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Free Marriott Silver Status

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Free Marriott Silver Status
Free Marriott Silver Status

Via Plane ‘n Simple, Free Marriott Silver Status valid up to February 2013 for folks who have a “residential / business postal address” (my interpretation is that the requirement is a postal address, not residency) in any of these countries:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  •  Japan
  •  Malaysia
  •  Philippines
  •  Singapore
  •  South Korea
  •  Thailand
  • Vietnam

The terms say:

This promotion is valid for those with a residential / business postal address in Australia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

I read the terms as suggesting that you only need a residential or business mailing address to take part in this promotion.  It doesn’t say that you have to stay at the address in those countries.  But I’m not a lawyer, so please do your own research as well.

Marriott Silver doesn’t get you much (20% point bonus, late checkout, and free internet in Asia-Pacific hotels), but it may be useful to status match to other hotels.

I don’t have any upcoming stays with Marriott, so I was comfortable changing my address and earning preference to get Silver status.

Step 1 – Change the address in your Marriott Rewards account to an address in the eligible countries.  Or if you don’t have a Marriott Rewards account, sign up for one through the promotion.

I used a relative’s address in India, so dig through your connections for a friend or relative in those countries.  You could even use your employer’s country office.  Or a hotel which you previously stayed in (preferably not a Marriott).  Or your study abroad school or residence.

Google and Google Maps is your friend!

Your membership materials will be mailed to the address on file in 4 to 6 weeks.  I am not particularly concerned if someone else gets hold of the membership packet because the card will only have my name and membership number on it.  But different folks will have different views on this.

And I can always request a new card later.

Step 2 – Change your Marriott Rewards account to earn miles with either of these airline loyalty programs.

  • Air China PhoenixMiles
  • China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles
  • China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • KingFisher Airlines King Club
  • Jet Airways JetPrivilege

If you don’t have an account with any of these airlines, you may want to choose Cathay Pacific since you can use it to check Cathay Pacific award availability.

Step 3Sign up for the promotion (if you already have a Marriott account) after changing your address or earning preference.

Step 4 – Wait for the confirmation email which says that Silver Elite status will be applied to your account in 30 days.  As easy as that!

Bottom Line:

This offer may be useful if you don’t have a Marriott account and want to sign up for an account and get free Silver status.

Or if you already have a Marriott account and want to get free Silver status.

(Hat Tip to Plane ‘n Simple)

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Thank you Darius. I have learned tremendously in the last 3 months starting with your website and then with a few others. I had AAdvantage, SW, Marriott, … for over 20 years but let them languished with a few thousands miles. Now I am on my way to .5M miles at the end of this year. On the surface, your address changes above, specially the hotel address, make me feel uncomfortable. However, when you get down to case by case, it could be entirely possible. Once, I had to ask them to send me a credit card to a hotel where I stayed since mine was damaged while I was on vacation. Same arguments go for in-law, employer addresses. It boils down to following the Marriott (or any other card) rule language. If it does not specifically forbid then you are entitled to do it. You know full well that the lawyers who wrote those rules were well aware of those “loopholes”. Please ignore those that think they have higher moral standards (which varies depending on each person up bringing, environment, ethnic, and whole host of other factors) impose limits on your ideas. As long as it is legal (USA laws), abiding by the rules (credit card company’s rules) it is fine by me. A side note about the laws, they are so numerous and so complex that you, me and all of those high-moralers unknowingly violate every single days. Let each individuals with their own moral standards to decide if they want to do it. Keep up the good works.

Can you churn Chase Marriott Rewards (or Premier) to get the 50K bonus? It says bonus only once in the life time. How much time does it have to lapse before reapplying? From date of first application? or card cancelation date? ….. Maybe I should not ask this question; I may get condemned since the rule says NO….

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@Trader – Thanks for the very thoughtful discussion. In general, you can’t get a Chase bonus for a second time unless it is a different card type. Here’s a previous post which lists out when you can get the bonus a second time.

Will Hyatt match Marriott Silver to Hyatt Platinum?

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@Hunter, Heather, & alohastephen – Thanks for sharing your feedback!

@Nitin – I don’t have personal experience, but it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Thank you Darius. I would see absoluetly nothing wrong with using my inlaws address in Japan, but I already have gold status with Marriott. Keep up the great blog!

You are one of my favorite bloggers and I hate to see you, too, encouraging unethical behavior. Sure, it is tempting to want to get in on every bonus offer, but I think falsifying one’s address is going too far.

Mr. Pickles?

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