Hi Just received GOLD Elite status from Marriot Rewards and am 18 night away from Platinum, which I should obtain before the end of the year. Any comments "in a nutshell" on the advantages of GOLD or PLATINUM with regards to staying at Marriott hotels. I know there is info on this from Marriott rewards website, but would be curious from current members what the advantages (or lack there-of) of GOLD & PLATINUM status.
Depending on "what turns you on"..there are a few possible advantages.
If you are a person who is interested in earning points for free stays:
1) Gold Elite members earn additional 25% bonus per stay, Platinum earns 50%. For example, if your room charge was $100 you would earn 1000 points plus an additional 500 points (50% bonus) as a Platinum member. These points add up quick.
2) There is a Platinum arrival gift. When you check in at the front desk, you will asked for your preference. You can receive 200-500 points or a small gift (water, snack). If you elect the points, they can add up.
If you are a person who is interested in getting room upgrades:
There are complimentary room upgrades for Gold and Platinum if available.
Two other nice bennies are free internet at the hotels that like to charge people ( Marriott, JW, etc) and Concierge Lounge access when the lounge is open.
You can browse over the Terms and Conditions for a few more highlights. I've attached the link below.
I have used the platinum guarantee to get a room in downtown Chicago during the Home Show. It was a God-send. Also, the Silver Elite status at UA is good if you wouldn't qualify on your own and if you fly a lot. I get upgraded to first class quite a bit on my UA flights because of the status. Having said that, I may not requalify as platinum next year. Not sure I'll do a mattress run to keep platinum as I have United status on my own, and MR Gold Elite gets CL access which is my main concern.