Is Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite Worth It?

Is Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite Worth It?

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In this post I wanted to take a closer look at Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status, which is Marriott’s elite tier that requires 75 nights annually. All the time I see people ask whether it’s worth going for Titanium status over Platinum status, so I wanted to share my take on that.

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador requirements

Marriott Bonvoy has five elite tiers, but I’d argue that status really starts to get valuable at the Platinum tier. There are two tiers above that, though. Specifically, here are the requirements over the course of a calendar year to qualify for Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador status:

  • Platinum status requires 50 elite qualifying nights
  • Titanium status requires 75 elite qualifying night
  • Ambassador status requires 100 elite qualifying nights plus $23,000 of qualifying spending

Before you assume that these requirements are really high and unachievable, keep in mind that in the United States it’s easy to earn 40 elite nights per year through Marriott’s co-branded credit cards.

For example, I have the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card (review) and Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card (review), and just for holding onto those two cards I get 40 elite nights per year (25 from the Brilliant Card and 15 from the Business Card). That gives me quite a head start to earning status.

What are the advantages of Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status?

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status requires only 50 elite nights per year, and comes with many great elite perks. I’d consider the most significant to be:

  • Room upgrades subject to availability, and at most Marriott brands you’re eligible for an upgrade to a standard suite
  • Complimentary executive lounge access at most Marriott brands
  • Complimentary breakfast at most Marriott brands
  • Guaranteed 4PM late check-out (except at resorts, where it’s subject to availability)
  • Access to the Choice Benefits program when you pass 50 elite nights per year, where you can select Suite Night Awards as a perk

So, what are the incremental perks of Titanium status over Platinum status, given that Titanium status requires 75 nights rather than 50 nights? Let’s go over those, in no particular order.

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75% Bonvoy bonus points

When it comes to earning points, Platinum members receive 50% bonus points on hotel stays, and Titanium members receive 75% bonus points. You ordinarily earn 10 base points per dollar spent, meaning Platinum members earn 15x points per dollar spent, while Titanium members earn 17.5x points per dollar spent.

I value Bonvoy points at 0.7 cents each, so I consider that to be an incremental 1.75% return on Marriott spending.

Earn more bonus points as a Bonvoy Titanium member

Ritz-Carlton suite upgrades, subject to availability

On paper the upgrade benefits for Bonvoy Platinum and Bonvoy Titanium members are identical, with one exception — Titanium members are eligible for space available suite upgrades at Ritz-Carlton properties, while Platinum members aren’t.

That’s how the rules are published, at least. That’s not to say that Titanium members will always get suite upgrades at Ritz-Carltons, and it’s also not to say that Platinum members will never get suite upgrades at Ritz-Carltons.

But Ritz-Carlton is the one brand where the upgrade benefit is different between Platinum and Titanium members.

Bonvoy Titanium members may get Ritz-Carlton suite upgrades

United MileagePlus Silver elite status

Bonvoy Titanium members receive free United MileagePlus Silver status. This is valid for as long as they maintain Titanium status, and registration is required. This is United’s entry level status, and offers perks like bonus miles, a complimentary checked bag, and space available upgrades to first class and Economy Plus.

If you’re an occasional United flyer this could come in handy, though don’t expect to regularly get first class upgrades as a Silver member.

Receive United MileagePlus Silver status as a Bonvoy Titanium member

Access to additional Choice Benefits

Marriott Bonvoy members can select Choice Benefits when they pass 50 elite nights and 75 elite nights in a calendar year. So if you earn Titanium status with 75 elite nights, you’ll also be able to select an additional set of Choice Benefits.

Personally I’d select the five Suite Night Awards, each of which allows you to confirm a suite upgrade for a one night stay up to five days prior to arrival, subject to availability.

I find Suite Night Awards to be quite valuable

Potentially better “soft” treatment

The above are the main published differences between Platinum and Titanium status in the Bonvoy program. I do think it’s at least worth mentioning that travelers may find that they get better “soft” treatment as a Titanium member than a Platinum member. After all, it’s a higher elite tier.

So you may find that the average Titanium member has better luck with upgrades than the average Platinum member. This won’t consistently be the case, but it’s logical that many hotels prioritize upgrades based on elite tier, even if the benefits are supposed to be the same.

