Posted by William Charles on September 5, 2018
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Published on September 5th, 2018 | by William Charles

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Marriott Status Challenge – Receive Gold/Platinum Status For 8/16 Nights Within 90 Days

The Offer

No direct link, need to call on ‘1 (801) 468-4000‬’

  • Marriott is offering status match, unfortunately there is no official website for the status match and you need to call in to receive it. Requirements:
    • Complete 8 qualifying nights within 90 days to be upgraded to Gold Elite Status
    • Complete 16 qualifying nights within 90 days to be upgraded to Platinum Elite status

The Fine Print

  • You can only do this once between September 1st, 2018 and December 31st, 2021
  • No status with any other hotel required

Our Verdict

Some phone representatives are stating award stays do count and others are stating they don’t count. When they actually read out the terms to you, they do say award nights count so I’m not sure where this confusion comes from exactly. I’d just listen carefully when the terms are being read out and make sure they state award nights qualify and also get a reference number for your call. You can also try to get them to e-mail you the full terms but from what I’ve read people requesting this haven’t actually received the full terms (if you do, please forward them to me). Previously I believe they required 9 stays (not nights) for Platinum status.

I have no idea why Marriott has decided to launch this now considering the integration with SPG is still ongoing and there are a lot of issues still.

Hat tip to VFTW



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Greg
Greg

So only 228k points for platinum if award nights count and you get 5th night free, seems pretty decent especially If it lasts past December 2018.

Andy
Andy

How did you get the number 228k?

Greg
Greg

if you book 3 stays of 5 days you get 3 free so 14 days x 17500 which is the lowest redemption I think?

Anonny Mous
Anonny Mous

Lowest redemption is 7,500 for cat1.

Turt
Turt

Is it platinum elite or platinum preferred elite?

Omer
Omer

That’s exactly twice as much stays as required by Hilton Status match (for gold or diamond respectively)

Kevyx72
Kevyx72

Its 8/16 nights not stays, I think doc made a typo in title

jonathan
jonathan

is the number you posted ‘1 (801) 468-4000 easier to get thru to marriott then this phone number 18003217396? becauase the 321 phone number take absolutley forever

NinjaX
NinjaX

omg. cmon marriott. already too many plats…

CongestionCharge
CongestionCharge

So would you retain that status through 02/2020?

Jswd60
Jswd60

Is there anything in the terms about it needing to be new reservations only, or would existing reservations qualify?

Jay Hoffman
Jay Hoffman

+1

Jswd60
Jswd60

I went ahead and just signed up. They couldn’t answer and wouldn’t email an terms to me. Figure I’ll just see what happens. Not too happy as they also couldn’t send me any confirmation that I’m enrolled.

lu
lu

what if I did a challenge before? ( with SPG)

ngochienbo
ngochienbo

Do you get the upgraded status during the challenge period?

Francisco J Rios
Francisco J Rios

This is my question as well.

Roberto
Roberto

Curious about this too. Have a honeymoon in early Oct at the Fiji property and earning Platinum would be huge for that. Upgrades + daily breakfast!

Preacher
Preacher

Gr8

I’ll request the match, use two seven night TPs and then an extra 2 X 7500 points at the local cat1

Boom. Instant plat status

sdsearch
sdsearch

Keep in mind that the Marriott statuses were renamed in August, and the old Marriott Gold is now called Platinum, and the new Gold is a low-value Silver-plus status.

So while the challenge for Platinum might be worth it, I see no point in doing a challenge for Gold.

Michael
Michael

Hey doc… I just got a CSR to email the full terms. In the terms it says multiple times “paid stays” however towards the bottom it says this:

“Nights spent while redeeming an award are eligible for credit toward this promotion”

Let me know if you want a copy of the full thing.

Army @ ClimberMonkeysAbroad

I just signed up (via SPG) and the rep specifically read to me that I wouldn’t be getting an email confirmation that I signed up for it (and that I completed it afterward). I’m regretting signing up for it now since I doubt the system can properly handle and track this and I have no way to prove that I even signed up for it. *sigh*

sdsearch
sdsearch

I signed up for both Marriott and SPG elite challenges years ago (when they were separate programs), and I never got any email notification of either. I don’t know if they’ve EVER sent out email notifications about challenges..

Similarly, I never got email notifications for Hilton elite challenges that I did.

In all of these, I’ve just had to track my progress on the requirements manually.

Adriane Granato
Adriane Granato

Hello Michael, could you please email me the full email saying that award nights also count toward the promotion? Thanks in advance, Adriane

Gdawg
Gdawg

Does the 90 days start when you sign-up over the phone? Have a bunch of stays in Sept that would put me close if they looked back til Sept 1st.

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