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How To Qualify for Elite Status With Marriott Bonvoy [Stays & Spend Ways]

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Marriott is one of the largest hotel groups in the world, with a portfolio of over 7,300 properties that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program. In this post, we will take a deep dive into Marriott Bonvoy’s elite status levels and the benefits that status can deliver, as well as the requirements for achieving elite status.

We know that Marriott Bonvoy status delivers elevated experiences such as upgraded hotel rooms, free breakfast, lounge access, and other perks that make your stay more comfortable. But is the effort required to achieve elite status worth it?

Here’s a look at the requirements, some shortcuts that can expedite the path to elite status, and if achieving it makes sense for you.

The Benefits of Elite Status With Marriott Bonvoy

The Marriott Bonvoy rewards program has several elite levels offering increasingly valuable benefits.

Here are the perks you can expect to receive when you sign up for Marriott Bonvoy and work your way up through the status levels.

Member Level Benefits

Sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program and receive these core benefits:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Member-only room rates
  • Receive the fifth consecutive award night free
  • No blackout dates
  • Mobile and keyless check-in
  • Ability to use a combination of cash and points
  • Ability to use points for meals, spa, experiences, and more
  • Access to PointSavers award rates

Silver Elite Benefits

Silver Elite members receive all Member benefits plus these additional perks:

  • 10% bonus points
  • Priority late checkout
  • Dedicated reservation phone line
  • Reservation guarantee

Gold Elite Benefits

Gold Elite members receive all Member and Silver Elite level benefits plus all of the following:

  • 25% bonus points
  • Enhanced room upgrade
  • 2 p.m. late checkout
  • Up to 500 welcome points per stay
  • Complimentary premium Wi-Fi

Platinum Elite Benefits

Platinum Elite members enjoy all of the benefits previously mentioned plus these additional benefits:

  • 50% bonus points
  • Enhanced room upgrade over Gold Elite
  • Welcome gift choice of points, breakfast, or local amenity
  • Annual gift choice after staying 50 nights in a calendar year
  • Lounge access

Titanium Elite Benefits

Titanium Elite members qualify for all Member, Silver Elite, Gold Elite, and Platinum Elite benefits plus much more:

Ambassador Elite Benefits

Ambassador Elite members are treated well. In addition to all other benefits listed previously, Ambassadors receive these personalized services:

  • Personal Ambassador service
  • Flexible 24-hour check-in
  • Guaranteed room availability 48 hours prior to arrival

Bottom Line: Marriott Bonvoy elite status offers valuable benefits such as upgraded rooms, free Wi-Fi, lounge access, complimentary breakfast, late checkout, and bonus earnings. With base member benefits just for signing up and several levels of elite status to strive for, there’s a sweet elite spot for every Marriott Bonvoy loyalist. 

Elite status benefits can include upgraded rooms and other perks that make your stay more enjoyable. Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort. Image Credit: Chris Hassan

How To Qualify for Elite Status – The Traditional Way

Annual Elite Status Requirements

While there are multiple levels of elite status, the annual hotel night requirements to attain elite status with Marriott Bonvoy are simple.

Following are the number of elite qualifying nights needed to achieve each level of Marriott Bonvoy elite status.

  • Member — no requirements
  • Silver Elite — 10 nights
  • Gold Elite — 25 nights
  • Platinum Elite — 50 nights
  • Titanium Elite — 75 nights
  • Ambassador Elite — 100 nights plus $20,000 annual qualifying spend

You can earn elite qualifying nights by staying at Marriott properties, hosting events, or through Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit cards.

Rewarding Events — Earn 1 elite qualifying night for every 20 rooms booked. You’ll also earn up to 20,000 points for each event.

Lifetime Elite Status Requirements

Marriott Bonvoy also has a lifetime elite status level that rewards those loyalists who have made Marriott their brand of choice (or Starwood previously) for a good share of their lifetime.

Lifetime Status Qualifications

  • Lifetime Silver Elite — 250 lifetime nights plus 5 years with elite status
  • Lifetime Gold Elite — 400 lifetime nights plus 7 years with elite status
  • Lifetime Platinum Elite — 600 lifetime nights plus 10 years with elite status

Bottom Line: There are several ways to earn elite qualifying nights that count towards Marriott Bonvoy elite status. You can stay at Marriott properties, host meetings, weddings, and other events, and earn elite qualifying nights through Marriott Bonvoy credit cards.

