out of their elite status benefits, depending on their level of status.

New to earning Marriott Bonvoy status?

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Is Marriott status worth it?

In our opinion, Marriott status can be well worth it — even in 2021 while travel is still limited.

If you have Marriott Bonvoy elite status, you'll get access to free nights at Marriott properties around the world and you can take advantage of special benefits that come with having elite status.

Marriott Bonvoy elite status can be very valuable, or not valuable at all — it all depends on your travel style and how you utilize Marriott elite perks. If, for example, you mostly stay at Marriott’s extended stay hotels, elite status will help you earn valuable bonus points, though benefits like room upgrades, lounge access and perks like Suite Night Awards aren’t going to provide much value.

How much are Marriott points worth?

We typically value Marriott Bonvoy points around 0.77 cents per point. If you determine your hotel stay is worth around 0.77 cents per point, it will probably be worth it to use your points.

To calculate the value of Marriott Bonvoy points, use the following equation:

Cash price (including taxes and fees) ÷ Number of points needed for hotel stay = Points value for that specific reservation

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What is Marriott status worth?

Marriott elite status is worth between $22 and $6,000 — depending on the status level.

Of course, the value of any rewards program will ultimately come down to how often travelers use the elite benefits. Members who travel more often, spend more and stay at high-end properties will get more value.

Silver: $22

Value (based on 10 nights):

  • Bonus points: $12 (10% bonus points)
  • Priority late check out: $10
  • Room upgrade: N/A
  • Lounge access: N/A
  • Gifting: N/A

Gold: $491

Value (based on 25 nights):

  • Bonus points: $47 (25% bonus points)
  • Priority late check out: $40
  • Room upgrade: $375
  • Lounge access: N/A
  • Welcome gift: $29

Platinum: $2,389

Value (based on 50 nights):

  • Bonus points: $289 (50% bonus points)
  • Priority late check out: $100
  • Room upgrade: $1,000, includes select suites
  • Lounge access: $250
  • Welcome gift: $500
  • Annual gift choice: $250

Titanium: $4,310

Value (based on 75 nights):

  • Bonus points: $660 (75% bonus points)
  • Priority late check out: $150
  • Room upgrade: $1,875, includes select suites
  • Lounge access: $375
  • Welcome gift: $750
  • Annual gift choice: $250
  • Additional annual gift choice: $250

Ambassador: $4,310

Value (based on 100 nights):

  • Bonus points: $1,155 (75% bonus points)
  • Priority late check out: $200
  • Room upgrade: $2,500, includes select suites
  • Lounge access: $500
  • Welcome gift: $1,000
  • Annual gift choice: $250
  • Additional annual gift choice: $250
  • Ambassador service: $50
  • Your24: $50

How we calculate the value for each status level:

  • Nights required to reach status level x $150 ($200 for Ambassador elite) = Annual spend
  • Annual spend x base points bonus (depends on status level) = Bonus points earned on stays
  • Bonus points earned on stays x $0.077 = Value of bonus points

Assumptions based on our Marriott Bonvoy calculations:

  • 1 point = 0.77 cents
  • Basic Marriott members earn 10 base points per $1
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Bonus points

Value of saving 10% to 75% bonus points on stays: $12 to $1,155

One of the most valuable — but often overlooked — benefits of Marriott elite status are the bonus points that you earn as an elite member.

  • Silver Elite members earn a 10% points bonus on stays. Using our assumptions of 10 nights and an average of $150 per night, we calculate an average Silver Elite member would spend $1,500 in a year. Marriott Bonvoy members earn a base of 10 points per dollar at most properties, or 15,000 base points on $1,500 of spending. That means the 10% Silver Elite bonus equates to 1,500 bonus points. At 0.77 cents per point, that’s only around $12 worth of points.
  • Gold Elite members that spend a total of $3,750 (25 nights at $150 per night) can earn 37,500 base points. The 25% elite bonus yields 9,375 bonus points (around $72 in value).
  • Platinum Elite members spending 50 nights would spend around $7,500 (50 nights at $150 per night) for a base earnings of 75,000 points. The 50% elite bonus of 37,500 bonus points is worth around $289.
  • Titanium Elite members spending 75 nights at $150 per night, would spend around $11,250 per year and earn a base of 112,500 points. The 75% elite bonus would yield 84,375 bonus points, for a value of $660.
  • Ambassador Elite members also earn a 75% elite bonus. However, a member needs to spend at least $20,000 to earn Ambassador Elite status — that spending earns 200,000 base points. The 75% elite bonus tacks on another 150,000 bonus points, worth $1,155.

