Marriott Rewards has several Gold & Platinum Status Match, Fast Track, Taste Of and/or Road To offers that may or may not be available to your account.
The main difference between these are that Taste Of and Road To-offers give the Gold or Platinum status up front for the duration of the challenge and you get to keep the status *if* you fulfill the requirements. The others won’t give you the status up front, but only after you have completed the required number of stays.
You can access Marriott Rewards page for Gold and Platinum benefits here.
“Taste Of” OR “Road To” Gold & Platinum
Marriott Rewards often targets accounts for these “Taste Of” or “Road To” promotions just randomly upgrading and then sending a flier or email telling you the requirements that usually are 6 stays for Gold and 9 stays for Platinum over 3 month period.
Note that these are based on STAYS and not on NIGHTS. You must switch between hotels if you want to get the number of stays in fast.
Note that you can only do one of these very 12 months. If you complete a Gold one, you cannot do Platinum one for a year.
Status Match or Fast Track
Marriott used to relatively easy grant Gold or Platinum status for the duration of the status match/fast track, but apparently there were some that misused this only to get the elevated status for few stays without ever contemplating to actually complete it.
So now you can request the Gold or Platinum challenges that require 6 or 9 nights over three month period. Once you successfully complete the challenge, your status will then be upgraded.
How to request Gold or Platinum offer?
You can either do it by contacting Marriott Rewards customer service by filling out the online form (access here) or by calling the number. If you get turned down over the email, I would suggest that you give them a call. There appears to be quite a bit of leeway what the agents are allowed to do.
Keeping the Gold or Platinum status?
The Gold usually required 50 nights and Platinum 75 nights during a calendar year. Marriott has a yearly Elite Status Buy Back Promotion for 25,000 points for Gold or 40,000 points for Platinum.
These Marriott Rewards Gold and Platinum offers are relatively easy to complete as they are based on STAYS. You just have to switch hotels daily.
If you were targeted or can sign up for one of the offers that give you the Gold or Platinum status for the duration of the challenge, then it is more pleasant to complete.