Would Marriott Rewards kindly raise the number of bonus points that a Gold Elite member may accrue from 25% to 35%? The disparity between Silver (20%) & Gold (25%) is only 5 percentage points, versus 50% bonus for Platinums. I also appreciate the Gold perks of free internet & breakfast!
WHat else is on YOUR wish list for future perks or benefits? What is meaningful to you?
I went from Gold to Silver this year. Yes, there is only 5% difference on bonus points, but there are other benefits to being gold. I really appreciated the free internet (although I do think in this day and age it should be free for everyone), and lounge access, neither of which I am entitled to now. I think those two things make a big difference between gold and silver. I also think that if the gold bonus points were increased, that would mean the platinum members would say their differential had been diminished.
Silver Elite really is a giveaway level gifted via the 10/15 nights credit as a result of carrying the Marriott Credit Card. Although the list of benefits is long, in reality the only bits of any use are the 20% extra points and priority checkout.
Gold is where the real meat is at Marriott. The benefits list is extensive and worthwhile, most especially at FS hotels:
Free breakfast 7 days week
Free room upgrade
Free lounge access
The remaining Gold benefit is an extra 5% points over silver but it's almost "pointless" (it's a half point extra per $, pretty valueless really, a Gold will have to spend $10,000 at Marriott just to receive 5,000 points more than a Silver, and that 5,000 points wouldn't be enough to stay anywhere at all!) but I guess it's to throw a bone at those Golds staying at RI/SHS/FI/Resorts where if no upgrade is given the only extra benefit between Silver and Gold is free internet and at resorts, not even that!
Good point brightlybob. Is there a benefit that other chains give their Gold/Platinum equivalents that Marriott doesn't offer? I generally vacillate between Gold or Platinum year-to-year & have stayed with Marriott almost exclusively for about 18 years, mainly because they have such a large number of properties
My only ask is guaranteed parking in properties with limited parking in garages, etc.
Nothing like showing up to a property at 11:30 and being told to park on the street (metered parking) because the garage is full.
To be honest, aside from the internet, I've never noticed a difference between the Gold I have now and the Silver I used to have.
I could be wrong but I seem to notice that as a Gold I get more chances for bonus points at hotels than when I was Silver. In addition to bonus points just for spending a night or two I'm also offered 750 points per night at the higher end hotels if I refuse the breakfast option or if the lounge is closed. I've also been offered a few hundred points here and there at the lower end hotels just for being Gold. One hotel in Dayton had a wheel to spin for Gold/Plat. members where you could win various things from points to nothing. I won cookies. Strangely, I've had better room upgrades when I was a Silver than a Gold, but that could just be the hotel's preference.
it seems to be an un reachable goal which only a few people can actually reach. It actually a turn off. I have been staying more often at Starwood properties because of my frustration with Marriott rewards program. It's more bang for my buck with Starwood or Hilton. I actually noticed different perks at different properties for Gold Elite members.