Late checkout

Value of late checkout: $10 to $200

Late checkout can provide some value for travelers who want to sleep in or get some extra work done. This benefit is often granted, but most travelers may only take advantage of it every once in a while.

  • Silver Elite members (who get late checkout based on availability) can value this perk at around $10.
  • Gold Elite members (who get a 2 p.m. late checkout based on availability), can value late checkout at $40.
  • Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador Elite members all get a guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout. We will assign a conservative value of $5 per stay — that’s $100 for Platinum, $150 for Titanium and $200 for Ambassador based on our assumptions.

Welcome gift

Value of welcome gift: $3/stay for Gold; $25/stay for Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador

How we calculate the value for Gold members:

Nights required to reach status level x points earned per stay (depends on status level) x 0.77 cents per point = Value of points earned for the year

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This benefit's value depends on the property and your status. On average, we estimate this benefit is worth $25 per stay. However, if you often travel with a guest and stay at brands that offer full breakfast, you may get much more value.

  • Gold Elite members will get either 250 points or 500 points, depending on the brand, so let’s average that to 375 points per stay. Assuming 10 stays and 0.77 cents per point value for Marriott points, that’s around $29 worth of points for the year.
  • Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador Elite members will have a more difficult time calculating this benefit. The welcome gift for these elite members varies widely based on the brand and location of the hotel. You might get complimentary breakfast for yourself and a guest. Or, you might just get a $10 food and beverage credit.

Room upgrades

Value of room upgrades: $15 to $25/night

While some hotel rewards programs make getting their elite members upgraded a challenge, Marriott typically makes it easy. However, the value of these upgrades varies.

  • Gold Elite members aren’t eligible for suite upgrades, so we will estimate a value of $15 per night.
  • Platinum Elite members qualify for suite upgrades, but Ritz-Carlton properties are excluded, so we’ll value the benefit for them at $20 per night.
  • Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members qualify for suite upgrades at most properties, so we'll value the benefit at $25 per night for these levels.

Lounge access

Value of lounge access: $250 to $500

How we calculate the value of this benefit:

Let’s assume a value of $20 per night at properties with a lounge and 25% of nights spent at these properties.

That’s $5 per night, placing the value for this benefit at:

  • Platinum Elite: $250
  • Titanium Elite: $375
  • Ambassador Elite: $500
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The value of lounge access varies widely — after all, only certain properties have lounges. Platinum Elites and higher are eligible to get lounge access at JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Delta Hotels, Le Méridien, Westin, Autograph Collection and Renaissance Hotels.

Currently, there are just over 2,000 hotels in these brands; after excluding resort properties, roughly a quarter of Marriott’s properties have a lounge that elites have access to.

Which Bonvoy hotels have lounges?

Marriott offers M Club lounges in more than 100 hotels around the world, with the bulk located in the U.S. Here's a quick overview of the locations:

United States: 77 M Club lounges

Canada: Six M Club lounges

Europe: 12 M Club lounges

Asia: 6 M Club lounges

Annual choice benefit

Value of annual choice benefit: $200 to $500 (or more)

Depending on what you choose as your choice benefit, you can easily get at least $250 from this perk.

  • Platinum Elite members often opt for the five Suite Night Awards, which we value at $50 each.
  • Titanium Elite members tend to choose The Free Night Award. Since it can be used toward a night costing up to 40,000 points, it could result in up to $200 in value. Plus, the 40% discount on a new mattress and box springs could save you well over $500.

Ambassador service

Value of ambassador service: $50

Of the Ambassador Elite members we interviewed, none placed any value on the ambassador service that they’ve received in the past year. One Ambassador Elite noted that his ambassador "is always MIA [missing in action]" when needed. Other members report receiving generic or untimely responses from their ambassadors and having better luck with their queries by simply contacting the hotel directly, which is something any guest can do.

Still, since there’s a chance that an ambassador may come through if requested, we will assign a token value of $50 for ambassador service.

Your24 benefit

Value of Your24 benefit: $50

We will assign a token value of $50 for the Your24 benefit.

This is a great benefit in theory — however, we don't give much value to the Your24 benefit in practice. Ambassador Elite members must go through their ambassador to request check-in and checkout times. Many Ambassador Elites report being declined, or never receiving a response. This lack of Ambassador service means many Ambassador Elites aren’t able to utilize this benefit as advertised.

