So I just found out about the Platinum Elite for life program.
Emeritus Platinum status is offered after the following qualifications are met:
Guest has been a member of Marriott Rewards program for 12 years, with at least one year at Platinum Elite.
Guest has stayed 1,000 nights over the history of the Marriott Rewards account.
2,000,000 total points earned during the history of the account.
So I find myself having all of this EXCEPT the 12 years of membership (I'm only at 10 1/2). What I don't understand is why this is even a requirement. I've done all the hard stuff to prove my loyalty and could literally stop staying in Marriotts and get my lifetime Platinum status (which is awesome thank you). It sure would be better if I could get it now. I've dropped to Gold(after 9 straight years of Platinum and Platinum Elite) due to coming off the road for the birth of my child. I'll likely make Platinum before the end of this year (only missed it by a couple of days last year) which will carry me through to my lifetime status but if I miss it again by a few nights I'll be uber dissappointed.
Can someone explain to me the thinking of the 12 year requirement?
I think that whichever of the criteria one of us is missing to achieve this status, we tend to view that criterion as being the least important and think it should be waived for us. I say this because I too would like to have this status; I've met all the other criteria; but I'm about 75 nights short of the 1000. So I'm resigned to the fact that I won't get Lifetime Platinum until the end of 2011. However, in your case, even if you slip to Gold this year, you have alread been a Platinum member for one year, so that should not matter: isn't that right? What matters for you is meeting the 12 year MR membership criterion. I guess we just have to hang in there! Good luck.
I see your point but the other qualifications are all merit based. The time is simply waiting. I could literally go stay at Hilton for the next 2 years, not spending another night at Marriott and then I'll be awarded Plat for Life. My question is what is the point of making me wait? The thresholds all make sense, you need to earn something this awesome (and I do think its awesome - thank you Bill M) but if someone achieves it in 10 years or 3 for that matter (which I guess you could do if you stayed in a marriott every day for 3 years), I dont see the logic in making them wait for 12 years to go by.
For as long as there has been an "Emeritus" or now "Lifetime" Status there has been a 12 year requirement. I have no idea why 12 rather than 10 or even 5 years if all the other requirements have been met.
One change that occurred at the start of the year was the dropping of points required from 3M to 2M for Platinum Lifetime Elite. I noticed that my card does not have an expiration date whereas others have told me that, in the past, their cards contained a date in the future.
I hope you make it soon. Good luck.
I've made it. I just need to wait until Jan 28, 2012 for me to hit 12 years in program. Wish I'd signed up when I graduated highschool instead of when I started a job that had lots of travel and I'd have my card now.
As to the comments about "cheapening" Platinum status. I image Marriott needs to adjust there levels to keep their program competive. I guess that the heaviest users will always feel like they should be more exclusive than everyone else but the program needs to be inclusive enough to entice lots of people, not just a few.
Personally I wish they had come up with rollover nights back in the mid 2000's when I was racking up between 225 and 250 nights a year. I'd have had enough to keep me Platinum through the last couple of years that my business travel has slacked off a bit.
With any loyalty program, it makes sense that tenure be a key criteria.
All loyalty programs have their own view of tenure and obviously have to develop criteria that draws the lines somewhere.
Twelve years of MR membership does not seem unreasonable considering that only recent years of participation have to be on the Platinum level (presuming that your goal is Lifetime Platinum).
I have the 12 years and coming up on 1000 nights, currently at 980 but i don't have a clue how many total points I have accumulated over the years. I have been a member for at least 20 years and have been platinum for the last 3 or 4.
how can i find out how many points i have earned over the years. I currently have over a 1,000,000 point balance?
Just found out by sending them an email that I have 22 years as a member and have lifetime points of over 4,000,000 but I have only 980 elite nights so I will just have to wait until I have stayed another 20 nights. I guess I am already Emeritus Gold although I did not know it because I have been Platinum Premier for the past three years having stayed over 300 nights in the last two years and have stayed ove 100 already this year.
Contact Marriott Rewards for a complete listing and explaination of all things Lifetime status.
In fact, when you call, please tell them to add that as a feature so when you login to marriott.com it should display all that Lifetime Status for you.
Yes, that has been an enhancement for many years and one that I submitted many many times previously.
When you hit a certain LTS level, Marriott from what I have been told will send out that status card out automatically. If you haven't received anything of the sort, then check out Marriott Rewards at
12 years only means how long you have been in the MRewards program. Remember, there are FOUR criteria that goes towards EARNING LTS within Marriott.
1. Years in MLS = 12 years
2. ONE of those 12 years at a Platinum level
4. 1,000 Nights=Platinum
5. 2 Milliion points=LT Platinum (3 Million use to be the old benchmark, but was changed to economic times for those traveling and cutbacks by corps).
Well, it would still be nice if there was a mix of criteria available. I have 16 years in the program, maybe 5 or 6 years as platinum, and nearly 2 million points, but only just over 500 lifetime nights. I don't even qualify as LT Silver at this point. It would be nice if there were some combo options where as one criteria ratchets up, others ratchet down. For example, it is 1000 nights for LTP if you have 12 years, but it drops 50 nights a year for every additional year of membership.
I TOTALLY agree with you there! As I am in the same boat. I have half the number of nights, platinum status for many years and accumulation of points is ongoing.
I would suggest calling the Platinum line and suggersting this. The more people that call up, the more likely that this could be modified.
Thanks for the great suggestion!