A Complete Guide to Marriott Bonvoy Lifetime Elite Status
When SPG was purchased by Marriott in 2018, they immediately became the largest hotel loyalty program in the world. I was a loyal SPG member, earning Gold status through college, and Platinum status after that. Marriott honored my lifetime nights in the SPG program, and as a result, I have lifetime status with Marriott. How does one earn lifetime Marriott Bonvoy status, and are there any shortcuts? Keep reading to find out.
Earning Marriott Bonvoy Lifetime Elite Status
The most complicated element of this program, in particular, is the merger of Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards in 2018 to form Marriott Bonvoy. Two groups of loyal guests were coming together under one program, and they had to determine how to award lifetime status for those that already had earned it, or were close to earning it.
For legacy Marriott Rewards members, things were pretty simple:
- Lifetime Marriott Rewards Silver Elite mapped to Lifetime Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite
- Lifetime Marriott Rewards Gold Elite mapped to Lifetime Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite
- Lifetime Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite mapped to Lifetime Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Premier elite (now called Titanium)
Meanwhile, legacy SPG members were mapped to new lifetime status as well:
- Lifetime SPG Gold mapped to Lifetime Marriott Bonvoy Gold elite
- Lifetime SPG Platinum mapped to Lifetime Marriott Bonvoy Platinum elite
- Those SPG Platinums with 750 nights mapped to Lifetime Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Premier elite (now called Titanium)
Lifetime Marriott Bonvoy Titanium is no longer possible to attain. The highest lifetime status you can earn now in Marriott Bonvoy is Platinum. Lifetime elites enjoy all the same benefits of each status tier, but benefits earned from nights stayed, like Choice Benefits at 50 and 75 nights stayed, are only granted for staying those respective number of nights.
I had 250 nights and 5 years of SPG Gold status, so I earned lifetime Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status after the merger as a result. In your Marriott account, you'll see a lifetime symbol attached to your profile, as seen above.
If you're starting from scratch, or didn't achieve elite status when the two programs merged, here are the new requirements for lifetime Marriott Bonvoy Elite status:
Note, nights you earned in SPG and Marriott were combined at the merger, so you may be further along than you think. Additionally, credit card elite nights (now up to 30 a year if you have a personal and business Marriott card) count towards your total nights.
If you need a primer on benefits that you receive with Marriott elite status, check out our guide, but in brief:
- Silver Elite status gets you late checkout possibilities and a 10% bonus on Marriott points earned
- Gold Elite status gets you 2 P.M. guaranteed late checkout, 25% bonus on Marriott points earned, and enhanced room uprades
- Platinum Elite status gets you 4 P.M. guaranteed late checkout, 75% bonus on Marriott points earned, suite upgrades, and free breakfast at many properties
Is Marriott Bonvoy Lifetime Elite Status Worth It?
To me, the only status worth focusing on is Lifetime Platinum Elite status, which is earned after 600 nights and 10 years of earning Platinum Elite status. Platinum elite status is earned after 50 nights stayed in a year, so to earn Lifetime Platinum elite status quickly starting from scratch, you'd need an average of 60 nights per year for 10 years. Then, you'll have bonus points earning, room upgrades, and free breakfast at most Marriott hotels.
For me, I'm at 376 nights and 5 years of Platinum status. That means I'm on track to hit the number of nights required and the years of Platinum required in the exact same year. I'll probably hit lifetime Platinum status with my regular stay behavior, so I'll definitely take it once I earn it.
Do you have lifetime elite status in Marriott, or have more questions for us? Let us know in the comments!