A Faster Path to Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status

Enjoy the perks of elite status immediately, like free breakfast, with Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit cards. The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Nusa Dua, Bali. Image Credit: Greg Stone

Complimentary Elite Status With Credit Cards

Having a credit card instantly grants you elite status with Marriott Bonvoy and the status remains valid for as long as you hold the card.

You may also have the opportunity to reach a higher level of elite status by spending on the Marriott Bonvoy card.

Marriott Bonvoy Credit CardComes With:Spend Your Way to:
The Business Platinum Card® from American ExpressGold EliteN/A
Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit CardSilver Elite + 15 elite qualifying nightsN/A
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit CardSilver Elite + 15 elite qualifying nightsGold Elite — spend $35,000 on the card in a calendar year
Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ CardGold Elite + 15 elite qualifying nightsN/A
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® CardPlatinum Elite + 25 elite qualifying nightsN/A
Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® CardGold Elite + 15 elite qualifying nightsN/A
Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® CardGold Elite + 15 elite qualifying nightsN/A
The Platinum Card® from American ExpressGold EliteN/A

Each Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card awards 15-25 elite qualifying nights each year that can be used to expedite your path to higher elite status. There is a maximum of 40 nights that can be credited regardless of how many Marriott Bonvoy cards you have.

If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy loyalist, you’ll definitely want one of these credit cards in your wallet.

Hot Tip: Another non-traditional way to achieve elite status is through a status match or challenge.

Elite Qualifying Nights Summary

There are so many options for earning Marriott Bonvoy elite qualifying nights, you’ll need a summary to guide you.

Here’s a list of the ways you can earn elite qualifying nights.

  • Paid and Award Stays at Marriott Properties — Whether you pay for your hotel nights or use Marriott Bonvoy points, each night stayed will count as an elite qualifying night.
  • Up to 40 Elite Qualifying Nights With Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards — The 15-25 elite nights you receive by having a personal Marriott Bonvoy-branded card and 15 elite nights via the Marriott Bonvoy Business card will count towards elite status.
  • Fifth Award Night Free — Elite members qualify to receive the fifth night free when 4 consecutive award nights are booked. All 5 nights count towards elite status.
  • Host an Event — Earn 1 elite night for every 20 rooms booked.
  • Choice Benefits — Once you’ve acquired 50 elite qualifying nights in a calendar year, you can select a benefit from a list of choices that includes 5 elite qualifying nights. You can select another 5 elite qualifying nights once you have stayed 75 nights in a calendar year. These nights count toward elite status in the year you earned the 50/75 nights.

How Marriott Bonvoy-Branded Credit Cards Enhance Elite Status

Certain Marriott Bonvoy credit cards offer a free hotel night certificate for each card anniversary year. Each certificate is good for a free night that is capped at a stated point value.

Free Hotel Nights

  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card — free night certificate good for up 35,000 points in value
  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card — free night certificate good for up to 85,000 points in value
  • Marriott Bonvoy Business card — free night certificate good for up to 35,000 points in value and earn an additional free night after $60,000 spent on the card in a calendar year

Accelerated Earnings

In addition to earning Marriott Bonvoy points for staying at Marriott properties, you’ll earn even more points when you pay for your stay with your Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card.

You’ll also earn valuable Marriott Bonvoy points by spending in bonus-earning categories and on every purchase you make.

Additional Benefits

You’ll find several useful travel and purchase protections on Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. Benefits such as secondary car rental loss and damage insurance, travel accident insurance, roadside assistance, purchase protection, and extended warranty coverage can save you money during your travels.

Check your card’s specific guide to benefits for actual benefit descriptions, limits, and conditions.

Bottom Line: Marriott Bonvoy credit cards support Marriott Bonvoy elite status with more free hotel nights and accelerated earnings that help your points balance grow quickly. They also offer additional benefits that can be useful during your travels.

Where Your Points Can Take You

When it comes time to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points or use your free night certificates, you’ll have some very desirable options.

Here’s a sample of where your 35,000 and 50,000 free night certificates or your Marriott Bonvoy rewards points can take you.

Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa (Mexico) — 50,000 Points per Night

Book your free night at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. Image Credit: Marriott

Book the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa with your free night certificate (worth 50,000 points) or redeem just 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. You can also take advantage of the fifth night free benefit and book 5 nights for 200,000 points.

