For Ambassador Elites on the board.
I am Titanium for life, but have never reached Ambassador in a single year. I have run the numbers for this year and I will be 2 nights short by mid December. My project is shutting down then until January.
Is it worth it to get the two more nights?
What benefits have you observed between Titanium and Ambassador?

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Not really worth it for me. Ambassadors are useless, SNAs never clear. Not really a tangible difference in stays as an ambassador. I’m LT plat and switching most of my stays to Hyatt, stay at Marriott’s only when no Hyatt option where I’m at.

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Ambassador in general is useless IMO. But if you are only two nights away I would go for it. Just get points reservation in some cheap location. Check in remotely. Assuming you got the spend covered.

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Make sure you’re also hitting the spend requirement in addition to nights (100+ nights and $20K).

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Yes. But if you don’t have a Marriott card, worth getting one for the elite nights. You can also choose elite nights as your annual gift.

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It makes it easier to get upgrades at properties outside of the USA. There are still a lot of titanium people around because of holdover from 2019. Next year, without that holdover, elite status will be a real differentiator, perhaps even domestically. Id get the extra 2 nights. Maybe fly in on Sunday night twice? Fly out on Friday?

2 nights is a good excuse for a weekend trip or stay-cation too.

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Did you hit your spend? Before COVID and pre merger I was SPG Ambassador and the service I got was fantastic.

My Ambassador made sure they had my fav beer, room at the quiet side of hotel, made sure I had early check in.

But with Marriott/COVID the personal touch was lost and now they have a team rather than a single individual.. just manage your expectations but no huge difference and might as well shift some nights to Hyatt.

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Agreed. With Marriott, not worth it.

I plan to get the new amex marriott card, dump my chase marriott card, then work toward Hyatt globalist for 2024 on. Platinum is all I need on marriott, higher levels are worthless. And that allows me to still get elite benefits at hotels in cities that don't have Hyatts.

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I'm usually short on spend , not the nights.

Rewards and other nights can easily get you there. Personally, I can get two nights easier than hitting spend requirements. Now that my division got our non-Midwest travel budget cut, it's easier to hit requalification on nights than spend.

Also lifetime titanium with Marriott but have switched to Hyatt. Primary reason is I found marriott titanium (and previously had ambassador) to be significantly less valuable than Hyatt globalist. Ambassador used to be nice with SPG but since the merger it has taken a significant step back. It is easier to do DIY bookings than to use the ambassador, and the ambassadors no longer do the special things they used to that make it worth it (e.g. I used to get birthday / anniversary gifts during SPG days).

Ambassador is 100% not worth it. It may be worthwhile to hit the status you need/ points target you want at Marriott and then see if you can pick up status elsewhere (eg hyatt)

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