Bonvoy Titanium members may have better luck with upgrades

My experience with Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status

I’ve been a Bonvoy Titanium member for a few years, so I’ll share my experience. For context:

  • Prior to being a Bonvoy Titanium member I was a Bonvoy Ambassador member (going back to the Starwood Preferred Guest days), but I don’t go out of my way to stay at Marriotts like I used to with Starwood
  • I’m also a lifetime Bonvoy Platinum member, so I always have that to fall back on
  • Nonetheless I earn Bonvoy Titanium status, as I get 40 elite nights per year with co-branded credit cards, and then I organically spend 35+ nights per year at Marriott properties

Have I found Titanium status to be worth the incremental perks over Platinum status? I’m not sure, to be honest, because I’m also very strategic about the places where I elect to stay at Marriotts. The way I view it:

  • I do consistently get value out of Suite Night Awards, so I appreciate being able to earn 10 of those per year as a Titanium member, vs. just five per year as a Platinum member; last year I had Suite Night Awards clear at the St. Regis Aspen, W Muscat, St. Regis Venice, Gritti Palace Venice, King George Athens, and Hotel Grande Bretagne
  • Most of my Marriott stays are outside the United States, and I avoid properties that are known to be bad with elite recognition
  • I can’t say that I feel like I get many incremental “soft” perks for being a Titanium member over a Platinum member

So based on my experience is it worth going out of my way to earn Titanium status? No. But I happen to earn it through my hotel stays (combined with the elite nights I earn through credit cards), so the current system works for me.

I was able to use a Suite Night Award at Gritti Palace Venice

Bottom line

Titanium status is Marriott Bonvoy’s 75-night elite tier, between Platinum and Ambassador status. It offers limited incremental perks over Platinum status, including 75% bonus points (rather than 50% bonus points), suite upgrades at Ritz-Carltons, United MileagePlus Silver status, and access to more Choice Benefits.

I don’t find there to be much difference in treatment otherwise between Titanium and Platinum status. I think the biggest thing I value is earning an additional five Suite Night Awards per year through the Choice Benefits program.

If you’re a Bonvoy Titanium member, what has your experience been like?

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  1. iamhere Guest

    Benefits really only matter at platinum.

  2. Jill Guest

    Thank You Marriott
    The newest promotion will help me keep my titanium elite status for another year

  3. Stvr Guest

    I’m titanium and have asked for suite upgrades at ritz Carlton hotels and it’s never ever resulted in anything.

  4. Angelo R Guest

    I am a Lifetime Titanium member and find it worthless. Suite upgrades were at a significant on cost at Westin in Maui, breakfast for two consisted of only one item from the market store per person, and no waiver of parking or resort fee. Thought I was starting over again with Bonvoy. Better to stay with Hyatt whenever possible!

  5. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

    Been Titanium the last 5 years, rarely is it even mentioned by hotels. Really annoyed that I had 5 SNA's expire last year too. Bonvoy really needs to make Titanium different than Platinum.

  6. dillpickles Member

    I'm gonna be in the minority here and say that my experience as a Titanium has been better than as a Platinum recently. My upgrades have been great, recognition has been solid.

    And in the context of being able to buy plat with a brilliant card, having titanium at hotels which pay attention to that is beneficial.

  7. Jan Guest

    You mean 17,5% not 1,75% right?

  8. D.A. Guest

    LTP and current Titanium here. It's not worth the incremental effort imo. I'm planning on spending the extra nights at Hyatt. Hyatt Globalist has been fantastic and is much better than Titanuim imo

  9. Joe Guest

    Titanium is worth very little on the soft side. Quick example...

    A friend of mine (he is Platinum) and I (Titanium) were checking in one after another.
    He went first. He got the suite upgrade. I got nothing.

    I actually asked the manager about it (very nicely). He simply said as elites check in, if there is a suite or upgrade available, they give them out. At least at his hotel, there is no...

    Titanium is worth very little on the soft side. Quick example...

    A friend of mine (he is Platinum) and I (Titanium) were checking in one after another.
    He went first. He got the suite upgrade. I got nothing.

    I actually asked the manager about it (very nicely). He simply said as elites check in, if there is a suite or upgrade available, they give them out. At least at his hotel, there is no 'holding' upgrades.

    This seems to playout in most hotels. (This is the only concrete example, but it does seem when I check in earlier I get upgraded and when I check in later, I don't.)

    So for this Titanium, worthless. 100% worthless.

  10. CDJ Guest

    I’ve pretty much given up on Marriott properties. In the U.S. they nickel and dime you to death on things that should be perks. I basically stick AMEX Platinum, Hilton and Chase Sapphire Reserve loyalty programs for their perks.

  11. Buckeye Bob Guest

    I avoid Editions and Ritz Carltons at all costs because of their lack of offering elite benfits.
    As an Ambassador and LT Titanium, every St Regis property I've stayed at with either of these statuses has upgraded me to a suite. With there were more STR in the US

  12. Fanonstop Guest

    I think there’s a big difference in perceived value resulting from the treatment provided at US properties versus international properties. The treatment at US properties is awful simply because every other Marriott member is Platinum by holding a credit card. At International properties (Asia, Europe, Middle East) the treatment is wonderful, benefits are honored and upgrades provided. In the US even Ritz Carltons are lame, dated, tired. This is not the case abroad where Editions...

    I think there’s a big difference in perceived value resulting from the treatment provided at US properties versus international properties. The treatment at US properties is awful simply because every other Marriott member is Platinum by holding a credit card. At International properties (Asia, Europe, Middle East) the treatment is wonderful, benefits are honored and upgrades provided. In the US even Ritz Carltons are lame, dated, tired. This is not the case abroad where Editions and Ritzs are according to brand standards and deliver good service.

