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Marriott Platinum Elite Status: How Much Is It Worth?

Marriott Platinum Elite Status: How Much Is It Worth?

Among Marriott Bonvoy’s elite standing tiers, Platinum Elite standing is the primary stage the place you begin to obtain significant advantages throughout your resort stays.

The conventional path to Platinum Elite requires incomes 50 nights in a calendar 12 months, which will be completed in tandem with the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card or Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card, as these playing cards offer you a head begin of 15 elite nights.

By dabbling in US bank cards, you’ll be able to even receive Platinum Elite standing just by getting the American Express US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card, albeit at a value of $650 (USD) for the annual payment.

In this text, let’s take into consideration the worth of every of the key perks you get from Marriott Platinum Elite standing that will help you make a clear-cut choice on whether or not or not it’s value pursuing.

Valuation Methodology

To start, let’s acknowledge that the worth of Platinum Elite standing varies significantly primarily based in your journey habits. There isn’t an actual quantity that’s going to work for everybody. 

Furthermore, you stand to achieve extra from having standing for those who journey usually, and in addition for those who go to locations the place you are inclined to get higher elite remedy. Someone who travels steadily to Asia goes to squeeze extra worth out of getting Platinum Elite standing than somebody who stays at airport inns in small North American cities.

Similarly, somebody who usually stays at higher-end properties, the place issues equivalent to foods and drinks are costlier, will wind up “saving” extra with their standing than somebody who stays at Courtyards and Alofts – making an allowance for that higher-end properties are costlier in money and factors to start with.

Platinum Elite standing will be extra beneficial at higher-end properties

With the entire above in thoughts, let’s worth Platinum Elite standing from the lens of a traveller who stays 35 nights in Marriott inns annually, assuming that they receive the opposite 15 nights by holding on to a co-branded bank card, such because the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card or the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card. 

For most advantages, we’ll arrive at a worth per evening in Canadian {dollars} after which multiply it by 35, thus arriving at a tough estimate of how a lot every perk is value. At the top, we’ll add up the merchandise from every profit to reach at our valuation of Platinum Elite standing as an entire.

Let’s additionally assume that our prototypical traveller stays at a mixture of inns alongside the best way, with the objective of protecting our valuation in the midst of the street. For the needs of this valuation, the traveller stays solo more often than not, and with a accomplice simply typically. 

1. Complimentary Breakfast

Once you’re a Platinum Elite member, you’re entitled to a complimentary breakfast for 2 company at most Marriott manufacturers on each morning of your keep.

However, word that there are a number of manufacturers the place the breakfast profit doesn’t apply:

  • The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, and Design Hotels aren’t obliged to offer you breakfast.
  • Some manufacturers, like AC Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Moxy, or Gaylord Hotels, might offer you a $10 (USD) meals and beverage voucher as an alternative, which can or will not be sufficient to cowl breakfast.

In addition, it could possibly be argued that you simply aren’t getting incremental worth out of this profit at locations like Fairfield Inns and Residence Inns, since these chains nearly all the time deal with all company to free breakfast anyway.

The actual breakfast providing will even differ from resort to resort. You could also be handled to a formidable breakfast unfold at higher-end properties, which may actually elevate the resort expertise to an entire new stage.

The Tokyo EDITION Toranomon – Japanese breakfast at The Blue Room

On the opposite hand, at lower-end properties, you’ll possible get the naked minimal breakfast providing inside the phrases of this system, which is often labelled as a “continental” breakfast that consists solely of pastries, hard-boiled eggs, and different chilly gadgets.

Indeed, these breakfasts are simply forgotten, and it’s possible you’ll even need to discover different choices to begin your break day proper.

Fairfield Inn Montreal Downtown – Grab-and-go breakfast

If you’re staying at an aspirational vacation spot, such because the Maldives, having breakfast included can prevent a tidy sum of money. As there aren’t any grocery shops round, you’re beholden to regardless of the inns need to cost for meals, which is often at a premium.

Likewise, at higher-end properties, breakfast can price upwards of $50 per particular person per day. These breakfasts are often fairly memorable, and it feels much more rewarding understanding that you simply didn’t must pay a cent extra for the meal.

St.Regis Maldives Vommuli – Breakfast unfold

One of the tried-and-true sensible methods whenever you’re on the street is to maximise the resort breakfast and deal with it as a brunch as an alternative, successfully masking two meals for the day.

