Marriott Bonvoy Grants Status Soft Landing for 2023

Marriott Bonvoy has decided to grant a soft landing for anyone who didn’t re-achieve their Marriott Bonvoy elite status in 2022. At most, you’ll drop down one tier from the status you enjoyed in 2022 for the remainder of 2023.

While this isn’t the same olive branch that we saw with the pandemic-era blanket status extensions, it’s a gesture that will help members retain some form of status that they may not have otherwise enjoyed for another year.

Marriott Bonvoy Grants Status Soft Landing for 2023

Qualification for Marriott Bonvoy elite status follows the calendar year. Members must earn a minimum number of elite qualifying nights to reach various status thresholds (Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador), as well as hit a spending threshold for Ambassdor status only.

If you earned or renewed your status in 2022, you’ll enjoy that status through to February 2024.

If you were unable to renew your status in 2022, Marriott Bonvoy has announced that members will be granted status one tier below their current status, which will be valid until February 2024. The new status will be reflected in the account as of March 2023, which is when their previous status will have expired.

You’ll receive an email later on in January 2023 confirming your one-level drop, but there’s nothing else you need to do to benefit from this soft landing.

In practice, if you didn’t manage to re-achieve your 2022 status for 2023, the soft landing will be as follows:

  • Ambassador members will enjoy Titanium status in 2023.
  • Titanium members will enjoy Platinum status in 2023.
  • Platinum members will enjoy Gold status in 2023.
  • Gold members will enjoy Silver status in 2023.

This gesture by Marriott Bonvoy is likely meant to keep members continually engaged with the hotel chain despite missing the qualification requirement for 2023.

The soft landing is most beneficial to outgoing Ambassador and Titanium members who will continue to enjoy the program’s most meaningful benefits as Titanium or Platinum members in 2023, including free breakfast, suite upgrades, and 4pm late check-out, amongst others.

Other Ways to Earn Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status

If you find yourself with a lower status than what you have enjoyed in the past few years, the good news is that earning Marriott Bonvoy elite status is now easier than ever. 

At the bare minimum, you can get Silver Elite status simply by having a Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card or a Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card. Either of these Canadian-issued cards offer 15 elite qualifying nights, thereby granting you Silver status at 10 elite qualifying nights, but this status doesn’t really mean much.

The American Express Platinum Card or the American Express Business Platinum Card both give you Gold status. There aren’t really many particularly useful benefits at this level, although having some status is always better than nothing.

If you have access to US credit cards, you can earn Platinum status simply by having the American Express US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card. This is where things start to get meaningful, as you can enjoy free breakfast, 4 pm late-checkout, and upgrades to suites as part of your benefits.

You can enjoy Marriott Platinum status by simply having the right credit card

Considering that the organic route to Platinum status requires 50 elite qualifying nights, the $650 (USD) annual fee is a small price to pay for the status, especially if you can leverage it well on hotel stays throughout the year.

If you want to take the leap to Titanium, consider pairing your American Express US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card with a US-issued Marriott Bonvoy co-branded business card. The former will give you 25 elite qualifying nights, and the latter will stack 15 elite qualifying nights in your account, resulting in a head start of 40 nights.

From there, you’ll only need to earn 35 elite qualifying nights throughout the year to earn Titanium status, which can be finessed with any double night promotions that pop up or some strategic mattress runs at cheaper hotels. 

Conclusion

Marriott Bonvoy will grant a soft landing in 2023 to members who didn’t renew their 2022 Marriott Bonvoy elite status. At most, members will move down one tier from the status they previously enjoyed, which will last through to the end of February 2024.

This gesture is meant to keep members engaged with the program, despite not having reached the typical qualification criteria. 

If you find yourself without at least Platinum status for 2023, be sure to look at the American Express US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card. It’s a much easier pathway to Platinum status, and can also be a good springboard to Titanium status.

1 Comment
  1. Jose

    Thought this is always the case in the past prior to pandemic started.

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