I enjoyed reading all if these posts about Platinum for Life. I am retired, and have been now for six years. I actually received my Lifetime status I think almost 10 years ago. I don't think I qualified by the criteria mentioned. I do know I joined in 1980, the first 3 digits of my reward number us 000! I believe that when Marriott first started the program all still active members with 000 received this privlege as long as they had earned Platinum level in the past.
How ever that us not what I want to say. I was in the top status for Hyatt, for American Airlines, United, Delta. I did enjoy all the extras. Now I
am retired, don't travel like I use to, have used most if my points, and the only company that today still says thank you is Marriott! I tell everyone that someday even after you retire that by being a loyal customer today, it pays you in the future!
I have learned to fly coach, but when I arrive like I did recently in Bangkok and checked into the Marriott, I got upgraded to a very nice Suite. Yes the rules have changed, but when they see that card that says Lifetime,they still take care of me! All the others, all the money I spent with them all those years mean nothing! That is why Marriott Platinum Lifetime is special!
I agree with tryt53. Our family has stayed in lots of different chains with lots of different reward programs. I don't think any of them other than Marriott keep track of the points or stays after a few years. Choice rewards told me this summer that after 7 years, the points fall of if the programs haven't been used. I can understand that, I guess, but it still seems really unfair. I know that Holiday Inn didn't keep track of our points properly because there are too few for the number of times we've stayed there. I don't know about Wyndham, or Wyngate, but we've never gotten a notification of status for all the stays my husband stayed there here in AL before the company allowed its employees to use Marriott. The stays had to go through the reservations desk and they never would make them to any Marriott, but none that they used had any long-term stay suites.
Hi everybody! Please notice a new discussion I started, titled, "Is this new Lifetime content understandable?" and let me know what you think. (hint: this is also a leak of the amended criteria!)
I agree with you. My account starts w/000 as well and I was given Lifetime Status about 10 years ago. I don't think I hit all the criteria but I definitely have hit a few of them. I'm pretty much retired now, but try to stay in Marriott whenever I travel, about 20-30 nights/year.
I'm usually treated very well and many hotel staffers have never seen the Lifetime Card!!!
IS there a way of knowing how many points I have accumulated over my tenure as a rewards member. I am curious about the lifetime program, I have been platinum for going on 5 years in a row 4 of yet hem I have had over 100 nights. This year I was finally awarded platinum premier and am curious how to know where my standing is for lifetime status. is it based of base points? Or total accumulated points?
I completely agree with you on the 12 year rule. Makes no sense whatsoever. 1000 nights is exceptional as is 1.2 Million points. That alone should be enough. Reference the top airline categories....do ANY of them require membership for some length of time as opposed to performance (i.e. flying and accruing miles) Not that I am aware...maybe with enough complaints, Marriott will change this.
The MR points required were lowered to 2 million earned (from 3 Million) a few years back, and the nights stayed reduced just a few months ago. I have heard that back in the day (this is of course third-hand) virtually everyone got Life Platinum immediately when they stayed "x" number of nights. MR folks can verify this to be true (can't you Community Manager?)
I tend to a agree with the 12 year limit since it showsd dedication to a brand over time.
Just my take
Greetings! Anadyr, I think that third-hand stayed too long at the bar... Here's the history of Lifetime status:
"Back in the day" aka, pre-2009:
Silver: 12 years at level, 1.5M points, 600 nights
Gold: 12 years at level, 2M points, 800 nights
Plat: 12 years at level, 3M points, 1000 nights
2009 changes dropped the total number of points required:
Silver: 12 years, 1.2M pts, 600 nights
Gold: 12 years, 1.6 pts, 800 nights
Plat: 12 years, 2M pts, 1000 nights
2013 changes dropped the year requirement (we figured it took that long to achieve the night and point requirement anyway) and reduced the # of nights:
Silver: 1.2M pts, 250 nights
Gold: 1.6M pts, 500 nights
Plat: 2M pts, 750 nights