Marriott Bonvoy levels

Benefits
Bonvoy Member
Silver
Gold
Platinum
Titanium
Ambassador
Elite night credits required0-910-2425-4950-7475-99100+ and $14K in annual qualifying spend
Complimentary In-Room Internet Access

Enhanced Internet

Member Rates
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  • How to earn it: Automatically earn 10 elite night credits in a year as a primary cardmember of the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
  • Points earned: 11 points per dollar (after 10% elite bonus) at most Marriott properties
  • Key benefits: Late checkout (based on availability), Ultimate Reservation guarantee
  • Verdict: You'll get Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status by earning 10 elite nights in a year. All Marriott co-branded credit cards currently available offer 15 elite night credits — that means you’ll get (at least) Silver Elite status as a primary cardmember. Though there aren't many Marriott Silver Elite status benefits, 10% bonus points and late checkout (when available) are better than nothing.
  • How to earn it: Automatically earn 25 elite night credits in a year as a primary cardmember of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card or as a cardmember of The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (enrollment required); or earn by spending $35,000 in purchases in a year on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card or the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
  • Points earned: 12.5 points per dollar (after 25% elite bonus) at most Marriott properties
  • Key benefits: Enhanced room upgrades, 2 p.m. late checkout (based on availability), welcome bonus points
  • Verdict: Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status is earned once you reach 25 elite nights in a year. The available perks are a big step-up from Silver Elite, but Gold Elite benefits are still subject to limitations. Gold Elite members get room upgrades (but not to suites), 2 p.m. late checkout (still based on availability), a welcome gift (but only up to 500 points) and a 25% points bonus on stays. Gold Elite status won't grant you things like free breakfast or lounge access.
  • How to earn it: 50 elite night credits in a year — or by spending $75,000 in purchases in a year on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
  • Points earned: 15 points per dollar (after 50% elite bonus) at most Marriott properties
  • Key benefits: Lounge access, room upgrades (including suites), 4 p.m. late checkout, Annual Gift Choice
  • Verdict: According to our above valuations, Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status is worth $2,288. This is because Platinum Elite members get room upgrades (including suites), lounge access, 4 p.m. guaranteed late checkout and their choice of welcome offer at each property (including breakfast at many brands). Platinum Elite members also get an Annual Gift Choice between five Suite Night Awards, five elite night credits, gifting Silver Elite status or other options. All of these perks really make Platinum Elite status worth shooting for.
  • How to earn it: 75 elite night credits in a year
  • Points earned: 17.5 points per dollar (after 75% elite bonus) at most Marriott properties
  • Key benefits: Additional Annual Choice Benefit and United Premier Silver elite status
  • Verdict - Is Marriott Titanium Elite worth it over Marriott Platinum Elite?: If you frequently fly United and value the option to choose another Annual Choice Benefit, then yes, Marriott Titanium will likely be better than Platinum.
  • In addition to all the perks of Platinum Elite status, Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite members get to select another Annual Choice Benefit with expanded options. As part of Marriott’s RewardsPlus partnership with United, Titanium Elite members will receive complimentary United Premium Silver elite status. Titanium Elite members also get a guaranteed room at any hotel as long as they book by at least 3 p.m. 48 hours before arrival.
  • However, in order to get Marriott Titanium Elite status, you'll probably need to spend a significant amount of nights actually staying in Marriott hotels, even if you fast-track your elite nights earning as a Marriott cardholder. If you don't think you'll be able to spend that many nights staying with Marriott, Titanium may not be worth it over Platinum.
  • How to earn it: 100 elite night credits, plus $14,000 in qualifying spending in a year (for 2021 only — in 2022, the spend requirement will return to $20,000)
  • Points earned: 17.5 points per dollar (after 75% elite bonus) at most Marriott properties
  • Key benefits: Ambassador Service and Your24
  • The effect of peak travel times on ability to upgrade to a suite: As a Marriott Ambassador Elite member, it's important to pay attention to peak and off-peak travel dates, as this will influence not only the number of points needed for hotel stays, but your ability to upgrade to a suite as well.
  • Members will have a better chance of being able to upgrade to a suite if they book their stay for off-peak travel dates than if they travel during peak times. For frequent business travelers seeking to upgrade, this perk can be especially useful if you tend to travel during weekdays and off-peak travel dates.
  • Verdict: Marriott’s Ambassador Elite status is the only level that requires Bonvoy members to reach both a spending and an elite nights threshold. In addition to all of the perks of Titanium Elite status, Ambassador Elite members also receive Ambassador Service and Your24. Ambassador Service offers personal assistance with your stays, while Your24 allows Ambassador Elites to stay at a hotel up to 24 hours after check-in.

How to get Marriott status

To earn Marriott Bonvoy elite status, members need to achieve a certain number of elite night credits .

