During the past few days, Marriott Rewards has been automatically signing up select member accounts for Taste of Gold or Platinum elite fast track offers.
You have three months to meet the fast track requirement of 6 stays for Gold or 9 stays for Platinum status. The account has temporarily been upgraded at the higher level and you can keep it all the way to 2016, if you successfully complete it.
You can access Marriott Rewards page for Silver, Gold and Platinum level benefits here.
You can check Promotion Central (access here) if your account has been automatically signed up for this offer.
If you fail to meet this requirement, your account will be downgraded to the previous status level on July 1, 2014, and you cannot sign up for a challenge at least for 12 months.
In a case that you were not offered this challenge, you can always request it by sending an email to Marriott Rewards customer service by using the Contact Us form (access here).
On behalf of Ritz-Carlton Rewards Guest Services, please allow me to extend the offer of a Platinum Elite Status challenge. If you accept this offer, your account status would be upgraded to Platinum Elite after the following terms have been met.
In order to achieve this status, you must accumulate nine separate paid stays beginning with the date your account is registered for the offer, through June 30, 2014. This is a one-time offer, and would be effective within three business days of your acceptance of this offer.
Once you have accumulated nine separate paid stays, your account status would be upgraded to Platinum Elite through January 2016. To retain this status for all of 2016, you would need to accrue the qualifying number of Elite nights during 2015. The Silver Elite level requires 10 Elite nights, the Gold Elite level requires 50 Elite nights, and the Platinum Elite level requires 75 Elite nights.
Should you be unable to accumulate nine separate paid stays during this trial period, your account would remain at your current status, and you would need to stay the normal night requirements to achieve this Plat Elite level.
A “hotel stay” or “stay” means all consecutive nights a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member registers and personally pays and stays at any participating hotel. For example, one or multiple consecutive nights stayed in one hotel qualifies as one paid stay.
To be eligible for this offer, each stay would need to be individually booked in the name on your account, you must check into the hotel, and you need to pay the hotel directly for the stay. You are not eligible to earn credit for stays in another name (even that of a friend or family member), stays booked as part of a group or package, or stays booked and paid through a third party.
If you sign up for the Taste of Gold/Platinum now, you could stretch it over two MegaBonus periods and collect the free night certs in the process.
It is just weird that Marriott Rewards has the highest elite threshold number of nights requirement, but then they have these fast track and elite buy back offers year after year.