The financial savings right here can actually add up, particularly for those who’re travelling as a bigger household with many mouths to feed.

Overall, breakfast might be the Platinum profit that’s usually valued essentially the most extremely. There’s one thing very satisfying about beginning your day with free-flowing foods and drinks that you simply didn’t must pay further for, particularly whenever you make a behavior out of sampling the range at many various inns world wide.

Indeed, it’s one of many issues I personally sit up for essentially the most when staying someplace new. Let’s name a middle-of-the-road valuation for the complimentary breakfast profit $25 per evening. 

Our valuation: $25 × 35 nights = $875 (CAD) / $658 (USD) per 12 months

2. Executive Lounge Access

Some Marriott manufacturers have Executive Lounges, and as a Platinum Elite member, you’re entitled to limitless entry for your self and one visitor.

In observe, it may typically be acceptable to convey your complete household in with you as properly, on the discretion of the lounge employees.

JW Marriott Nara – Executive Lounge

The finest Executive Lounges are typically present in JW Marriott inns, which is a serious cause why I’m a fan of the model.

Other manufacturers like Marriott, Renaissance, Westin, and Sheraton are inclined to have lounges as properly, though I’d say they are typically much less well-appointed than these at a JW Marriott. 

Many Ritz-Carltons world wide have Ritz-Carlton Club Lounges, which are typically much more luxurious. However, Marriott elite members don’t get complimentary entry to Ritz-Carlton Club Lounges; at finest, it’s possible you’ll anticipate to be supplied a reduced day by day Club Lounge entry charge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo – Club Lounge seating

Meanwhile, choose St. Regises, Ws, and Luxury Collection inns even have lounges, and also you’re often entitled to entry them as a Platinum once they’re obtainable (which isn’t fairly often). 

At a minimal, lounges will often present breakfast and a night hors d’oeuvres unfold. We’ve already talked concerning the breakfast profit, though the night unfold can ship substantial financial savings for you as properly. 

There are often a number of sizzling gadgets on supply, alongside finger meals equivalent to charcuterie, cheese, and vegetable sticks.

Budapest Marriott Hotel – Executive Lounge night hors d’oeuvres

Aside from meals, you’ll additionally often discover a beneficiant serving to of alcohol and different drinks, too.

London Marriott Hotel County Hall – Executive Lounge beverage choice

The night unfold can operate fairly properly as a substitute for dinner on some nights, particularly for those who’re not the kind of traveller to exit for dinner each evening.

Indeed, I’ve been responsible of indulging within the lounge’s night unfold after I most likely ought to’ve headed out to get some genuine native meals as an alternative.

Besides the foods and drinks, Executive Lounges could make for fairly nice areas for getting work performed, particularly for those who’re combating jet lag and may simply go to sleep for those who’re working out of your room.

With limitless espresso, tea, and snacks obtainable 24/7, they’re additionally extremely helpful for a fast grab-and-go earlier than you permit the resort for the day.

All issues thought-about, Executive Lounge entry is unquestionably a really shut second by way of essentially the most highly-valued Platinum advantages. 

Since not all inns have lounges, you aren’t assured to take pleasure in this profit with every keep. When obtainable, lounges will be very beneficial, so let’s arrive at a valuation of $20 per evening.

Our valuation: $20 × 35 nights = $700 (CAD) / $527 (USD) per 12 months

3. Complimentary Suite Upgrades

As a Platinum member, you’re entitled to the perfect obtainable room upgrades, which incorporates customary suites.

Every resort decides independently which of their suites to make obtainable to Platinums, and even then, some inns are extra beneficiant in proactively upgrading Platinum members than others.

To get essentially the most out of this profit, you positively want to interact in some “suite-talking” both by e-mail, by way of the chat operate on the Marriott app, or in particular person on the resort.

Being proactive about suite upgrades offers you the perfect likelihood for a greater room when the resort doesn’t need to proactively improve you, and attain higher-tier suites even when it does.

Muir Hotel Halifax – Shannon Suite bed room

On the floor, getting upgraded to a pleasant suite is among the finest issues about staying at a resort. There’s nothing fairly like strolling to your room on the very farthest finish of the hallway, opening the door, and stepping right into a gorgeously appointed area which may even be bigger than your personal residence.

From a practical viewpoint, although I don’t discover fairly as a lot worth in getting a pleasant suite as soon as the preliminary pleasure subsides.

