This year I became a first-time Marriott Platinum Elite member. The 75 nights/year requirement is rather high when you consider that out of (approximately) 260 Monday-Friday working days in a calendar year, you are spending around 29% of them staying at a Marriott property.
After reading about all the benefits that the highest tier of Marriott Reward status has to offer, and now having a year to experience this first-hand, I can honestly say that my overall experiences this year have been far from "Elite", let alone "Platinum". What it appears to boil down to is "knowing" which specific Marriott properties recognize Platinum Elite benefits - and which properties to avoid.
I would like to hear from fellow Platinum Elite members in this group on whether you feel investing your travel expenses towards achieving Platinum Elite is really worth it or not. Perhaps my perspective of this Rewards Tier is not realistic (given this is my first year at this Tier level).
well the question is there a big difference between gold and platinum . You get more matching points with platinum but as far as upgrades I haven't seen them ( maybe need to follow ERC strategy ) and you do get either 500 points or I guess a certificate at restaurant. I am lifetime platinum but haven't seen the value over gold. Now platinum premier I did see a little more
I have about 4,000 nights, and as a PP, I find it to be very helpful.
Some of the things I have gotten are; anniversary/Christmas gifts, free robes, an offer to have lunch with Mr. Marriott, Presidential upgrades when possible, and of course the extra points. Whenever I have a problem, which is almost never, I call the Platinum line for help and have always gotten the help.
The extra points are golden for free stays. Which, I either give away or use for cruise credits.
Each property is different, and my unique situation is very different than yours. But, I find that over time, brand loyalty does pay dividends.