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An update on how the Marriott Platinum Challenge works

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If you took the Marriott Platinum Challenge earlier this year, as I did (you received Marriott Platinum status with nine stays in 90 days), you may have been surprised to find yourself with Platinum status in the new combined Marriott / Starwood programme.

In theory you should have been given Platinum Premier status, not just standard Platinum.  The reason I didn’t make a fuss is that the difference between the two is minimal.  Platinum Premier gets a 75% points bonus on stays (Platinum just gets 50%) and you might get a suite upgrade at The Ritz-Carlton (Platinum members are blocked from these).

It only makes a real difference if Marriott decides to do a soft landing in early 2020, because dropping from Platinum Premier to Platinum would keep lounge access and late check-out.  Being Platinum and dropping to Gold would not.

However, I overlooked one thing.  In order to do the Platinum Challenge, you had to be Gold already.  Whilst my Gold came via a credit card freebie, most Gold members earned it via stays.  Those who earned it via stays would have become Platinum anyway in the new programme.  It therefore made sense that Platinum Challenge members would get Platinum Premier.

This is a long-winded way of getting to the point: if you did the Platinum Challenge, whilst your account showed Platinum status last week, if you check again it will now show Platinum Premier.

PS.  Before anyone asks, the Platinum Challenge is currently suspended.  It may or may not return.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Marriott Bonvoy points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)