Marriott’s top elite tier requires the most nights to achieve at 75. In contrast, you can become a Starwood Platinum or a Hyatt Diamond after 50 nights (or 25 stays).
And yet Marriott Rewards is less rewarding than Starwood and Hyatt — and arguably less rewarding than Hilton HHonors – for top tier elites.
- No guaranteed late checkout, late checkout is instead on request on day of departure.
- Award nights don’t count towards status. IHG Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Hilton HHonors do. Hyatt’s new cash and points awards will. (Marriott will even be alone in not offering cash and points awards.)
- No confirmed suite upgrades — not at booking or even a few days prior to check-in. Elites aren’t even entitled to standard suites that may be available when they arrive.
- No breakfast at resorts or even at courtyard properties. Heck theu just got breakfast on weekends.
- Club lounges are getting crowded with United MileagePlus Premier Gold members and Ritz-Carlton credit card holders.
And yet Marriott members still love the program!