A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question whether it was worth buying back to Marriott Rewards Platinum from Gold status.
Here’s the email from the reader:
Your advice has helped me though the years. I now have a couple of questions regarding Marriott Reward status upgrades.
I retired about 18 months ago so I don’t travel as much as I used to. I’ve been Platinum for a few years although I never quite qualified… I suppose my 700 lifetime stays might have something to do with it. I recently received a mailing from Marriott offering me Gold but allowing me to buy into Platinum for 40,000 points.
My questions are these. All else being equal, does a Platinum member get better treatment, better upgrades etc… than a Gold member?
The extra perks between Gold and Platinum are not very much. Since I don’t travel as much, the extra points awarded to a Platinum member won’t cover what I spend to keep it. Many of my credited stays are from the credit card. Also, when I log onto my account it still has me as Platinum. Do you think if I do nothing, they will keep me Platinum?
One more question if I may… I took your advice and got a Hilton Diamond card on their matching promotion last month. Do you know if Marriott offers the same deal?
You state on your email that you have 700 lifetime stays. You need to find out exactly how many lifetime NIGHTS and POINTS you have towards either Gold or Platinum status.
Lifetime Gold status requires 500 nights and 1.6 million points while Platinum status requirements are 750 nights and 2 million points.
You need to check log into your account (do it here) and then choose the Account Overview. You need to click the Lifetime Status that then shows the number of nights and points that you have earned.
If you really have 700 qualifying nights, you are very close to the lifetime Platinum status depending on the number of lifetime points you have earned. Remember that all the points earned will count towards the lifetime status including purchased points and those earned from your credit card spend.
The reader should be very close to the lifetime platinum status by nights. It is unclear, however, how many lifetime points he has earned.
The Platinum status is worthwhile for stays outside of North America where Platinum trumps Gold when it comes to more significant upgrades. Both Gold and Platinum are eligible for breakfast and/or club lounge access.
It really boils down how many times the reader is planning to spend with Marriott every year and how much value they would put to the Platinum status.
There is no need to buy back the Platinum status now. The reader can wait to see if they really downgrade him to Gold. The Buy Back Your Status promotion is valid until April 1, 2016.