Earn Bonvoy Elite Status Through February 2022 via Marriott Status Match and Challenge

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Attention hotel elite status aficionados: Marriott just announced the return of its Marriott status match program! Marriott Bonvoy members holding elite status in select competitor programs can match their status to Marriott. Then, complete a Marriott status challenge to extend that elite status through February 2022.

If you're interested, jump on this quickly. Depending on how many people register, Marriott may end this promotion at any time.

Marriott status match landing page

How the Marriott Status Match Works

Marriott Bonvoy members can check their eligibility for this status match and register here.

To start the process, Marriott Bonvoy members must upload proof of (1) reciprocal status with one of the four eligible programs; (2) at least one stay with that program in the prior 12 months before registration. Marriott will then make an eligibility determination — which may take a few days.

Once approved, Bonvoy members receive the status they're challenging for (Bonvoy Gold Elite or Platinum Elite). Members then have 90 days to complete an elite status challenge to retain that elite status through February 2022.

To earn and retain Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status, members must stay 5 nights within 90 days of registration. To earn and retain Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status, members must stay 15 nights within 90 days of registration. If the Marriott status challenge is completed, it counts towards Marriott Lifetime Elite Status.

There is no set end date for this Marriott status match promotion. However, Marriott advises that members register soon, as the number of registrations will determine how long this promotion lasts.

Match Your Status From These Eligible Programs

Hilton Honors

  • Current Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members can challenge for Marriott Platinum status.

World of Hyatt

  • Current World of Hyatt Explorists can challenge for Marriott Gold status.
  • Current World of Hyatt Globalists can challenge for Marriott Platinum status.

Accor Live Limitless

  • Current Accor Gold Elites can challenge for Marriott Gold status.
  • Current Accor Platinum or Diamond Elites can challenge for Marriott Platinum status.

IHG Rewards Club

  • Current IHG Platinum or Spire elites can challenge for Marriott Platinum status.
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Our Thoughts

It's great that Marriott has brought back its elite status match and challenge. Hotel status can be undeniably valuable as it can provide benefits like room upgrades, late checkouts, and enhanced customer service. Moreover, status challenges like this present a unique shortcut to these heightened hotel experiences. For example, earning Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status typically requires staying 25 nights, whereas Platinum usually requires 50 nights.

However, I do have a couple of hangups.

For one thing, as a (proud) Hyatt Explorist, I feel a little put-out. I earned my Hyatt status through a combination of stays and spending on my The World Of Hyatt Credit Card. Meanwhile, IHG and Hilton elites could have their status simply by holding the right credit card. Why should they be afforded the opportunity to challenge for Marriott Platinum when Hyatt Explorists can only challenge for Marriott Gold?

Second, the number of nights required to retain status through this challenge seems a bit arbitrary. Earning Marriott's Platinum Elite status usually requires double the nights of earning Gold Elite status (50 nights vs. 25). However, as part of this Marriott status challenge, you have to stay triple the number of nights to retain Platinum Elite status (15) compared to Gold Elite (5).

Ultimately, though, this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in Bonvoy status with plans to stay at a Marriott in the near future. If you can, certainly try for Bonvoy Platinum, as the difference in benefits between Gold and Platinum is fairly significant.

Do you plan to take advantage of this Marriott status match promotion?

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Comments

  • This is a great offer , but i am already a platinum member of Marriott hotels. They have many benefit for platinum members for example free breakfast and upgrade to Suite room. Awesome.

  • The most easy way to get a platinum member of Marriott, I’d like take part of this offer and matching from my Gold hilton members. Thanks this tips.

  • So Marriott is virtually giving out platinum status like candy.
    I’m not a fan of this move, as it creates just too many plats.

  • Does this challenge apply to all members or just the US based members?

  • FYI, not all Hyatt Explorists earned that status the hard way; some tier matched from MGM Gold status.

  • I have a IHG Platinum member card, seems can be match a Marriott platinum member. Just only stay 15 nights. And Q3 activity of Marriott can be earn many marriott points here.

  • Truly Excellent Offer! I have get platinum member level. But i am consider upgrade my wife’s account to platinum.

  • Thanks. I’ll have to see if a status match challenge will make sense for me as I have no Marriott stays planned in the near future. That said, status is always nice and unexpected stays do come up!

  • I wonder how long this promotion is. We have an upcoming Hilton stay which will get us closer to the next tier.

  • Thanks for the heads up on this. I have a stay on Friday this week, hopefully I will get approved before then.

  • I completed a similar status challenge earlier this year and I’ve since achieved titanium status for the first time. It’s interesting though. Since there’s no way I’ll achieve Ambassador status (I could get the night but no way I’ll spend 15 000 more), I’m now looking to put my paid stays with other hotels to increase my status with them.

  • It´s getting difficult to be able to take advantage of all the promotions we´re having these days.

  • Indeed, it will be a challenge for too many people. That’s a shame.

  • Submitted fingers crossed its an easy process

  • thanks for the heads up! I’d be way more excited if Hyatt does this!

  • Great deal !!! But they should consider those who are lifetime members

  • Already Platinum so no irons in this fire.
    However, with the news that UA will be waving change fees and allowing free standby etc., it makes going for Titanium and the free UA Silver status, a serious consideration.

  • Didn’t this program just get gutted? I thought they fired a bunch of people who dealt with customer service fir the elite program.

    • I wouldn’t say gutted, but it hasn’t been a good year for Marriott elites. Marriott suspended elite benefit guarantees for a while, and top-tier Ambassadors have seen their personalized service slashed. However, there are still plenty of perks of Marriott Bonvoy elite status.