Marriott has now enabled the Status Buy Back program website for 2016 membership year that happened a month earlier than in 2015,
Marriott is the only hotel loyalty program that allows you to buy back the status that you had the previous year for a set number of points.
You can access this offer here.
You can buy back the status you had in 2015 through April 1, 2016. The number of points requires is dependent of the status level that you wish to maintain.
Number of Marriott Rewards points required to buy back the status:
Platinum- 40,000 points
Gold – 25,000 points
Silver – 7,500 points
Does it make sense to use points to buy back the status?
It really depends what your travel requirements for 2016 are. Dropping from Gold to Silver is a big change as you no longer have access to club lounges or complimentary breakfast. There is no such a big difference between the Gold and Platinum, however.
How to buy back the status?
You need to call Marriott Rewards or send them a message via the online customer support web form and include one of the following messages:
- Buy Back my Elite status from Gold to Platinum status: 40,000 points
- Buy Back my Elite status from Silver to Gold status: 25,000 points
- Buy Back my Elite status from Basic to Silver status: 7,500 points
This is a great way to indefinitely extend your Marriott Rewards status. I would certainly pay to extend the Gold status (and Platinum one too), if you are planning any stays at full service Marriott properties (especially outside of the North America).
Marriott Rewards often extends your status even when you have not met the official requalification criteria. Just make sure that your status for 2016 membership year really drops before paying to have it renewed.
Remember that Marriott Rewards Platinum status comes with United Airlines Silver Elite status due to the RewardsPlus partnership.
Here are the terms and conditions of this program:
This offer is valid through April 1, 2016 and allows only one level of buyback, which must match the Elite level you enjoyed in 2015. All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply. Once your status has been reinstated for 2016, you can see your updated mobile Elite membership card in the Marriott app. If you don’t have enough points in your account, you can always buy up to 50,000 points every year.