Just ran across this on Loyalty Lobby and thought some of you might be interested. Have not found it out yet on Marriott, but might have missed it.
Any Insiders thinking of using it?
I probably would have used it had I not retained my status the hard way.
94 nights last year even gave me a nice head start on renewing Platinum for another year due to rollover nights. At my current pace, I'll only need 10 nights after the current MegaBonus end, and some of those will come from using my CC.
Buyback is a no brainer at Gold status. Can be worth it for Platinum depending on the level of travel planned. With redemption nights now counting toward renewal, maintaining status got a bit easier.
I'm hoping it is still around next year because it looks like I am going to be under and I really like having Platinum, especially because of the United partnership that gives me silver there as well.
I had a slow first quarter and then surgery in Q2, so maybe if they don't have the program next year, maybe I can get a sympathy bump.