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Best way to get 20K Reward points for Lifetime status?

Best way to get 20K Reward points for Lifetime status?

Old Mar 23, 18, 4:34 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
We're so proud of you. And I'll bet someone else is paying for all your stays, too. The OP is not so lucky as to get all his travel for free.
If you worded your challenge as an earnest question instead of with sneering disdain and personal attacks I would respond to the substance of it.
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Old Mar 23, 18, 9:54 pm
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I got an email from Hertz today saying that you can convert Hertz points to MR points at a rate of 600 Hertz = 1000 MR. Other conversions between Ultimate Rewards/MR or United/MR count towards lifetime status, so perhaps this could as well.
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Old Mar 25, 18, 8:02 am
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Originally Posted by darthbimmer View Post
Efficiency's not relevant. The point was, anyone active enough with MR to legitimately care about the difference between LTG and LTP should be able to earn 20k points no sweat between now and EOY. In just the past four weeks, for example, I have earned more than double that from stays and stay-related bonuses.
OP IMHO asked a reasonable question - he may not be traveling now but who knows what the future holds for him/her. I too would want LTP as well. As stated by others, IDK if its going to change or not but an LTP is likely to end up better than a LTG will if there is a change and when one is so close to LTP, its totally worth it go grab it. Kudos to you on all your bonuses but it doesn't help the OP.

Originally Posted by VA1379 View Post
I suggested he wait until closer to the end of the year simply because he wonít need to buy as many points if he ends up taking a trip. From a logistical perspective, a mid year revamp of the awards program is highly unlikely. The greatest risk is if Marriott introduces another published elite level above platinum and restricts complimentary club lounge access to platinum and higher level members. That change would affect a lot of people, and I cannot see them making a mid year surprise announcement like that. It is more disruptive than raising the number of points needed for a free night.

They are going to merge the programs at some point after this year. Why would they change the existing program when it most likely wonít be around next year? They would have to retrain reservation and customer service employees twice. I donít see them doing that.

OP has lifetime gold, and it would cost him $1600 to earn 20k points at most Marriott properties ($3200 at Residence Inn) plus any taxes and fees. Iím excluding any points earned from systemwide promotions, property specific promotions, rates that offer extra points (any rate that allows extra points at less than 1.25 cents cost including taxes would be worth it), check in bonus points from drawings or other promotional giveaways, and any points for customer service issues.

The only reasons I would buy the points now is if he is planning to stay at a Starwood property so he can get lifetime platinum and match it to SPG platinum or if he is planning to fly on United Airlines so he can get United Silver if he doesnít have any status on United. In both of those cases, he would gain something of value by having platinum status right now as an infrequent traveler.
this right here

for me, it would be the SPG Plat match that I would want
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