obxfisherman wrote:I LOVE my Marriott Card...it's practically the only card I use...this is in part due to me being a Marriott Loyalist, and part because I have platinum status. Others in this forum may bring up that the card isn't worth it unless you have Gold or Platinum status, but I guess it comes down to personal preference. Personally I love the card even if you don't get as many points as you could with an alternate card.
That's pretty much it. It's a great card for someone who has a lot of paid stays there, likes comfortable rooms, and can benefit from status. It's a card for earning room upgrades, since free nights require a lot of spending.
Gold and Platinum status require a lot of travel and spending. Silver status doesn't offer much.
Regarding the rewards program...if you let your reward points/nights expire through account inactivity, do you also lose the value of those points towards lifetime status? How do the $10k/$75k Ritz card spending levels count towards lifetime status?