Marriott announced last year that there would be a grandfathered Lifetime Platinum Premier tier and that accounts would be reviewed for qualification in January 2019. Since then, members have been worrying as to whether their accounts would actually be correctly identified come January, especially given the IT issues thus far.
Based on member response, we’re adding more flexibility for Lifetime Platinum Premier qualification. Now, SPG and Rewards members who achieve 750 nights and 10 years of Platinum status by December 31, 2018 will be grandfathered into that Lifetime tier, which starting in 2019 will no longer be available to earn. Rewards members can also qualify under the current criteria (750 nights + 2M points) through year end. If I will not be grandfathered into Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite, will I have the ability to earn into this level in 2018? Yes, members can earn Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite in 2018 if they achieve 750 Lifetime nights and 10 years at Platinum Elite status. This requirement is only for 2018 and will not be continued in future years. Members will receive notice of this Lifetime achievement in January 2019.
Well, January is almost over and while no notification has come, Marriott has updated my profile – visible on their website and the SPG and Marriott apps. WOW, no fight at all, no documentation required, I’m shocked! I had screenshots ready to go!
I qualified by combining my years of elite status and nights across SPG and Marriott, though the vast majority of my nights are courtesy of SPG. For me the combined totals were 755 nights and 13 years of Platinum status.
Despite my lifetime nights, I was quite far from earning Lifetime Platinum status with SPG and even further from Marriott’s Lifetime Platinum Elite. In this case, the merger has had a huge benefit on all my future Marriott stays with Platinum Premier Elite for life now!
The launch of Marriott Bonvoy in February will replace Platinum Premier Elite with Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite.