Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Benefits Guide (Breakfast, Upgrades) [2022]

With all of the different levels of the Marriott rewards program it’s easy to get confused about what benefits each status tier offers.

In this article, I’m going to focus on the benefits offered by Marriott Platinum status and walk you through each of these.

I’ll cover things like breakfast, upgrades, and all of the other key perks you might be able to take it advantage of.

What is Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status?

Marriott Platinum status is an upper mid-tier status with the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program. It is one step above Bonvoy Gold and one step below Bonvoy Titanium.

Because Marriott has five different elite levels and many other programs only have three, this puts Platinum status in a bit of a unique tier allowing loyalists to receive upper tier perks without having to obtain the highest level of elite status.

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How to earn Marriott Platinum status

To earn Marriott Platinum status, you’ll need to earn 50 nights between January 1 and December 31 of any given year.

You will then have Marriott Platinum status for the duration of the year that you earned it in, the entire next year, and through the month of February following that year.

For example, if you earn Platinum status in August 2023, it will be valid until February 28, 2025.

Here’s a look at the different elite levels for Marriott and their requirements:

  • Silver: 10 to 24 nights
  • Gold: 25 to 49 nights 
  • Platinum: 50 to 74 nights 
  • Titanium: 75 to 99 nights
  • Ambassador: 100 nights +  $20,000 U.S. dollars in qualified annual spend

As shown below, you can use two Marriott credit cards to start you off with 30 Elite Night Credits.

That means that you could earn Platinum status with only 20 nights! More on that below.

Coronavirus update

Note: These special benefits were not extended to the 2022 or 2023 qualifying year.

Marriott has offered some pretty solid coronavirus elite benefits.

The first benefit is that your elite status earned in 2019 will be extended to February 2022.

In addition you will receive a one-time deposit of 50% of your tier’s annual Elite Night Credit requirement based on your status from 2020.

This means that those Members who achieved Platinum Elite status in 2020 would receive 25 Elite Night Credits.

In other words, you would need 50 Elite Night Credits in 2021 to achieve Titanium. Find out more details here.

Elite status comparisons

Here’s how Marriott Platinum status compares to other statuses with Hyatt and Hilton.

You’ll notice how Platinum falls right in between the middle and top level of these programs based on the number of nights.

World of Hyatt

  • Discoverist
    • 10 qualifying nights
    • 25,000 Base Points
    • or holding 3 qualifying meetings/events per year.
  • Explorist
    • 30 qualifying nights
    • 50,000 Base Points
    • or holding 10 qualifying meetings/events per year.
  • Globalist
    • 60 qualifying nights
    • 100,000 Base Points
    • or holding 20 qualifying meetings/events per year.

Hilton Honors

  • Silver
    • 4 stays in a calendar year or
    • 10 nights in a calendar year
  • Gold
    • 20 stays in a calendar year, or
    • 40 nights in a calendar year, or
    • 75,000 Hilton Honors Base Points in a calendar year
  • Diamond
    • 30 stays in a calendar year, or
    • 60 nights in a calendar year, or
    • 120,000 Hilton Honors Base Points in a calendar year

Marriott Platinum via Credit cards

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant (full review here) is one of my favorite hotel credit cards and offers automatic Gold status but you can earn Marriott Platinum status by spending $75,000 in a year. 

Here’s a look at the other features:

  • $300 in dining statement credits (effective 9/22/22)
  • Bonus earning:
    • 6x at Marriott properties
    • 3x at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
    • 2x on all other purchases
  • Each calendar year you can receive credit for 15 nights towards the next level of Elite status.
  • Priority Pass Select membership
  • Receive a statement credit every four years after you apply for Global Entry ($100) or TSA Pre-Check ($85) with your Card.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Free, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi at more than 1,000,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card offers automatic Silver status but you can earn Marriott Gold status by spending $35,000 in a year. 

That’s a lot in spend per year for a status that doesn’t even offer breakfast so I would rather put $35K to use in another way.

You’ll also be given 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year, which can help you reach status much quicker.

Currently, you can combine elite credits from a Marriott personal card with the 15 Elite Night Credits from a business Marriott card allowing you to start off with 30 Elite Night Credits.

It’s a super fast track to Platinum status!

Another great benefit of this card is that you get an annual free night for properties that cost up to 35,000 points per night.

Status challenge

You can always inquire with Marriott customer service either via email or by phone to see if you’re eligible for a status challenge to Platinum.

If you’re eligible, you’ll probably have to hit something like 16 nights in a designated time period (e.g., 3 months) to achieve Platinum status but the challenge terms could vary.

Keep in mind that you usually can only enroll in these challenges once every three years.

Marriott La Concha Hotel
Marriott La Concha Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

What are the Marriott Platinum status benefits?

  • 50% Bonus on points
  • Complimentary room upgrade
  • Welcome gift
  • Guaranteed Lounge Access
  • 4pm late check-out
  • Annual Choice Benefit
  • Guaranteed Room Type

50% Bonus on Marriott Rewards Points

  • Platinum members are credited with a 50% bonus on base points earned during stays.

