Lifetime ‘criteria’ has never been formally published, so any criteria currently in discussion is officially Urban Legend. And yes – I stated that the criteria for a minimum number of years will be going away, and the only two elements that will be needed to achieve Lifetime status will be nights and points.
After much begging she followed up with this post:
Greetings, All! OK – I’m about to spill ONE new component of the Lifetime criteria change. Just one. There will be other changes as well, but I will not comment on them. And please note that there is nowhere (e.g., website) to go for further information. As a matter fact, this will not be released until January, so it’s a total scoop for our Insider pals! Before the beans are spilled, let me help Gem off her pin cushion — no, we would never take back something a member has already earned.
OK – who’s got the drum roll? The current criteria of a minimum number of years at a specific level will be going away. Said another way, nights and points will be the required milestones. Nope – I won’t tell you how many…you’ll have to wait.
Marriott’s current lifetime status requirements are as follows:
- 600 nights at Marriott properties
- 1,200,000 Marriott Rewards points earned
- 12 years as a member and at least one year as a Silver member
- 800 nights at Marriott properties
- 1,600,000 Marriott Rewards points earned
- 12 years as a member and at least one year as a Gold member
- 1,000 nights at Marriott properties
- 2,000,000 Marriott Rewards points earned
- 12 years as a member and at least one year as a Platinum member
So it seems that the requirements to be a member for 12 years and having status for at least one of them will go away next year. However, I’d bet the number of required nights and/or points earned will increase. I always think it’s cruel to change the requirements for lifetime status in any negative way without years of advance notice, since it’s such a long term goal people have that they’re greatly invested in. For example, if you’ve been a Platinum member for 11 years, have stayed 1,000 nights at Marriott properties, and have earned 3,000,000 points you’re just waiting for that 12 year mark. Is it fair if they say tomorrow that you’ll now need 1,500 nights and 4,000,000 points, for example?
I’ll post as soon as I hear more!