The Ultimate Guide to Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Status

by | Jun 22, 2023

Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status is the second-highest tier in Marriott Bonvoy, requiring 75 elite qualifying nights in a calendar year. Only Ambassador status, which requires 100 nights and over $23,000 in qualifying spend a year, beats it.

Given how large Marriott’s footprint is as the world’s largest hotel chain, having Bonvoy status can come in quite useful for anyone trying to optimize their travel. Titanium status requires 25 additional nights over the 50 required for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status which has many of the same benefits which could make you question whether it’s worth going for this incremental status.

To help you make your decision, here’s our complete guide to earning Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status and its benefits.

How to Earn Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Status

Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status, the second-highest tier in Marriott Bonvoy, requires 75 elite qualifying nights in a calendar year. This status is one step above the Platinum tier and one below the Ambassador status.

The requirements for each status are as follows:

StatusRequirement
Marriott Bonvoy MemberSignup
Marriott Bonvoy Silver10+ nights a year
Marriott Bonvoy Gold25+ nights a year
Marriott Bonvoy Platinum50+ nights a year
Marriott Bonvoy Titanium75+ nights a year
Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador100+ nights a year & $23,000+ in qualifying spend per year

Interestingly, Titanium is the first level of status at Marriott that cannot be earned simply by holding a credit card. Unlike other programs, Marriott does not offer Titanium status solely based on the amount of money spent at Marriott hotels without meeting the required number of nights.

To earn Titanium status, you’ll need to have at least 75 nights in a calendar year at Marriott properties.

Earning Bonvoy Titanium through hotel stays

The most straightforward way to earn Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status is through accumulating hotel stays. This status requires 75 elite qualifying nights in a calendar year. These qualifying nights can be a combination of paid stays and award stays, as long as they are booked directly with Marriott.

Earning Bonvoy Titanium using credit cards

For Americans, Marriott’s co-branded credit cards can significantly accelerate your journey towards earning Titanium status. You can earn up to 40 Marriott Bonvoy elite nights per year towards Titanium by using credit cards.

The following cards offer 15 elite nights per year towards status as an ongoing perk:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card

Meanwhile, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card provides 25 elite nights per year as an ongoing perk.

There is a cap of 40 elite nights a year from credit cards allowed from a maximum of 1 personal card and 1 business card.

Maximizing elite nights from Marriott Bonvoy credit cards

If your goal is to maximize elite nights from credit cards, you’ll want to stack the 25 nights from the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card and 15 nights from the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card to automatically start the year with 40 elite nights.

As discussed above, if your goal is to maximize elite nights from credit cards, you’ll want to keep in mind that regardless of how many cards you hold, you can only stack bonus nights from one business credit card and one personal card for a maximum of 40 nights.

In other words, even if you hold two personal credit cards you’d only earn the bonus elite nights from one card. If you hold a personal card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card, you’d be able to stack the benefits from both.

That’s why the best combination to earn elite nights from credit cards is the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card and 15 nights from the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card to automatically start the year with 40 elite nights.

The Westin Palace, Milan
The Westin Palace, Milan, Italy

Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Status Benefits

Titanium members get a number of exclusive incremental benefits over Platinum status. These include a 75% bonus on points earned during hotel stays, eligibility for space-available suite upgrades at Ritz-Carlton properties, complimentary United MileagePlus Silver status, and an additional set of Choice Benefits upon reaching 75 elite nights in a calendar year.

Refer to Marriott’s website to reference the full terms and conditions or specific wording of any Titanium benefit here.

Suite Upgrades at the Ritz-Carlton for Titaniums

The upgrade benefits for Bonvoy Platinum and Titanium members are largely identical with one minor difference. Titanium members are eligible for space-available suite upgrades at Ritz-Carlton properties which are officially excluded for Platinum members.

Of course, this being Marriott Bonvoy, your mileage might vary. There are definitely Platinums (including me) who have received upgrades at certain Ritz-Carltons and plenty of times when Titaniums may not receive an upgrade even when there’s a suite available.

