Marriott reportedly sending downgrade emails to elites

Nov 19, 2019

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If you have Marriott elite status and think you may not keep it next year, you may want to check your email. That’s because Marriott is reportedly sending status holders emails stating that they may not qualify for elite status for next year, according to One Mile At a Time.

However, some elites are being given a “soft landing”, including TPG himself Brian Kelly. That’s when travellers have reached top- or mid-tier elite status but don’t requalify for the following year. Instead of dropping their elite status altogether, they are simply bumped down to a lower tier.

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If you currently hold (or plan to earn) elite status in Marriott’s programme, you can expect a number of perks across the various brands that fall under the Marriott umbrella. But what happens if you fall short (or think you might) of reaching status? Now is the time to figure out whether you will get (or keep) status for next year.

If you’re aiming to requalify for a higher tier status, then you may want to consider a mattress run. For the uninitiated, a mattress run is when you stay in a hotel solely to earn points or elite night/stay credits. These hotel stays are the hotel equivalent of mileage runs or Tier Point runs that travellers do to maintain airline elite status.

While Gold status requires 25 nights, The Platinum Card from American Express U.K. offers the status for free as one of its benefits. As long as you’re a cardholder, you’ll be able to take advantage of the status.

Featured photo courtesy of JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando.

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