Is Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite Worth It?

Is Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite Worth It?

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In this post, I wanted to take a closer look at Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status, Marriott’s elite tier that requires 75 nights per year. All the time I see people asking if it’s worth choosing Titanium status over Platinum status, so I wanted to share my opinion on that.

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador requirements

Marriott Bonvoy has five elite tiers, but I would argue that platinum tier status becomes really valuable. However, there are two levels above it. Specifically, here are the requirements over the course of a calendar year to qualify for Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador status:

  • 50 qualifying elite nights are required for Platinum status
  • 75 Qualifying Elite Nights required for Titanium status
  • Ambassador status requires 100 qualifying elite nights plus $20,000 in qualifying spend

Before you assume that those standards are really high and unattainable, remember that in the United States, it’s easy to earn 30 elite nights a year with Marriott’s co-branded credit cards.

For example, I have the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (review) and Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card (review), and just for holding those two cards I get 30 elite nights a year. That gives me quite a head start in earning status.

What are the benefits of Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status?

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status requires only 50 elite nights per year and offers many great elite benefits. I think the most important are:

  • Room upgrades are subject to availability and most Marriott brands entitle you to an upgrade to a standard suite
  • Complimentary Executive Lounge access at most Marriott brands
  • Free breakfast at most Marriott brands
  • Guaranteed late check-out at 4:00 p.m. (except in resorts where it is subject to availability)
  • Access to the Choice Benefits program when you pass 50 elite nights per year where you can select Suite Night Awards as a benefit

So what are the incremental benefits of Titanium status over Platinum status considering Titanium status requires 75 nights instead of 50 nights? Let’s go through these in no particular order.

Enjoy elite benefits at The St. Regis Aspen

75% Bonvoy bonus points

When earning points, Platinum members earn 50% bonus points on hotel stays and Titanium members earn 75% bonus points. Typically, you earn 10 Base Points per dollar spent, meaning Platinum members earn 15x points per dollar spent, while Titanium members earn 17.5x points per dollar spent.

I value Bonvoy points at 0.7 cents each, so I think that’s an additional 1.75% return on Marriott spend.

Earn more bonus points as a Bonvoy Titanium member

Ritz-Carlton suite upgrades, subject to availability

On paper, the upgrade benefits for Bonvoy Platinum and Bonvoy Titanium members are identical, with one exception — Titanium members are eligible for available suite upgrades at Ritz-Carlton properties, while Platinum members are not.

At least that’s how the rules are published. That’s not to say that Titanium members always get suite upgrades at Ritz-Carltons, nor does it mean that Platinum members never get suite upgrades at Ritz-Carltons.

But Ritz-Carlton is the only brand where the upgrade benefit differs between Platinum and Titanium members.

Bonvoy Titanium members can receive Ritz-Carlton Suite upgrades

United MileagePlus Silver Elite status

Bonvoy Titanium members receive United MileagePlus Silver status for free. This is for as long as they retain Titanium status and registration is required. This is United’s entry-level status and offers perks like bonus miles, free checked baggage, and upgrades to available seats on First Class and Economy Plus.

This might come in handy if you’re an occasional United flier, but don’t expect regular First Class upgrades as a Silver member.

Earn United MileagePlus Silver status as a Bonvoy Titanium member

Access to additional Choice Benefits

Marriott Bonvoy members can elect Choice Benefits when they complete 50 Elite Nights and 75 Elite Nights in a calendar year. So if you achieve Titanium status with 75 elite nights, you can also select an additional set of Choice Benefits.

Personally, I would select the five Suite Night Awards, which allow you to confirm a one-night suite upgrade based on availability up to five days prior to arrival.

I find Suite Night Awards very valuable

Potentially better “soft” treatment

The above are the key published differences between Platinum and Titanium status in the Bonvoy program. I think it’s at least worth noting that travelers may find that they get better “gentle” treatment as a Titanium member than as a Platinum member. After all, it is a higher elite level.

So you’ll find that the average Titanium member has better luck with upgrades than the average Platinum member. This won’t always be the case, but it’s logical that many hotels prioritize upgrades based on elite tier, even when the benefits are meant to be the same.

Bonvoy Titanium members may have better luck with upgrades

My experience with Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status

I’ve been a Bonvoy Titanium member for a few years, so I’ll share my experience. For context:

  • Before becoming a Bonvoy Titanium member, I was a Bonvoy Ambassador member (back to the Starwood Preferred Guest days), but I don’t bother staying at Marriotts like I used to at Starwood
  • I’m also a lifetime Bonvoy Platinum member, so I always have that to fall back on
  • Nonetheless, I earn Bonvoy Titanium status for earning 30 Elite Nights per year with co-branded credit cards and then organically staying 45+ nights per year at Marriott properties

Have I found Titanium status to be worth the additional benefits over Platinum status? I’m not sure to be honest as I’m also very strategic about the places I stay at Marriotts. How I see it:

  • I continue to benefit from Suite Night Awards, so I appreciate that as a Titanium member I can earn 10 of them per year compared to only 5 per year as a Platinum member; This year alone I’ve won Suite Night Awards at the St. Regis Aspen, W Muscat, St. Regis Venice, Gritti Palace Venice, King George Athens and Hotel Grande Bretagne
  • Most of my Marriott stays are outside of the United States and I avoid hotels that are notoriously bad and recognized by the elite
  • Can’t say I feel like being a Titanium member gives me many additional “soft” perks over a Platinum member

So, in my experience, is it worth going to great lengths to earn Titanium status? no But I happen to earn it from my hotel stays (combined with the elite nights I earn with credit cards), so the current system works for me.

I was able to use a Suite Night Award at Gritti Palace Venice

bottom line

Titanium status is Marriott Bonvoy’s 75-night elite tier between Platinum and Ambassador status. It offers limited additional benefits over Platinum status, including 75% bonus points (instead of 50% bonus points), suite upgrades at Ritz-Carltons, United MileagePlus Silver status and access to additional Choice Benefits.

I don’t think there is much of a difference in treatment between Titanium and Platinum status otherwise. I think the biggest thing I appreciate is earning five additional Suite Night Awards per year through the Choice Benefits program.

If you’re a Bonvoy Titanium member, what was your experience like?

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