So, I'll start a contest. No idea what the winner gets. Who has 100 nights with the least money?
I'll go first.
just need to spend another $11,000 dollars now... think mine was 100 nights at $35k
I believe it was at $5,835 or something like that at 100 nights (my original image never showed, although I still see it if I edit the post). Now, the reverse spend image shows, so they've changed the way spend shows apparently, so I included that one also.
No idea why the image doesn't show if I look at this thread, but if I edit my response, I can see the image???
Images get moderated normally and need to be approved before they're visible to everyone.
o0o0o0o0o0o...points! Very Impressive...You sure get a lot of bang for your buck! It would be interesting to know how many nights the winner redeemed on points and how many nights are earned with BonVoy credit card elite night earning for the winner.
Last year, my spend was approx. $5,900 at 100 nights, but 70+ nights were stays on award / credit card earnings.
22 nights redeemed, 45 Bonus nights
o0o0o0o0o0o...points! Very impressive!!! Thanks for sharing!! Especially now, that there are no more rollover nights, the spend should be higher this year than last year for most people.
I will never make the spend required for Ambassador, so for me making the 100 nights although nice doesn't gain me anything. This year I didn't consider that as a goal and will most likely end up with 90+ nights. Booked travel nights with family over to my spouse's Bonvoy account so that together, we can be Titanium & at least Platinum next year respectively.
Bummer, that spouses can't share status. At least next year we will qualify for the Plat benefits regardless of who's membership we book under.
mncnc Thanks for coming up with the discussion. Thoughts on whether you think Bonus nights & nights redeemed are relevant?
There were no rollover nights last year either, the last year for rollovers was 2017. I'll never make the spend requirement for Ambassador either. It may have been possible (although still not likely) that I may have been able to make it one year if Event spending counted, and I may have shot for it this year if that spend did count, but oh well. Can you say, following the brightlybob path to an IHG Accelerate bonus???
Like you o0o0o0o0o0o...points! - I’m nowhere near Ambassador. Although my counter shows 75 nights this year, 10 of them were from my credit card, 15 were Redemptions and 15 came from a personalised double nights promo. Only 35 were paid and they’ve rang up $6,800. I’ve 6 more booked up, 5 paid and one redemption with no intention of adding to that as I’m now pursuing my 71,000 point IHG Accelerate bonus. I might just add a night or 2 to my Bonvoy totals if the unlocked Bonvoy bonus is worthwhile, but for me now all my efforts are focussed on IHG for its “get the lot” point doubler! Very worthwhile!
Agreed! Although, I won't "get the lot" this time, as my IHG Accelerate wants 4 2-night stays (the most it's ever been for this category), and I won't get that, so that'll blow me out of the doubler! But, still not a bad hall regardless.
I won't hit 100 nights likely ever but I wanna be part of the club xD
Right now I'm at 57 nights and $2,274 spent.
jsucool76 Very Cool =) Thanks for sharing. You are already Titanium, are you on target to make Titanium again by the end of the year? That is the milestone to hit! Good Luck!
I'm hopeful I will.
Mine is quite low for this many nights I think.
swiftm001 Wow, Impressive! You had me at 164 nights in YTD!! Any chance you think you may make the $20K mark to reach Ambassador by year's end? Most members probably don't even complete 1/2 that in a year.
Hi: I have booking all the way until next June, should make it to AmB status with no problem. Get to know your hotel manager, I usually get what I wanted, just saying.
10/08/2019 - 10/14/2019
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
10/14/2019 - 11/03/2019
Looks like the view from the Royal Meridien... I fluctuate between this hotel and Marriott City Centre
Well I've hit the nights, not sure if I will make the spend - but am probably not going to win this contest for lowest spend at Ambassador nights.
I still have 1 completed stay waiting to post, plus 3 booked upcoming weeks of travel - which will leave me at a projected $3,065 short of Ambassador spend with no booked travel (yet) in Nov or Dec.