  13. [email protected] Guest

    As a LT Titanium; I say it’s not worth it. I was Ambassador four years ago; that wasn’t worth it.

    -Most of my SNA requests denied or hotels are non-participating; a few years now.
    -Many comp upgrades to next category aren’t much of an upgrade.
    -$10 F & B is laughable. Coffee + 2 eggs = $12+ tax!
    -MBonvoy doesn’t code LT elites; hotels just see Plat or Titan.
    -Titan...

    As a LT Titanium; I say it’s not worth it. I was Ambassador four years ago; that wasn’t worth it.

    -Most of my SNA requests denied or hotels are non-participating; a few years now.
    -Many comp upgrades to next category aren’t much of an upgrade.
    -$10 F & B is laughable. Coffee + 2 eggs = $12+ tax!
    -MBonvoy doesn’t code LT elites; hotels just see Plat or Titan.
    -Titan Elite support is awful. Most reps have no understanding of benefits or inquiry processing.
    -Value is primarily at properties in Asia (excluding Japan).

  14. Bonvoyed Guest

    Useless. Properties choose not to participate. Marriott could care less. My lifetime plat status at Marriott is a joke. Dont go out of your way for status at Marriott.

  15. Edw3rd Guest

    Not worth it. LTT with 30 years in program - 95% of hotels don't honor valued benefits. Want recognition? Use AmEx Plat to book into these same hotels and you routinely get better treatment than typical P/T benefits, especially at FHR level Marriotts/Ritz/StR.

    1. Lee Guest

      Same observation. Properties seem to care about their Amex relationship more than their Marriott relationship.

  16. Lee Guest

    To piggyback on Dan's comment, if Ambassador is not worth it, why would Titanium be any different?

    Patrick, ask yourself two simple questions: Given your experience, if you were to attain Lifetime Platinum, what is the value of tier benefits you expect to receive going forward? How much will it cost to obtain that status?

  17. eponymous coward Guest

    I have to disagree on the SNAs being the best Titanium benefit (speaking as a Titanium who had some SNAs expire acquired as a Platinum in the account last year, unused). It's the 40k room night (which is WAY easier to spend). It was a no-brainer to pick it for my Titanium choice benefit.

    Granted, sure, if you can really REALLY pick and choose you'll burn those SNAs but a 40k cert is pretty useful,...

    I have to disagree on the SNAs being the best Titanium benefit (speaking as a Titanium who had some SNAs expire acquired as a Platinum in the account last year, unused). It's the 40k room night (which is WAY easier to spend). It was a no-brainer to pick it for my Titanium choice benefit.

    Granted, sure, if you can really REALLY pick and choose you'll burn those SNAs but a 40k cert is pretty useful, and having SNAs expire (and I spent significant time outside the US in Europe last year, so I had shots at redeeming all of them, and got two of them) just left a bad taste in my mouth.

    1. Jill Guest

      I love my 40k point free night award for the 75 night choice benefit selection

  18. Patrick Guest

    Timely post...

    I'm a couple of years away from lifetime platinum and have been debating if it's even worth it as when I had it, I found the benefits being hit or miss. I don't travel as much and would probably need to earn it via the bonvoy brilliant.

  19. Dan Guest

    Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite Status is not worth it.

    Next post.

    1. Jill Guest

      Wrong
      It’s absolutely worth it

    2. Lee Guest

      Each person's experiences will yield different answers. If you have experienced value, great. I was Ambassador for a number of years and found the fulfillment of tier benefits was elusive at best.

    3. UA-NYC Diamond

      Absolutely not worth it, given minimal to no marginal benefits over Platinum (which is now free w/ a CC).

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Joe Guest

Titanium is worth very little on the soft side. Quick example... A friend of mine (he is Platinum) and I (Titanium) were checking in one after another. He went first. He got the suite upgrade. I got nothing. I actually asked the manager about it (very nicely). He simply said as elites check in, if there is a suite or upgrade available, they give them out. At least at his hotel, there is no 'holding' upgrades. This seems to playout in most hotels. (This is the only concrete example, but it does seem when I check in earlier I get upgraded and when I check in later, I don't.) So for this Titanium, worthless. 100% worthless.

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eponymous coward Guest

I have to disagree on the SNAs being the best Titanium benefit (speaking as a Titanium who had some SNAs expire acquired as a Platinum in the account last year, unused). It's the 40k room night (which is WAY easier to spend). It was a no-brainer to pick it for my Titanium choice benefit. Granted, sure, if you can really REALLY pick and choose you'll burn those SNAs but a 40k cert is pretty useful, and having SNAs expire (and I spent significant time outside the US in Europe last year, so I had shots at redeeming all of them, and got two of them) just left a bad taste in my mouth.

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iamhere Guest

Benefits really only matter at platinum.

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