Does anyone think they will bring back the Chase card where you get one Elite Qualifying Night for every $3000 spent?
Its still there for the old marriott personal card. And I dont think it will come back for the current cards. Marriott is too big to care and I would not be surprised if the benefit is taken away from the existing card too.
Whether Marriott is to big to care is probably a question for another thread, but I don’t think this is about caring, I think it reflects Marriotts recognition that there were too many 50-night elites that weren’t staying at Marriotts that much. Hardly a desirable outcome for a loyalty program! The disappearance of $3,000=1EQN from new cards very much accords with Marriotts other measures atempting to ensure that loyalty returns front and centre to the program.
With the new program rules, Marriott closed a lot of the loopholes and workarounds that people used get to elite status without actually staying in a room.
In the old rules, you could have two credit cards for 30 EQN's, and book 2 meetings, and be Platinum without seeing a Marriott bed. Nowadays (unless you still have the old credit card), there's no way to get to Platinum without staying 25 nights / year. On the plus side, maybe that means the lounges will be less crowded in 2019, once the previous rollovers expire.
Agree, except the Multiple Rewarding Events for > 10 EQN's per year - I'd say this one is TBD, depending on how your contracts were set up and when your meetings occur. Also your 2 card 30 elite night credits and 2 meetings scenario would possibly get you Platinum, from 18 August thru 31 December; it would have been MR Gold otherwise.
Also, there are other ways you can make Platinum without staying 25 nights. Spend $75k on the Ritz-Carlton Rewards (soon to be the Ritz-Carlton card) or the SPG Luxury AMEX (soon to be the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant AMEX). And even without that, there are still at least 2 other ways to reach Platinum without staying 25 nights... one being the Platinum Challenge.
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