So far o0o0o0o0o0o...points! appears to be our leader.
I think at 100 45 nights were credit card for me. I have a lot of travel coming up, but I'll never make Ambassador. Kind of like United, I spend a lot of money there, am at about 150K miles currently, but I'll never get Global Services, I'm paying for my own travel, none of it first class. One man business:-)
It’s interesting to see how everyone travels differently.
I’m the opposite of this post. At $19,248 in spend but only at 48 nights. 15 credit card nights, 1 bday, and 10 redeemed(cash+points)
So only 22 straight paid nights. But my travel is only leisure so I’ll never get to see 100 nights, but travelling with kids I can probably break the 20k.
Wish it were an either or requirement.
Oh I love this! Its the Quality that counts more than the quantity.....
Wow, you might be the opposite winner:-)
I forgot, I had some redeemed nights, too. I have something on the order of a million points, so when I go someplace that's going to cost me, like Singapore, a lot of times I'll use points. Otherwise if there's something cheap within reasonable driving distance of where I need to be, that's where I go. Vacations I use points if there is something good in the area.
I have $12,094 at 51 nights from leisure travel, but 15 nights came from the credit card. I don’t believe I’ll ever make Ambassador but I don’t feel the services of an Ambassador are worth the extra spend, anyway.
I have maybe 9 more nights planned this year...
I don’t see myself making this either. Shame as would’ve been first time I hit ambassador
85 nights, $12300 spent this year. Think i could easy make the 100 nights but not get $7700 out of 15 nights. That’s $513 a night!!!!
135 nights (90 BIB), $9617 spend. I have another 20 nights this year, but when a good hotel in China runs between $110 and $140 per night, its hard to spend $20K
Wow, I thought i was really low, I've been beat at least twice.
I stay a couple times a year for a few days in Johor Baru, Malaysia, and a really nice Renaissance is $90.
I've stayed at the Tomorrow Square JW in Shanghai, that's a great hotel, at least I think so, it was $120 last I stayed.
Silicon Valley for some reason it's not unusual to see everything, Residence Inn, Courtyard, etc. all above $400. For me, out come the points.
I'm at 109 nights and $6,413 spend.
so it seems with this spend in play, it has made ambassador unreachable for many if not most of us :-(.
Lowest spend per night to make ambassador means lowest points earnings as well. I'm not sure what is the incremental value of having ambassador status if I have little vacation currency to work with. For me, it only makes sense to leverage Ambassador level benefits for big spends on holiday experiences.
Not everything that can be counted Counts, and not everything that counts can be counted....... Albert Einstein.
That is true, but where is the fun in that? I spend a lot of money with a Marriott credit card, that's where I get my points. And nights, I have LTT and I'm sure it's due to the card, I never really kept track.
I have this........thing about trying to spend as little as possible on what I don't have to.
I have a fully electric car, and I don't have my house wired up for a charger. I've not actually ever paid for a charge, but I have wiped out on my electric scooter riding home from the free local charging station and gotten caught out in the rain walking home from said free station. So I've probably paid more in time and....well, the wipeout cost me some pride, but the scooter cost me, so money too than I would have if I just wired in a charger at home, but again where is the fun in that?
Back to topic, when I'm travelling for work, I very nearly always stay at some Marriott property, I just try to find the cheapest one within reasonable distance of where I'm going. Vacation I try to stay well with points.
That's just me, I was curious to see what end of the spectrum I was on as far as spend goes.
I totally understand where you are coming from. I know of several acquaintances who would rather pay $20 at a hostel for the night than give Marriott $50 for a hotel room.
My point was that to really enjoy the benefit from Ambassador status you have to be willing to invest heavily in travel, or at least $20K worth.
Good luck to whomever wins this challenge. I salute your commitment to frugality.
