Having hotel status is one of the best and easiest ways to bring your vacation to the next level. Marriott is still the world’s largest hotel chain and having status with them could be helpful. Despite their recent merger, devaluations, re-branding, and data breach, there are still many people who still frequent Marriott hotels. However, I saved Marriott for last because I wanted to research their competitors first.

A certain other blog that shall remain nameless has similar posts that assume values for hotel statuses from different chains. But because everyone’s mileage may vary, it’s inherently unfair to peg values for each level. Therefore, this post is going to simply explain what you can get at each level.

Marriott is unlike its competitors because it has six possible levels of status instead of four. They are also unique in that status is determined by how many nights you stay at a Marriott property. There are two exceptions: if you have a Marriott credit card and you spend enough to achieve the next status level and Ambassador Status.

 

Member

This is where everyone starts out when creating their Marriott account. There are no stay requirements and anyone over 18 can join. Unfortunately, members don’t get much for joining. Three perks exist for members and most of them are standard among competing chains: complimentary Wi-Fi, mobile check in, and member rates.

 

Silver

This is the first level of status you can earn with Marriott. You must stay at least 10 nights per calendar year to achieve this level organically. Alternatively, you can apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card or the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card which offer Silver Status as a perk. I would apply for the latter over the former because it has better earning potential

I personally view Silver Status as being a member with a few extra perks. There is not much additional benefit to obtaining this level. You will receive the three perks from membership plus the following:

Points Bonus

This is the most noteworthy perk from having Silver Status. You will receive a 10% points bonus for every point earned at Marriott properties.

Late Checkout

For those with Silver Status, this perk has no set time. Always ask the front desk if you can get a late checkout because they might just give it to you.

Dedicated Elite Reservation Line

This is simply a special phone line for members only. The theory is that you will have shorter wait times (or none) to reserve a room. Your mileage may vary here.

Ultimate Reservation Guarantee

This perk guarantees that Marriott will pay for you to stay elsewhere nearby if there are no rooms available at the property you made the reservation.

 

Gold

Gold Status is where the perks start to become nicer. You must stay at least 25 nights in a calendar year to obtain this level. Another way to earn Gold Status is to spend $35,000 in a calendar year on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card or its business counterpart.

Alternatively, you can apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card or any variant of the American Express Platinum Card. Any of these cards offer Gold Status as a perk.

Like with Hilton, Gold Status is the lowest level that Marriott loyalists should strive to achieve. This is where they will start to see some nice perks and derive some value. With Gold Status, you will receive all the perks of Silver status plus the following:

Points Bonus

Gold members will receive a 25% points bonus for every point earned at Marriott properties.

Late Checkout

This perk improves on that from Silver Status in that there’s a set time of 2:00 pm. Having a set time helps with planning and leaving the hotel in a timely manner.

Room Upgrades

Gold Status gives you the opportunity to upgrade to the best room available at check in. Suites are not included. This is by far the most noteworthy perk of having Gold Status. It can provide the most value and possibly save you hundreds of dollars.

Welcome Gift

Upon checking in, you will receive a small bonus worth either 250 or 500 points, depending on the property.

 

Platinum

The perks start to get serious here. You must stay at least 50 nights in a calendar year to obtain this level. Alternatively, you can spend $60,000 in a calendar year on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card. There is no way to directly earn this status by applying for a credit card.

With Platinum Status, you will receive all the perks of Gold status plus the following:

Points Bonus

Platinum members will receive a 50% points bonus for every point earned at Marriott properties.

Late Checkout

The set time is pushed back to 4:00 pm, but this perk is otherwise the same as what Gold members get.

Room Upgrades

You can upgrade to the best room available at check in, including suites.

Welcome Gift

Marriott gives Platinum members a choice of their gift. The three options are up to 1,000 points, free breakfast, or a free amenity.

Breakfast for the average family can cost more than $50 for one morning. That number can multiply if you stay for multiple days, making breakfast the most valuable of the three options.

Annual Choice Benefit

This additional gift comes as a reward for staying 50 nights in a calendar year. Marriott gives you five options:

  • 5 Suite Night Awards
  • 40% off your favorite mattress
  • 5 Elite Night Credits
  • $100 donation to a charity of your choice
  • The opportunity to gift Silver status to a friend or family member

Your mileage may vary for each option, as everyone’s situation is different. Personally, I would take the suite night awards because a suite can go for several hundred dollars for one night. That can save you thousands on a very nice trip.

Two of these options are just silly: the mattress and gifting Silver Status. The former is perk that I have never seen or heard of until writing this post. And the latter can be obtained with a credit card.

Guaranteed Lounge Access

Platinum members plus one guest have access to hotel lounges where available. These are mostly found within Marriott’s more luxurious properties. The lounges serve breakfast in the morning, as well as alcohol and appetizers in the evening.

 

Titanium

Think of this level as Platinum Status on steroids. This is especially true since it used to be known as “75-Night Platinum Status”. As its former name indicates, you must stay at least 75 nights in a calendar year to obtain Titanium Status.

With Titanium Status, you will receive all the perks of Platinum status plus the following:

Points Bonus

Platinum members will receive a 75% points bonus for every point earned at Marriott properties.

48-Hour Room Guarantee

This feature guarantees your room 48 hours before you check in. Unlike Hilton, Marriott does not limit how you can book your room to access this perk.

Annual Choice Benefit

This additional gift comes as a reward for staying 75 nights in a calendar year. Marriott gives you six options:

  • 5 Suite Night Awards
  • 40% off your favorite mattress
  • 5 Elite Night Credits
  • $100 donation to a charity of your choice
  • The opportunity to gift Gold status to a friend or family member
  • One Free Night

Your mileage may vary for each option, as everyone’s situation is different. The options given with Titanium Status are more enticing than those from Platinum Status. This also makes the decision harder for some people.

United Silver Status

Titanium members will receive United Mileage Plus Silver Status just for being a member. Hyatt does something similar with M Life Rewards, but on a more widespread scale.

 

Ambassador

Ambassador is Marriott’s sixth and top level of status. There are two requirements to earning this level: spending $20,000 and staying at least 100 nights in a calendar year.

Ambassador level gifts you with all the perks from Titanium Status plus the following:

Your 24

Imagine the late checkout perk from the lower levels and turn it on its head. That’s what you get with Your 24. You can check in and check out 24 hours a day with this service. There are

Ambassador Service

This is a personal concierge service that can help you with anything you need during your stay.

 

Final Draw

Marriott Bonvoy Elite status is great to have for Marriott loyalists as it can potentially save thousands of dollars. A lot of the perks are common amongst competitors, but Marriott always finds a way to put their own twist on them.

However, having six levels is too much for a lot of people. Achieving the upper echelons requires a lot of nights and a lot of spending. Most of Marriott’s competitors have only four tiers, making their upper statuses more reachable to most travelers. I might do future whole post suggesting how Marriott could streamline their status tiers to make them more reachable.

Lifetime Status will also require a separate post as each level has different requirements. Also, Platinum Status is the highest level in which you could become a lifetime member.

Consider how often you’re traveling and how loyal you are to any hotel chain before deciding to go for a higher status. Your mileage may vary.