Several hotel loyalty programs offer lifetime status to those who have been exceptionally loyal over the years – in separate posts I wrote about the programs offered by the Hilton Honors and World of Hyatt.
In this post, I wanted to take a closer look at how you can achieve the status of a life in the Marriott Bonvoy program. The good news is that this is probably the easiest lifetime hotel status you can earn.
How to earn the Marriott Bonvoy Life Status
Marriott Bonvoy has a pretty robust Lifetime Status program in the sense that you can get either Silver, Gold, or Platinum Lifetime Status.
Below I’ll cover the qualification requirements for each status, which are based on a combination of a certain number of elite nights and a certain number of years of elite status.
Lifelong Marriott silver status
To earn Marriott Silver Lifetime Status, you must meet both of these requirements:
- 250 Elite Lifetime Nights
- Five years of elite status
A minimum of 10 elite nights per year must typically be earned to earn Marriott Silver status. Marriott Silver status offers basic benefits such as 10% bonus points and priority late check-out.
Receive priority late check-out as a Bonvoy Silver member
Lifelong Marriott Gold status
In order to receive the lifelong Marriott Gold status, you must meet both requirements:
- 400 lifetime elite nights
- Seven years of elite status (minimum gold status)
Marriott Gold status typically requires a minimum of 25 elite nights per year to be earned. Marriott Gold status offers perks like 25% bonus points, improved room upgrades, priority late check-out, a welcome gift with points, premium WiFi and much more.
Receive an extended room upgrade as a Bonvoy Gold member
Lifelong Marriott Platinum status
To earn Marriott Platinum Lifetime Status, you must meet both of these requirements:
- 600 lifetime elite nights
- 10 years elite status (minimum platinum status)
A minimum of 50 elite nights per year must typically be earned to earn Marriott Gold status. In Marriott Platinum status, perks are becoming increasingly valuable as they offer benefits such as 50% bonus points, suite upgrades, 4:00 p.m. late check-out, free breakfast and / or lounge access with most brands, and much more.
As a Bonvoy Platinum member you will receive a free breakfast
Marriott Bonvoy Life Status Frequently Asked Questions
Perhaps it is best to explain some of the other nuances of lifetime Marriott status in the form of FAQs.
Is there any way I can earn Marriott Titanium Lifetime Status?
Unfortunately no longer. When Marriott and Starwood launched a unified loyalty program in 2018, the company offered lifetime Titan status to those with 750 elite nights plus 10 years of platinum status between the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs.
This was offered as a one-time courtesy, but is unfortunately not offered continuously.
Are you getting Choice Benefits with Marriott Lifetime Platinum Status?
Marriott offers the Choice Benefits program, which allows you to choose specific perks when you spend 50 and 75 elite nights per year (these perks include suite night awards). Note that lifetime members can only choose these if they would otherwise earn 50 or 75 elite nights in a year.
How can you see your progress toward lifelong Marriott status?
It’s very easy to track your progress toward Lifetime Marriott Status. Both the Marriott website and mobile app will show you your Elite Nights and the number of years of Elite Status once you have logged into your Bonvoy account.
Do Marriott credit card nights count towards Lifetime Status?
Marriott’s co-branded credit cards can actually help you achieve Marriott lifetime status:
Marriott Bonvoy has the most achievable life status of any major hotel loyalty program. Not only can you earn three different Life Status Levels, Elite Nights and Status earned with credit cards also count towards this requirement.
Most loyal Marriott guests should have no problem reaching lifelong elite status with a little effort, especially when using Marriott’s co-branded credit cards. Lifetime status at Marriott is much easier to earn than at Hilton or Hyatt, for example.
What do you think of the Marriott Bonvoy Life Status Program? Do you have any questions about this that are not answered above?