I'm looking for advice on how to gain Gold status by August 15 (before a trip on which I'll spend six nights in three different Marriotts). I currently have 39 nights. I have the Marriott credit card and so does my husband (he has a separate rewards account). Any tips?
I thought of signing up for the Ritz Carlton credit card, which would give automatic Gold status. But I'm so close that I'd rather not pay the $395 to do that. Plus, I wouldn't keep both cards so it would mean giving up for the free night at a Marriott each year. I'll likely need to do the Ritz card in 2017 to keep gold status as I don't travel quite enough to maintain Gold on just credit card + travel along.
I've heard of Gold challenges but it looks like you don't get Gold until the completion of the challenge.
Thanks for any tips!
jm1991 has the best idea here, 10 elite nights are earned when you book a meeting (ensuring its in your name with your MR# on it). Such meetings can cost as little as £50 (in UK) for an hour for 2 people. In USA a Courtyard is probably the best place to hold it!
Of course before you do this you need to ask yourself whether Gold will do anything for your trip as the extra half point per $ certainly wont. Gold works best at Full Service hotels, Marriotts, Autograph, Renaissance and JW Marriott since most have a lounge giving evening food and breakfast free of charge. In Asia and Europe the food offerings can be all-day and include free alcohol. This benefit, especially outside the USA, can be very, very valuable. Those properties without a lounge offer free breakfast in the restaurant, again a substantial saving, if you're a breakfast type.
The other benefit of Gold is room upgrades, but if you're expecting suites, forget it, Marriott doesn't generally build many suites into its hotel designs so there are very few to upgrade elites to. Again this arbitrages best at Full Service properties since they have a larger variety of rooms to upgrade to (corner rooms, exec rooms, larger rooms, concierge rooms, balcony rooms, view rooms etc, etc, etc) whereas Courtyards and Fairfield Inns tend to have little opportunity to do so in their cookie cutter designs.
In short if your trip includes lots of Courtyards and Fairfield Inns in USA and Canada, Gold won't benefit you that much, but if it includes mainly full service hotels, especially outside North America, it can easily be worth $100/nt and a couple of meetings at your local Fairfield Inn or Courtyard should be worth the investment. Do them as soon as possible though as I've found all my meetings needed a chase up with Marriott for the 10 elite nights credit, and that can take a week or two!
I'll be going on an international trip and staying in full service Marriotts and JWs. Gold would give me lounge access and free breakfast. I'm thinking of sucking it up and getting the Ritz-Carlton credit card but am disappointed that the 140,000 points are no longe being offered. Only option is two nights at a Ritz (where I would not be able to use the lounge) and that's just not something I see myself using.
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Thank you all for your help! It was a close call between booking a meeting and the RC card but I decided to go for the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card. It was a quick process (gave approval instantly) and said my card would arrive in 7-10 business days.
New question: What do I need to do to make sure Gold status is applied to my account before I leave for my trip on August 15? Also, how do I get the hotel credit applied to my Marriott stay later this month? I know I need to rebook using the new Ritz card but it's not clear what else I need to do.
[I'm attempting to tag joshm , not sure if I'm doing it correctly]
Thanks again! Happy travels!
You did it correctly, viennaalways!
I'm going to look into this a bit more for you. In the meantime, it may serve as a workaround to contact customer care directly about this. I've included the Marriott Rewards customer support number below:
Hope this helps!
Gold was applied even before my card arrived. Also you may want to still message chase through secure message and ask politely if it would be possible to get the 140k points offer instead. Before they would switch it with no hesitation but not now but it's worth a try.
I'm afraid I don't know what you mean with the second question.