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. This Elite Buy Back Promotion has again returned.
You can buy back the status you had in 2013 through April 1, 2014. The number of points requires is dependent of the status level that you wish to maintain.
You can access this offer here.
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 are for 2014. 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 send an email to EliteBuyBack14@Marriott.com with one of the below options and include your Marriott Rewards number and name.
- 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 feature of Marriott Rewards program. You can always buy back the stays that you held the previous year, if you don’t qualify or Marriott doesn’t extend your status, for set number of points.