Good on Marriott! I can't find an official statement from MI but this is also being reported by The Points Guy and others - if anyone finds the official notice can you please drop the link here? Thanks!
(Quoted from the viewfromthewing.com link)
Elites Members Receiving Free Qualfiying Nights
Marriott already extended everyone’s status so no one with current elite status needs to re-qualify this year. However anyone looking to reach a higher status has a big head start. In late July Marriott will deposit 50% of the elite nights for the status level earned last year.
|ELITE STATUS EARNED IN 2019||NORMAL REQUIREMENTS||50% ELITE NIGHT CREDITS DEPOSIT|
|Ambassador||100 Qualifying Nights and $20k stay spend||50 Elite Nights|
|Titanium||75 Qualifying Nights||38 Elite Nights|
|Platinum||50 Qualifying Nights||25 Elite Nights|
|Gold||25 Qualifying Nights||13 Elite Nights|
|Silver||10 Qualifying Nights||5 Elite Nights|
|Member||Not Applicable||Not Applicable|
This is on top of the elite credits you receive from Marriott credit cards. In late March Marriott started allowing you to earn 15 elite nights from both their business Amex and from personal cards
rather than capping you at 15 total elite nights each year.
What’s more these bonus elite nights count towards lifetime status. For instance, lifetime Platinum is earned after 10 years of Platinum or higher and 600 lifetime nights (including credit card-earned nights).
As a Platinum, then, I receive 30 credit card elite nights and will receive these 25 more elite nights – a total of 55 elite nights without a stay. That earns a Choice Benefit
(for crossing 50 nights) too. My Platinum status is already secure for 2021, but just 20 nights (and I already have a few) gets me Titanium. And if my choice benefit is 5 elite nights, I only need 15 actual nights in hotels for Titanium.
Unfortunately they aren’t giving any break on the $20,000 spend requirement. Odd after laying off Ambassador agents
they still expect as much spend from you but don’t deliver the promised personalized service.