Recently I obtained a Platinum AMEX card. That gets me Easy entry into four airline clubs. Also Gold elite with Starwood (no minimum stays needed) BAR, Upgrade, Breakfast, 4 pm checkout, etc. Don't like Starwood properties as well as Marriott family. Called Rewards in SLC to advise that it is getting harder for me to hit 50 nites per yr and Marriott should offer a comparable program. I was told that they don't and that Marriott Rewards is a loyalty program whereas Starwood is a marketing program. I am disappointed that Marriott won't compete. I have been gold for a long time and have more than enough $$$ spent for lifetime gold, but not the number of nights. Current program rewards those who stay lots of nights in low priced properties and penalizes those who stay regularly in big cities. Any one have any thoughts???