Guide To Marriott Bonvoy Lifetime Elite Status

Guide To Marriott Bonvoy Lifetime Elite Status

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Several hotel loyalty programs offer lifetime status for those who have been exceptionally loyal over the years — in separate posts I’ve written about the programs offered by Hilton Honors and World of Hyatt.

In this post I wanted to take a closer look at how you can earn lifetime status in the Marriott Bonvoy program. The good news is that this is probably the easiest lifetime hotel status you can earn.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy lifetime status

Marriott Bonvoy has a pretty robust lifetime status program, in the sense that you can earn either lifetime Silver, Gold, or Platinum status.

Below I’ll talk about the qualification requirements for each status, which is based on a combination of a certain number of elite nights plus a certain number of years of elite status.

Lifetime Marriott Silver status

In order to receive lifetime Marriott Silver status you need to earn both of the following:

  • 250 lifetime elite nights
  • Five years of elite status

Marriott Silver status ordinarily requires earning at least 10 elite nights per year. Marriott Silver status offers basic perks like 10% bonus points and priority late check-out.

Receive priority late check-out as a Bonvoy Silver member

Lifetime Marriott Gold status

In order to receive lifetime Marriott Gold status you need to earn both of the following:

  • 400 lifetime elite nights
  • Seven years of elite status (minimum Gold status)

Marriott Gold status ordinarily requires earning at least 25 elite nights per year. Marriott Gold status offers perks like 25% bonus points, enhanced room upgrades, priority late check-out, a welcome gift of points, premium Wi-Fi, and more.

Receive an enhanced room upgrade as a Bonvoy Gold member

Lifetime Marriott Platinum status

In order to receive lifetime Marriott Platinum status you need to earn both of the following:

  • 600 lifetime elite nights
  • 10 years of elite status (minimum Platinum status)

Marriott Platinum status ordinarily requires earning at least 50 elite nights per year. Marriott Platinum status is where perks really start to get valuable, as it offers benefits like 50% bonus points, suite upgrades, 4PM late check-out, complimentary breakfast and/or lounge access at most brands, and more.

Receive complimentary breakfast as a Bonvoy Platinum member

Marriott Bonvoy lifetime status FAQs

Perhaps it’s best to explain some of the other nuances of lifetime Marriott status in the form of some frequently asked questions.

Is there a way to earn lifetime Marriott Titanium status?

Unfortunately not anymore. When Marriott and Starwood introduced a unified loyalty program in 2018, the company offered lifetime Titanium status to those with 750 elite nights plus 10 years of Platinum status between the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs.

This was offered as a one-time courtesy, but unfortunately isn’t offered on an ongoing basis. On top of that, just to be thorough, I’ll mention that there’s no way to earn lifetime Ambassador status.

Do you earn Choice Benefits with lifetime Marriott Platinum status?

Marriott has the Choice Benefits program, whereby you can select certain perks when passing 50 and 75 elite nights each year (these perks include suite night awards). Note that lifetime members don’t get to select these unless they would otherwise earn 50 or 75 elite nights in a year.

You don’t receive Choice Benefits with lifetime status

Do you get elite nights that correspond to your lifetime status?

I hinted at this above, but I get this question often, so I think it’s worth addressing. If you have lifetime Platinum status, for example, does that mean you get 50 elite nights posted to your account annually, and only need 25 more elite nights to earn Titanium status?

Nope, unfortunately not. Lifetime status gives you a certain status tier, but you get no elite qualifying nights to go along with that. So if you want to earn a higher status tier, you’ll have to qualify by whatever the criteria is for that.

How can you see your progress toward lifetime Marriott status?

It’s very easy to track your progress toward lifetime Marriott status. Both Marriott’s website and mobile app show you your elite nights and number of years of elite status once you log into your Bonvoy account.

Do Marriott credit card nights count toward lifetime status?

Marriott’s co-branded credit cards can indeed help you toward earning lifetime Marriott status:

How soon does Marriott lifetime status post?

When you pass the threshold to earn lifetime elite status, how long does it take for your lifetime status to post to your account? It’s usually pretty quick, but it depends on your qualification method:

  • If you were waiting to earn enough elite nights for lifetime status, you can expect lifetime status to post within days of the elite nights posting to your account
  • If you were waiting to earn enough years of elite status for lifetime status, you can expect that your account will update in January to reflect the additional year of elite status
With lifetime status, never worry about qualifying again

Bottom line

Marriott Bonvoy has the most achievable lifetime status of any major hotel loyalty program. Not only can you earn three different tiers of lifetime status, but elite nights and status earned through credit cards also count toward this requirement.

Most loyal Marriott guests should have no trouble achieving lifetime elite status over time with a bit of effort, especially when using Marriott’s co-branded credit cards. Lifetime status with Marriott is much easier to earn than with Hilton or Hyatt, for example.