A Marriott elite night credit is simply a credit toward the nights required for Marriott Bonvoy elite status 2021. In order for a stay at a Marriott hotel to count toward elite status, it must be a Qualifying Night .

Generally, a Qualifying Night yields an elite night credit. However, stays at ExecuStay and Marriott Executive Apartments only earn one elite night credit for every three Qualifying Nights.

Status level
Elite night credits required
Member0 to 9 per year
Silver Elite10 to 24 per year
Gold Elite25 to 49 per year
Platinum Elite50 to 74 per year
Titanium Elite75 to 99 per year
Ambassador Elite100+ per year and $20,000 annual spend (for 2021 only — in 2022, the spend requirement will return to $20,000)

Marriott making elite status worth it again in 2021

In 2021, Marriott has come out with a host of new elite status benefits that when utilized, can definitely make Marriott elite status worth it.

Marriott elite members who couldn’t take advantage of their elite status benefits in 2020 should find some consolation in the Marriott Bonvoy elite status extension promotion awarded in February 2021:

Marriott automatically awarded 50% of the required Marriott Bonvoy elite night credits to earn the next level of status in 2021 to its members who had status in 2020.

Marriott elite night credits were awarded as follows:

  • Silver members — five Marriott Bonvoy elite nights
  • Gold members — 13 elite nights
  • Platinum members — 25 elite nights
  • Titanium members — 38 elite nights
  • Ambassador members — 50 elite nights

This is in addition to any nights you earn through your spending with Marriott or as a Marriott credit card member.

Free Night Awards: Members who had a Free Night Award (FNA) with an original expiration date in 2020, or which will expire before Jan. 2, 2022 will now be able to redeem it through Jan. 3, 2022. Free Night Awards with an original expiration date prior to 2020 will not be eligible for the additional extension.

Points Expiration: Marriott has paused the expiration of Points until March 31, 2022 in order to give members sufficient time to redeem their Marriott Bonvoy™ Points. At that time, your Points will only expire if your Account has been inactive for at least 24 months. This is in addition to any nights you earn through your spending with Marriott or as a Marriott credit card member.

Free breakfast: As of July 1, 2021, Marriott has re-established their free breakfast benefit; however, note that it does not apply to every location. Complimentary breakfast can hold a significant amount of value for elite status members, especially when traveling to locations where expensive breakfast costs can really add up.

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Fast tracks to higher levels of Marriott status

The standard way of earning Marriott elite status is through hotel stays, but there are several ways to fast track your way to Marriott Bonvoy elite status. Because Marriott status resets each calendar year, you'll need to work to keep your status for the following year.

1. Sign up for co-branded Marriott credit cards

The easiest way to fast track Marriott status is through Marriott co-branded cards. Alternatively, you can get Marriott Gold Elite status as a benefit of certain premium American Express credit cards.

All Marriott credit cards currently offer:

  • Automatic Silver Elite status or higher
  • 15 elite night credits toward earning higher elite status

For example, the Amex Platinum card gives Marriott Gold Elite status automatically with card membership. Note, enrollment is required to earn status.

Card
Status benefits
Annual fee
Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card
On Chase's Secure Website
Silver Elite status through 15 elite night credits$0
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card
On Chase's Secure Website
Silver Elite status. Spend $35,000 in a calendar year to earn Gold Elite status. 15 elite night credits toward higher status.$95
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® CardSilver Elite status. Spend $35,000 in a calendar year to earn Gold Elite status. 15 elite night credits toward higher status.$125
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
See Rates & Fees. Terms Apply. On American Express' Secure Website
Gold Elite status. Spend $75,000 in a calendar year to earn Platinum Elite status. 15 elite night credits toward higher status.$450 See rates and fees
The Platinum Card® from American Express
See Rates & Fees. Terms Apply. On American Express' Secure Website
Gold Elite status$695 See rates and fees
The Business Platinum Card® from American ExpressGold Elite status$595 (10/14-1/12/22)
  • Bonvoy members can now earn 15 elite night credits through personal Marriott credit cards, as well as through business Marriott credit cards (notably, there’s only one business card available at this time, the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card).
  • This means that small business owners can get both the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card and a personal Marriott credit card to earn 30 elite night credits just through credit cards — enough for Gold Elite status without even spending a night in a Marriott hotel. This is a great way to get Gold status with a Marriott credit card. Then, they would only need to earn 20 more nights to reach the lucrative Platinum Elite status.

2. Check to see if Marriott status match and challenge is offered

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If you have elite status with another hotel brand, check to see if Marriott is offering an elite status match and challenge. With a status match, you could receive Bonvoy elite status equivalent to elite status you may have at another hotel brand.

