Hi. I hope I can get some good advise from you smart folks.
Right now I am at the Gold level but I may have a chance to earn enough nights to make Platinum this year. The problem is that I may not want Platinum. If I stay at Gold, then I will have a bunch of roll-over night to carry out into next year and should easily earn Gold again. However, if I earn Platinum this year, I will not have many roll over nights and will like not have enough next year for Gold.
Thus I would rather have Gold-Gold then Platinum-Silver. Does this make sense? If you are Platinum one year, do you simply drop to Gold to following year independent of the number of nights?
Thanks in advance to any clarity you folks can provide
natural_log - you have hit the nail on the head in your post. You would only go down one level, so you are looking at Platinum to Gold if that's how the following year plays out for you. Of course with buy-back (they will give you a chance to keep platinum for X amount of points - I've seen it at 40k) and/or an opportunity to add 15 nights to your total just by carrying the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card, you can probably make it again. Hope this helps you make the decision - go for platinum - there are creative ways to keep it. And, worst case scenario, you are gold again in 2018. Welcome to Insiders - stick around awhile, you can learn a lot from your fellow members.
In most cases, taking Platinum makes the most sense. You get extra points, United Silver Elite status, a better shot at upgrades, and as nationwide points out you still get Gold, the following year, even if you don't have the nights for it.
Thanks for the info and the welcome. I have been lurking for a while and already learned a bunch (got my birthday night recently) and probably could have searched a bit more to find this answer.
I already use the Chase MR as a large part of my Marriott points strategy and I agree, if Marriott is your game, then the Chase MR is a valuable tool.
Hi natural_log and welcome.
Go for the Platinum! You would not go down to Silver the next year, as Rewards only reduces by one tier if you do not stay enough nights to retain your current standing. So it could only reduce from Platinum to Gold, no matter how few nights you stay.
Welcome to Insiders natural_log,
Both good answers from these guys, but there may be a few more reasons to obtain Platinum which may appeal to you as well.
There are more benefits as well and some of those I refer to above do not always work out. If you travel internationally the arrival gift is more likely to include an offering of snack and wine or other beverage although there are still some hotels in the U.S. that will offer you the food over the $10 certificate or points.
There are certainly pros and cons to both however, reaching Platinum this year will keep you at that level all next year and until Feb. 1, 2018, so go for it.
Agree on all points with IAHFLYR It can be tough in years that travel is down, but Plat can and often does get me a lot of additional perks as well. The trick is to be nice and not try to throw your status around like it's something rare - it is not.
No need to worry about me throwing status around. I realize that it's not that rare. Along those lines, I was trying to figure out what the probability that a given room is occupied by a PE member. I would think its pretty high (maybe 50%). It my not be there are many of them but they travel 20-25 times more than a non MR member.
Does anyone have any clue?
I'd also like to add a little tidbit you may want to keep in your back pocket. We offer Status Challenges as well that invite our members to earn the next level status and keep it for an extended period of time. For more information about these challenge, check out the following thread: Status Challenges: What are they and how do I enroll?
Welcome to the forum natural_log!! Looking forward to hearing more from you.
Thank you to you and others for the nice welcome. I tried not to have my first post be a complaint.
I didn't know that you only can bump down 1 level per year so that, couple with how the roll-over nights work, means that getting PE is the best path forward. Hopefully I will have lifetime Gold within a year or two (although right now it seems I need 1.6M more points but that's a topic for another thread)