Marriott Rewards today has updated the qualification criteria for the Platinum Premier Lifetime status that can only be earned in 2018.
The problem with the announcement that was made three weeks ago was that Lifetime Marriott Rewards Platinum members were grandfathered to Platinum Premier while highest SPG Lifetime Platinum members regardless of the number of nights consumed could only get Lifetime Platinum in the new program. Marriott has now corrected this oversight.
Remember that going forward only lifetime Silver, Gold and Platinum statuses are available in the combined program.
Here’s the update:
SPG members can now earn Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite status, and Marriott Rewards members will have an additional way to achieve it in 2018. Members who have reached 750 nights and ten years of Platinum status by the end of this year will qualify. This is the last year Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite status will be offered.
In addition, members can qualify for all lifetime tiers through the end of 2018 under the current criteria in both programs as well as the new unified program rules. Members also can accelerate lifetime by combining their accounts in August, because nights stayed at any of our 29 participating brands in 2018 will count toward elite status.
Here’s the update that was posted on the website:
NOTE: Members that reach 750 nights and 10 years at Platinum by December 31, 2018 will be grandfathered into Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite status (notified January 2019). In addition, members that achieve Marriott Rewards Lifetime Platinum under the legacy requirements by year end will also be grandfathered into Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite status. And, don’t forget that we’ll combine Lifetime activity across both Rewards and SPG toward qualification when members combine accounts in August. Beginning in 2019, qualification into Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite status will not be available. See FAQs for details.
So, SPG Lifetime Platinum members that have 750 nights by the end of this year will get Platinum Premier lifetime status.
Seems that the lifetime points requirement is gone from the Marriott Rewards members too (now that I have reread this for the fifth time). They need minimum of 750 nights + 10 years of Platinum status.
Marriott Rewards has extended Platinum status many times without really qualifying and you have been able to buy it back too. I am not sure how Marriott Rewards is going to count the years.
I have clarified with the Marriott Rewards that members have until the end of this year to qualify under the old rule of 750 nights + 2,000,000 points. This doesn’t require member to have had Platinum status for 10 years.
I am sure that Marriott/SPG weren’t aware how thorny this issue would be among its members. Many SPG members felt that they didn’t get fair deal having consumed more than the minimum required for the Lifetime Platinum Premier (for Marriott members) yet being given only the Platinum for lifetime. I am glad that this was fixed.
As I pointed above, I am not sure how Marriott will count the Platinum years for Marriott Rewards members. There have been so many ways to qualify officially under the required 75 nights.
I am glad that the program leadership is willing to listen to the feedback from its members and making swift corrections if needed.
Here are the frequently asked questions my Marriott:
WHAT IS HAPPENING TO LIFETIME STATUS?
In August, we’ll have three Lifetime Elite tiers, each with its own nights and Elite tenure thresholds. Once you achieve a Lifetime Elite tier, you’ll never go below it, and your points will never expire. If you have previously achieved Lifetime Elite status in Rewards or SPG, we will honor that Lifetime Elite status in the new program (see below). In addition, when you combine Rewards and SPG accounts we will combine your lifetime activity across both toward Lifetime Elite status in the new combined program. Members will have until year-end 2018 to complete stays in order to achieve the Lifetime Elite status thresholds to be grandfathered in at the previous thresholds for Rewards or SPG.
Existing Lifetime Elite members will receive the following status in August:
- Lifetime Gold members receive Lifetime Gold Elite status
- Lifetime Platinum members receive Lifetime Platinum Elite status.
MARRIOTT REWARDS/THE RITZ-CARLTON REWARDS:
- Lifetime Silver Elite members receive Lifetime Silver Elite status.
- Lifetime Gold Elite members receive Lifetime Platinum Elite status.
- Lifetime Platinum Elite members are grandfathered into Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite status.
CAN I EARN LIFETIME STATUS UNDER THE LEGACY REQUIREMENTS (ACTIVE PRIOR TO AUGUST 2018) FOR LIFETIME ELITE STATUS IN MARRIOTT REWARDS, RITZ-CARLTON REWARDS OR SPG? IF SO, WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF MY LIFETIME ELITE STATUS?
Yes, in addition to earning based on the new criteria, members can earn Lifetime Elite Status under the legacy requirements through the end of 2018. If Lifetime status is achieved by legacy requirements, between August and December 31, 2018 you will receive notice of your updated Lifetime Elite status in January 2019. If Lifetime status is achieved based on the new criteria, you will be notified both in August 2018 as well as any time it is achieved through the end of the year.
Example: An SPG member has 300 Lifetime nights, 4 years of Gold Elite Status, and 1 year of Platinum Elite Status after August, 2018. Under the SPG legacy Lifetime requirements, this member would earn Lifetime Gold Elite status which would reflect in their account January 2019.
IF I WILL NOT BE GRANDFATHERED INTO LIFETIME PLATINUM PREMIER ELITE, WILL I HAVE THE ABILITY TO EARN INTO THIS LEVEL IN 2018?
Yes, members can earn Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite in 2018 if they achieve 750 Lifetime nights and 10 years at Platinum Elite status. This requirement is only for 2018 and will not be continued in future years. Members will receive notice of this Lifetime achievement in January 2019.
HOW ARE YEARS AT TENURE CALCULATED FOR LEGACY MR AND RCR MEMBERS?
We are keeping members “whole” in the applicable night tier in which they earned their Elite status.
Example: If a member has 4 years of Elite status at the 50 night level (Gold Elite status) they will be counted in August and beyond as 4 years at the new 50 night level (Platinum Elite status). Only the names of the levels are changing. How we account for tenure is not changing.