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"Taste of Gold/Platinum" promotion and Platinum challenge [Merged threads]

"Taste of Gold/Platinum" promotion and Platinum challenge [Merged threads]

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Taste of Gold/Platinum
You are given gold/platinum status for 90 days, and you must complete a certain number of nights/stays to retain that status for the remainder of the year plus the following year. This promotion is targeted only.

Road to Gold/Platinum (a.k.a. Gold/Platinum Challenge)
Currently, this will allow you to move up one level with a shortened stay criteria. You have 90 days to complete 6/9 stays to receive Gold/Platinum status. If you do no qualify, you are eligible to start another challenge one year and one day after the 90th day of the challenge you just did. When you sign up, the MR CSR should tell you the date you are eligible to do another challenge.

FAQ

Q: What qualifies as a stay?
A: One paid night at a Marriott-brand (including Ritz-Carlton Hotels) hotel. Cash+points rate does not qualify. SPG hotels does not qualify (as of 03/2017). Some exclusions may apply, someone please help fill this in.

Q: Can I simply book multiple, consecutive one-night stays at the same hotel?
A: No.

Q: Can I jump between multiple Marriotts in the area?
A: Yes. As long as you book at least one night at each property. Special care must be taken if the Marriott properties are next to each other. They may share the same back-office. While you may book one night at each property on consecutive nights, which should count as two stays, it may only count as one stay. A call to Marriott Rewards should split them up correctly.

Q: Can I book multiple nights at different properties for the same night to get multiple stay credits?
A: No. Regardless how many different places you book for the same night, it all counts as one stay.

Q: Can I sign up for both Gold and Platinum Challenges at the same time?
A: No. Only one challenge per year.

Q: I'm Silver, can I do the Platinum challenge?
A: No. This is only a one-level promotion. You are only eligible for the Gold challenge.

Q: Can a non-elite do the Gold Challenge
A: No. Must be Silver.

Q: I just completed my 6th/9th stay. When should I see my new status?
A: Good job! Your new status should appear after your 6th/9th stay posts to your account.

Q: Can I book a meeting to get a stay credit?
A: No. You will only receive 10 night credits, not a stay credit.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 9:56 am
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Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: WAW/BHX
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Originally Posted by Hotel Points Guy View Post
I called Marriott today (April 6) and talked to a very helpful agent who enrolled me in the Platinum Challenge in under 5 minutes. I am currently a Silver member, and the agent told me that I have 3 months to complete 16 nights to attain Platinum status. (The Gold Challenge of 8 nights in 3 months is also still available). Interestingly, she specified that I have until July 31 to complete the challenge. I asked her to verify the challenge end date, and she once again confirmed July 31. This would imply one actually has 3 calendar months to complete the challenge. I realize this is a different timeline than other posters experienced. I plan on reaching 16 nights well before July anyway, but I wanted to take a moment to provide a recent data point for those interested in a Marriott status challenge.
That's how it's always worked. You get the remainder of the current month plus the next 3 months, so getting the challenge near the beginning of the month is advantageous.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 3:34 am
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Just have been posted my 16th night valid for Plat challenge and have been automatically upgraded 👍
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Old Apr 18, 19, 10:36 am
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I just called and enrolled in the Platinum Challenge, easy peasy. 16 nights before July 31st should not be too hard.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 1:40 am
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Does the " Road to Gold/Platinum Challenge" (from the wiki) still exist? The bump up one level? Presently Lifetime Gold and have some heavy 2nd half travel and looking to get an early bump to Platinum? If it exists, what are the present challenge requirements? Already have 14 nights / 4 stays booked.

Originally Posted by CleverJesse View Post
I just called and enrolled in the Platinum Challenge, easy peasy. 16 nights before July 31st should not be too hard.
Were you targeted or did you just call?
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Old Apr 28, 19, 6:28 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Does the " Road to Gold/Platinum Challenge" (from the wiki) still exist? The bump up one level? Presently Lifetime Gold and have some heavy 2nd half travel and looking to get an early bump to Platinum? If it exists, what are the present challenge requirements? Already have 14 nights / 4 stays booked.

Were you targeted or did you just call?
I just called after seeing this thread. I'm currently gold and had a few upcoming stays booked though I'm not sure if that matters.
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Old May 7, 19, 1:18 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Suggest reviewing "Taste of Gold/Platinum" promotion and Platinum challenge [Merged threads]
Appears you have to call Marriott to do this.
The link doesn't work.
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Old May 7, 19, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by yscleo View Post
The link doesn't work.
That earlier post got merged into that/this thread -- you are here.

Note I did this recently and as a LT Gold I was only offered the 16-night promo.
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Old May 7, 19, 2:39 pm
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Ah ok. I suppose the wiki info is now outdated. After the merger things changed. Hope someone have the new criteria and can update the wiki.
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