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Marriott Lifetime Platinum is worthless (sort of) - DUH moment

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At the LAX Renaissance, the benefit for "lounge" gets you a free breakfast on weekends at the restaurant there, since the lounge is closed on weekends. We generally stay 1 night there when we go to hawaii, make the trip shorter for us being central US. And it's nice to have a real breakfast before using the shuttle to the airport.
 

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Thanks frank808 for the information.
Is it worth it to become Titanium? We needs four (4) more nights to reach the Titanium level by the end of this year .
Silver Elite Status on United Air... priority check in, free 70 lbs bags, free upgrade (when available, we have been upgraded to first class a couple of times), priority boarding.
 
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Silver Elite Status on United Air... priority check in, free 70 lbs bags, free upgrade (when available, we have been upgraded to first class a couple of times), priority boarding.
Yeah, forgot about that. This year, we were upgraded on a very long overseas flight to first class, it was great!
 

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Wierd...I haven't stayed in a Marriott hotel in over 20 years. Yesterday I received a package from Bonvoy with Postal Tracking. Inside was a (heavy metal) Bonvoy Lifetime Platinum Elite Card with my name and my old Marriott Rewards Number engraved on the back...

George
I am very confused now. I am Lifetime Titanium and, while I am not doing any more business travels, I do still stay in Marriott Hotels a few times a year. Sometimes I stay on Points as I did last week in New York. I also have a Marriott Credit Card. I haven't received any sort of package this year from Marriott and am wondering why unless I don't understand what people are talking about?
 

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For some reason that is not totally clear, to me anyway, Marriott have been sending out these packages and new membership cards over a very extended period.
Mine arrived a couple of months ago, there seem to be many though who have still not received theirs.

I am very confused now. I am Lifetime Titanium and, while I am not doing any more business travels, I do still stay in Marriott Hotels a few times a year. Sometimes I stay on Points as I did last week in New York. I also have a Marriott Credit Card. I haven't received any sort of package this year from Marriott and am wondering why unless I don't understand what people are talking about?
 

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And I thought he meant the credit card with metal in the middle. :doh:
 

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I received a package with a heavy metal showing Lifetime Platinum with my Bonvoy # at the back. The entire package went straight to trash...
 

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I received a package with a heavy metal showing Lifetime Platinum with my Bonvoy # at the back. The entire package went straight to trash...
I don't get it either. Why waste the effort and money to produce such a thing? This is marketing run amok.
 

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Neither wife nor I received a lifetime platinum card. I actually didn't even get a Titanium card this year. While my wife got 3.

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Per usual, the membership value is being diluted by Marriott changing the points required to stay in its hotels by changing the hotel categories. Next thing they’ll do is tell their clients that a room with a bathroom ensuite cost extra.


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all we received is our membership level statue when we log into the Marriott’s website.
 

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Typical MB behavior to screw the people who stay in their hotels the most.




2020 CATEGORY CHANGES

Our annual hotel category changes* will take effect March 4, 2020. Review the list of changes below and decide how to maximize your points.

Rest assured, if your favorite hotel is moving to a higher category, you can save points by booking at the current redemption rate before the changes go into effect. If it’s moving to a lower category, you might want to wait until the changes take effect.

To see where your points can take you, explore the Redemption Chart featuring more than 7,200 hotels worldwide.
 
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This is hardly anything new though.
They are Marriott’s “annual hotel category changes”
I don’t welcome them either, but they are hardly a surprise.
They have been happening every year for as long as I can remember.
So we used our 3.5 million Marriott Rewards points on a good few, well valued “Travel Packages” before the devaluation hit too hard.
 

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As hard core Marriott hotel users, they should work on giving us something back vs always taking something away. It’s called being appreciative of your client base without which they’d still be serving pancakes in the diners from whence they came.


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As hard core Marriott hotel users, they should work on giving us something back vs always taking something away. It’s called being appreciative of your client base without which they’d still be serving pancakes in the diners from whence they came.


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The hotel category changes aside, we continue to receive very worthwhile benefits from Marriott by way of free nights, suite upgrades, welcome gifts, late check out, free breakfasts, executive lounge access, food and beverage discounts...
it is certainly not all bad news, for us anyway.
 
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