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Leaked/Rumor: Marriott’s new Single Program Elite Tiers take effect in August

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There is a post on flyertalk that has been getting a lot of attention over the past day. The OP has posted a screenshot of a “leaked” 5 tier structure that starts at 10 nights for Silver, and ultimately ends with a top tier Ambassador level at 100 nights and $20k spend. There is also a rumor circulating that SPG airline transfer will cease April 16th. No idea if any of this is true, but the info is out there…

Here’s a look at the speculative chart

Gold is 50 nights right now, but also is quite easy to attain via Amex Plat. Currently, it’s hands down the best mid tier status you can hold due to guaranteed lounge access. At 25 nights…I can’t imagine that is going to stay. If this structure is introduced I’m guessing lounge access moves to Platinum ( hopefully not Platinum Premier, which is also rumored).

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Marriott’s current tier structure

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SPG’s current tier structure

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If you want to get super speculative, another post speculated the following changes were being considered at Marriott.

The poster stipulates that many of these proposed changes won’t come to fruition, but my goodness, they are draconion. Read through them…they’ll make you shiver.

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Thoughts…

If the first chart is introduced…it doesn’t seem fair that stripped down benefits would go into effect until early 2020 as those who are currently earning status are doing so based upon the benefits they think they’d get upon reaching that goal, i.e. if I hit SPG Platinum then I get guaranteed lounge access and upgrades to suites if available at check in. If you qualify now…that status is good until March of 2020.

I don’t think Marriott Gold can continue in it’s current form purely because of Amex Plat – if you travel much at all, the dollar amount of the club upgrades will negate your annual fee. So something will change there, and judging by this chart, it’ll be a deval of Gold with Platinum taking its place.

H/T DOC

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