I have found that being a Platinum Premier Member at Marriott does not carry the expected benefits is once did. While I remained loyal to Marriott during the downturn in the recession, I have noticed that the favor is not being returned.
We can complain until the cows come home, but I truly believe the only solution is to contact Starwood or one of their competitors and ask to be brought over at an equivalent level and wash your hands of Marriott.
I am a lifetime Platinum Member, PP and if enough of us band together to send the message, perhaps it will change for the rest of of our colleagues.
I seriously doubt many on MI will disagree with you at all. Quite a few insiders have already started the trend of less stays if not completely washed their hands and wallet from Marriott. Myself, I've had well over the 75 nights a year for many years in a row and this year I have barely reached double digits in nights at a Marriott property yet I am pretty sure they could care less.
That's really sad. Like someone said on on of their replies, I used to be a Marriott Ambassador and encourage colleagues to stay at the same location as me.
Now I feel less inclined to spread the good word about Marriott and feel more encouraged to ask other colleagues with other loyalty programs which one is the best and why. I am planning my exit strategy from Marriott.
IAH and Richiemac: Your views are similiar to mine. I have 75 nights already this year, and none are rollovers. This coming week I reach 750 cumulative nights, so my future stays in the USA will start at other major chains since once I am life plat, what the ongoing benefit?