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Platinum Elite means everything, it means you have reached a top level in the number one hotel rewards program.
If you would like to see the benefits to being Platinum member then look no further than the home page after signing in and you will see a box that says "Platinum Elite , see member benefits." In a more literal sense Platinum is simply the top step in the elite program.
Ok, so obviously I didn't ask this correctly.
I know what the levels are, and I am Platinum. My question is - is there a difference between Platinum and Platinum Elite? I thought they were the same thing - a recent encounter with a Marriott employee led me to believe that Platinum was 75+ nights per year and Platinum Elite was something different - if I understood correctly, being in the top 3% of spenders (dollar not nights) for the calendar year.
Anybody know if there is a difference? Or are Platinum and Platinum Elite just level names that can be used interchangeably?
What you're actually asking is - is there a difference between Platinum & Platinum Premier? The answer is - not much in terms of benefit.
Platinum Elite is 75 nights each year.
Platinum Premier Elite is a combo of nights & revenue spend & is only bestowed upon you by Marriott itself.
However, for the most part (and pardon the expression) there's jack sh*t between them. PP used to get you some extra bennies but Marriott took them away.
Marriott itself acknowledges there's NO difference between the two, which is why they should be totally ashamed at themselves (the corporate Marriott, not the Insiders) for implying otherwise.
Technically speaking PPs have their own dedicated 800# which is unique to the status.
One other (hardly ever used benefit) is the number of promotional stays for PPs include some extra savings over Ps and other, lower levels. For example, a PP might get a 30% off stay whereas a P or lower might have the exact same offer for the same venue for the same time period, but at 25% off.