Additional Choice Benefits

Upon reaching 75 elite nights in a calendar year, Titanium members can select an additional set of Choice Benefits.

Arguably the most valuable of these are five Suite Night Awards, each of which allows you to confirm a suite upgrade for a one-night stay up to five days prior to arrival, subject to availability.

75% Bonvoy Bonus Points

Titanium members receive a 75% bonus on base points earned during stays at Marriott properties. That’s compared to the 50% bonus that Platinum members receive.

Marriott Bonvoy gives every member 10 base points per dollar spent (at most brands) meaning that Marriott Titanium members get an extra 7.5 points per dollar spent for a total of 17.5x points per dollar.

The bonus only applies to base points. While Titanium members still benefit from promotions, the bonus will only apply to the base points.

United MileagePlus Silver Elite Status

Titanium members receive complimentary entry-level Premier Silver status in United MileagePlus. This offers perks like bonus miles, a complimentary checked bag, and space-available upgrades to first class and Economy Plus on United. While you’re unlikely to get frequent upgrades as a result of this level of status, it can still be useful when flying United.

48-Hour Guarantee

Marriott guarantees a room available for Titanium members as long as it’s booked by 3 pm 48 hours before arrival, even if the property is sold out. Keep in mind that this benefit is subject to blackout dates and some brands and properties are exempt. You’ll also need to pay “prevailing rate at time of booking ” and meet stay length requirements, which can be onerous at key periods. Be sure to read the full terms and conditions of this one if you plan on relying on it.

Platinum Benefits

As a Titanium member, you also enjoy all the benefits of Platinum status. These include upgrades, executive lounge access, a welcome gift choice, guaranteed 4 pm late check-out, enhanced in-room internet access, and the Ultimate Reservation Guarantee.

And of course, there’s no way to quantify this but Titanium members may receive better treatment at hotels than Platinums at hotels.

A junior suite at the Vienna Ritz-Carlton. Space available suite upgrades are available for Marriott Bonvoy Platinums.
Junior Suite, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

Making the Most of Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Benefits

Leverage Your Choice Benefits

As a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium member, you unlock Choice Benefits when you reach 50 and 75 elite nights in a year. These benefits allow you to tailor your rewards to your travel preferences, offering options such as Suite Night Awards, Elite Night Credits, the ability to gift status to someone, or even a charitable donation.

To maximize these benefits, consider your travel habits. If you often stay at properties with suites, Suite Night Awards can enhance your experience. If you’re aiming for a higher status level, Elite Night Credits can accelerate your progress. At 75 nights (at which point you’d earn Titanium status), you can opt for a free night award, offering a complimentary stay at some properties.

These Choice Benefits can offer outsized benefits so it’s definitely worth putting some thought into what you select.

Once you’ve achieved Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status, it’s time to make the most of your benefits. We put together some insider tips to maximize your rewards and elevate your travel experience.

Enjoy Guaranteed Late Checkout

One of the most underappreciated benefits of elite status is late checkout, but the value varies dramatically depending on the time specified and whether it’s guaranteed or at the hotel’s discretion. The good news for Marriott Bonvoy Titanium members is that the status includes late checkout and it’s guaranteed until 4 pm at non-resort properties. At resorts, it’s based on availability.

This perk can be a game-changer, especially when you have a late flight or just want to enjoy a few more hours of relaxation.

To maximize this benefit, let the hotel staff know you plan to utilize your late checkout when you check in or as soon as you can. By informing the hotel in advance, you can ensure a smoother experience and potentially secure even later checkout times at non-resort properties and have a higher chance of confirming availability at resorts.

Up Your Odds for Room & Suite Upgrades

As a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium member, you’re eligible for complimentary room upgrades at participating hotels. This can include “Select Suites”, rooms with desirable views, or rooms on higher floors.

To take full advantage of this perk, don’t hesitate to advocate for yourself at check-in. While upgrades are subject to availability, being proactive can increase your chances of landing a better room if you (politely) ask the staff to check and see what’s available.

