The Benefits of Marriott Elite Status [Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador]

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Marriott elite members appreciate 2 things, among many, about the Marriott Bonvoy program — the hotels’ global footprint and unique properties. Knowing that you can find a hotel no matter where you are brings peace of mind, especially for business travelers.

With Marriott’s global footprint, it’s much easier for members to work their way up the elite status ladder. That’s great news for travelers! As you move to higher elite tiers, you unlock valuable benefits that make it worth the investment of both your money and time.  

In this Marriott Bonvoy elite article, we’ll go into detail on all of the tiers and benefits of its loyalty program. You’ll see what benefits and perks are in each tier, which will help you to determine what elite tier you should aim to earn.

Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status Levels

BenefitsMember
(0-9 nights/year)
Silver Elite
(10-24 nights)
Gold Elite
(25-49 nights)
Platinum Elite
(50-74 nights)
Titanium Elite
(75-99 nights)
Ambassador Elite
(100+ nights*)
Complimentary In-Room
Internet Access
XXXXXX
Points Bonus10% bonus25% bonus50% bonus75% bonus75% bonus
Late CheckoutX2 p.m.4 p.m.4 p.m.4 p.m.
Dedicated Elite
Reservation Line
XXXXX
In-Hotel Welcome GiftPointsPoints, breakfast
offering, or amenity
Points, breakfast
offering, or amenity
Points, breakfast
offering, or amenity
Enhanced Room Upgrade
Based on Availability
XIncluding select
suites 
Including select
suites at Ritz-Carlton
Including select
suites at Ritz-Carlton
Lounge AccessXXX
Guaranteed Room TypeXXX
Annual Choice BenefitXXX
Additional Annual Choice BenefitXX
48-Hour GuaranteeXX
Ambassador ServiceX
Your24™X

*Plus $20k in annual qualifying spend

Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite

The Saint Hotel Key West Autograph Collection
Use Marriott points to stay at the Saint Hotel Key West Autograph Collection. Image Credit: Marriott

Silver Elite is the lowest elite tier in the Marriott Bonvoy program. This status can be earned in 2 ways. The first way is to stay 10 nights in a calendar year. The second way is to hold one of these Marriott credit cards:

Each comes with 15 elite night credits, more than the 10 nights required for Silver Elite status.

Late Checkout

Subject to availability, Silver Elite members can call the front desk on the day of departure to request a late checkout. Note that late checkout is not guaranteed unlike what you’ll see in higher Marriott elite tiers.

10% Bonus Points

As a Silver Elite, you’ll earn 10% more points than regular members. This equates to 1 additional point at all properties with the exception of Element, Residence Inn, and Townplace Suites where you’ll earn 0.5 additional points.

Elite Reservation Line

An elite reservation line is offered to Silver Elite members.

Bottom Line: The benefits are fairly limited to travelers who earn Silver Elite status. Assuming there’s availability, a late checkout will come in handy during your travel. 

Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite

Vedema a Luxury Collection Resort Santorini Marriott
Stay at the Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort in Santorini. Image Credit: Marriott

The second elite tier in the Marriott Bonvoy program is called Gold Elite. This status is earned in a few ways:

  • Staying 25 nights in a calendar year
  • Earning United Airlines MileagePlus Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, or Premier 1K status
  • Holding specific credit cards that offer Gold status as a credit card benefit:
    • The Platinum Card® from American Express
    • Marriott Boundless Card (must spend $35,000 on the card to earn Gold Elite)
    • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (formerly Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury)
    • Marriott Bonvoy Business card (must spend $35,000 on the card to earn Gold Elite)
    • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business Credit Card (discontinued, must spend $35,000 on the card to earn Gold Elite)
    • Ritz Carlton Rewards® Card (no longer open to new applicants)
  • A combination of the Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit card 15 elite night credits and elite night stays — the 15 elite nights credits means that you’ll only need to stay 10 nights to earn Gold Elite status.

Hot Tip: Elite nights offered on the Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards aren’t stackable. This means that if you have 2 of these cards, you’ll only receive 15 elite night credits. 

Gold Elite members receive the same benefits as Silver Elites, along with the following unique benefits:

Enhanced Room Upgrade

Space-available upgrades are one of the top perks of Gold Elite status. Members who earn this status are eligible for an upgrade to an enhanced room (i.e. rooms with special amenities), excluding suites.

25% Bonus Points on Stays

Members earn 25% more points than regular members on stays. At most hotels, this equates to 2.5 additional points per dollar spent.

2 P.M. Late Checkout

Subject to availability, Gold Elites receive a 2 p.m. late checkout. Note that this is different than what Silver Elite members receive as the checkout time is clearly stated as 2 p.m.

Welcome Gift of Points

You’ll receive 250 or 500 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points for your stay. The number of points that a member receives will vary by the brand.

Bottom Line: Room upgrades are what we’ve found to be the top perk of Gold Elite status. Upgrades are subject to availability, an important point to keep in mind when booking your hotel stay. 

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite

Marriott Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Use Marriott points to stay in Tuscany at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Image Credit: Marriott

The third elite tier in the Marriott Bonvoy program is called Platinum Elite. You’ll need to stay 50 nights to earn this status.

Platinum Elite status can also be earned from credit card spend. 2 credit cards offer this option:

  • Spending $75,000 in a cardmember year on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card earns Platinum Elite status
  • Spending $75,000 in a cardmember year on the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card (no longer open to new applicants) earns Platinum Elite status.

In addition to the benefits from the Silver and Gold Elite levels, the Platinum Elite level comes with several exclusive perks:

Enhanced Room Upgrade

Like Gold Elite status, Platinum Elite status comes with enhanced room upgrades as a perk. The key difference with Platinum Elite is that select suites, subject to availability, are included.

