I have been plugging away at 26 nights this year and will most likely get to 50 in the next few months IF I continue to stay at Marriott Hotels. I have a colleague that got the gold offer and I was wondering how one gets this offer? I am 2 stays away from the Hilton Gold level which is swaying me to book my next 2 trips on their side, but would like to stick with the Marriott brand, if only I was given an incentive? I may have to make the switch as there are Hilton Hotels in all of the locations I frequent.
Usually a call to Rewards customer service can get you the offer
(avoid the automated number, speak to a human and tell them your above info)
Here's a discussion throughout the years on Flyertalk-Marriott forum if you're bored and looking for something to do (you might want to start at the last page)
And over to the right column in orange More Like This there's a post Re: Do you think you lost your Plat or Gold... which might have some useful info (I say might because I didn't look)
Good luck, it should be a pretty obtainable goal to get the challenge
With a name like yours, we need you on board, welcome.