When I’m travelling solo, I often have little or no use for the eating or residing areas of the suite, and I usually discover myself sitting round in numerous components of the room simply to “use” them a little bit.

Even after I’m travelling with a accomplice, massive components of the suite usually go untouched, significantly as we often aren’t spending many of the day within the room itself.

On the opposite hand, I think about that these of you travelling with bigger households are more likely to get far more out of the Platinum suite upgrades than I’d.

Overall, it’s cheap to anticipate getting at the very least an improve from a base-level room to the subsequent tier nearly all of the time. If that is the case, let’s worth complimentary suite upgrades at $20 per evening.

Our valuation: $20 × 35 nights = $700 (CAD) / $527 (USD)

4. Late Check-out

As a Platinum Elite member, you’re entitled to assured 4pm late check-out at any resort that’s not a resort or conference centre. You can merely name up the entrance desk and ask for it at any level throughout your keep, and they need to have the ability to organize it for you.

If you’ve been handled to a set improve or if the resort is at full capability, it’s possible you’ll not obtain the assured 4pm late check-out. If you want some further area for work, inns will usually be glad to rearrange an appropriate different.

I’d say that I select to invoke the late check-out profit on about half of my resort stays, and even then, I solely typically really want the room till 4pm – in lots of instances, 1pm or 2pm will do.

Late check-out can afford you further time to absorb your environment

It’s actually good to have the peace of thoughts of a 4pm checkout, although, particularly if my departure isn’t till later within the day and I’d prefer to exit for some sightseeing within the morning or end up my work day earlier than heading out. And at different instances, I’d simply choose to have a lazy morning, and don’t need to really feel rushed to take a look at by midday.

In observe, you’ll be able to all the time retailer your baggage on the resort even after you’ve checked out, so the late check-out profit is extra of a “nice to have” profit than an absolute necessity. I’d worth it the bottom out of what I’d contemplate to be the 4 most important advantages that we’ve mentioned to this point.

Let’s say that late check-out provides $10 per evening of worth to the general calculations.

Our valuation: $10 × 35 nights = $350 (CAD) / $263 (USD)

5. Annual Choice Benefit

One of essentially the most broadly marketed advantages of accomplishing Platinum Elite standing yearly is an Annual Choice Benefit. If you earn the 50 nights required to organically attain standing, you get to select from one of many following:

  • 5 Suite Night Awards
  • 5 Elite Night Credits
  • Give the present of Silver Elite standing
  • 40% off your favorite mattress
  • $100 charity donation

Alas, not one of the decisions actually ship over-the-top worth right here. Suite Night Awards can typically be very helpful to safe upgrades, however for essentially the most half, you’ll usually have the ability to get the identical suites on the similar inns simply by asking properly over the Marriott app. 

W Osaka – Marvelous Suite

Meanwhile, the 5 further elite qualifying nights will solely rely for the present qualifying 12 months, to allow them to’t be used that will help you re-qualify for Platinum Elite subsequent 12 months.

They’ll solely be helpful if you wish to increase your self even additional as much as Titanium Elite for the present 12 months, which solely delivers restricted incremental advantages over Platinum Elite.

As for the opposite choices, Silver Elite standing is principally nugatory, and 40% off a mattress will solely be significant for those who actually need a mattress. You might all the time make a $100 charity donation of your personal, so it doesn’t make sense to decide on that as your Annual Choice Benefit both.

All issues thought-about, the Suite Night Awards nonetheless find yourself being the only option on this listing. They’re at the very least considerably helpful for securing a set improve as much as 5 days earlier than your keep (as an alternative of on the day of arrival).

Assuming you need to use your Suite Night Awards for upgrades to precise suites, let’s worth every one at $20, for a complete worth of $100.

Our valuation: $100 (CAD) / $75 (USD)

6. Other Additional Benefits

Several different Platinum Elite advantages, whereas much less notable in their very own proper, also can stack up fairly shortly.

You’ll earn 50% extra factors on high of the bottom charge of 10 Marriott Bonvoy factors per USD spent at Marriott properties. This represents 25% greater than the Gold Elite bonus of 25%.

Over the course of the 12 months, this quantities to a barely greater return in your spending.

Let’s think about that our prototypical traveller spends $5,000 (USD) with Marriott as they keep 35 nights over the course of the 12 months, with a handful of nights booked on Marriott Bonvoy factors combined in there.