For example, under a recent promotion, Bonvoy base, Silver and Gold Elite members could challenge for either Gold Elite or Platinum Elite status. To maintain Gold Elite status through February 2022, members would need to complete five eligible paid nights in 90 days. The Platinum Elite status challenge required 15 eligible paid nights in 90 days to keep the status through February 2022.

By enrolling in a status match, you can get Marriott Bonvoy elite status immediately with an opportunity to keep that elite status by completing a required number of nights in a set time period.

3. Get a Marriott Bonvoy member to gift you elite status

Duration of gifted elite status:

Remainder of the calendar year in which it’s gifted plus a full calendar year plus two months of the following year.

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For example, if you gift another member elite status in September 2021, that member will maintain elite status through October 2023.

There are only two ways that a Bonvoy member can gift elite status, and both involve Annual Choice Benefits.

  • Upon reaching Platinum Elite status, a Bonvoy member can use their Annual Choice Benefit to gift Silver Elite status to another member.
  • Upon achieving Titanium Elite status, a member can use their Annual Choice Benefit to gift Gold Elite status.

With that said, members can only choose one Annual Choice Benefit at each of these levels, and the other options are generally much more valuable.

4. See if your employer offers complimentary elite status

Some large companies partner with Marriott to offer elite status to their employees. If you work at a large company, it’s worth checking with your travel department to see if your company has a partnership with Marriott.

For example, Microsoft employees can enroll through this link to receive Silver Elite status. The same offer is available for IBM employees.

5. Achieve lifetime status

Upon reaching certain milestones, Marriott Bonvoy elite members can earn lifetime elite status. But, there’s no fast-tracking to lifetime elite status — in addition to needing to earn a certain number of qualifying nights, members will need to have maintained elite status for a certain number of years to be eligible for lifetime elite status:

  • Lifetime Silver Elite: 250 Qualifying Nights + five years as Silver Elite or higher
  • Lifetime Gold Elite: 400 Qualifying Nights + seven years as Gold Elite or higher
  • Lifetime Platinum Elite: 600 Qualifying Nights + 10 Years as Platinum Elite or higher
  • There’s no such thing as Lifetime Titanium Elite Marriott status — the highest lifetime status you can achieve with Marriott is Lifetime Platinum Elite. Though it won't get you lifetime status, the Titanium level at Marriott is the next highest tier after Platinum Elite Status, and will need to be maintained annually.

Marriott only helps you keep track of one of these metrics, lifetime elite nights.

How to check your progress:

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  1. Log in to your Bonvoy account and browse to your Activity page.
  2. Under the "Nights Earned" section in the top right corner, click the "Details" link.
  3. A pop-up window will show the number of elite nights earned toward elite status this year and toward Lifetime Status.

How to become a Marriott member

Marriott Bonvoy membership is free, and the sign-up process takes just minutes.

  1. Get Marriott membership through the Marriott homepage by clicking "Join Now" in the middle of the homepage or by clicking "Sign In or Join" at the top right corner of any page.

  2. You'll be asked to provide your name, country/region, zip code and email address, then set and confirm a password.

Tip: Marriott often runs new member bonuses. For example, travelers can enroll in the Marriott Bonvoy program through this link to earn a Free Night Award after completing two paid stays in a certain period of time. Alternatively, new members can enroll through this link to earn 2,500 bonus points after your first stay.

  1. Once you're logged in, click "activate online account" to activate your Marriott club membership. From there you'll be able to see your Marriott account activity and upcoming trips and track your progress toward elite status.

You can also make reservations at the lowest available rate through your Marriott Bonvoy account. Doing so will ensure that you get credit toward elite status for your stay.

If you reserve a stay through a third party, or make a booking through tour operators, online travel channels or other third-parties elite benefits, it is considered a Non-Qualifying Rate. These rates won’t earn points or elite night credits, or grant elite benefits.

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Track your elite status with the Marriott Bonvoy app: Marriott Bonvoy members can book and manage reservations, register for promotions, track progress toward elite status and more on the go by using Marriott’s app.

Marriott Bonvoy benefits

"Guaranteed lounge access gives you access to exclusive lounges at properties all over the world. If, worst case, a particular property doesn't offer lounge access, you'll likely be compensated with free breakfast or another valuable alternative."

— Sophia Mendel, ValuePenguin travel expert

Marriott Bonvoy elite status comes with a host of exclusive member benefits. While every benefit is wonderful in theory, in practice, some benefits are more valuable than others.

Of the perks available to Marriott elite status members, we recommend using the Marriott Club Lounge Access.