Maximize Your Welcome Gift

Marriott Bonvoy Titanium members get a welcome gift which is how you can enjoy the Marriott elite breakfast benefit when applicable. Depending on the hotel, this could be bonus points, breakfast, or an amenity. If your hotel rate already includes breakfast, you may want to opt for bonus points (rather than duplicating the breakfast benefit) so they can add up and help you earn free nights faster. On the other hand, if you value a hearty breakfast to start your day, the breakfast option might be more appealing.

Leverage Your Choice Benefits

As a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium member, you have two chances to select Choice Benefits: when you reach 50 and 75 elite nights in a year. These benefits allow you to tailor your rewards to your travel preferences, offering options such as Suite Night Awards, Elite Night Credits, the ability to gift status to someone, or even a charitable donation.

To maximize these benefits, consider your travel habits. If you often stay at properties with suites, Suite Night Awards can enhance your experience. If you’re aiming for a higher status level, Elite Night Credits can accelerate your progress. At 75 nights, you can opt for a free night award, offering a complimentary stay at some properties.

These Choice Benefits can offer outsized benefits so it’s definitely worth putting some thought into what you select.

United MileagePlus Silver

Don’t forget about your complimentary United MileagePlus Silver status. This offers perks like bonus miles, a complimentary checked bag, and space-available upgrades to first class and Economy Plus. If you’re an occasional United flyer, this can add some value while you travelravelyour travels.

Marriott Bonvoy Titaniums get automatic United MileagePlus Silver status
Marriott Bonvoy Titanium elites get automatic United MileagePlus Silver status

Comparison of Marriott Elite Status Benefits Per Tier

BenefitsMemberSilverGoldPlatinumTitaniumAmbassador
RequirementsSign up10+ nights a year25+ nights a year50+ nights a year75+ nights a year100+ nights & $23,000 in spending a year
Free WiFi☑️☑️☑️☑️☑️☑️
Bonus Points10%25%50%75%75%
Late Checkout☑️2 pm (when available)4 pm (guaranteed)4 pm (guaranteed)4 pm (guaranteed)
Elite Reservation Line☑️☑️☑️☑️☑️
Welcome GiftPointsPoints, elite breakfast, or amenityPoints, elite breakfast, or amenityPoints, elite breakfast, or amenity
Enhanced Room Upgrade
(when available)
Excluding suitesUp to select suites (except at Ritz-Carlton)Up to select suites (including Ritz-Carlton)Up to select suites (including Ritz-Carlton)
Lounge Access☑️☑️☑️
Guaranteed Room Type☑️☑️☑️
Annual Choice Benefit☑️☑️☑️
Additional Annual Choice Benefit☑️☑️
48-Hour Guarantee☑️☑️
Ambassador Service☑️
Your24☑️

Bottom Line

In some ways, the incremental benefits of Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status over Platinum status are minimal but that doesn’t mean that this wouldn’t be a valuable status for anyone who frequently travels to Marriott properties. The Choice Benefits (which can be used for suite upgrades or a free night) alone could make it worth aiming for the 75 nights a year to earn Titanium, especially if you start out with a base of 40 points from credit cards.

Whether you earn it through hotel stays, credit cards, or a combination of both, the perks can significantly enhance your travel experience. Whether it’s worth it for you will depend on your personal travel habits and preferences, but this is definitely a status that could help you optimize your travel experience.

Giovanni Hashimoto

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Giovanni Hashimoto is editor of Travel Spill. He's a growth hacking consultant and an expert in maximizing credit card rewards and loyalty programs. Giovanni grew up as a third-culture kid and is a citizen of the United States, Japan, and Italy. He's now a digital nomad who's visited over 65 countries, often leveraging points and miles to improve his travel experience.

Giovanni Hashimoto is editor of Travel Spill. He's a growth hacking consultant and an expert in maximizing credit card rewards and loyalty programs. Giovanni grew up as a third-culture kid and is a citizen of the United States, Japan, and Italy. He's now a digital nomad who's visited over 65 countries, often leveraging points and miles to improve his travel experience.
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