This quantities to 12,500 further Marriott Bonvoy factors earned as a Platinum as an alternative of a Gold, and we’d worth the extra 12,500 factors at round $112.50 (CAD).

Then you will have the Elite Benefit Guarantee, which is the place you’re entitled to assert $100 (USD) in compensation if the resort doesn’t give you your alternative of welcome advantages upon check-in.

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Indeed, the resort has to particularly give you the alternative of your welcome profit, which is often bonus factors or day by day breakfast. If they merely add the factors to your reservation, or assume you need breakfast and neglect about providing you the factors, you’ll be able to saunter as much as the entrance desk and name them out on it to assert your $100 (USD) in money.

In observe, I’ve solely pursued compensation a portion of the time. If you wished to be vigilant about it, although, you could possibly most likely simply squeeze $300–500 out of this assure per 12 months.

For our valuation, let’s assume that you simply declare the elite assure as soon as per 12 months, leading to an extra $133 (CAD) / $100 (USD) to our whole.

Take benefit of the Elite Benefit Guarantee to attain some further money

Finally there’s the extra intangible features to being a Platinum Elite member, such because the tiny dopamine rush of being acknowledged as one upon checking in, the power to throw your weight round whenever you’re speaking to Bonvoy on the cellphone a few disappointment, or maybe a bottle of glowing wine awaiting you whenever you arrive in your room as a welcome present.

Let’s name the decreased ready instances and shock presents a $75 (CAD) ($56 USD) worth over the course of the 12 months.

Our valuation: $321 (CAD) / $241 (USD)

Further Considerations

Adding all of it up, we arrive at a complete tough valuation of $3,046 (CAD) ($2,288 USD) for one 12 months of Platinum Elite standing.

Keep in thoughts that our prototypical traveller stays about 35 nights per 12 months at Marriott inns, so that you may scale the worth evaluation up or down relying in your particular resort keep patterns.

The Bodrum EDITION – Breakfast

In deciding whether or not to pursue Platinum Elite standing, take into consideration your upcoming journey patterns for the remainder of this 12 months and all of subsequent 12 months.

Do you see your self travelling sufficient to maximise the advantages from being a Platinum, and the way does your private valuation of the standing align with how a lot further time, cash, and power you’d must spend to earn it?

As a common rule of thumb, in case your present natural journey patterns are such that you simply stick with Marriott for 25–30 nights a 12 months (leading to 40–45 elite qualifying nights when you issue within the 15 nights from the bank cards), then it’d be value it to make a run for Platinum Elite.

If you stick with Marriott lower than that, then it will not be worthwhile to take action, because you’d must work more durable to earn the standing whereas additionally not having many alternatives to reap the advantages afterwards.

Of course, you’ll be able to bypass the entire elite evening necessities by merely getting computerized Platinum Elite standing with the American Express US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card. 

This is by far the most affordable option to change into a Platinum member, with an annual payment of $650 (USD), which is offset by month-to-month $25 (USD) eating credit. That’s a small worth to pay for the entire advantages that you could get with the standing, and will be far more inexpensive than paying for sufficient resort stays to organically earn standing.

Enjoy Platinum Elite advantages on the St. Regis Langkawi


Hotel elite standing is among the keys to unlocking a extra luxurious fashion of journey, and Marriott Platinum Elite is among the most important statuses you’ll be able to attain within the resort recreation.

Getting Platinum Elite standing both requires some legwork to achieve 50 nights in a calendar 12 months, or you’ll be able to bypass the stays by making use of for a single US bank card.

At the top of the day, everybody will worth Platinum Elite standing in a different way, however so long as you have a tendency to remain at Marriott inns steadily all year long, a little bit little bit of finesse for incomes standing will be very worthwhile in comparison with the advantages you derive alongside your travels.

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The Best Ways to Earn Marriott Platinum Elite Status

The Best Ways to Earn Marriott Platinum Elite Status

Marriott Bonvoy is the very best lodge loyalty program for Canadian travellers, and its elite standing program can ship large advantages when you attain the upper standing tiers.

Earning Platinum Elite standing at 50 qualifying nights per yr is broadly thought-about to be essentially the most important threshold, the place many of the finest elite advantages come into play.

In this text, let’s check out just a few of the finest methods you may earn Platinum Elite standing with out essentially having to remain the complete 50 nights.

Why Is Platinum Elite Status So Valuable?

The Platinum Elite degree is the place the loyalty advantages really begin to do their be just right for you.

