I achieved Ambassador Status in 2018 (and it is valid until February 2020). This year, in 2019 I will only achieve Gold. Will I remain as a Gold Elite Member after Feb 2020 until Feb 2021?
Yes, you will be Gold after Feb 2020 and will remain Gold until Feb 2021. If you achieve Platinum or higher anytime in 2020, you would hold the higher status immediately upon achievement and then hold that status until Feb 2022.
I seem to recall a time when folks who dropped down a couple of pegs were given a “soft landing” and Marriott would assign the next level....ie. Platinum would go to Gold vs all the way to Silver even if Gold wasn’t earned. Did I dream this?
Nope, you didn't dream it. That was the practice under the Legacy Marriott program. No one has had the opportunity for a "soft landing" under the new program. Let's hope it does happen. Unfortunately, it isn't written in the T&Cs, so if it happens it will be by grace from Marriott as an unwritten practice. We will all find out after February 2020.
When did this change? Previously, Marriott used to downgrade to the tier lower to the current one if I recall currently.
I don't think it did.
An interesting point that Pained brings up. In the past a member would only be moved down one peg. However at the Tipple, jsucool76 asked the guest speaker VP Fleck and got a kind of non committed response if I recall as to whether the soft landing was assured in the future. With a soft landing, the bc would be Platinum through Feb 21 and Gold through 2022 even if they did not stay another night at Marriott.
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