What do you make of Marriott Bonvoy’s lifetime status program? Are there any questions about this you have that aren’t answered above?

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  1. John Guest

    I am Lifetime titanium and Ambassador, other than 24hour entitlement, no real difference…

  2. iamhere Guest

    Not 100% accurate. You did not include details of the minimum spend. It's not just about the number of nights and number of years.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Minimum spend?
      I think you got the wrong hotel. No hotel AFAIK requires all 3 criteria.

      Or you live in a Multiverse that has Bill Hilton and Conrad Marriott.

  3. DCS Diamond

    Exclusivity is what sets the Hilton Honors Lifetime Diamond status apart. The status is so tough to attain and unique within the program that it is almost like by invitation-only.

    In fact, there is little doubt that Hilton turned to airlines for inspiration on setting up its Lifetime Diamond program.

    First, the automation of room upgrades to clear within 72 hours of a stay, like the clearing of cabin upgrades, was introduced.

    Then, it...

    Exclusivity is what sets the Hilton Honors Lifetime Diamond status apart. The status is so tough to attain and unique within the program that it is almost like by invitation-only.

    In fact, there is little doubt that Hilton turned to airlines for inspiration on setting up its Lifetime Diamond program.

    First, the automation of room upgrades to clear within 72 hours of a stay, like the clearing of cabin upgrades, was introduced.

    Then, it was announced that, like airline cabin upgrades, hotel room upgrades would be prioritized by elite status, with Golds < Diamonds < Lifetime Diamonds

    Lastly, selective group of long-time and most loyal HH Diamonds were fast-tracked to Lifetime Diamond status through an incredible promo that counted as base points every bonus point earned with any AMEX HH co-branded CC.

    The result is a clear differentiation between the elite levels not unlike that between UA GS ( == Lifetime Diamond) and 1K (== regular Diamond) members...

    Attaining Lifetime status should become a goal only if one gets to within striking distance after playing the game to the best of one's ability. To set out to attain a Lifetime status is losing proposition.

    1. Khatl Diamond

      Agree that the companies should automatically recognize Lifetime status at a different, higher level. That said, even some airlines do it v. badly. For example, BA LTG, despite requiring ~23 years of earning the minimum Gold tier points every year, gets you nothing more than a letter.

    2. DCS Diamond

      Each program should be judged on its own because I worry only about a program that affects me rather than about what programs do in general.

  4. Steve Guest

    "One of the unpublished perks of lifetime status. Getting Bonvoyed for the rest of your life."

    Eskimo is right. I'm lifetime Titanium and see almost no benefit beyond the breakfast.

    1. Denise R. Guest

      If you fly with united, you get a free checked bag.

  5. TS Guest

    Question for the group: Does your current year count in your Bonvoy lifetime year total? For example: if I’m at 9 years platinum already (plus 600+ nights) and have 50+ nights this year already, does that mean I’ll have LT platinum in January or do I need to one more year?

    At least in Europe I find that I get decent recognition of Bonvoy status but in the US it’s definitely not the same.

    1. Reno Joe Guest

      Only FULL years at a given tier count towards lifetime status. Let's say that in your first year, you achieve Platinum in October (which is not a full year and it will not count). In each of the eight subsequent years, you earn Platinum without interruption. At the end of year nine, you now have eight FULL years. You're now in year ten and you've hit the 50 nights to retain Platinum. At the end...

      Only FULL years at a given tier count towards lifetime status. Let's say that in your first year, you achieve Platinum in October (which is not a full year and it will not count). In each of the eight subsequent years, you earn Platinum without interruption. At the end of year nine, you now have eight FULL years. You're now in year ten and you've hit the 50 nights to retain Platinum. At the end of this year (year ten), you will only have nine FULL years at Platinum (or better). Now, because of your requalification in 2022, you will have Platinum in 2023 (year eleven) and it will be your tenth FULL year. You would not need to stay a single night at Marriott in 2023. Yes, it is a foregone conclusion that you have earned lifetime Platinum. But, you will have to wait until the end of 2023 for lifetime Platinum to VEST. (If a person has a break in status, they will have a second partial-year in their year count.)

  6. bhcompy Member

    You can still get Lifetime Titanium status through Marriott Vacation Club. It's used as a purchase incentive

    1. Killol Kamani Guest

      Could you please elaborate on this ? How does this work and is this only for the US markets ?

    2. bhcompy Member

      When you purchase a timeshare through Marriott Vacation Club they grant permanent status. Frequently they'll bump those up as part of a sales incentive (or if you try to bargain with them). They have 5 levels of ownership and the two highest grant Titanium status by default, and I've seen the 3rd also give it as part of a sales incentive.

