For a few years now, Marriott Rewards has offered United MileagePlus Premier Silver status as a perk for its Platinum Elite members, but now it has added a better benefit for customers even higher on its loyalty pyramid.
Marriott Rewards members who achieve the super-exclusive Platinum Premier Elite level can now get MileagePlus Premier Gold benefits. Those include free upgrades confirmed up to 48 hours before departure; free access to extra-legroom Economy Plus seating; equivalent Gold status in United’s Star Alliance, with lounge access on international trips; two free checked bags; Preferred Access priority treatment for security and boarding; and eight award miles per dollar spent on United air fares.
Membership in the Marriott program’s Platinum Premier Elite level is awarded for one year, and only the top three percent of Platinums make it into this category. Designation as a Marriott Platinum Premier is based not on achieving a specific level of stays or spending, but rather on how much a Platinum-level member increases his or her account activity year over year. Other than the new MileagePlus Gold perk, the primary additional benefit of Platinum Premier status seems to be a dedicated phone line and e-mail address for bookings and other dealings with Marriott.
To achieve regular Platinum status, Marriott Rewards members must rack up stays totaling at least 75 nights a year.
If you achieve MileagePlus Gold status on your own, that makes you eligible to get reciprocal Marriott Rewards Gold status; that benefit was already part of the programs’ partnership. And by linking your Marriott Rewards account to Starwood’s SPG program, you get Gold status in that loyalty program as well.
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