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Marriott Bonvoy® announced that it will grant members who did not requalify for their current status a one-tier drop for 2023. This means that non-qualifying:
- Ambassadors will become Titanium Elites
- Titanium Elites will become Platinum Elites
- Platinum Elites will become Gold Elites
- Gold Elites will become Silver Elites
This is in line with what Marriott used to offer with its past loyalty program, Marriott Rewards. Guests never dropped more than one tier regardless of what they earned the prior year.
Personally, I made the choice this year to not requalify for Ambassador. I had the 100+ nights, but was $2,280 under the $20,000 spend requirement. I do not find much value in the current status (although I did appreciate the $100 gift card) and will see what Titanium Elite has in store for me in 2023. I qualified for Titanium Elite by earning 116 nights, so this soft landing won’t impact me.
Anthony’s Take: It’s nice that Marriott is going back to an old soft-landing policy. It doesn’t impact me (other than possibly being able to argue that there are too many elite members).
Anthony’s Credit Card Pick: The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card is a must for frequent Marriott guests. Its annual fee is $650, but I have found that the dining credits, free night, and other benefits easily make this up. An excellent welcome bonus makes it even better. It will always have a place in my wallet. Learn more about the card. Rates & Fees. Terms apply.
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