This is an interesting question, but I would rephrase it - How many LPE memberships have been earned? Those who have it or who are within sight of it have earned it through many nights away from home, or by spending a lot of money and charging it to their Marriott Visa card. I don't view it as having been given away!
I have no idea how many there are but I expect to reach that milestone in about 18 months! I do agree with nhtraveler that this staus is earned. In my case it will be by a combination of charging on my MR cards and by staying close to 40 nights per year for many years. I have been in the program for about 25 years but have been staying with Marriott for almost 50 years.
Perhaps carat could get us a number of members who are Lifetime Platinum..
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In regards to your thread, its a great question. I have to agree with nhtraveler. It is a status that is earned and an accomplishment, as it takes a lot of travel and dedication. Unfortunately, I do not believe this is something I'll be able to find out.