At most Marriott properties you’ll earn 10 Marriott points per dollar spent, so with this bonus you’ll be able to earn 15 points per dollar spent. 

At a value of .8 cents per point, Platinum status earns 12% back. 

Complimentary room upgrade

Platinum Elite Members and above receive a complimentary upgrade to the best available room subject to availability which could include the following:

Complimentary upgrade includes suites, rooms with desirable views, rooms on high floors, corner rooms, rooms with special amenities or rooms on Executive Floors.

  • At The Ritz-Carlton, suites are only included for Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite Members and rooms with direct Club access are excluded.
  • The Complimentary Enhanced Room Upgrade for Platinum Elite Members and above is available at all Participating Brands except at Marriott Vacation Club, Marriott Grand Residence Club, Aloft, Element and participating Vistana properties.

As a Titanium Elite member over the past few years, I’ve been pretty disappointed with my upgrades so I don’t think I would expect a lot of suite upgrades as a Platinum Elite member.

Welcome gift

As a Platinum member you will be able to choose a welcome gift upon arrival.

The type of gift that you can get will vary depending on the type of property you are staying at.

At a lot of properties you will be able to choose between 500 to 1,000 points or a food and beverage credit/free breakfast.

I generally always go with the free breakfast because that offers the best value.

BrandWelcome Gift Choice/PointsGuest Compensation*
Marriott Hotels, JW Marriott, Delta Hotels, Autograph Collection, Renaissance HotelsUnited States, Canada, Europe:
1,000 points per stay or $10 USD Food & Beverage (“F&B”) credit per stay 

Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Middle East, and Africa:1,000 points per stay or F&B amenity per stay 

RESORTS only:

United States, Canada, Europe:
1,000 points per stay or breakfast in restaurant per night of stay for Member +1 

Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Middle East, and Africa:

1,000 points per stay or F&B  amenity per stay or breakfast in restaurant per night of stay for Member +1
$100 USD
Gaylord Hotels1,000 points per stay or $10 USD F&B credit per stay$100 USD
St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Le Méridien, Westin, Tribute Portfolio1,000 points per stay or amenity per stay or breakfast in restaurant per night of stay for Member +1 (including resorts)$100 USD
The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, EDITION, Marriott Vacation Club, Marriott Grand Residence Club, Design Hotels™, Homes & Villas by Marriott International. Vistana properties provide Elite Welcome Gift only to Members who are not Vistana Owners using their ownership interest.1,000 points per stayN/A
CourtyardUnited States, Canada, Europe:

500 Points per stay or $10 USD F&B credit per night of stay for Member +1** 

Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Middle East, and Africa:

Properties without lounge:
500 Points per stay or F&B amenity per stay or $10 USD F&B credit per night of stay for Member +1** 

Properties with lounge – 500 Points per stay and breakfast in lounge – if lounge is closed, breakfast in restaurant per night of stay for Member +1
$50 USD
AC Hotels, Moxy HotelsUnited States, Canada, Europe:

500 Points per stay or $10 USD F&B credit per night of stay for Member +1** 

Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Middle East, and Africa:

500 Points per stay or F&B amenity per stay or $10 USD F&B credit per night of stay
$50 USD (AC Hotel) $25 USD (Moxy Hotels)
SpringHill Suites, Fairfield by Marriott, Residence Inn, TownePlace SuitesUnited States, Canada, Europe: 
500 points per stay or F&B item 

Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Middle East, and Africa:
500 points per stay or F&B amenity
$50 USD (SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn) 25 USD (Fairfield by Marriott, TownePlace Suites)
Four Points, Aloft500 points per stay or amenity or breakfast in restaurant per night of stay for Member +1$50 USD (Four Points), $25 USD (Aloft)
Protea Hotels500 points per stay or breakfast in restaurant per night of stay for Member +1$50 USD
Element500 points per stay or amenity$25 USD

*Outside of the U.S. compensation will be paid in the local currency

** The U.S. $10 F&B credit per night of Stay is for the Member. An additional U.S. $10 F&B credit per night of Stay is given for one (1) guest staying in the same guestroom as the Member.

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Guaranteed Lounge Access

In addition to the free breakfast, lounge access is the other major reason to get Platinum status. (Sometimes the free breakfast will be in the lounge but other times you can get it in the restaurant.)

As a Platinum member you will get guaranteed lounge access for you and one guest staying in the same room at:

  • JW Marriott
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Sheraton
  • Delta Hotels
  • Le Méridien
  • Westin
  • Autograph Collection and
  • Renaissance Hotels.

Lounge Access is not offered at the following brands:

  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • St. Regis
  • EDITION
  • The Luxury Collection
  • W Hotels
  • Design Hotels
  • Tribute Portfolio
  • Gaylord Hotels
  • Four Points
  • SpringHill Suites
  • Protea Hotels
  • Fairfield
  • AC Hotels
  • Aloft
  • Moxy Hotels
  • Residence Inn
  • TownePlace Suites
  • Element
  • Marriott Vacation Club
  • Marriott Grand Residence Club
  • and participating Vistana properties.

