I assume this shouldn’t be too shocking, however it’s now official…
Marriott Bonvoy’s 2023 standing tender touchdown coverage
Marriott Bonvoy has confirmed its standing tender touchdown coverage for 2023, for conditions the place somebody doesn’t qualify for a specific elite tier based mostly on their exercise in 2022:
- Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite members who don’t obtain the printed standards to take care of the standing will solely drop one standing degree, to Titanium Elite
- All different elite members with a standing expiration date of February 2023 who don’t obtain the next elite standing tier or renew their current tier will probably be downgraded in March 2023
In different phrases, solely Ambassador Elite members are getting a standing tender touchdown, whereas different members aren’t.
Whereas that is what Marriott is publishing as its coverage, I can’t assist however marvel if this may truly be utilized persistently, particularly for members in China (the place lockdowns proceed), or individuals in nations the place we nonetheless noticed main journey restrictions earlier this yr.
There’s no denying that Marriott Bonvoy elite tiers have develop into particularly swelled up to now couple of years. We’ve now seen standing prolonged for 2 years, plus incomes standing has additionally been made simpler. On prime of that, incomes standing with Marriott Bonvoy bank cards can be extra profitable than earlier than.
Marriott’s historic coverage on standing tender landings
Earlier than Marriott and Starwood merged, again when Marriott’s loyalty program was named Marriott Rewards, Marriott persistently had a standing tender touchdown coverage. With this, Marriott Rewards members by no means dropped a couple of elite tier per yr, no matter their exercise.
Extra not too long ago, when Marriott Bonvoy was launched, this system downgraded members at most one or tier elite tiers per yr. Clearly this hasn’t been a priority for the previous couple of years, as Marriott has prolonged elite standing because of the pandemic.
In case you don’t requalify to your present standing tier with Marriott Bonvoy this yr, you may count on that you just’ll be downgraded to the standing that corresponds to the elite nights you earned. The one exception is that Ambassador Elite members who don’t requalify will solely be downgraded to Titanium Elite.
Marriott’s standing tender touchdown coverage was at all times an unofficial courtesy, so it’s not unreasonable to see this finish. With how swelled elite ranks seemingly are, I’m not shocked to see this modification.
What do you make of Marriott largely discontinuing standing tender landings?