What can I purchase that will give me the most points that count towards my lifetime status?
jgentry, the single easiest way (beyond staying in Marriott hotels) to quickly accumulate rewards points toward lifetime status is to get the Marriott Premiere Visa credit card from Chase. There is a personal one and a business version too. You can hold them both. Currently, you get an 80,000 point bonus for the personal card, and 100,000 points for the business card. The points come after making $3,000 in purchases on the personal card.
I waited 13 years to get the credit card, but realized I needed a way to accelerate my points earnings. I was at the 750 night requirement for Lifetime Platinum, but was short on the points side. Within a quick six months, I had picked up all the points I needed and then some. We put all our expenses on the card, and then pay off the entire balance at the end of the month. I clung to my Platinum Amex for many years and piled up the points. I still have it, but am glad we diversified a bit.
In addition, you receive 15 elite night credits starting with enrollment and then annually when you renew the card. They also give you a Cat 1-5 certificate that offsets the $85 enrollment fee each year. You receive 5 points for every dollar charged to the card spent at Marriott, and 2 points on travel and dining. All other expenses get you a point per dollar. Lastly, you receive another elite night credit for every $3k you spend on the card.
Hope this helps! I only wish I had done it sooner.
I've had the Marriott Rewards card for almost 20 years. It gets me Platinum each year where I would barely make gold without it. I'm way beyond the points required for LT Plat but I'm still short on nights. I do expect to reach 750 nights this fall.
Thank you and I also have that card.
Yeah, except that you can only get the Marriott credit card if you live in the US or Canada... I'm facing the same problem (with gold, not platin, though) and have nearly no chance to get enough points together.
If you have a spouse, and they also have a Marriott Rewards account, you can have them transfer up to 50K points per calendar year to you, and those points do count towards the 2M points you need for LTP
This will really help take us over the top then.
Invest in the Marriott Vacations Club and use your Marriott Visa to pay for the points. Plus, they will give you a boatload of points as an incenative. I got 525,000 points as the incentive.
jw99, that's very interesting. Can you share more info? Did you simply contact MVC, or did you take them up on their "sample offer" and then commit to MVC ownership at the on-site sales pitch?
Would love to know more about this.
Hi Thriftyscrooge! I'm a MVC sales executive and just came across your question and thought I could help out a little further!
our site has some really great incentives if you haven't toured in the last 90 days! @
Accepted offer for 3 night trip and attended the 1:1 sales presentation. The new points program offers so much flexibility that we signed up that weekend. Of course the incentives were only good if we bought that day. Since it was October and their business year starts December 10th, they allowed me to use my Marriott Visa to pay for the points in 4 installments over 2 months. You get 5 MR points per dollar spent on the Visa, and they gave us 525,000 Marriott Rewards points for buying at the executive level (7,000 MVC points). Plus they gave us a free return trip to Vegas, which is this October. If you're serious I can make a referral and they give me something for that (which would result in a nice gift for you ).
Thank you and I will look into this.
Marriott also has an option to purchase up to 50,000 points per year. That would cost you $625, but all points purchased count toward lifetime status. Probably not the best bang for the buck, though it is something available to all MR members.
bejacob, don't all points count toward lifetime status? I may have misread your statement, to assume some points don't count toward that.
Points transferred from SPG to Marriott don't count. I think there are some other limited examples, but that's the only one I can think of at the moment.
I think I will buy the 50,000 points and wonder if my family members can also buy them and send them back to me for additional earnings.
jgentry, yes, your family members can transfer points your way. However, you can only do a maximum of 50,000 points per year, which basically nullifies your effort towards expediency unless you can get within 100k or so and time it just right. I cannot recall whether it's a calendar year restriction or whether you have to wait a 12 month period before exercising another transfer in again. Another peculiarity on these transfers is that while you gain 50k points on your lifetime number on the transfer into your account, your family member does lose 50k points from their lifetime total... of course, if you are paying for the points, that would simply be a zero sum gain.
Thanks hopefully I will be at another hotel in July that pays more points.
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