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NEW: Marriott Bonvoy launches a generous hotel status match

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Marriott Bonvoy has launched a short-term status match. If you have elite status with Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club, World of Hyatt or Accor Live Limitless, it is worth a look.

How does the Marriott Bonvoy status match work?

Full details can be found on this page of the Marriott website.

Once you have submitted proof of your current hotel status to Marriott Bonvoy, and proof of one stay in the previous 12 months, you will receive either Gold Elite or Platinum Elite status for 90 days

If you complete five nights in 90 days, you will receive Gold Elite status until February 2022

If you complete 15 nights in 90 days, you will receive Platinum Elite status until February 2022

Marriott Bonvoy launches generous status match

What status levels will Marriott Bonvoy match?

Here is the list, which I believe is VERY generous, especially for Hilton Honors Gold members and IHG Rewards Club Spire Elite and Platinum Elite members:

Hilton Honors Gold receives Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite

Hilton Honors Diamond receives Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite

World of Hyatt Explorist receives Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite

World of Hyatt Globalist receives Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite

Accor Live Limitless Gold receives Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite

Accor Live Limitless Platinum receive Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite

IHG Rewards Club Platinum Elite receives Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite

IHG Rewards Club Spire Elite receives Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite

Marriott Bonvoy launches generous status match

Who are the big winners?

Letting Hilton Honors Gold members have Platinum Elite in Marriott Bonvoy is HUGE. Platinum Elite comes with free breakfast at most brands, decent upgrades and guaranteed club lounge access. This easily trumps Hilton Gold which only offers free breakfast.

IHG Rewards Club Platinum Elite and Spire Elite members are laughing. They get NO guaranteed benefits at the moment, but can now get 90 days of free breakfast, decent upgrades and guaranteed club lounge access via Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite.

What are the full benefits of Platinum Elite and Gold Elite?

Take a look here on the Marriott website.

To be honest, Gold Elite with Marriott Bonvoy isn’t worth much at all. You get a 25% bonus on base points and ‘on request’ 2pm check-out, which isn’t helpful.

Platinum Elite is the way to go:

  • 50% bonus base points
  • A decent upgrade, albeit not guaranteed
  • GUARANTEED 4pm late check-out at most hotels
  • Welcome gift, which includes the option of free breakfast at most brands
  • GUARANTEED executive lounge access (if there is one, of course)
  • Free high-speed internet

Note that the Marriott Bonvoy free breakfast benefit is so complex that I wrote a full article on how it works, brand to brand.

Assuming that you manage 15 nights within 90 days, your Platinum Elite status will last until February 2022.

Marriott Bonvoy launches generous status match

How long do I have to apply?

It isn’t clear. Marriott told me that this is a ‘quantity limited’ status match which will be pulled when it reaches its unpublished target.

The snag, of course, is how easy you will find it to do 15 nights in the next 90 days.

The upside is that there are some great bargains around at the moment. This would be a relatively expensive project if all 15 nights were done as mattress runs however.

One upside is that Marriott’s current promotion gets you 2,500 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points per stay. I value these at £12.50 and you also receive your standard base points plus elite bonus. It would represent a decent return on a cheap mattress run night.

You can register for the current Marriott bonus points promotion here.

How do I apply for my Marriott Bonvoy status match?

You need to complete the form on this page of the Marriott website.

You will need to upload proof that you hold one of the statuses listed above, plus proof of a stay within the last 12 months, presumably from your account statement page.

Your 90 day period will start from the day you are upgraded.

Even if you know you will have zero chance of completing 15 nights in 90 days, it is still worth doing a Platinum Elite match if you have a Marriott stay or two coming up. This is especially true if those hotels have executive lounges (and they are open).


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (July 2021)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year. Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

40,000 points sign-up bonus and Gold Elite status Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

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 and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

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

Comments (117)

  • dezbez says:

    It is going to be tough to achieve the required number of nights in the current climate in order to maintain any status. I suspect they’ll get their full quota of people signing up for it with the vast majority then reverting back to their old status. Marriott might just be doing this as a test though and something they could run again in the future.
    Presumably the bonus nights from the Bonvoy Amex card don’t count?

  • jil says:

    I am trying to match Marriott from my IHG status, on the status match page after login and choosing IHG to match from, there’s a 2nd file upload asking me to upload “filio”, any idea what’s that? I just uploaded my status screenshot and last stay screenshot.

    • Rob says:

      I’m guessing it means folio, which would mean hotel bill? Uploading a screenshot showing points posting from a stay must be enough though surely.

      • jil says:

        sorry, it’s folio, what’s that? it asks for 1 screenshot showing status + 1 screenshot showing last stay, I uploaded these 2 and ignored “folio”

        • Lady London says:

          folio is what hotels esp Hilton call your bill, or if still open during your stay it’s what we Brits would call a ‘tab’.

  • Alan says:

    Not a chance of hitting those targets, have 0 nights booked at present. Already have Gold from Amex Plat but in general have found Marriott properties (in London at least) to be vastly overpriced so can’t see me making use of this offer.

  • N says:

    As a Marriott Plat, all I can say as “ah well”.

    Fair play to Marriott – hope I might be able to match my Marriott Plat out to Hilton Diamond in the near future…

  • Shane B says:

    Hmmmm. I’m flying to Australia in a few weeks, and one of the hotels being used for the quarantining is a Marriott. I wonder whether the enforced 14 night stay there would count as ‘nights’ for maintaining Platinum Elite status??

    • Harry T says:

      Depends whether the hotel will let you add your Bonvoy number to the bill. Are you paying or the government? They may be non qualifying rates too.

  • Harry T says:

    Bit conflicted about this one! Currently sitting on 38 nights with Marriott as a Bonvoy Gold, with a further 8 planned in the next month. It’s looking very likely that I will hit Platinum organically this year, probably in the next two months.

    On my current stay, I’ve booked a STARS rate with Emyr, so I already have breakfast thrown in. Then I’ve booked a Member Rate Welcome Back rate in Belfast that includes breakfast. The next stay is at Trump Turnberry, where I’ll be on a half board staycation offer. So I won’t need breakfast but I guess upgrades and an extra 25% points earning could help (none of the hotels I’m staying at next have lounges).

    Does anyone think it’s worth me trying to match my Hilton Gold to Bonvoy Platinum before these stays, or should I just aim for Bonvoy Plat the old fashioned way?

    • Harry T says:

      @Rob is this a once in a lifetime status match, like the usual Bonvoy status offer?

      • TGLoyalty says:

        I really wouldn’t bother you’ll hit it anyway and with occupancy so low can’t see you not getting late checkouts.

        • Harry T says:

          Thanks, @TG. You make a good point. The only place recently that hasn’t given me a truly late check out was Pine Cliffs Algarve, and they were absolutely overrun with guests. Augustine offered me up to 4pm which was kind (they were like a ghost town though).

  • Harry T says:

    Probably worth noting in the article if the status matched Platinum status will get you elite choice gifts such as SNAs after staying the 15 nights.

    Would also be good to know if this disqualifies you from future status matches.

    • Rob says:

      You won’t get the elite choice gifts. Marriott didn’t mention anything on ‘once per lifetime’ to us, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t impose that rule in the future on a new match.

  • Karl says:

    Finished already? I keep getting an error message when logging in

    • Ben says:

      Same here. Error message – but then their last promo didnt work for days either

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