Have been traveling and out of touch for a week or so (yes, there are still some places with no cell coverage and very little internet connectivity) not sure if this has come up. I received a letter from Chase saying there had been a glitch in awarding the nights stay for each $3000.00 spent on the card from the first of the year. Not too specific but did say it would be corrected in my next statement and would be posted to my Marriott account. I had thought there was a problem so am glad to see this being resolved.
Anyone else get the letter?
I received the same letter. I think it's more of a form letter sent out to everyone. I track my Chase activity and there is nothing out of line. All nights credited add up correctly. I'm sure this will apply to some folks, but I don't think there will be a windfall of night credits for all.
I too received the letter but don't expect any adjustment to my account. I agree this was probably a form letter. I also think it may have had something to do with the confusion around when there was so much trouble with their southern clearing house when so many cards were compromised. I know mine was stolen twice within a month!
I received the letter, but also don't think there will be any adjustments. I don't have time to do a spreadsheet on how many nights/points should be transferred every month, as it can be time intensive and confusing. I had a ton of charges from my last Europe trip, and how many points I earn (i.e. 2 pts. for dining, travel related, etc.) depends largely on what type of business the merchant classifies itself as. There were a numer of restaurants that apparently did not classify themselves as dining, etc., which affects point earnings from spending. Not worth figuring it out to the "T", but the points look to be in the ball park, so I guess that's good enough for me.
To make it easier to track the elite night credit for the $3000 spend, I take one billing cycle every year and put away the Marriott Visa card. Then, I get a fresh start on tracking. I usually have that 'time out' with the card coincide with a month I spend at home so there are no actual 'Marriott' charges. Since I travel for leisure only, these nights credited for spending could be helpful so I make sure I track them just in case I don't make the 75 nights of fun travel. On a year when my rollover nights don't roll over because they 'recoup' the rollover nights for the previous year, I stop my usage of the card when I hit 75 nights because the nights mean nothing at that point. I then use my airline card for everything.
Thanks! I'm at 42 nights now, so GOLD is in sight! I can't wait!
Once I make it, when will my gold status start? With my anniversary? And if so, how can I find out when that is? I don't see it on my profile.
Also, how can I tell which hotels have the consierge level?
Thanks in advance!
Once you make it to Gold, it will take effect immediately Your anniversary date should be the date you signed up for the Marriott Rewards account. You can contact Marriott for that if necessary.
In terms of concierge lounge access, I'm not sure if you see that during online reservation but if you don't, the frontdesk usually reminds you. Doesn't hurt to ask especially if you are staying at a full service Marriott.
If you plan to stay at Marriott for the long run, I highly recommend getting the Marriott Premier Credit Card if you don't have it already. It will give you an additional, 15 elite nights credit which automatically makes you a Silver member. That means 35 more nights to make it to Gold and 60 more for Platinum. You also earn one elite night for every $3,000 spent and will get a free night every year on your anniversary date (except for the initial sign up where you will get it shortly). Annual fee is $85. Or you can opt for the Marriott Rewards Credit Card which has a little less perks but cost $45 a year.
Agree completely - if you care about your Marriott status (and you should) - get the Chase Premier VISA card. Here's some additional reading:
I hope some of it helps....
p.s. while we're into unsolicited advice, do you have a AAA card yet? If you travel a lot, it pays for itself QUICKLY with the discount program. See, generally:
You're on your way to gold... and platinum... and beyond....
Good luck with getting to Gold! I'm sure you'll make it with 42 nights 'in the bank' already.
You can usually tell if a full service hotel has a Concierge Lounge by looking at the photos of the property. I've seen some hotels put a picture and description in either the 'services' pictures or the 'restaurant' pictures and some describe whether or not it is on a Concierge level.