Amex Platinum now gets you Marriott Rewards Gold status and earns Marriott points

As I have written another article today about a new indirect benefit of having the American Express Platinum charge card (ie Star Alliance Silver status), I thought it was worth flagging up another key benefit.

I wrote last week about the status match that has been launched for Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards members following the Starwood takeover.

Starwood Preferred Guest Gold members get Marriott Rewards Gold, and vice versa.  Platinum members also get a direct match.

Here are the two things to learn from this article:

American Express Platinum gives away Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status, but it doesn’t get you very much

Starwood Preferred Guest Gold now gets you Marriott Rewards Gold, and that gets you a lot

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What are the key benefits of Marriott Rewards Gold?

Marriott Rewards elite benefits are listed here.

They are not to be sniffed at, which is as it should be given that you normally need to stay for 50 nights a year to earn Marriott Rewards Gold:

25% bonus points

high speed internet access

room upgrade

guaranteed 4pm check-out (new this year, except at resort and convention hotels)

guaranteed lounge access, or free continental breakfast if no lounge is available (except at resort properties)

How long will my Marriott Rewards Gold status last?

Until the end of 2017.  In 2018, a brand new loyalty programme will be launched which will combine Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards.

There is a real risk, as Marriott is a long-term Visa partner, that American Express will be cut out entirely.  We may see the end of elite status and Membership Rewards points transfers to Starwood.  However, until the end of 2017, there is a great opportunity here to enjoy Marriott Rewards Gold status for free.

How can I earn Marriott Rewards points from Amex Platinum?

The Marriott Rewards official UK credit card has not been available for the past year.  American Express Platinum now offers you a chance to earn Marriott points in two ways:

the 30,000 Membership Rewards points you get for signing up transfer into 15,000 Starwood points and can be moved across to 45,000 Marriott Rewards points

the 1 point per £1 on your spending equates to 0.5 Starwood points per £1 which converts to 1.5 Marriott Rewards points per £1

Of course, you can do better than this with the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card.  This earns 1 Starwood point per £1 which means an impressive 3 Marriott Rewards points per £1.

My full review of American Express Platinum and all of its benefits is here.   The official Amex Platinum website is here.

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  1. I have just moved some Hilton bookings across to Marriott as their rates were cheaper and hotels better rated. We shall see! I was considering doing the challenge to Platinum but dont see it gives you much more! Lounge access and breakfast are essential for my stays and IHG have lost all of my business (apart from the odd IC on points) because of their lack of access for an Ambassador Spire Elite. I am Hilton Diamond so get the same as the Marriott Gold – just wanted to try the Marriott brand!

  2. Cheshire Pete says:

    I’ve never joined Marriott, did someone mention a sign up bonus before I do the match from Starwood?

    • Yes this is a refer a friend sign up bonus.

      • 2000 bonus points on your first 5 stays. Email me if you don’t have anyone else who can recommend you (I get nothing for it as I am beyond the 5 referrals a year which give the referrer a bonus).

  3. O/T Did anyone upgrade from Gold to Platinum recently? They still give the bonus points? Thanks

    • Yes and yes

      • I upgraded in July and got a 20k MR bonus – best of all I wasn´t charged the fee (I assume I will be charged it in March which is my Gold Card renewal date.

        I was wondering if I should cancel before then and possibly not have to pay it at all but to be honest between the Hotel Status, lounge passes and insurance I am more than covering the fee.

  4. Beware: the Marriott Gold lounge and complimentary breakfast benefits are not offered at Ritz Carlton properties although they are part of the Marriott group.

  5. Well that probably means that it would make sense to keep the SPG card then!

  6. Is it worth matching Ritz Carlton Rewards instead of Marriott Rewards? I ask as I stay in RC properties more than Marriott but I’m unsure if there is a real difference between the two programs despite being signed up for RC Rewards.

    • My account has linked to Ritz Carlton Rewards, so I am Gold in that now. From what I read on line, the benefits and how you will be treated will be identical. The Marriott and RC accounts work in parallel. You cant hold both accounts. It seems to purely be a choice of which banner you want to be under.

  7. Jonathan Shapiro says:

    I tend to use Hilton’s but occasionally stay in Marriotts. I am SPG Gold through Amex. This was a very useful tip Raffles, thanks!!

  8. Quick question: what is availability like for Ritz-Carlton tier 5 properties? Is it a fools gold or reasonably easy to redeem? My aim is the grand Cayman or US Virgin Islands resort using the travel package. I am currently 37K short (spg) of being able to claim them. I wondering whether to make concerted effort of bridging the gap over the next 12 months?

    • Dummy booking would let you see what is there surely?

      I doubt, given the points cost, that they get a huge number of redemptions at these properties.

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