    3. bhcompy Member

      As far as US markets, Marriott Vacation Club does have international properties, but I have no idea about purchasing as a foreign national.

    4. Celieboo Guest

      That's good to know. We own through MVC, but we aren't select owners yet (we only purchased 2k points and added 1k last year). I didn't see the point if buying at select status in 2019 initially since i was already lifetume olatinum and that is wbat they were offering at the time. Next year, I plan to add another 2k, putting me at Select ownership, so I could get lifetime platinum if what you are saying is accurate.

  7. Anthony "Al" Joseph Guest

    I was a die hard SPG member and was treated well. I got the Lifetime Titanium status but sadly even before the pandemic, it was noticeable the lack of complimentary upgrades/amenities when staying at Marriott properties, particlularly JW properties even though I had Ambassador status for a couple of years before the put on the onerous $20K spend minimum. I don't have much particular loyalty to Marriott program in spite of my elite status because:

    I was a die hard SPG member and was treated well. I got the Lifetime Titanium status but sadly even before the pandemic, it was noticeable the lack of complimentary upgrades/amenities when staying at Marriott properties, particlularly JW properties even though I had Ambassador status for a couple of years before the put on the onerous $20K spend minimum. I don't have much particular loyalty to Marriott program in spite of my elite status because:
    1. Very few complimentary anything when arriving at hotel (when Sheraton was standalone, they pre-upgraded their most loyal elites)
    2. The experience is inconsistent and Marriott marketing does not enforce any kind of branding/imaging with their franchisee operators.
    3. The devaulation of points and availablility of awards at reasonable rates is ridiculous. I cannot even find a hotel in NYC around Thanksgiving without spending 500,000 points for 4 nights.

    1. Khatl Diamond

      Totally agree... SPG had the personal touch, and corporate was rigorous about having its hotels follow policies. Marriott is just AWOL when it comes to guest customer care

  8. Tj Guest

    Does the Year requirement have to be consecutive?

    1. Reno Joe Guest

      No. But, only FULL years at a tier count. Here's how it would play out (rotten as it is):

      Year 1: Starts year with no or lower status -- achieve 50 nights in October -- partial year -- doesn't count
      Year 2: Achieves 50 nights during year -- full year -- counts
      Year 3: Achieves 50 nights during year -- full year -- counts
      Year 4: Zero nights but full year status...

      No. But, only FULL years at a tier count. Here's how it would play out (rotten as it is):

      Year 1: Starts year with no or lower status -- achieve 50 nights in October -- partial year -- doesn't count
      Year 2: Achieves 50 nights during year -- full year -- counts
      Year 3: Achieves 50 nights during year -- full year -- counts
      Year 4: Zero nights but full year status carried over from prior year -- counts
      Year 5: Starts year with no or lower status -- achieve 50 nights in July -- partial year -- doesn't count
      Year 6: Achieves 50 nights during year -- full year -- counts
      Year 7: Ten nights but full year status carried over from prior year -- counts
      Year 8: Starts year with non or lower status, etc., etc.

      So, years don't have to be consecutive but restart years will be partial years, not full years, and won't count.

    2. Eskimo Guest

      How is it rotten?

      Just like airline status or tax returns, you're earning status for the next year. The airline or hotel is just extending your next year's status early.

      If you achieve 50 nights 5 times, your count is 5 years. Holding status longer than 5 calendar years is like a bonus.
      Seems fair to me.

    3. Jose Guest

      If Year 6 earned 75 nights in Oct (Titanium), year 7 (Titanium) stayed for 10 nights - count because of carry over from previous year. year 8 bumped down to Platinum with no stay - does it still count since full year is Platinum?

  9. Jack Member

    The courtesy of extending Lifetime Titanium was to SPG members who met the qualifications even though SPG had no such lifetime benefit at that level.

    The 750 nights and 10 years of Marriott Platinum was the published way to get what was previously Marriott Platinum for life. That status then mapped to titanium in the new program.

    1. UA-NYC Guest

      SPG had a LT Platinum that was both better and harder to get to (10 years of Plat, no spending shortcuts) than what Marriott offered. I calculated with my SPG nights and CC spend I could have made top tier Marriott LT in 6-7 years.

      #FactsMatter

    2. Jack Member

      Not sure where #FactsMatter comes from. I achieved Marriott Lifetime Platinum (now Titanium) in 6 years as a consultant. The point is SPG didn't have a lifetime 75 nights/year tier. I think it was the right thing for Marriott to do. Why alienate a customer base that has given SPG (and hopefully Marriott too) so much business.

  10. GR Guest

    Marriott Bonvoy program is great but not in the US. I did get a room upgrade in Canada 150 nights out of 171 last year. Europe and Asia are great too. Too many guys with credit card status in the US.

