Seems like there should be a 3rd Annual Choice Benefit. Sadly there is not.
To quote: "Nope."
Once you hit 75 nights and are way short of the $$ spend to reach the ambiguous Ambassador level (like me), consider building up the points/nights at another hotel chain. I just had a 4-night industry conference stay at the Hyatt Orlando at their very nice property in a very nice room, even though I am just a general member with them. That is $1035 spend that did not go to Marriott because of the end-of-benefits at 75 nights.
This particular argument does not make a whole lot of sense to me. I have often read any similar comments on this site. They come in one of two main versions:
1. I have reached the highest level of lifetime status that Marriott will grant me and so I will take my business elsewhere and try to earn lifetime status there.
2. Marriott won't give me any increased benefits above my current level from my remaining stays this year and so I'm going to send my business elsewhere.
They basically boil down to "Why give Marriott my business if the level of benefits won't increase as a result?"
My simple answer is that at some point after "paying your dues" as it were, and being granted a high level of benefits, you should take the time to enjoy them. All the effort to attain a certain status level is kind of for naught if you never exercise the benefits you earned.
In your example, you stayed 4 nights at Hyatt to spite Marriott. Yes, Marriott lost out on your money, but, if you are just a Hyatt "general member," you lost out on bonus points, free breakfast, late checkout, welcome gift, etc.
I am a lifetime Titanium Elite with Marriott and I am quite confident that I will never earn Ambassador status. Even so, when we travel on vacation, I always try to reserve rooms at Marriott brands. I'm not trying to hit a new status, but rather just excited to use the benefits of the lifetime Titanium status that it took me 8 years to earn.
Of course everyone has a right to spend their money how they see fit and take their business wherever they like, but when I see these posts that have a certain, "Well, I sure showed them," type of tone, I am genuinely confused.
As a leisure traveler who has no chance of achieving high status from more than one chain (as getting actual hotel nights over 30 or so a year is hard) I've never understood this either. The advantage to, and only reason to want, the status is the benefits that comes with it, so why not use them? Especially the extra points gained from both the arrival gift points and higher elite bonus compared to the base points - it is essentially doubled from what I would get at a general or silver level when I first started. To me it would be like spending enough to earn a 20% off on all future purchases discount for a year at a store and then not buying anything else there, instead going to a competing store to try to get the same bonus from them.
Perhaps if you're using your Marriott status to match with that of a competitor, it might be worth it. But then, why not just earn your status with the competitor instead? Obviously, Marriott loyalty has to be meaningful to these folks in some way or they wouldn't be here in the first place.
Putting forth the effort to stick with Marriott long enough to earn some nice benefits and then not using those benefits doesn't make sense to me either. I'd be curious to know the reasoning behind the move.
Hmm, my tone did not convey as well as I had hoped. I wasn't trying to say "Well, I sure showed them" but instead was trying to say "No real reason to try anymore after 75 nights is reached."
If there were some tangible benefit for staying more than 75 nights, I would continue the chase with Marriott. I actually feel unburdened now and able to explore other hotel chain experiences.
Titanium earned this year carries into 2020 where I can start the entire 75-night climb again, while reaping the benefits of earning extra points; asking for late check-outs; playing the gamble-game of check-in upgrade; and of course enjoying complementary free hot breakfasts and lounge snacks. I like those benefits and would miss them.
[First edit now, and I still can't tell what tone I have. Maybe I should run a poll?]
How much vacation value will your family be able to REDEEM from the $1,035 given to Hyatt as a general member when compared to Marriott as a LTT elite?
I think Marriott would provide the better vacation value for my family.
It does seem odd that people reach their status nights in Oct/Nov/Dec and then elect to spend the rest of the year elsewhere since “there’s no benefit in further stays” - how about utilising the benefits you’ve earned? I can understand it if you’re maintaining status elsewhere, there are times when Bonvoy just isn’t where others are, but not to, just to not to?
Other than going someplace that you want to go, there appears to be no benefit to reaching a 100 nights other than personal satisfaction. I agree with the other folks that encourage you to enjoy the benefits you do get.
I think the OP has a valid question. For anyone who doesn't have any more trips planned this year and is simply asking the question to determine whether or not they should go out of their way to make one more reservation, the answer is no.
That was my thought exactly.
After reading the first few responses, I was just taken back to the threads where people asked the "is it worth it" question where I agree with the people who say "why not use the benefits you have earned?"
Your comment made me go back and re-read the original question and you are correct. It appears he was just asking if he should go out of his way for another night... and the answer is no.
Yes, well said, my reply could have been read as critiquing that very point. In fact OP here is only asking if he should just book a night to get to 100 on his counter, and there’s certainly no point in doing that!
As a leisure only traveller, and Lifetime Platinum status( with no likely chance that I will be bumped up to Lifetime Titanium), I have just changed my attitude to Bonvoy. There are a number of hotels which I have stayed in regularly and I will continue to do so because they treat me very well. If I am travelling to somewhere I will always check Bonvoy hotels first, however I will not go to a destination just to gain points or status. The destination now comes first. I do also check other available options before booking a trip. I have just spent 4 nights in a great apartment in Malta for a fraction of the Bonvoy hotel cost and last year I bought a lodge on the beautiful island of Anglesey where I now intend to spend most of the summer months. My Bonvoy stays this year are down to 18 nights from an average of 60 to 70. This still represents the bulk of my hotel stays and in March next year I an staying in Bonvoy hotels in Sydney and Singapore.
There is no advantage to me of chasing status anymore. I will go to whatever place I wish to visit, stay wherever suits me best and take whatever points come my way.
That’s exactly how I do it, brilin, now with lifetime I make the stays at Bonvoy I want to make, and stay elsewhere otherwise. I nonetheless do prefer Bonvoys hotels generally and of course the benefits of free breakfast and lounge access usually mean that Bonvoy is the best value stay against other hotels of comparable quality...
Difference between you and me Bob is that you have to travel for work, therefore your choice is only between hotel companies. In my case I have a further option ie. not travelling at all!
Given that 100 nights will not enable you to achieve Ambassador status on spend, I see no benefit in spending the $$ to get to 100 nights - if you are just spending the $$ to get to 100 nights. There are no additional benefits to 100, or more nights, unless you also achieve the $20,000 spend.
Simple answer: NO.
You won’t get anything, they get your $$$ or points and they honestly won’t care. I’d stick at 99. Heck I’d tell them WHY.
General question: do those 24 nights still rollover? If so, DEFINITELY no. Either way, unless you need / want to go somewhere, forget the extra night.
No more rollover anyway, Since Amb is out of the question no reason to.
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