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Some people may be starting to plan fall trips and are looking for a place to stay. If you want to make hotel travel more rewarding, check out this limited-time Marriott status match. It’s possible to get Marriott Bonvoy Gold or Platinum Elite status through February 2022.

Take advantage of the Marriott status match to earn more rewards for your stay. Credit: Marriott

How This Marriott Bonvoy Status Match Works

This Marriott Bonvoy status match is for a limited time. The closing date depends on how many travelers enroll in the match. Thankfully, enrolling is easy and you can likely qualify if you have elite status with another loyalty program.

Marriott requires these two “proofs” to get instant matching status:

  • Qualifying elite status with another hotel loyalty program
  • Have a stay within the last 12 months

Depending on which Marriott Bonvoy status you qualify for, you will need to either stay seven (Gold Elite) or fifteen days (Platinum Elite) within 90 days of enrolling. Doing so extends your Marriott Bonvoy elite status through February 2022.

You can start the enrollment process here.

Marriott Bonvoy states that it can take a few days to verify your qualifying elite status. After verifying your status, Marriott upgrades your Bonvoy status tier to Gold or Platinum. You have up to 90 days from this point to meet the minimum 7-night (Gold Elite) or 15-night (Platinum Elite) stay requirements.

If you complete the status match, your stays count toward Lifetime status with Bonvoy Elite.

Qualifying Loyalty Programs

If you’re an elite member with one of these four loyalty programs, you can earn reciprocal Marriott Bonvoy status.

Below are the qualifying elite status tiers to get Gold or Platinum Elite in Marriott Bonvoy with the Marriott status match:

  • Hilton Honors Gold = Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite
  • Hilton Honors Diamond = Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite
  • World of Hyatt Explorist = Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite
  • World of Hyatt Globalist = Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite
  • Accor Live Limitless Gold = Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite
  • Accor Live Limitless Platinum = Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite
  • IHG Rewards Club Platinum Elite = Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite
  • IHG Rewards Club Spire Elite = Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite

Most of the status matches are for Platinum Elite status in Marriott Bonvoy, meaning you will need to stay 15 nights within the 90-day challenge window.

Having World of Hyatt Explorist status or IHG Platinum Elite status (the automatic status level for their co-brand hotel credit cards with an annual fee), you qualify for Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status and only need to stay 7 nights.

Once again, the status match timer starts when Marriott Bonvoy upgrades your Bonvoy status. If you don’t achieve the status match, your Bonvoy status reverts to its previous level.

Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Benefits

It normally takes 25 nights per year to reach Gold Elite status (unless you own the Platinum Card® from American Express or a qualifying co-brand Marriott Bonvoy credit card). You only need to stay 7 nights in 90 days to reach Gold during this match.

Your key Gold Elite benefits include:

  • 25% bonus points on stays
  • 2 p.m. late checkout
  • Enhanced room upgrades (when available)
  • Enhanced in-room internet
  • Welcome gift of either 250 or 500 points (varies by brand)

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Benefits

Reaching Platinum Elite typically requires 50 nights but you only need 14 nights in 90 days.

Key Platinum Elite benefits include:

  • 50% bonus points on stays
  • Space-available room upgrades (including Select Suites)
  • Welcome gift of bonus points, breakfast or amenity
  • Hotel lounge access
  • 4 p.m. late checkout
  • Enhanced in-room internet speed
  • Annual gift choice with at least 50 qualifying nights per year

Booking Your Marriott Stays

In addition to getting elite Marriott Bonvoy status through February 2022, booking 7 or 15 nights can be a perfect time to maximize your travel rewards. You might pay for your nights with cash to earn rewards points.

But you might also redeem Bonvoy points to book award nights to keep your cash spending low. You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.

Off-peak award nights start at 5,000 points at Category 1 properties.

Admittedly, your credit card points can still be worth more for award flights. But getting elite Bonvoy Status for the next year can be worth the transfer.

Related: 8 Best Credit Cards for Hotel Elite Status

Summary of the Marriott Status Match

This Marriott Bonvoy status match is worth paying attention too if you need help reaching elite status this year and stay at Marriott properties regularly. If you have a qualifying status with another loyalty program and can meet the 90-day stay challenge, your travel in 2021 can be more rewarding.

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