I stayed at a hostel one time when was was a lot younger. I think at that point I figured out that I needed to make more money than I was making. If I could find $50 Marriotts now I'd win this "contest":-)
I wish all Amex Brilliant bonvoy spending counted towards Ambassador spend, kind of like the Delta credit card spending counts towards Medallion Qualifying Dollars. As it is my primary card I use for everything I can, I would be in business for sure if that counted
Oh, that would mean someone could qualify without stepping foot in a Marriott property. Not good for hotel business.
Just like airlines huh......
not necessarily. with Delta, status is earned in 2 parts where you need a combo of miles / segments and then also a minimum amount of MQD (Medallion Quallification Dollars) which is closest thing to Ambassador dollars or a minimum total spend on their credit card. See attached example.
These days you can buy that status without traveling a single day in the sky.
Big travel year for me - I hit 100 nights and $16,000 7/4/19 and I am at 197 nights and $40,000 spend as of today
Since I am on Gov/Mil rate, It takes me a lot of nights to get there
Wow, that's an incredible number of nights. And an amazing spend thriftiness.
All done travels for the year. Do I win the opposite award? Barely broke ambassador spend $20,079, but only platinum stays 51.
"opposite award," indeed!?!?!
or, maybe, for those of us road warriors at the other end of the spending spectrum ... yeah, that's more than double my average per night spend (see below), ... I like your style (and I'm more than a little jealous)! ENJOY!
Yeah, it’s been nice. Very expensive, but worth it.
Didn’t use to travel like this, but with kids it jacked up the cost a bit. Almost always booking 2 bdr suites with some form of kitchen.
Damn kids. Haha. But I do bring their cute little faces to check in, as they do seem to help with getting the room upgrades. (They work better than elite statuses)
This is a game I can play , but, while I think I'm relatively competitive, I see no way that I could win.... With my upcoming weekend trip, I'm on track for more than 90 nights, but less than $13,000 in spend, with a yearlong average of (only?) $142-143 per night...
What's frightening is that ... even if I booked (a nice room at) the Times Square Renaissance ... from Xmas to New Years ... I still wouldn't crack $20,000.
Fortunately, there's still time to book (a relatively modest room at) the St. Regis (on 55th Street) for that week, so there's hope!
As they say, go big or go (stay) home!!!
I won’t hit ambassador this year, but I will hit 75 nights for the first time, thanks to some generous double elite night promotions. I’ve spent $2,255 for 70 nights. If you take our 7 night Mexico vacation out, I spent $1,247 for 63 nights or $19.79 per night
Yep, at $19.79 per night you’d definitely win the lowest price to halfway competition. Alas, you’ve not made the 100 nights to get you halfway, so it’s crickets (America) or a lump of coal (Britain) for you!
How about another competition - 'so close yet so far' or 'close, but no cigar'.
I am $205 dollars short of reaching the level with no more trips planned for 2019...
Hmmm, is it worth booking a single leisure night at a full service costing circa $200 (and having a beer in the bar to get yourself over the $205). Is Ambassador worth $205? Let’s see if nipper, lifetimerfrank, globaltreker arizonatag and painedplatinum, all of whom are Ambassadors, will share their views?
For $250 or so it may be worth it. For me the intangible benefits outweigh the listed. I communicate with the AMB maybe twice a year. Never asked for Your24, but have, multiple times, checked in at 7 am when I was supposed to check in at 4. I also do everything on my own, though there are people on the FB AMB group that use the AMB to make reservations. Don't understand that but...
I assume an AMB gets higher priority for upgrades over a Titanium, but again no evidence to back that up.
My, you’re on fire today! I amended my post to add a few more Ambassadors (which of course is now in the darn moderation queue) so technically you beat the question!
I have already posted elsewhere on my less than positive experience of Ambassador so far this (and my only) year. Before the end of Feb, I was on my third ambassador person . . . . None of them have been able to sort anything out at all. Not even the 24 hour check in when asked - came back and said the rate I was on was not eligible. No mention of that in the Ts&Cs in benefits section.