Marriott's Ultimate Reservation Guarantee is offered to Silver Elite members and higher, and this means Marriott will pay for your stay at a nearby hotel and compensate you for the inconvenience if the hotel you reserved can't host you. But, as with any benefit, there’s plenty of fine print involved.

  • Limitations: In order to qualify for compensation, the property must be open and operational. That means the reservations guarantee isn’t valid if a hotel closes, even temporarily.
  • The terms note that the member must be "relocated from the property upon arrival" to qualify. Presumably, this means you won’t qualify for compensation if the hotel relocates you in advance of your arrival.
  • The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis limit the guarantee to Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members. Meanwhile, other brands — Design Hotels, Marriott Vacation Club and Vistana properties — don’t participate in the Ultimate Reservations Guarantee.

The table below details the compensation you're entitled to under Marriott's ultimate reservation guarantee.

Hotel brand
Compensation
EDITION, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Delta Hotels, Le Méridien, Westin, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, Gaylord Hotels$200, plus 90,000 points
Courtyard, Four Points, SpringHill Suites, Protea Hotels, Fairfield, AC Hotels, Aloft, Moxy, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Element$100, plus 90,000 points (for Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members)
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis [only applies to Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite Members]$200, plus 140,000 points

Gold Elite members and those with higher status receive a welcome gift at check-in. However, the choice of welcome gifts will vary by hotel brand and elite level. Gold Elite members get a welcome gift of either 250 or 500 points, depending on the hotel brand:

Hotel brand
Welcome gift for Gold elite
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, EDITION, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Marriott Vacation Club, Marriott Grand Residence Club, Delta Hotels, Le Méridien, Westin, Autograph Collection, Design Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, Gaylord Hotels, Homes & Villas by Marriott International. Vistana properties only offer the Elite Welcome Gift benefit to non-Vistana Owner members.500 points per stay
Courtyard, Four Points, SpringHill Suites, Protea Hotels, Fairfield, AC Hotels, Aloft, Moxy, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Element250 points per stay
  • Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members have the choice of receiving a welcome gift of points, complimentary breakfast or an amenity. However, the exact choices depend on the brand.
  • The table below details the welcome gift offered by Marriott. Note, the welcome gift may vary outside the United States, Canada and Europe.
Hotel grand
Welcome gift for Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador elites
JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Delta Hotels, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels (non-resorts)1,000 points or $10 food and beverage credit per stay
JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Delta Hotels, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels (resorts)1,000 points or breakfast in the restaurant per night of stay for member and one guest
Gaylord Hotels1,000 points or $10 food and beverage credit per stay
St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Le Méridien, Westin, Tribute Portfolio1,000 points, amenity or breakfast in the restaurant per night of stay for member and one guest
  • The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Marriott Vacation Club, Marriott Grand Residence Club, Design Hotels, Homes & Villas by Marriott International.
  • Vistana properties provide Elite Welcome Gift only to Members who are not Vistana Owners using their ownership interest.
1,000 points per stay
CourtyardProperties without a lounge: 500 points or $10 food and beverage credit per stay

Properties with a lounge: 500 points and breakfast in the lounge. If the lounge is closed, breakfast in the restaurant for member and one guest

AC Hotels, Moxy Hotels500 points or $10 food and beverage credit per night of stay for member and one guest
SpringHill Suites, Fairfield, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites500 points or food and beverage item per stay
Four Points, Aloft500 points, amenity or breakfast in the restaurant per night of stay for member and one guest
Protea Hotels500 points or breakfast in the restaurant per night of stay for member and one guest
Element500 points or amenity per stay
  • If an elite welcome gift isn’t offered, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members are entitled to compensation based on the brand:
Hotel brand
Compensation in USD
JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Delta Hotels, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Le Méridien, Westin, Tribute Portfolio$100
Courtyard, AC Hotels, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, Four Points, Protea Hotels$50
Moxy Hotels, Fairfield, TownePlace Suites, Aloft, Element$25
The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Marriott Vacation Club, Marriott Grand Residence Club, Design Hotels, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, VistanaN/A (points is the only welcome gift option)
  • Gold Elite members and higher status elites receive complimentary room upgrades, based on elite level and room availability at check-in. However, Gold Elite members aren’t eligible to get suite upgrades.
  • Platinum Elite members and above are eligible to get a complimentary upgrade to the best available room — including suites — for the length of their stay. Notably, however, at Ritz-Carlton properties, Platinum Elites aren’t eligible for upgrades and rooms with direct club access are excluded.
  • Room upgrades aren’t available to any elites at Marriott Vacation Club, Marriott Grand Residence Club, Aloft, Element and Vistana properties.
  • Keep in mind that free Wi-Fi is included regardless of your elite status level. Gold status levels and higher can upgrade for free to Marriott Enhanced Internet, which runs at a faster speed, by first connecting to the property's wireless network. For all other guests, Marriott Enhanced Internet will cost a small fee.
  • Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members get "guaranteed lounge access" at JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Delta Hotels, Le Méridien, Westin, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, as well as at Courtyard properties with a lounge outside the United States and Canada (about 29% of Marriott properties participate in this).
  • If a lounge is closed — or a property from a participating brand doesn’t have a lounge or approved alternative — the hotel may have to provide an alternative, as indicated in the below chart.
  • There are currently 20 properties located in the U.S. that do not provide breakfast in the restaurant in the event that the lounge is closed. Instead, these properties offer elites 1,000 points. The current list of hotels that have this exception can be found in the Marriott Bonvoy terms and conditions.
Hotel brand
Alternative lounge offer
JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Delta Hotels, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels (resorts excluded)Daily continental breakfast in the restaurant for member and one guest. Member can choose to receive 750 points per stay instead.
Courtyard (outside the United States and Canada, with lounge)Breakfast in restaurant
Sheraton, Le Méridien, WestinNo alternative offered when lounge is closed

Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members are "guaranteed priority for your requested type of room" at participating brands. However, Marriott’s terms and conditions make it unclear what exactly is covered by this benefit.

Limitations:

  • Only Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members have guaranteed priority for their requested type of bed. Outside the United States, Canada and Europe, smoking preference is also given priority, but only "based on availability."
  • This "guarantee" isn’t available at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Edition, Marriott Vacation Club, Marriott Grand Residence Club, Design Hotels and Vistana properties.
  • Platinum Elite and higher status members that make a same-day reservation aren’t eligible.
  • Special requests — the terms and conditions mention "pillow, room location, extra bed [and] crib requests" as examples — aren’t included in this guarantee.

Compensation for failure to meet this abstract guarantee depends on the hotel brand:

Hotel Brand
Compensation in USD
The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Delta Hotels, Le Méridien, Westin, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, Gaylord Hotels$100
AC Hotels, Courtyard, Four Points, SpringHill Suites, Protea Hotels, Residence Inn$50
Fairfield, Aloft, Moxy Hotels, TownePlace Suites, Element$25
  • Marriott gives Platinum Elite and Titanium Elite members a benefit of their choice each year. One choice benefit is earned upon reaching 50 elite nights and another is earned if you reach 75 elite nights. This means Platinum Elite members will get one Annual Choice Benefit each year, while Titanium and Ambassador Elite members get a total of two benefits.
  • The list of choices is similar between the two levels. However, the 75-night Annual Choice Benefit adds the option of a Free Night Award, and members can gift Gold Elite status instead of Silver Elite status.
Platinum Elite 50-night Annual Choice Benefit options
Titanium Elite 75-night additional Annual Choice Benefit options
Five Suite Nights AwardsFive Suite Night Awards
40% off a Marriott mattress and box spring40% off a Marriott mattress and box spring
$100 charity donation to the ME to WE Foundation$100 charity donation to the ME to WE Foundation
Gift Silver Elite status to another memberGift Gold Elite status to another member
Five elite night creditsFive elite night credits
N/AOne Free Night Award (up to 40,000 points)

Choosing the annual choice benefit with the best value:

  • For most Platinum Elite members, the five Suite Night Awards is going to be the most valuable choice. As discussed in this post, Silver Elite status is easily achieved through a Marriott credit card, and it’s not especially valuable. If you really love a particular Marriott brand’s bedding, you could opt for the 40% discount to buy one of your own through Marriott Retail Brands.

Note that the elite night credits option is applied to the year in which status was earned. So, the only time where it makes sense to choose five elite night credits is when you’ll otherwise end up with 70 to 74 elite nights for a year. In this case, adding five elite night credits will boost you to Titanium Elite status. That earns you better perks, such as an additional Annual Choice Benefit.

  • The choice at 75 nights is a bit tougher. Instead of Silver Elite status, you can give Gold Elite status, which could make sense in some cases. However, the five Suite Night Awards or one Free Night Award at a property costing up to 40,000 points is likely to be much more valuable. The elite night credit option only makes sense when you have at least 95 nights and enough spending to earn Ambassador Elite status.

Bonvoy Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members get a guaranteed room at most Marriott properties through the 48-hour Guaranteed Availability benefit. As long as a reservation is requested at least 48 hours prior to 3 p.m. on the date of arrival, these elite members can book a room at the prevailing rate (though Free Night Award, promotional and discount rates can’t be used).

