Under the new Marriott program all lifetime elites kept their current lifetime status from either program and everyone had until December 31 to earn lifetime status under old program rules despite the new program requiring more elite nights than Starwood had insisted upon and no longer required minimum points for status as Marriott had.
One quirk of the new program though is that it will not offer lifetime status higher than Platinum (50 nights). Legacy Marriott lifetime Platinums were 75 night platinums so got to keep lifetime 75 night elite. Starwood members with similar lifetime activity nearly lost their cookies over this, since Starwood elites weren’t being given the opportunity to earn lifetime 75 night status no matter how much activity they had had. Members petitioned program leadership to reverse course and they did so.
- Anyone who earned 750 nights and 10 years of Platinum by the end of 2018 would get lifetime Platinum Premier (75 night status, “Titanium elite” when the program rebrands as ‘Bonvoy’ next month).
- This was a one shot offer through end of 2018 that Marriott said would never be offered again.
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The good news is that Marriott updated member accounts with this higher lifetime status over this weekend. (HT: Alex D.)
@boilernuke confirms this as well.
— Alex (@boilernuke) January 27, 2019
It was never a foregone conclusion this would actually happen correctly. At one point marketing geniuses in Bethesda were telling members they would have to requalify for lifetime status every year.
If you’re supposed to have lifetime Platinum Premier status and your account hasn’t been updated you’ll need to follow up with Marriott, always a frustrating experience.