The most important profit is probably going the free breakfast providing, which many travellers search to maximise by loading up on meals within the morning, thus saving themselves the time and expense of consuming lunch whereas they’re out and about for the day.

Lobster omelette for breakfast, St. Regis Bali

Suite upgrades may also be an superior shock and might actually make your journey a memorable one, particularly should you’re within the behavior of asking the entrance desk for a set improve proactively.

Moreover, 4pm late checkout is a useful profit that basically permits you to benefit from your time on the lodge if you plan to depart later within the day.

And at accommodations with Club Lounges or Executive Lounges, these intimate areas present the right place to satisfy a pal, make amends for some work, or simply unwind on the finish of the day.

Executive Lounge, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

Moreover, the night cocktail unfold can typically function a dinner alternative, which may prevent a number of cash should you’re travelling on a finances. It’s often marketed as “evening canapés” or “light bites”, however you may hold going again for extra parts. 😉

So, what are the very best methods to realize Platinum Elite? While the standard method is to spend 50 nights in Marriott accommodations, there are fairly just a few shortcuts and workarounds to “finesse” your option to that concentrate on.

Instant Platinum Elite Status: American Express US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card

As of September 2022, the American Express US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card will mechanically grant cardholders Platinum Elite standing for so long as they’re a cardholder.

This is by far essentially the most simple option to earn Platinum Elite standing with out having to step foot in a single lodge room. Indeed, it nearly feels a bit too good to be true that one can attain Platinum Elite standing so simply. 

The card has an annual price of $650 (USD), though it’s offset by a $25 (USD) month-to-month worldwide eating credit score, which brings the efficient annual price all the way down to $350 (USD) should you can maximize this credit score every month.

Beyond the moment Platinum Elite standing, the Bonvoy Brilliant additionally presents loads of different advantages to justify that $350 (USD) web annual price, akin to an anniversary Free Night Award price 85,000 Bonvoy factors, 25 elite evening credit, a Priority Pass membership with limitless visits, and extra.

For Canadians, this card may be obtained in the course of the early levels of stepping into US bank card as a Canadian, since Amex US functions don’t require an SSN or ITIN to finish.

15 Elite Nights: The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Cards

If you don’t wish to get the Bonvoy Brilliant Card, you’ll need to work your method as much as Platinum Elite standing the standard method, by incomes a complete of fifty elite qualifying nights.

Right off the bat, nevertheless, we will earn 15 of these by holding both one of many Canadian-issued Amex Bonvoy playing cards: the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Card or the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business Card.

New cardholders will see the 15 elite nights posted to their accounts shortly after opening the bank card. Meanwhile, should you’re a present cardholder, you’ll more than likely see your 15 elite nights credited initially of yearly.

Indeed, in case you have any curiosity in maximizing the Marriott Bonvoy program totally free lodge stays, then having certainly one of these bank cards is principally a prerequisite, so I think about most of you may be receiving this 15-night enhance nearly by default. 

15 or 25 More Elite Nights: Holding a Personal and Business US-Issued Bonvoy Card

The US-issued Marriott Bonvoy bank cards permit you to earn two units of elite nights from bank cards, for as much as 40 elite nights in whole, should you maintain each a private and a enterprise card issued within the US.

Personal Bonvoy playing cards within the US embody the Amex US Bonvoy Brilliant Card, the Amex US Bonvoy Bevy Card, the Chase Bonvoy Bountiful Card, the Chase Bonvoy Boundless Card, and the Chase Bonvoy Bold Card.

There’s additionally the Amex US Bonvoy Card and Chase Ritz-Carlton Card, that are legacy private merchandise which are not accessible to new candidates and are solely accessible by product-switching from a special card.

All of those private playing cards besides the Bonvoy Brilliant Card earn you 15 elite qualifying nights. The Bonvoy Brilliant Card earns you 25 elite qualifying nights; nevertheless, should you maintain this card, you’ll have already got immediate Platinum Elite standing as outlined above, so the additional elite nights are solely helpful for incomes an Annual Choice Benefit at 50 nights or reaching Titanium Elite standing at 75 nights.

Meanwhile, the one small enterprise Bonvoy card within the US is the Amex US Bonvoy Business Card, though there’s additionally the legacy Chase Bonvoy Business which has been discontinued for brand new candidates.

