Marriott today updated the Terms and Conditions of this Bonvoy guest loyalty program reducing the Ambassador requirement from $20,000 to $14,000.
The Ambassador program used to be invitation-only first with SPG, and later required 100 consumed nights within a calendar year. Marriott introduced a spending requirement of $20,000 in addition to the 100 nights.
You can access Marriott’s page for program T&C’s here.
Here’s the update:
iii. Marriott Bonvoy – Platinum Elite: 50 to 74 Qualifying Nights
iv. Marriott Bonvoy – Titanium Elite: 75 Qualifying Nights and higher
v. Marriott Bonvoy – Ambassador Elite: 100 Qualifying Nights and $14,000 US Dollars in qualified annual spend based on Qualifying Charges earned on Stays alone. In 2022, the qualified annual spend requirement will return to $20,000 US Dollars.
* Achievement of Elite Status through Qualifying Stays at the Participating Brands of the legacy SPG Program ended on December 31, 2018.
4.2.c. Free Night Award stays will count toward Elite Night Credit.
iv. Dedicated Elite Support for Titanium Elite Members (United States and Canada only: (800) 399-4229)
4.3.e. Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite Membership Benefits. In addition to all of the benefits Titanium Elite Members receive, Elite Members who reach 100 Qualifying Nights and $14,000 US dollars in qualifying spend in 2021 only (in 2022, the spend requirement will return to $20,000 USD) based on Qualifying Charges earned on Stays in a Qualifying Period (does not include Qualifying Charges made in advance for stays in the year following the Qualifying Period such as for pre-paid stays) are eligible to receive the following benefits:
Marriott Bonvoy members would do better by stopping crediting nights into the program past 75 and building top tier with Hilton Honors or World of Hyatt.
However, it is good that Marriott recognizes that the $20,000 spend in the current environment is very challenging by lowering it by 30%.