J.W. Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa (Vietnam) — 35,000 Points per Night

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort Spa. Image Credit: Marriott

Enjoy a complimentary luxury hotel night in Vietnam by using your free night certificate (worth 35,000 points) or by redeeming your Marriott Bonvoy points. A single night can be booked for just 35,000 points or book 5 nights for a total of 140,000 points using the fifth-night free benefit.

Hot Tip: For more ideas on redeeming your Marriott Bonvoy points, our writers have put together their recommendations of the best ways to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points for hotels or flights.. We even have a guide on the best Marriott luxury hotels to book with points for maximum value!

Everything Else You Need To Know

For the latest pricing and welcome offers, visit our reviews on these Marriott Bonvoy-branded cards:

Final Thoughts

Hotel elite status offers valuable benefits that make your trip more comfortable and potentially save you money.

If you value Marriott Bonvoy benefits and stay frequently at Marriott properties, having elite status makes sense.

If you stay just a few nights a year but want those stays to include free Wi-Fi, the ability to take advantage of the fifth award night free, and the other perks of Silver Elite or Gold Elite status, a Marriott Bonvoy credit card could be a viable option.

The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

For rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card, click here.
For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.

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June 10, 2020

Has Marriott modified the required nights needed to qualify for Elite status in lieu of Covid-19 travel restrictions this year (like most of the major airlines have)?

Christine Krzyszton

June 10, 2020

Hi RC. There is no reduction in elite qualification requirements, however, Marriott Bonvoy elite members have had their current status extended through February 2022.


November 17, 2020

I was Titanium last year so this year due to Covid, Marriot gave me 38 nights free toward my yearly total to try to achieve status again. I did not do anything to get this, it just happened automatically. They basically gave me half the nights needed this year to qualify for Titanium again. I’m guessing others got this too, based on your previous years status, YMMV

Christine Krzyszton

November 18, 2020

Yes, that is correct, it was done for everyone who had status with Marriott Bonvoy.


February 10, 2021

I haven’t been able to find info on how long the status lasts. If I achieve 50 elite nights by June 2021, does the platinum status last till Dec 31, 2021? Dec 31, 2022? Or something else?

Airlines award your status until the end of the following year, but they are super clear about it. It seems that if you hit 75 nights by like September, there’s not really any motivation to book extra nights with Marriott. Am I missing something here?

Jarrod West

February 10, 2021

Hi Sanjay,

If you achieve elite status in the middle of the year with Marriott, that elite status will last for the remainder of that year, plus all of the next year, and expire at the end of February of the year after that.

Using your example above, if you were to reach 50 elite nights by June of 2021, your Platinum status would last until February 28, 2023.


February 11, 2021

Amazing, thanks for the clarification, Jarrod. Any chance you know where it says that on the Marriott website? Their info on status is shockingly…lacking.

Christine Krzyszton

February 11, 2021

Hi Sanjay. You can find the terms of elite status here. Section 4 explains the qualification period year and that status is good for the following year, etc.


February 19, 2021

Thanks so much, Christine! It’s not clear to me why they have to bury that detail in so much fine print but that’s their decision I guess. I appreciate the help on this!


March 23, 2021

I was too late for the Status Match promotion. I hold Spire elite status with IHG and Diamond Status with Hilton. I called Mariott to enquire upon an alternative way to reach Elite status faster, and to my amazement, none. I am an American Express Platinum cardholder and as indicated on their website I will automatically qualify for Gold Status. I then called American Express and was informed that’s for the UK and not South Africa.

Here when companies need business, I am turned away. I can’t join a group and start over as I am rewarded more with the groups I am with currently. Therefore, it’s a true loss Marriott, that you couldn’t assist me. One should understand I travel frequently and my perks are important, I cannot sacrifice and start over. By turning clients away in these times the group must be doing exceptionally well.


May 25, 2021

Will the night count toward elite status using a free night certificate?

Jarrod West

May 25, 2021

Hi Roland,

Yes, free night certificates count towards status qualification.

Raymond A LaFrenierre

July 31, 2021

For qualifying elite nights added to your account, do they have to be at a Marriot Hotel or can they be one of the partners they show on the Marriott Rewards site when you book a hotel?

Christine Krzyszton

July 31, 2021

Hi Raymond. Yes, stays booked on the Marriott website for partner brand hotels will count towards elite status.