Hot Tip: Ritz-Carlton suites are excluded as well as Aloft, Element, Marriott Grand Residence Club, and participating Vistana properties. 

Welcome Gift Choice

An amenity, breakfast, or points are offered during your stay. See 4.3.c. Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Membership Benefits iii for a full breakdown of the welcome gift offered at each property.

50% Bonus Points on Stays

50% bonus points or 5 additional points per dollar spent is what Platinum Elite members earn at most brands.

Annual Gift Choice

Platinum Elite members get to choose between 5 suite night awards, the gift of Silver Elite status, 40% off your favorite mattress, 5 elite night credits, or a $100 charity donation. We’ve found high success in redeeming the suite nights, though you’re not guaranteed a suite when you choose to use this award.

Lounge Access

Full access to brands with a lounge and complimentary breakfast are included in the Lounge Access perk, an easy option to save a ton of money on food. Autograph Collection, Delta Hotels, JW Marriott, Le Meridien, Marriott, Renaissance, Sheraton, and Westin properties guarantee lounge access. For properties without a lounge, you’re offered breakfast in the hotel restaurant or 750 points.

4 P.M. Late Checkout

A 4 p.m. guaranteed late checkout is a benefit for Platinum Elites to use. Late checkout is subject to availability at resorts, convention hotels, and Design hotels. 4 p.m. late checkout is not available at Marriott Grand Residence Club, Marriott Vacation Club, or participating Vistana properties.

Guaranteed Room Type

Room/bed preferences are guaranteed when making a reservation. If the hotel is unable to meet your preference request, compensation varies between $25-$100.

Bottom Line: Enhanced room upgrades, including suites, is one of the top perks of Platinum Elite status. Do not expect every property to honor this perk, though it’s nice to have the benefit in writing. 

Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite

North Island a Luxury Collection Resort Seychelles Marriott
Stay at a new Marriott property, the North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort at the Seychelles. Image Credit: Marriott

The second to the highest elite Marriott Bonvoy elite tier is Titanium Elite. It’s earned after staying 75 nights in a calendar. Unfortunately, members are not able to earn Titanium Elite status by holding or spending on select credit cards.

Members receive all of the same benefits as Silver, Gold, and Platinum Elite with a few choice additions:

Enhanced Room Upgrade

Like Platinum Elite members, Titanium Elite members receive enhanced room upgrades, including suites. The difference here is that Ritz-Carlton properties are included. Aloft, Element, Marriott Grand Residence Club, Marriott Vacation Club, and Vistana properties are excluded.

Titanium Elites earn an additional 75% bonus points on stays. This equates to 7.5 more points per dollar spent than members with no status.

Additional Annual Choice Benefit

A second selection of the following is offered to Titanium Elites: 5 suite night awards, 1 free award night (valid at properties requiring up to 40,000 points/night), the gift of Gold Elite status, 40% off your favorite mattress, 5 elite night credits, or a $100 charity donation.

Hot Tip: A free award night at a property requiring up to 40,000 points per night can be an interesting benefit to choose. The 5 suite night awards or the 1 free award night are likely to provide the most value. 

Silver Premier status is complimentary for Titanium Elite members. The more frequently you utilize this status, the more value it can provide.

48-Hour Guarantee

When a Titanium Elite makes a reservation by 3 p.m., 48 hours before arrival, the property will guarantee you a room.

Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite

Marriott Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho
The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is a property to consider staying at in Japan. Image Credit: Marriott

Ambassador Elite is the crème de la crème of the Marriott Bonvoy program. Marriott requires members to not only stay 100 nights in a calendar year but also have $20,000 in qualifying spending.

Ambassador Elite members receive the same benefits as all lower tiers along with 2 top tier features:

As a reward for your loyalty, Marriott provides you with an Ambassador. This individual handles your every travel need from reservations to special requests.

A second unique benefit, in addition to Ambassador Service, is Your24. This benefit allows members to choose their 24-hour check-in and checkout time. Your24 times are subject to availability so keep this in mind when making a reservation

Final Thoughts

Marriott has quite a number of elite tiers — 5 to be exact. Each elite tier offers benefits and perks that meet the needs of a variety of travelers.

Unlike the World of Hyatt program, Marriott has a massive global footprint. No matter where you travel in the world, you’ll likely find a Marriott. This is appealing for travelers whose travels take them to many different cities and countries.

We’ve held Marriott elite status for a number of years and can attest to the ups and downs of the program. Does Marriott have unique properties across the world and elite benefits that come in handy? You bet! Does Marriott require a ton of points for select properties and play with room availability? We don’t think there’s any doubt.


Frequently asked questions

What does Marriott elite status mean?

Elite status is what members earn in the Marriott program. Status is primarily earned by the number of nights a members stays. It can also be earned by holding or spending on select credit cards.

What does Marriott Gold Elite get you?

One of the most important benefits of Gold Elite status is 2 p.m. late checkout. Other benefits of this status can be found in the Gold Elite section above.

Do Marriott reward nights count towards elite status?

Yes! When you stay on an award night, the stay counts towards your elite status total.

What are the levels of Marriott Bonvoy?

Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador are the 5 elite tiers in the Marriott Bonvoy program.

How long does Marriott Bonvoy status last?

Elite status is valid in the year in which it’s earned and an additional 14 months after that year. For example, if you earn elite status in November 2019, the status that you earn is valid until February 28, 2021.

Michael McHugh

About Michael McHugh

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn't travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since. Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend's phone about a mistake fare.  That's where the love affair with points and miles began.

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