Here’s an interesting question that I don’t believe I’ve seen addressed by any other points-and-miles blogs – Is Marriott Bonvoy offering reduced requalification thresholds for elite members?
Our own situation suggests that this might be the case, and we’re turning to our great Middle Age Miles readers and commenters for additional crowdsourced data on what might be a very interesting and helpful subject.
What I’m Seeing on My Marriott Bonvoy Account
Recently, I was strategizing with my good friend JBTx about hotel elite qualification strategy for 2020. This caused me to check my Marriott Bonvoy app on my phone. When I did, I found something quite surprising. When I looked at my account and clicked the “Nights This Year” link, here’s what I saw:
As you can see, my Marriott Bonvoy app says that I’ll need only 40 nights to renew my Titanium Elite status, and 65 nights to achieve Ambassador Elite status (I suspect that I would still have to hit the $20k spend threshold for Ambassador, which won’t happen.)
If the information on my app is correct, it’s great news for my requalification strategy. We’ll be able to reach 40 nights with Marriott without much trouble this year. But reaching the normal Platinum threshold of 50 nights would be difficult and the normal Titanium threshold of 75 nights would be darn near impossible for us, particularly given our recent focus on Hyatt as our primary loyalty program of choice.
By contrast, my regular online account doesn’t show any reduced earning thresholds. It just displays “normal”-looking results as you can see from these screenshots:
Putting Things in Perspective – My Stats with Marriott Bonvoy
We’re wondering whether reduced requalifiction thresholds may be a benefit that Marriott is quietly extending to some elite members. To put my situation into perspective:
- I earned Titanium with 100+ elite qualifying nights in 2018
- Although, this was not nearly 100+ actual hotel nights; I had credit card nights, stays from the SPG program where multiple simultaneous rooms counted, rollover nights from the previous year, and probably some other “not real nights” that I’m not thinking of at the moment
- In 2019, I had “only” 54 nights and have been expecting to be re-classified as Platinum
- Breakdown was 15 credit card nights + 10 nights from a meeting (an actual meeting for a family wedding reception) + 29 actual head-in-bed nights
- So far in 2020 (as of Feb 11), I’m still showing as a Titanium member
- Given that my status hasn’t dropped, I’m wondering if Marriott Bonvoy gave me a reduced requalification threshold last year and I’ll stay as Titanium for all of 2020, or if my account just hasn’t hit its reset date yet and I’ll soon go down to Platinum
- I have lifetime status of 583 nights and 7 years of Platinum or higher
- Remember that Marriott Bonvoy added nights and years from both the Marriott Rewards and SPG programs – I probably had 3 years of Platinum-equivalent or higher with SPG and 4 years with Marriott Rewards
- I also have 9 years as Gold or higher and 18 years as Silver or higher
So, I have a pretty solid overall history with Marriott (and SPG). I had a good year with Marriott Bonvoy in 2019, legitimately re-qualifying for Platinum status on nights, but I didn’t come close to the normal 75-night Titanium threshold. Some or all of this history may have come into play if I’ve actually been extended a reduced Titanium requalification threshold for 2020.
So do I really have a reduced requalification threshold for Titanium status in 2020, or are the numbers I’m seeing in my Marriott Bonvoy app just a glitch.
If it’s truly a reduced requalification threshold that extends to other Marriott Bonvoy elite members, we think this is big news. Of course, Marriott formally eliminated the rollover nights program in recent years, but perhaps there’s an unwritten-rule program that’s serving as a quasi-replacement.
Please share your data points in the Comments if you’re a Marriott Platinum or Titanium member, whether you’re seeing a reduced requalification threshold in your Marriott Bonvoy app or not. Thank you! We think this is of great interest to readers if it’s true. And either way, it certainly impacts our own requalification strategy for 2020!
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