Titanium Elite status in Marriott Bonvoy is really nice!
I was fortunate to reach this status in 2018 and have been enjoying it all year - and I want it again. Unfortunately, I have not accumulated the 75 nights needed to reach Titanium again this year - but I can. As I am at risk of losing my objectivity on this matter, I'm hoping input from other Insiders may help to guide my decision as to whether or not I should go for it.
The way I see it, Platinum Elite status offers many of the same benefits as Titanium. They both offer lounge access, free breakfast (at participating hotels), an opportunity for an upgrades, a welcome amenity for each stay, 4pm late checkout, etc.
However, there are some nice benefits that can make a difference. Those with Titanium also get 75% higher points earning on paid stays (compared to 50% when Platinum), complimentary Hertz Five-Star status, complimentary Premier Silver status with United airlines, and upon reaching 75 nights the opportunity to make another choice benefit selection. In 2019, I feel like I have made good use of all these benefits and would do so again in 2020.
I haven't listed everything here, but you kinda get the idea, right?
Here's how I would be able to keep Titanium through February 2021:
I have currently accumulated 54 nights.
I can book a meeting for $90 bringing this total to 64 nights.
I can choose 5 elite night credits as my platinum choice and get to 69 nights.
I can spend 20K points and do a 5 night mattress run at the local FFI that gets me to 74 nights.
To celebrate, I'd use last year's 40K certificate on December 31st at a promising looking location, ringing in the new year with style.
I'm guessing there may be other Platinums considering the push to Titanium as well, so I figured it was worth soliciting some feedback. I'm just trying to figure out one thing.
Is it worth it?