- Jul 26, 2006
- Reaction score
- Massachusetts and Hilton Head Island
- Resorts Owned
- Marriott Barony Beach and SurfWatch
If they make too many changes they will anger the SPG folks and loose a lot of business. If they combine programs and then charge higher point values for the Starwood Hotels as they do for Marriott they will also lose a lot of customers. This was not good news. Does anyone know if one can get elite gold status just by the amount charged for Marriott or does it require room stays?
In the Marriott Rewards program you earn status by annually accumulating "Elite Nights" - 10 for Silver, 50 for Gold, 75 for Platinum. EN's are earned at all of the Marriott-family brands one-for-one through cash stays and timeshare stays (owners and II exchangers) and, recently-implemented, through redemption award stays. EN's are also earned through use of the Chase Marriott VISA at a ratio of 1EN for every $3,000 spend. EN's over and above the current-year's requirements roll over to the next year.
Marriott Rewards Points are earned through spends at Marriott hotels/resorts and the VISA card, with multiples as bonuses for specific spends. MRP can be redeemed for stays based on property tiers, for airline miles, for Travel Packages that economize hotel and air, for various products in a catalog which of course isn't the most economical use of points but it's an option.
Lifetime status requirements:
Silver - 250 Total EN plus 1.2 million MRP
Gold - 500 Total EN plus 1.6 million MRP
Platinum - 750 Total EN plus 2 million MRP
There are a few one-off properties that don't participate in the Marriott Rewards Program, either through Nights or Points or both.
This is the most basic info. Of course it's much too soon to start speculating on what will happen to SPG but you asked, and it might help to be able to refer back to this. I'm sure whatever I've missed, somebody else will be happy to fill in.