Video: Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status Strategy for 2021

2021 is turning out to be THE year to earn elite status with major hotel loyalty programs. Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt have all made positive changes to their programs to make it easier to achieve and retain top-tier status through early 2023.

In this video, let’s discuss the best strategy for earning hotel status and setting yourself up for some awesome hotel stays when travel resumes over the next few years.

With Marriott Bonvoy allowing many members to retain Platinum or Titanium for minimal effort, Hilton Diamond status available through a single credit card, and World of Hyatt offering Globalist status for only 15 nights, which of these elite status goals should you pursue?

Without further ado, you can watch the video below:


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  1. drumbo

    I don’t think you could apply for Hilton Aspire from Canada, the way you show in the video does not seem to work, any ideas

    1. drumbo

      sorry, disregard this, it did work third time!!

  2. steve

    How did you get to customize the Marriott payments so it’s all on one reservation? All I can do is cash and points which is too costly. I want six nights in total, five on points (to get the free night) and one paid, Your video shows that payment scheme but for the life of me, I can’t figure out the process to get to that option.

    1. Jay*

      Click the “+” sign next to the word “Customize Payments”.

  3. Jerry

    Hey Ricky,

    Do you recommend pursuing Hyatt Globalist if I’m already a Titanium and Diamond in Marriott and Hilton? Considering that I probably won’t be travelling outside of Canada at all in 2021, it’s really hard seeing the value in Globalist even for 2022 as international travel might be still quite restrictive by then. I suppose the question is, do you see Hyatt giving a blanket status extension again in the foreseeable future?

  4. Sam

    Great post. I am flying internationally and coming back in the last week of Feb. With the 14 day quarantine rule and being a current Mariota Bonvoy Silver elite member, do you think its a good idea to use the Q1 promotion and stay at a Marriott property to get the double nights credit?

  5. RWrubel

    If you add a second US Marriott card during this year, does it give you 30 nights this year or not until next year?

    Great video. Keep up the great content.

    1. Ricky YVR

      Yes – you should see the second set of 15 nights show up shortly after approval for the card you were missing (either the US personal or the US business).

  6. Jay*

    Pursue all 3 of course. 😏

    1. Ricky YVR

      Hear hear! Although it’s hard to call Hilton Diamond a “pursuit” really.

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