Loyalty Traveler runs down the Marriott credit card offers that help achieve elite status. There are three credit cards which together credit 35 nights automatically.
What’s more, you can now earn a qualifying night for every $3000 of spend on Marriott’s premium card.
Gold status comes after 50 nights (achievable with 3 cards and $45,000 in spend) and Platinum after 75 nights (3 cards and $90,000 in spend).
I’m not much of a Marriott guy, sure they’re ubiquitous and there are plenty of decent lounges. But even for Platinums — the most stringent tier to reach of any hotel loyalty program top level — there aren’t promises of suite upgrades the way one finds with Intercontinental Royal Ambassador, Hyatt Diamond, and Starwood Platinum.
Still, these cards offer a real head start towards status. They underscore the continued growing importance of co-branded credit cards, not just for airlines but also hotels. And also the shrinking elite ranks over the past year with the economy, and thus the relaxed maner in which that status can be earned.