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Marriott Giving Platinum Status to Some Elites Who Didn't Qualify for 2018

Jan. 12, 2018
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Marriott Giving Platinum Status to Some Elites Who Didn't Qualify for 2018
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For those trying to get status with an airline or hotel, it's usually a race at the end of the year to go on a mileage run or mattress run to hit your status goals. But sometimes life and budget get in the way, and you're a few nights or a thousand miles short of your goal.

Luckily for some of those with Marriott elite status, the hotel chain is reportedly extending Platinum status to Marriott elites who didn't quite make it last year. TPG reader Nick P. wrote us with the details:

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"I got an envelope from Marriott saying even though I did not stay the required nights to keep Platinum status this year they renewed my 2018 status at Platinum and not Gold. I actually had 50 stays on the mark. We welcomed our first child this past year and it slowed down my normal travel. I know they discounted the status buy back so this was a nice surprise."

Although not everyone is receiving this offer, we've heard similar reports from multiple readers, and our TPG Lounge members have confirmed that many are indeed receiving the upgrade or an extension to their status.

Image courtesy of Fazal A Shariff via Facebook.

Interestingly, some TPG readers have had their Platinum status extended even though they only stayed enough nights to qualify for Silver.

Daniel Miller said Marriott renewed his top tier status after zero nights at a Marriott property, albeit it appeared to happen in a previous year.

And even if you were only Gold in 2017, some of those elites also seem to be getting an extension of their benefits.

To qualify for Marriott Platinum, you must normally stay 75 qualifying nights, and as Nick noted above, Marriott discontinued its status buy back program for 2018. So it's great that the chain is being generous and extending some of its elites through 2018 — a big win for those with Platinum status since we value it at $3,760. Even better, Marriott elites can still status match to SPG and receive elite benefits with that chain as well since it's part of Marriott too.

And if you didn't receive a notification from Marriott about a status extension or upgrade, there's still hope. Some readers followed one of TPG's rules — it never hurts to ask — and it paid off!

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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases