We have received several comments and questions regarding Marriott Bonvoy Platinum member lounge access at eligible hotels due to the launch of new card products (read more here).
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Marriott Bonvoy refreshed its card products earlier this week, and Sebastian wrote a piece about it.
Now, one of the cards (hefty fee) comes with Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status that allows space-available upgrades to select standard suites, breakfast for two and/or lounge access, and 4 PM check out at all other than a resort and convention properties.
One of the questions/comments we have received:
Does anyone knows Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status have lounge access or not? rumor has it that only Titanium and ambassador have lounge access and Platinum is not allowed to use lounge anymore?
If there were a change for 2023, we definitely would have learned about it, and I have NOT heard anything about benefits “enhancements” at any tier level.
I decided to be in touch with the Marriott spokesperson and ask if there are planned changes in 2023/2024 Platinum member lounge access, and the response was crystal clear:
We understand the concerns being raised and can reassure members that there are no changes planned for Platinum Elite status benefits in 2023. We are aware that misinformation is being circulated and it is both unfortunate and incorrect.
Sebastian’s take on these credit cards:
I understand how some may think there must be changes coming to lounge access rules when it no longer requires any stays, but Hilton has done this for years.
Remember that there have been various “programs” previously that allowed members to extend their Gold/Platinum status with Marriott Rewards indefinitely by redeeming a small number of points yearly, and SPG allowed qualification based on stays (25).
Marriott Bonvoy is also selling Platinum status in China through one of the local portals. In addition, several hotels in Asia offered Platinum-qualification packages at very reasonable rates during the pandemic (the hotel signed you up for the challenge, and you then stayed or at least paid for the nights).
It remains to be seen if hotels with open lounges can cope with the high number of eligible guests, and this Platinum through credit card also puts pressure on upgrades and confirmed late checkouts.