Marriott Platinum Challenge = United MileagePlus Premier Silver Status

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Marriott Platinum Challenge = United MileagePlus Premier Silver Status

(Hat Tip to Frequent Miler for the idea.)

I was able to call Marriott and ask for a Platinum Challenge.  Within minutes, my account was upgraded to Marriott Platinum.  If you are curious about the Marriott Platinum Challenge, read Frequent Miler’s post.

Marriott Gold Status (before the Platinum Challenge call):

Marriott Gold Status

Marriott Platinum Status (after the Platinum Challenge call):

Marriott Platinum Status

After my Marriott account was upgraded to Platinum, I registered for the United promo here.

Marriot United Promo

As soon as I clicked the Get Started button, Marriott was able to find my United account by searching for my full name.  If your Marriott and United names differ, you may run into problems.  Consider calling either company to get the name changed to match the other. Double check that the accounts are correct, check the ‘I agree’ box, and click the Register button.

Marriott United Promo Join

The message on the screen says it will take 7-10 business days to verify the accounts and upgrade your account to MileagePlus Premier Silver Status.  Reports online state that the process takes between 24-72 hours to upgrade your United account.

Marriott United Promo Complete

Here is my United account before the promo:

United Member

Here is my United account after the promo:

United Silver

My account had been upgraded to United MileagePlus Premier Silver Status.  Reports online state that the status should last until January 31, 2014.  Benefits of having United MileagePlus Premier Silver Status include:

Silver1

Silver2

Silver3

This trick might not last long, so take advantage of it now if you want United MileagePlus Premier Silver Status.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

22 thoughts on “Marriott Platinum Challenge = United MileagePlus Premier Silver Status

  1. Frugal Man

    Wonder how long it actually took from the confirmation page that states it will take 7-10 business days to verify the accounts to the moment you see silver status. I did the same yesterday Morning. Now 24hr passed, still no status change at UA.

    P.S. Marriott lists UA silver as one of the benefits of Platinum. So since you participate the “state of Platinum”, I don’t see there is a reason Marriott would shut the “hole”, at least not within the three months. Otherwise, it can exclude any Platinum benefits because you are not a “real” Platinum yet.

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      1. Frugal Man

        Yes, that can. But my point is: isn’t UA silver now part of the platinum benefits? Look at here: https://www.marriott.com/rewards/member-benefits.mi. The last item of Platinum. If yes, then shouldn’t we, as Platinum challengers, have a “taste” of that as well? If you defend Marriott on this, then you can also accept they remove other Platinum benefits.

        Anyway, anybody has an idea how long it takes for the UA Silver to show up? I have waited 24hrs but still no changes. Thanks.

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        1. Grant

          You are right, as long as you are a Marriott Platinum member, you should get United Silver. Some people said it can take up to 3 days, while the official statement is 7-10 business days. I’m guessing it is done manually, so the more people apply for the promo, the longer it will take to be approved.

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  2. jim

    marriot platinum challenge benefit is only for less than 4 months, but how long you get to keep the united silver status?

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    1. Grant

      You don’t actually have to go for platinum if you don’t want to. The amount of money spent to get Platinum will probably cost more than the cost of the platinum benefits you will receive.

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      1. jim

        I received the Marriott platinum status challenge match, should I wait to sign up for the united silver status if i don’t need it now?
        If I sign up for the united silver in mid October, it should last until Oct 2014?
        Or doesn’t make difference?

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        1. Grant

          That’s a good question. If you don’t need United silver between now and January 31, 2014, I guess you could wait until just before the Platinum challenge expires to sign up for the promo.

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  3. Beth

    Hi Grant, which number did you call for the platinum challenge? I can not find any information about how to get platinum challenge on their website. Thanks!

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    1. Grant

      When I logged into my Marriott account, there was a number for Gold Customer Service. You can probably call any customer service number and ask for the platinum challenge.

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  4. TTN

    I called Marriott on 7/19 to sign up for the Platinum challenge. Logged into my UA account today and it’s updated. Premier Silver status is good until Jan 2014.

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  5. jim

    i became marriot platinum today but it is good for 4 months max and if i go for united silver, it is good till JAN 2014. My travel is not until April 2014, I don’t know what to do. wish they are good for at least 12 months

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