Limitations:

  • While this benefit would come in handy during the Super Bowl, New Year’s Eve or another major event, special events are excluded from this guarantee. The terms and conditions note that the "Forty-eight (48) Hour Guaranteed Availability may not be available on certain limited dates (e.g., special events)." This isn’t further defined, so it’s possible that hotels could easily work their way out of this.
  • In addition, this benefit isn’t available at resort hotels, Marriott Vacation Club, Marriott Grand Residence Club, Design Hotels and Vistana properties.

Ambassador Elite status comes with Ambassador Service, advertised as "personal assistance with your stays — anytime, anywhere." Prior to 2020, Ambassador Elite members received a dedicated personal assistant to help with booking stays, requesting upgrades and other special requests.

However, Marriott has laid off many ambassadors in two rounds of layoffs in 2020. Particularly since these changes, Ambassador Elites have reported minimal to nonexistent service.

With this benefit, Ambassador Elite members can choose their own check-in and checkout times, which guarantees Ambassador Elite members 24 hours at a property. For example, you can choose to check in as early as 7 a.m. as long as you also check out by 7 a.m. Or, if you don't want to check out until 7 p.m., you can do so as long as your confirmed check-in time is after 7 p.m.

In practice, this benefit is reported as inconsistent at best:

  • Check-in and checkout times have to be approved before arrival. To do this, Ambassador Elites need to request specific check-in and checkout times with their ambassador at least two days prior to arrival.
  • Ambassador Elites say these requests are often rejected due to availability or other exclusions, or they may just never get a response.

Methodology

The true value of Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status will vary from person to person and depend on how often you take advantage of the elite benefits offered by this program. For example, members who travel frequently and tend to stay at higher-end properties are sure to get more value from elite status than those who rarely travel and prefer to stay in budget accommodations.

However, in the interest of objectivity, we estimate that Marriott elite status is worth between $22 and $6,000, depending on your status level. This is quite a significant range, so it's important our readers know how we came to this valuation.

Our value estimate is based on the following assumptions:

  • You redeem your points for hotel reservations, which gets you an average value of around 0.77 cents.
  • You complete just enough elite night credits to qualify for each tier. That means 10 nights for Silver Elites, 25 nights for Gold Elites, 50 nights for Platinum Elites, 75 nights for Titanium Elites and 100 nights for Ambassador Elites.
  • On average, your stays consist of two and a half nights. This means Silver Elite members complete four stays per year, Gold Elite members complete 10 stays per year and so on.
  • You spend an average of $150 per night. However, since Ambassador Elite requires $20,000 in annual spending, we’ll assume $200 per night for this tier.

Marriott elite status FAQs

When does Marriott status reset?

Marriott elite status is earned based on a calendar year. If you failed to requalify for elite status, your current elite status is only valid through the end of February of the following year.

How long does Marriott status last?

Marriott elite status is generally valid for the remainder of the calendar year in which it’s earned, plus the following calendar year and another two months in that next year. That means if you earn Marriott status in July 2021, that elite status will be valid through the end of February 2023.

Do point nights count toward Marriott status?

Marriott award nights paid for with points count toward earning Marriott Bonvoy elite status the same as if you paid cash for the night. However, the stay won’t count as a qualifying stay for achieving promotions.

Do Marriott rewards nights count toward elite status?

Marriott Free Night Award stays count toward elite night credits required for Marriott Bonvoy elite status.

Does Marriott status match?

Marriott will sometimes offer a status match and challenge to travelers that hold elite status with other hotel brands. Check this webpage to see if a Marriott status match is currently available.

Can you buy Marriott Platinum status?

You cannot buy any Marriott elite status. However, you can get a shortcut to many Marriott Bonvoy elite status levels through being a Marriott co-branded credit cardholder. By holding both a personal and a business Marriott credit card, you could earn 30 elite night credits toward the 50 nights required for Platinum Elite status.

How do I select the Marriott annual choice benefit?

To select your Marriott Annual Choice Benefit, log into your Marriott Bonvoy account and browse to this page. You can also see your past Annual Choice Benefit selections on this page.

How do you contact Marriott Bonvoy elite customer service?

You can contact a Marriott customer service representative by searching for the appropriate Marriott Bonvoy elite phone number or searching for the answer to your question on the Marriott Bonvoy website.

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What is a Qualifying Night?

Stay must be booked directly through Marriott

Member must stay in the room

Must pay for the room directly*

*unless the stay is billed to the member’s company


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