Sapphire Reserve holders can enroll for Marriott Bonvoy Gold status
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Gaining additional perks with your credit card is fantastic. It's even better when they come without an increase in the card's annual fee.
As of July 1, those with the Chase Sapphire Reserve can enroll for Marriott Bonvoy Gold status. While at least one TPG staffer had been targeted for this offer earlier in the year, it appears that this is now available to all cardholders. Note that the status is complimentary, but it's only temporary unless you complete some paid stays with Marriott.
Let's take a look at this new cardmember perk, what this status affords and how you can keep it for the next 18 months.
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We first saw the new offer on One Mile at a Time.
Sapphire Reserve cardholders can enroll for Marriott Bonvoy Gold
Chase added this cardmember perk without fanfare on July 1. You can access it in your cardmember benefits by going here.
According to the terms, you must enroll by Sept. 30 to enjoy three months of complimentary Gold status with Marriott Bonvoy. This status level confers perks like 25% bonus points earning on stays, late checkout (when available), room upgrades based on availability and a welcome gift of bonus points at check-in.
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From the benefit details page, you can enter your Marriott Bonvoy number and request your complimentary status. Unfortunately, this status will only last for three months.
Extend your status through February 2024
If you'd like to keep your Gold status with Marriott Bonvoy, you'll need to stay at least three paid nights during the three months of complimentary status. If you do this, you'll retain your Gold status through February 2024. Any three nights should suffice, but they must be paid stays — stays using points or free night awards do not count.
Additionally, there is no way to complete extra stays to earn a higher status. The only option is to stay for three paid nights and then retain Gold status.
Remember that both The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express come with free Marriott Gold status just for holding the card, so if you have one of those cards, you can get the same status without any stays required.
Related: Guide to Marriott and Hilton status with the American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cards
Gold status is the second-lowest tier in Marriott Bonvoy. It doesn't confer suite upgrades or guarantee free breakfast. However, it can lead to upgrades to preferred rooms, larger rooms or rooms with a better view. I stayed at the JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro several years ago as a Marriott Gold member and received an upgrade to a larger room with a fantastic view of Copacabana Beach.
Receiving elite status for free is always a nice perk. Staying just three paid nights to keep this status for another year and a half is quite simple, assuming it aligns with your travel plans. You should also be able to match this status to other programs, which can help you enjoy elite status at other hotel chains.