When it comes to status soft landings, Marriott Bonvoy will have a more generous policy.

Marriott Bonvoy’s 2023 status soft landing policy

Marriott Bonvoy has a soft landing policy for situations where someone isn't eligible for an elite tier based on their activity in 2022. Most elite tier members will only drop down if they didn't achieve the published criteria.

Ambassador Elites will most likely drop to Titanium Elite, Titanium Elites will most likely drop to Platinum Elite, Platinum Elites will most likely drop to Gold Elite, and Gold Elites will most likely drop to Silver Elite.

Marriott Bonvoy revealed a few weeks ago that it wouldn't offer status soft landings for Ambassador Elite members. It looks like there has been a change of heart here.

Marriott has a history of using status soft landings. Marriott had a soft landing policy when it was called Marriott rewards. MarriottRewards members never dropped more than one elite tier per year.

Marriott Bonvoy upgraded members at most one or tier elite tiers annually. We saw status extensions due to the Pandemic so this wasn't a problem for a couple of years.

Marriott Bonvoy is offering status soft landings this year

I’m not surprised to see Marriott updating its policy

When it comes to deciding on status extensions, airlines and hotels are in a tough spot.

The Marriott Bonvoy elite tiers have grown in the last couple of years. Status has been extended for two years and earning status has been made simpler. The Marriott Bonvoy credit cards are more lucrative than before.

Marriott doesn't want members who aren't back on the road the same way as before. Marriott wants these members to stay in the program.

Marriott isn't extending status in a more regionalized way for people who have had travel restrictions.

Marriott has long been generous with soft landings

Bottom line

Marriott Bonvoy has a soft landing policy for people who didn't requalify for status. You will be demoted to most one status level if you didn't requalify for your current tier.

What do you think about Marriott's soft landing policies?