It’s official: Marriott is providing a “soft landing” to Bonvoy elites who didn’t requalify last year.
Specifically, the brand will offer Marriott Bonvoy members who didn’t requalify for their statuses in 2022 the opportunity to hold the status one tier below from March 2023 until February 2024. Loyalty Lobby first reported this news.
Here’s what you need to know.
Marriott’s elite status soft landing policy
The Marriott status you earned in 2021 will expire at the end of February unless you requalified or achieved a higher status level in 2022. However, Marriott will offer members who didn’t requalify in 2022 the status tier just below their expiring status:
“Members who did not re-achieve their existing Elite status in 2022 will be offered one tier below their current status through February 2024. These members will see their new status starting in March 2023 and can enjoy their existing status through February 2024.”
With this announcement, members who didn’t requalify for their existing status tier will hold status for the tier just below their expiring status until February 2024:
- Ambassador Elite members who didn’t requalify in 2022 will have Titanium Elite status through February 2024.
- Titanium Elite members who didn’t requalify in 2022 will have Platinum Elite status through February 2024.
- Platinum Elite members who didn’t requalify in 2022 will have Gold Elite status through February 2024.
- Gold Elite members who didn’t requalify in 2022 will have Silver Elite status through February 2024.
It’s worth mentioning that Marriott offered similar policies before the pandemic. However, this was put on hold as Marriott extended elite status earned in 2019 and 2020 through February 2023. Providing this “soft landing” gives Marriott elites some benefits to hold them over until they can regain their desired status tier this year.
Related: What is Marriott Bonvoy elite status worth?
Mid- and upper-tier Marriott Bonvoy elite members who didn’t requalify in 2022 won’t be left empty-handed in 2023.
With Titanium Elite status, expiring Ambassador Elite members will enjoy many of the same perks of their current status, including complimentary breakfast at most brands, suite upgrades at check-in (including at Ritz-Carlton properties), a 75% point bonus accrual, choice benefits and status match to United Premier Silver. Platinum Elite also has many of the same benefits that Titanium Elite status offers.
You should see your new Marriott status and updated expiration in early March.