For Canadians, out of all of the doable mixtures of non-public and enterprise playing cards, it’s most likely best to use for 2 American Express merchandise (i.e., both the Bonvoy Brilliant or the Bonvoy Bevy, plus the Bonvoy Business). Compared to Chase, Amex US playing cards are extra simply accessible in the course of the early levels of stepping into US bank card as a Canadian.

Again, should you select the Bonvoy Brilliant, you’ll already be a newly-minted Platinum Elite member as an computerized cardholder profit.

But should you select the Bonvoy Bevy and the Bonvoy Business, then that’s 30 down, 20 to go. What’s subsequent?

Earning More Elite Qualifying Nights

If you’re seeking to hit Platinum the standard method by incomes 50 elite qualifying nights, then the shortcuts come to an finish with the above 15 elite nights (should you restrict your self to Canadian-issued bank cards) or 30 elite nights (should you dabble in US bank cards, however don’t get the Bonvoy Brilliant).

The remaining elite nights must be earned by way of Marriott lodge stays.

Regular Hotel Stays

The splendid state of affairs is that you just stick with Marriott sufficient on account of your pure journey patterns to achieve 50 elite qualifying nights.

One-bedroom suite, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver

Remember that lodge stays booked with both money or factors will rely in direction of elite evening qualification, so you will get nearer in direction of Platinum Elite standing whereas nonetheless redeeming Bonvoy factors for lodge stays with out paying something out-of-pocket.

Indeed, should you’re redeeming Bonvoy factors, one candy spot that you just’ll undoubtedly wish to make the most of is the “Stay for 5, Pay for 4” profit. Not solely do you get the fifth evening free, however that’s one further elite qualifying evening nearer to the 50 nights wanted for Platinum Elite standing too.

(Plus, even should you’re staying at a lodge for under 4 nights, redeem for a five-night keep anyway, so long as it doesn’t price you something further. Check out solely after the fifth evening utilizing the cellular app, and also you’ll have earned an additional elite qualifying evening for no extra expense.)

Double Elite Night Promotions

Marriott Bonvoy has traditionally provided public and focused Double Elite Nights promotions on a reasonably constant foundation no less than as soon as per yr, with the newest spherical occurring in Spring 2022.

Under these promotions, members can usually earn two elite qualifying nights for each paid evening that they stick with Marriott.

It’s clearly very profitable to plan your Marriott stays throughout these intervals, so that you’d be well-advised to shift as a lot of your paid stays to Marriott throughout a Double Elite Night promotion as doable – and doubtlessly even ebook just a few mattress runs at low cost money charges.

“Mattress Running”

If you continue to have a shortfall to make up after your natural lodge stays, then right here’s the place you can begin getting a bit inventive.

The time period “mattress running” refers back to the follow of checking into accommodations solely for the aim of incomes factors or elite credit – particularly accommodations which are extraordinarily low cost on money or on factors.

For instance, some accommodations in Canada may be booked for as little as 6,000 factors per evening. Combine that with the “Stay for 5, Pay for 4” profit, and also you’re doubtlessly spending as little as 24,000 Bonvoy factors to earn 5 elite qualifying nights.

If you reside elsewhere in Canada however occur to go by certainly one of these locations alongside your travels, it may very well be price checking in on the lodge for a five-night mattress run should you anticipate that these 5 elite qualifying nights will come in useful for Platinum qualification this yr.

Note that you should bodily check-in to the lodge to ensure that the keep to rely. If you merely make a reserving however don’t present up, your reserving will probably be forfeited and it’s possible you’ll even lose your factors or face a no-show penalty.

However, there’s no actual requirement that you just stay within the room always. The usually suggested method is to throw up the Do Not Disturb signal and full your checkout on the cellular app on the ultimate day of the keep.

Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South

Of course, you need to determine whether or not the 5 elite nights are definitely worth the factors you spend, since these factors may be used in direction of a free evening that you just’ll really need on certainly one of your journeys.

All issues thought-about, I’d say that the “mattress running” technique solely comes into the equation should you anticipate that you just’ll be inside touching distance of Platinum and solely want these further few nights to deliver you over the sting.

The “Second Guest Trick”

The different angle, which ought to solely be finished at one’s personal consolation with the follow, is to make lodge bookings for others.

Position your self because the “go-to” individual inside your circle of family and friends for all their lodge wants – supply them your elite advantages in change for his or her elite evening credit. If you pull it off, it’s a win-win scenario.

Again, although, you’ll need to have some finesse about the way you method this, as a result of Marriott and different lodge loyalty applications technically don’t grant elite advantages nor qualifying nights when the member isn’t bodily staying on the lodge.

