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Marriott is sending out emails notifying members of some updated benefits for Elite members. Marriott, Ritz, and SPG will continue to run as independent programs through 2018. There hasn’t been increased guidance onward. There are 3 things that are changing for next year.
First off, in years past, you could use points to “buy back” status. This was something I would have recommended as good value if you’d missed gold status. This was prior to getting matched through SPG ( i.e. Amex Plat), and an easy way to guarantee benefits if you fell short. Marriott Gold is a fantastic mid-tier status as it includes lounge access. Buying Back will no longer be an option.
Secondly, there won’t be any rollover nights from year to year. So if you fall short of hitting the next level of status, those nights get dumped into the can, and won’t help you in the next year.
Finally, Marriott is enriching its Platinum and its “unpublished” Platinum Premier elites with complimentary Hertz status. Plats get 5 star status, Plat Premiers get President’s circle. Remember that Marriott Plats get comped United Silver, and Plat Premiers get United Gold. If you’re a frequent traveler, or a large timeshare owner ( you get comped status this way) your bennies have been enriched somewhat, but the elimination of rollover nights and buyback is fairly steep.
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