A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email about converting Diners Club points to Marriott Rewards to make it Lifetime Platinum status before August (would map it to Lifetime Platinum Premier in the new program).
You can access Marriott’s page for the program changes here.
Here’s the email from the reader:
I have a corporate Diners Club Mastercard (yes they still exist) and over a 1 million points in my account. I currently have 782 nights and 1,512,000 lifetime points with Marriott. I can transfer points from my Diners Club to Marriott Rewards at a ratio of 833 DC points to 1,000 MR points. The DC points can also be transferred to American Airlines and other airlines on a 1 to 1 ratio.
Would it be worth transferring enough points to reach Marriott Lifetime Platinum before August?
I recently got the new Marriott credit card so would need to transfer approximately 330,000 more points to reach Life Platinum which I understand converts to Lifetime Platinum Premier under the new program. To do so however would basically be giving up a couple of business class tickets to Europe or Asia but I also already have 2.8 million AA miles.
Almost to retirement age so not likely to be earning platinum hotel status yearly going forward. Your thoughts as to whether the Lifetime Platinum Premier would be worth it.
The reader has enough nights for the lifetime status but is short on points. He could always buy 50,000 Marriott Rewards points that would count towards the lifetime requirement leaving less points to be transferred from Diners Club.
But in my opinion, yes, it is worth trying to get the Lifetime Platinum Premium status now that it is offered (one-time only) and the reader doesn’t need to go above and beyond to get it. Reader is about to retire and thus the travel will drop off in the future (nice to have status).
You have to keep in mind that by redeeming for Marriott Rewards Travel Packages (the best use of Marriott points) you always have airline miles component (read more here). Reader’s other use for Diners Club points.
I would assume that going forward the upgrade priority at the Marriott will be:
- Platinum Ambassador
- Lifetime Platinum Premier
- Platinum Premier
- Lifetime Platinum
The Lifetime Platinum Premier would be the second highest publicized tier.
There are many readers right now contemplating what to do with this lifetime SPG/Marriott situation.