Marriott Bonvoy Introduces Status Challenge

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Loyalty programs sure are starting to compete for business, and Marriott Bonvoy has just joined the list of hotel programs offering status challenges.

Marriott Bonvoy’s new limited time status challenge

Marriott Bonvoy has just introduced a new status challenge for elite members of Accor Live Limitless, Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club, and World of Hyatt.

This promotion is limited time, though the end date hasn’t been published. As Marriott describes it, it’s recommended to register sooner rather than later, because the number of registrations will determine how long the offer is available.

With this offer, members will immediately receive either Gold or Platinum Bonvoy status. In order to maintain status through February 2022, members have to stay the following number of eligible nights:

  • In order to maintain Gold status, members have to stay five nights within 90 days
  • In order to maintain Platinum status, members have to stay 15 nights within 90 days

For context, Gold status ordinarily requires 25 elite nights, while Platinum status ordinarily requires 50 elite nights. Unfortunately the Platinum challenge requires three times as many nights, even though the status ordinarily only requires two times as many nights.

There are a few important details to note about the status challenge:

  • You must be a Marriott Bonvoy member to register for the status challenge
  • The 90-day period begins when the member’s status is upgraded, which will typically be within a few days of when the request is made
  • To show status in a competing program you need to provide proof of at least one stay in the previous 12 months from the registration date
  • If members complete the status challenge, it counts towards lifetime status

Bonvoy Platinum members may receive suite upgrades

Which Marriott Bonvoy elite tier are you eligible for?

Whether you’re eligible for the Gold or Platinum status challenge depends on your status in the competing program.

For Accor Live Limitless:

  • Gold members can do a Gold challenge in the Bonvoy program
  • Platinum and Diamond members can do a Platinum challenge in the Bonvoy program

For Hilton Honors:

  • Gold and Diamond members can do a Platinum challenge in the Bonvoy program

For IHG Rewards Club:

  • Platinum and Spire members can do a Platinum challenge in the Bonvoy program

For World of Hyatt:

  • Explorist members can do a Gold challenge in the Bonvoy program
  • Globalist members can do a Platinum challenge in the Bonvoy program

Keep in mind that eligibility is based on having a certain status and being able to prove a single stay. In other words, if you have Hilton Honors Diamond status through the Hilton Aspire Card but have completed one Hilton stay in the past 12 months, you’d be eligible for a Platinum challenge.

See this post for ways to earn hotel elite status with credit cards.

Bonvoy Platinum members receive breakfast at many brands

Bottom line

I’m happy to see Marriott Bonvoy introduce a status challenge for Gold or Platinum status. This could be a useful opportunity if you have any upcoming Marriott stays, especially since you get the status upfront.

A couple of things I should mention, though:

  • Platinum status will get you a lot more value than Gold status
  • Personally I have a hard time getting excited about the Bonvoy program right now, especially as Marriott has temporarily suspended elite guarantees, so your experience may be very inconsistent

Still, for some this could be worthwhile…

Do you plan on taking advantage of a Marriott Bonvoy status challenge?

Comments
  1. What is the point of Marriott elite status when almost no full-service brand property in North America is providing a club lounge, breakfast or other amenities? I’ve been traveling for work and have pretty much limited my hotels to Fairfield Inn under Marriott and Holiday Inn Express under IHG,.

  2. Yet another reason to avoid Marriott. I have lifetime status from SPG, but now almost exclusively stay with Hyatt.

    More elites means fewer honored benefits!

  3. Worrying about status for 2021 is a joke. In a best case scenario we might get a couple months of travel out of the end of the year if that.

  4. “Personally I have a hard time getting excited about the Bonvoy program right now, especially as Marriott has temporarily suspended elite guarantees, so your experience may be very inconsistent“

    When is Bonvoy ever consistent about anything?

  5. I am currently Gold with 45 nights. If I sign up for the challenge(for immediate status) and only stay 5 more nights, will I still earn the Platinum status?

  6. @bill – Many people still travel, either because it’s essential or because they live in areas less affected by Covid. I’ve spent around 40+ nights in hotels this summer (26 in August, 10 in July and the rest in June). Worrying about 2021 status is still a thing for some.

    Whether the status makes sense with all the service cuts is another matter. So far I had nice experiences this summer and hotels I’ve been to delivered a very normal experience, including status benefits but I’m aware that this may differ in some regions (I’ve been also specifically warned to avoid Hiltons as they seem to have very strict meassures and service cuts even in regions which are back to business-as-usual).

  7. Any idea what happens if status expires in the middle of a stay? For example, let’s say I check-in for a 10-night stay on day 88 of the challenge and don’t reach the required # of nights. Would I get free breakfast/perks for the entire stay, just two nights, or not at all?

  8. What is the point of this? Aside from the 90 Days Platinum you get, as you can do an 8 night for gold and 16 for platinum without anything anyways

  9. If one already has 46 nights with Marriott this year and plan to get the 4 in a trip later this year, is it wise to still do the fast track status challenge? Free breakfast would be nice at my 4 night stay…

    Thanks!

  10. This just dilutes existing member benefits for those us that actually have stayed at the Marriott brands the past 12 months

  11. Just received the email granting me the status. Had to request the match three times , two times declined! Hilton Gold to Marriott Platinum

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