    1. Ned Guest

      I think this is exactly the issue. People get the credit cards and expect ‘loyalty’ benefits without being loyal. The US market has destroyed any incentive of actual loyalty as points/status is awarded every time someone brushes their teeth

    2. Steve Guest

      The US market didn't destroy an incentive of loyalty it was Marriott's failure to deliver on the promises they made.

      Despite being lifetime Titanium (31 years as Platinum, another 7 as Gold, earned the hard way) I'm rarely offered an upgrade even at mid tier properties even when rooms are obviously available because they are listed for sale. Long since given up asking and instead have been moving my loyalty to Hyatt.

      My wish for...

      The US market didn't destroy an incentive of loyalty it was Marriott's failure to deliver on the promises they made.

      Despite being lifetime Titanium (31 years as Platinum, another 7 as Gold, earned the hard way) I'm rarely offered an upgrade even at mid tier properties even when rooms are obviously available because they are listed for sale. Long since given up asking and instead have been moving my loyalty to Hyatt.

      My wish for Marriott is that Hyatt merges with someone so I can drop them entirely.

    3. Khatl Diamond

      Surprised the decision wasn't sooner unless you have a lot of smaller town hotel needs... and particularly in the past couple of years since Hyatt got a much better global footprint. I made LTT as a legacy SPG, overhitting it by a lot, but Bonvoy was disappointing from Day 366 (the first year redemptions using Bonvoy for many hotels were amazing - eg Al Maha for 240k for 5 nights). I moved to Hyatt soon...

      Surprised the decision wasn't sooner unless you have a lot of smaller town hotel needs... and particularly in the past couple of years since Hyatt got a much better global footprint. I made LTT as a legacy SPG, overhitting it by a lot, but Bonvoy was disappointing from Day 366 (the first year redemptions using Bonvoy for many hotels were amazing - eg Al Maha for 240k for 5 nights). I moved to Hyatt soon after (still surprised that none of the hotel chains tried poaching all the legacy SPG folks as they were there for the taking). Now I'm just burning thru the remainder of Bonvoy points, with the occasional stay where Hyatt doesn't have a property, while putting 90%+ of my travel at Hyatt.

    4. Reno Joe Guest

      I had Ambassador status for a number of years. I'd get stiffed even in Europe. I ultimately left.

  11. Eskimo Guest

    One of the unpublished perks of lifetime status.

    Getting Bonvoyed for the rest of your life.

    1. Steve Guest

      Chris Rock should hire you Eskimo

      You are funny

    2. Steve Guest

      @Eskimo

      Chris Rock should hire you
      That was very funny

  12. Line Gunman Guest

    If a person intends to hold the Amex Platinum Card, it affords Marriott Gold. In that sense, one has pseudo Lifetime Gold.

    If the rumored revamp of the Amex Brilliant Card affords Marriott Platinum, simply maintaining that card gives pseudo Lifetime Platinum.

    But it all comes down to whether one actually receives tier benefits. We've all seen the stories. For many, the answer is no.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      It still amuses me that a simple questionnaire turns into a rumor that Amex cards will get you Bonvoy Platinum.
      They asked a lot more than that but mainly to compare 2 hypothetical cards and pick one.

      But just like SkyClubs, giving out more Plats at this point probably doesn't hurt anyone much. As there are now more Plats than each property can handle already. Like Delta, It just pisses 2 group of people....

      It still amuses me that a simple questionnaire turns into a rumor that Amex cards will get you Bonvoy Platinum.
      They asked a lot more than that but mainly to compare 2 hypothetical cards and pick one.

      But just like SkyClubs, giving out more Plats at this point probably doesn't hurt anyone much. As there are now more Plats than each property can handle already. Like Delta, It just pisses 2 group of people. The ones who get the card and expect royal treatment, and the one who put a lot of effort to earn that status. Both whom are not really money makers for Amex or Bonvoy.

    2. Jon Guest

      Marriott lounges are still closed in many markets across the United States. I'm currently Titanium with lifetime Gold and do not see much benefit in pushing for lifetime Platinum these days...

    3. Jesper Guest

      It is just a US thing with closed lounges still. The US is just the anti thesis of customer service. The hotels I have stayed at in 2022 have had their lounge open and back to pre pandemic service levels.

    4. Mike Guest

      Lol joke on you now.

    5. Steve Guest

      That rumor is true
      Bonvoy Brilliant by Amex comes with platinum

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bhcompy Member

You can still get Lifetime Titanium status through Marriott Vacation Club. It's used as a purchase incentive

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Jon Guest

Marriott lounges are still closed in many markets across the United States. I'm currently Titanium with lifetime Gold and do not see much benefit in pushing for lifetime Platinum these days...

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Eskimo Guest

One of the unpublished perks of lifetime status. Getting Bonvoyed for the rest of your life.

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