Now that I have your information, I'm passing this to our team to investigate. I'll follow up with clarity.
The blob immediately below your avatar tells us your status (ks77 is Gold, bejacob is Plat). Your blob is blue indicating you are a member. EDIT: Your blob is now silver. Welcome honoured silver blob . As bejacob has stated, the challenges are freely offered to first-time-applicants, but only by one level. So Silver to Gold or Gold to Platinum.
Gold is where the meat of Marriott Rewards lies, upgrades, free breakfast, lounge access. All arbitrate well at the full service hotels - Marriott, Autograph, JW Marriott, Renaissance. They tend to acheive less at the limited service venues where there's fewer room grades to upgrade to, lounges aren't part of the hotel and breakfasts tend to be free for all guests.
Get yourself up to Silver and call the Marriott Rewards line.
Good luck, and welcome to Insiders!
Message was edited by: brightlybob
Hello jczjczjcz, and welcome to the Marriott Rewards Insiders forum!
You've come to the perfect place to ask the question you have taken the time to ask here. The Insiders site is a great resource for travelers like yourself. From questions and recommendations to photography and the sharing of questions and perspectives, this site is a wonderful network of savvy road warriors who are always willing to help each other optimize their travel experiences (as bejacob always does )
While you're exploring the page and everything it has to offer, I encourage you to check out our Getting Started Guide for tips and tricks for how to get the most out of the Insiders site. Additionally, don't hesitate to reach out to me (joshm), CariJ, or lindseyh with any questions or concerns you may have about the Rewards program or anything travel. We're here to help!
Regarding your post, I'm going to check into this and follow up with clarity. Stay tuned, and welcome to the Insiders family!