Generally, whenever a lounge is closed or the property does not have a lounge or an approved alternative the property will offer you daily breakfast in the restaurant.

If lounge access or alternatives are not available at eligible properties, Platinum Elite Members will be compensated $100 U.S. dollars for the inconvenience.

There are a few special rules for different properties and locations and you can read more about those here.

Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston M Club Lounge.

Late checkout

With Platinum status, you can get late check out as late as 4 p.m. local time of the participating property.

Late check out has been one of the most dependable benefits I’ve received as a Marriott elite member.

I rarely ever request 4 PM late check out and usually go with 2 PM but the couple of times I have requested 4 PM they have honored it no problem.

This benefit is guaranteed at all participating properties, except at resort and convention hotels and Design Hotels, where it is based upon availability. 

Marriott Vacation Club, Marriott Grand Residence Club, and participating Vistana properties are excluded from this benefit.

Annual Choice Benefit

A Platinum Elite Member who has achieved 50 eligible Elite Night Credits annually is eligible to receive one annual choice benefit from the list of available benefits listed below:

Platinum Elite Annual Choice Benefit Options:

Five (5) Suite Night Awards

40% off bed

$100 Charity Donation

The gift of Silver Elite status for a friend or family member

Five (5) Elite Night Credits

If you’re going to chase Bonvoy Titanium then you may consider selecting the 5 elite night credits, which will help you get to 75 a lot quicker.

Otherwise, I would recommend choosing the Suite Night Awards, especially because suite upgrades seem hard to come by.

Additional perks

Complimentary enhanced Internet service

  • This benefit is provided where available, regardless of booking source, at all Participating Brands worldwide except at the EDITION brand.

Keep in mind that you can get this benefit with the Marriott Boundless credit card.

5th redemption night free

  • Book 5 consecutive nights and the 5th night is free (this perk is available to all Marriott status levels but is worth mentioning). 

Discount

  •  Gift Shop Discount of 10% on retail merchandise.

Phone lines

  • Elite Reservations Line: (800) 228-2100
  • Customer Engagement Center Line: (800) 321-7396

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum FAQ

How many nights do I need for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status?

You will need to stay 50 nights to earn Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status.

Can I earn Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status with a credit card?

You can get Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status with the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant which offers you Platinum status after you spend $75,000 in a year.

What are the main Marriott Platinum status benefits?

– 50% Bonus on points
– Complimentary room upgrade
– Welcome gift
– Guaranteed Lounge Access
– 4pm late check-out
– Annual Choice Benefit
– Guaranteed Room Type

How many bonus points do I earn with Marriott Platinum status?

With Platinum status, you will earn 15 points per dollar spent. At a value of .8 cents per point, Platinum status earns 12% back. 

What kind of upgrades do I get with Marriott Platinum status?

You can get upgrades to suites and rooms with special amenities, including rooms on executive floors. Upgrades are subject to availability.

What kind of welcome gift do I get?

The type of gift you will receive would depend on the property that you visit.

Sometimes you might be offered something like 500 to 1,000 points and in other cases you can choose a free breakfast.

Do you get lounge access with Marriott Platinum status?

Yes, you will get guaranteed lounge access for yourself and one guest when staying at the following hotels:

JW Marriott
Marriott Hotels
Sheraton
Delta Hotels
Le Méridien
Westin
Autograph Collection and
Renaissance Hotels

Do Marriott Platinum members get late check out?

Yes, you can get late check out as late as 4pm.

Final word

Marriott Platinum has some valuable benefits like guaranteed lounge access, breakfast, late checkout, and annual choice benefits like suite night awards that can be very valuable.

13 comments

  1. if a marriott platinum books 3 rooms for his family can he get upgrades for all 3 rooms ?
    also how many rooms booked on the same night count towards elite status ?

    1. You won’t be entitled to an upgrade for all three rooms since the terms limit the upgrades to “a Member’s personal guest room.” You could always try to request upgrades for all rooms and they might be able to accommodate you but I wouldn’t expect it to happen (this is very hotel specific). Also, while you’ll be able to earn points for all three rooms, you will likely only be given credit for elite status based on the room you stay in.

  2. I’m a first time platinum and will be traveling with Delta next week. My Marriott and SPG are linked. What do I have to do with Delta to get the free checked bag? Thank you!

  3. 50% Bonus on Marriott Rewards Points
    I am platinum elite guest, will i be entitled for 50% bonus on rewards points even if i book my room using my existing reward points???

    1. I’ve been told in the past that those won’t be accepted for Marriott properties until something changes, so I don’t think you’ll be able to, at least not at this point.

  4. I have misplaced all my information on my platinum card. Can you please send me the information. Thank you.

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