A LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me a Gold fast track offer that was based on number of nights (not stays) that he had just received from Marriott Rewards.
Marriott Rewards has “Taste of” or Road to” offers for both Gold and Platinum status that are either based on number of stays (6 for Gold or 9 for Platinum) or nights (12 for Gold or 18 for Platinum) consumed over three month period.
You can check if Marriott has extended similar offer to you over here.
Here’s what I wrote earlier this year about these offers that Marriott Rewards sends to members (access the piece here:
Taste of Gold or Platinum
Marriott Rewards sometimes targets accounts for “Taste of” promotions. You may find the status upgrade by signing in to your account, after receiving an email from Marriott or sometimes they mail out a flyer.
The requirements usually are 6 stays for Gold and 9 stays for Platinum over three month period. There is a version around that is also based on nights.
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.
These Taste of-challenges used to be the default option but you can no longer request them. You should ask for the Road to-one that is covered below.
Road To Gold Or Platinum Challenge
Marriott Rewards has still offered these Road to Gold or Platinum challenges that requires the member to complete certain number of stays or nights during a three month period. The status is only granted once the requirement is fulfilled.
The usual number of stay requirement for Gold is 6 stays and 9 for the Platinum one. There is also challenge that is based on nights.
How to request Gold or Platinum Road to-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 in your region.
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.
Remember to be clear that you are requesting Road to-offer. If you request status match, you will likely be turned down.
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. The current one is valid until March 31, 2017 (read more here).
Marriott Rewards Status via SPG
Starwood Preferred Guest is now part of Marriott after the Marriott’s purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts closed last year. The loyalty programs are still separate, however. The programs do offer status linking. Gold for Gold and Platinum for Platinum
SPG members can get Gold status by completing one stay in Asia-pacific if they own certain MasterCard (read more here).
SPG offers status fast track that is open for all (read more here). SPG Gold requires 9 nights over three month period while Platinum requires 18. You can credit three rooms at a time towards the challenge and thus can complete the Platinum one is just six stays.
Marriott Rewards Status via United Airlines
Marriott Rewards and United Airlines have RewardsPlus partnership that grants Gold or higher MileagePlus members Marriott Rewards Gold status.
The requirements for Marriott Rewards Gold or Platinum status may initially look rather high but there are quite a few ways to get either one via one of these offers at a greatly reduced number of nights or stays.
Marriott Rewards is also the only program that I know of that allows the member to buy back the status for number of points every year.
The reader that received this specific offer should try to get it switched to stays and perhaps to Platinum one as well. Nine stays by the end of October and can then have the status until early 2019 plus the match with the SPG program as well!