I recently treated my dad to seven nights at the JW Marriott Hong Kong

The workaround is named the “second guest trick”, the place you make the reservation, then contact the lodge so as to add your pal or member of the family because the second visitor, and say that they’ll be arriving first. 

When your pal or member of the family arrives, they’ll present a bank card of their very own to safe the reservation and entry the room.

Otherwise, it’ll all be a lot ado about nothing, as a result of nobody will get the elite advantages and nobody will get the elite qualifying nights. Needless to say, belief is paramount when doing this, and also you must also be ready not to obtain the elite nights and advantages that you just aren’t technically entitled to.

In concept, you may even mix the above two inventive approaches: make low cost five-night bookings at Alberta’s low cost accommodations, after which discover a native pal to check-in in your behalf as your second visitor to finish your mattress run.

I’m stunned that no enterprising Albertans have began up a service for doing this but. 😉

Chase Bonvoy Boundless Card: Spend $5,000 (USD) for 1 Elite Night

Lastly, with the US-issued Chase Bonvoy Boundless Card, you may earn one elite qualifying evening for each $5,000 (USD) spent on the cardboard. 

That’s a reasonably excessive sum of money to spend for just one elite evening in return, so I wouldn’t place an excessive amount of emphasis on this methodology of racking up elite nights. 

If you’re sitting at at, say, 48 or 49 elite qualifying nights on the finish of a yr and simply want one final push to get you over the sting, you would possibly spending your option to the previous few nights. Even then, nevertheless, it’s most likely nonetheless higher to only ebook an inexpensive evening at an area lodge to get you over the sting.

Alternate Pathways to Marriott Platinum Elite Status

Besides making an attempt to achieve Platinum Elite standing by incomes 50 elite qualifying nights the standard method, there are additionally just a few different pathways to achieve this goal.  

Platinum Challenge

Marriott presents a standing problem often known as the Platinum Challenge, which is able to grant you immediate Platinum standing should you keep 16 paid nights inside a 90-day interval. 

You can contact Marriott to request the Platinum Challenge, and any particular person could solely register for the problem as soon as each three years.

With the requirement for paid stays, the Challenge isn’t essentially too helpful for these of you seeking to obtain Platinum Elite standing on a budget. But should you’ve received a busy interval of journey arising and might want to ebook a number of lodge stays, then the Platinum Challenge can assist you unlock higher advantages alongside your lodge stays with fewer nights than what’s usually required.

In future years, you wouldn’t have the ability to retain Platinum Elite standing with the Platinum Challenge’s standards, however you’d no less than have the ability to take pleasure in your advantages whilst you work in direction of requalification the common method. 

Private Pool Suite, The Bodrum EDITION

Spend $75,000 (USD) on the Chase Ritz-Carlton Card

Another alternate method of incomes Platinum Elite standing is by reaching a spending threshold of $75,000 (USD) on the Chase Ritz-Carlton Visa Card throughout a calendar yr. 

However, this threshold is more than likely prohibitively excessive for many cardholders, so it isn’t essentially a viable methodology of reaching and retaining Platinum Elite standing yr after yr.

Even in case you have no hassle spending $75,000 (USD), the chance price of doing so on a Marriott co-branded bank cards is sort of excessive, as you may unlock rather more priceless bonuses by finishing minimal spending necessities on new playing cards as an alternative (and even simply spending on, say, a card that earns extra highly effective Membership Rewards factors fairly than Bonvoy factors).

Given the excessive alternative price, it’s significantly better to pursue Platinum Elite standing the common method fairly than considering this $75,000 (USD) spending threshold.


Platinum Elite standing inside the Marriott Bonvoy program is actually a standing price having, and the extra you stick with Marriott, the extra worthwhile it turns into.

By holding a Canadian-issued Marriott Bonvoy American Express bank card, you’ll already earn 15 elite qualifying nights in direction of the 50-night threshold. And if you will get each a private and enterprise US-issued Bonvoy bank card, then you definately’ll be greater than midway to that 50-night mark yr after yr.

Should you efficiently scrape collectively the remaining 20 nights by way of a mix of your natural paid or award stays, mattress operating, and reserving accommodations for family and friends, then you definately’ll quickly be having fun with the fruits of your labour alongside your travels as you savour a pleasant breakfast buffet or Club Lounge cocktail.

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