Reader Question: Marriott Bonvoy Upgrade Priority?


A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question reading upgrade priority between a Lifetime Platinum versus Platinum earned in any given year.

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Here’s the question from the reader:

My wife is MR Platinum lifetime.

As of today she is MR Platinum but had only 46 nights in 2020. (so she needs 4 more nights in 2020)

Is it worth it to do that?

Can hotels see who earned MR P for the year and the year ahead and who just have MR P lifetime.

Does it make a difference at check-in? (getting better upgrades)

Hotels definitely can see who is a lifetime or not.

SPG used to provide hotels a list of incoming elite guests with upgrade ranking based on several factors (never disclosed) within a tier (remember that SPG only had two and later Ambassador too).

I don’t know if Marriott has an official policy on whether hotels should upgrade Lifetime Platinum members over Platinums or vice versa.

However, hotels tend to upgrade elite members, at least within a tier, who are frequent visitors at their property over those who are on their first stay.


Personally, I would not spend cash or points for unnecessary four nights to reach 50 in 2020 (unless you can turn it into a festive staycation!).

The 50 nights would allow you to choose one of the Annual Choice Benefit-options, although the only worthwhile option at this level is the five Suite Night Awards (that may or may not clear).

You can now get Platinum status by merely having a certain co-branded credit card in the US. At least, the Lifetime Platinum requirements now are stricter than that.