I find that getting to know someone in UK Head Office and some good GMs at your regular properties works way better. The former sorted the 24 hour check in requst for me
So for me, I would not go out of the way to book the extra night - unless it was all on business expenses !!
BTW, my total for this year 152 nights at $15,904 - with just 4 nights this week to add. Am not going to be spending $1000 per night in good 'ole Birmingham, UK
For me, the $205 would be worth the Your24™benefit in Ambassador Status. So, yes absolutely.
Without a doubt, I wouldn't let my meter stand at 19,795. Firstly, I'm a round numbers guy. 20,000 just looks better, no? Secondly, my full service lux stays have increased in the last couple of years. I've been upgraded almost every time and I've never been turned down for the highest requested upgrade of the SNA. I have to figure Ambassador level helped break a tie or two. Thirdly, I have used my Ambassador for point squaring and account fixing. Having a point chasing ally on the inside has saved me much aggravation. Earlier this year, my account all but blew up on line, the Marriott gremlins tossed a grenade and without the Ambassador, I'm certain I'd still be fighting to set things right.
Then last but not least, the Ambassador has indeed helped me to schmooze a property to bend a rule or two and treat me to things beyond the T &Cs.
So, find a nice place for $205 to spend a nice evening and treat yourself and significant other.
In order to value Ambassador status, you must value the Your 24 and personal assistant features. If not, then it isn't worth it. Frankly, Bonvoy has so many caveats that using many of the lower tier benefits is sometimes a hit or miss regardless of which status you have. Sometimes Gold Bonvoy's are treated better than Titanium's and sometimes properties don't really care what status you have. For me, it is about earning as many points as possible for truly awesome and free stays at some really nice properties; the Guaranteed Room Type/Lounge Access; the 75% bonus; and Free Breakfast/High Speed Internet. Anything else, including upgrades, are frosting on the top.
libboid I would do a mattress run for this. I have unexpected travel this week that *should* push me over $20K in spend, if not I have a mattress run night booked before the end of the year. I think that Your24 is a benefit, if you can get it pushed through. I've read from most Ambassadors that their upgrade percentage seems to be higher as Ambassador, and don't discount that if you don't make Titanium next year, that as Ambassador, your soft landing in 2021 should be to Titanium.
These are reasons that I took this work trip this week - staying at a Courtyard and choosing to eat Bistro meals for breakfast and dinner most nights - and also have a couple reservations on the books for mattress runs at the end of next week, if for some reason I don't make Ambassador spend this week -- I need $788 to make $20K spend this year, and will close out at 135 nights.
Thanks for all the comments. I am lifetime Titanium so the only level I can improve on is Ambassador. I don't get any real benefit from Your24 as I usually fly Europe to the USA and get to the hotel well after 8pm and usually fly back mid afternoon so it is very rare I check in before 4pm and out after noon. I have contacts at the properties I stay at most often so usually email them directly when I have an upcoming trip and they usually sort things out and as thy are not actual Marriott owned properties I never get chance to use the 'useless' SNA so this year I opted for the $100 UNICEF donation + 40k free night award.
I have had a couple of good encounters with my ambassador especially when changing a booking at the last minute and getting the change fees waived. But most recently I emailed her to say thanks for the assistance this year and I will be $205 short of 2020 Ambassador and within 4 hours she responded with an 'adjustment' so she can continue to be my ambassador for the next 12 months! Bonus!
(Although when you look at my last stay invoice I had $2600+ but was only credited $2100 so was around $250 short after removing taxes)
Just completed my `100 this past weekend but will be far from the $20K spend. I wish you could use meeting and event spend.
I am at 100 nights and spent $7,366.00. I am lifetime already and after 75 I knew that I would not get to 20T in spending. I am looking at other hotels for after 75 next year.
I'm at 98 nights and $2,906 spend. I work non-profit so this year I have spent my accumulated points way down on all my work travel. I have spent a LOT of points this year. I also get a nice night credits, but no spend, boost from putting on our annual convention.
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