Scott Heemann

September 09, 2021

Are you aware of any news from Marriott for 2021 status achieved that may be lesser criteria than typical presumably due to covid? I am a lifetime platinum elite and have 48 nights accrued for 2021: 25 were bonus nights (Marriott gave me 1/2 of the 50 to attain platinum) + 15 Amex Bonvoy credit card + 8 for stays. My MB card on the app says I need 2 nights to reach Titanium, so if accurate I would hit Titanium with 50 nights. Versus the 75 nights that’s advertised. Perhaps they’re cutting a break on night accruals for 2021 as well due to covid?

Christine Krzyszton

September 10, 2021

Not aware of any reduction in the requirements, Scott. The website is still showing 75 nights for Titanium. We do know that Marriott Bonvoy elite members had their current status extended through February 2022 but not sure why your account is reflecting this option. Hope it works out for you.


October 08, 2021

Maybe if it’s this tough to get a membership I should stay where I’m at. I did one Million points, I have the credentials. What’s the holdup? Yes or no? Why can’t I get a straight answer? Will you match my IHG Spire Elite Status?

Christine Krzyszton

October 09, 2021

Hi Bill. Please understand that we are not Marriott Bonvoy or affiliated with the program. We are Upgraded Points, a blog specializing in points, miles, and travel resources. You will want to contact Marriott Bonvoy to find out if there is a current status match available. The phone number is 800-627-7468. Thanks for reading.


October 08, 2021

On my account, it shows that I need 5 nights to reach Platinum status. I currently have 45 nights, 30 nights from 2 Amex Bonvoy credit cards, 13 nights from carryover, and 2 nights stay credit.


December 25, 2022

I have enough nights (over 108 as of 12/25/22)- and have spent $16,000+ towards the required $20,000 to be eligible for Ambassador level.

How much longer do I have to earn before I miss out on spending the $20K? Has marriott extended the time to earn and spend due to Covid?

Thank you so much

Jarrod West

December 26, 2022

Hi Alan,

As far as I know, Marriott has not extended the Ambassador window, so you would need to spend the remaining funds by 12/31/22 to qualify for Ambassador status.


January 06, 2023

How do I get the Marriot credit card in eastern Europe?

Christine Krzyszton

January 07, 2023

Hello Alvydas. To qualify, you need a social security number or ITIN number and a U.S. address. Here is an overview of the requirements for Chase cards: /credit-cards/minimum-requirements-chase-credit-cards/ You can check for American Express countries of availability here:


March 20, 2023

Based on my situation, I determined that the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card is the best option for me. I have earned points mostly from staying at Marriott properties while traveling for work and up until last month I had Platinum Elite status (they bumped me down to Gold Elite in February since I did not have enough stays). The main reason I am interested in a Marriott credit card is to earn points to use for a honeymoon trip in February or March of 2024 (I currently have almost 400,000 points). If I open a boundless credit card, given that I currently have gold elite status, will the fast tracking of status be applicable to me (for example will I be able to fast track back to platinum elite instead given I already have gold elite status)? Thanks so much for the help!

Jarrod West

March 21, 2023

Hi Alana,

Yes it sure will! If you add the Marriott Boundless card to your wallet you’ll automatically receive 15 elite night credits each year towards your Marriott stays. That drops the number of nights you would need to qualify for Platinum Elite status from 50 down to 35.


June 19, 2023

Hi. I currently have the Amex Bonvoy Brilliant card and Platinum status already. I will achieve 50+ elite night stays (25 elite nights come from Brilliant card) in August which will qualify as a platinum elite status. However, I plan to cancel the Brilliant card in late Nov- early Dec this year. Do I still maintain the platinum status next year (2024)? or lose the status right away after I cancel the card. I just opened the Chase Bonvoy Boundless about a month ago. I am wondering if the reward nights will drop to 25 (from Amex Brilliant) to 15 (from Chase Boundless) once I cancel Brilliant card and then I’ll need more stays to qualify as a platinum member even after I achieve 50+ ENS with Amex Brilliant card. Greatly appreciate in advance.

Christine Krzyszton

June 21, 2023

Hi Justin. Once you’ve qualified for Platinum in 2023, your status is good through the 2024 elite year regardless of whether you cancel the Amex Marriott Brilliant card.

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