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New Consultant - Fastest way to status

newbusinesstravelersos Silver
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Hi all,

 

I recently started my job as a consultant in the financial services industry, and starting mid-November I will be travelling Monday - Thursday (3 nights / week) to NYC for at least the next 5 months straight (will more than likely be indefinite for the next few years given where I'm based out of).  My father was a longtime platinum member (currently gold) and I always enjoyed Marriott (and the benefits we got due to his status).  Is there a way to expedite reaching gold or platinum status?  I am not interested in the credit card (I am fresh out of college and already have enough credit cards).

 

Thank you for all the help!  Can't wait to starting posting more once I start my travels!,

(For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
    Jsucool76 Gold
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    You can request a status challenge. Right now you have no status, so you could only request a challenge to silver as far as I know. That won't get you much of anything though.

     

    The marriott credit card will get you to silver as well, and then you could request a status challenge to gold.

     

    Ritz carlton credit card will give you instant gold status.

     

    I know you said you don't want credit cards, but they're really the best way to grab status. Being fresh out of college doesn't limit the amount of cards you can have. I'm 22, and I have 17 credit cards and a stellar credit profile and scores.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
      jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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      key is if your company allows you to use your own vcredit card then you can really make points fast

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
    newbusinesstravelersos Silver
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    When would be the best time to contact MR about the status challenge? My main issue with the credit card is that I have to use my corporate AMEX for all business expenses. Also, does Marriott take into account when I call that almost all my stays over the next few months at least will be at a hotel in NYC with an average nightly rate of around $450 a night (closest location to office)?

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
      Jsucool76 Gold
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      Contact MR pretty soon before your first stay (I think the 3rd of the month is the optimal time as it grants you an extra month really), and you should be able to get to beat the silver challenge no problem. They dont care how much your nightly rate is, but that will determine how many points you get. 10 points per dollar at 450/night is 4500 points per night.

       

      Even if you have to use your corporate card for the hotel, I'd still recommend the marriott or ritz card (or both) for the benefits alone. The marriott card will give you 15 elite qualifying nights (free for the first year) and an annual free night at any category 1-5 hotel for $85 every year after. the 15 EQNs will take you up to silver where you can then challenge to gold status rather than having to challenge just to silver.

       

      The ritz card will give you instant gold status as well as $300 in airline incidental credits, 3 club level upgrades per year (while at RC properties) as well as a $100 hotel credit on stays of 2+ nights while at the RC. ($395)

       

       

      You can call and ask for a gold challenge but I don't know if they'll go straight to gold, unless you have status with another hotel.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

      • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
        newbusinesstravelersos Silver
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        So maybe the best course of action is to get the Marriott credit card (makes me silver) and then do a gold challenge?

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

        • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
          bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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          That would be the fastest way to reach Gold. And assuming you reach the spending thresholds during the introductory period, you'll get a nice boost to your points account. Were I in your position, this is the way I'd go. Good luck and report back to the community on how things work out for you.

          (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

          • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
            ramoneur Platinum
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            i agree

            i resent the fact that the marriott cc is not available for me

            you should be glad it is available for you if you ask me

            (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

        • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
          jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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          that's what I would do also. It cost like 85 per year after the firs year but you also get a free night

          (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

      • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
        phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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        Jsucool76        is really on target.  A Marriott Rewards credit card is really the way to go.  You pay a fairly stiff annual fee but you get a free night's credit for cat 5 or less each year and that gives you baack the equivalent of the annual fee.  You also get silver staus so you can get a challenge for gold and you get 5 points for each dollar that you spend at Marriott hotels.  Just make sure you pay your bill in full and there are no additional costs to having this card.

         

        The card took me all the way to Platinum in one year.

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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      jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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      yes I would call soon . Explain your situation and you may get a receptive person who will let you try for gold. Agree I would consider the Marriott card. Some bonuses are 50-75 thousand points which will give you a head start on your goals

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    ramoneur Platinum
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    btw: will you change your username, when your status has changed?

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
    carat Community Manager Marriott Associate Silver
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    Great thread, NewBusinessTravelerSOS!  I see that you are new around here, Welcome to the Insider's Community!  As you may have already guessed, this is a great forum to talk about all things travel related, from recommendations and experiences to getting the most out of the Rewards Program.  My name is carat and I am one of the moderators here along with lindseyh and deannad.  If you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of us, we're here to help.   I've gone ahead and linked to our 'Getting Started Guide' below, just in case you'd like to take a look. 

    Getting Started Guide

     

    Looks like the community has pulled through and has given you some great recommendations! You can always reach out to us when you'd like to start your challenge, too.

     

    Looking forward to hearing more from you! Happy Travels!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
      newbusinesstravelersos Silver
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      The guide is really helpful, thanks! Is there a minimum over a status threshold to start a challenge? For example, do you have to have 30 (or however many) nights to start a gold challenge?

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

      • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
        Jsucool76 Gold
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        Just need to be one status level below. So need silver to challenge for gold, and gold for platinum.

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
      WLSFMarriott Silver
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      Dear Carat

      How are you doing today

      Could you please check my status in the challenge for the gold status

      Thank you very much.

      Best regards

      Wagner

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

      • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
        peymanagement Platinum
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        WLSFMarriott, it is best to send her a direct message she may not see/notice what you have posted here. Go to your inbox and you will see a box :direct message.

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

      • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
        carat Community Manager Marriott Associate Silver
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        Hi WLSFMarriott.  Thanks for sending a direct message!  I've received it and have sent you a message back. 

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: New Consultant - Fastest way to status
    justincfreem Platinum
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    I suggest getting to gold (which between getting the card and the amount of nights you are generating, will occur pretty quickly and then asking for a challenge to platinum.   As I am not sure you can do two challenges in a row,  but they might let you.    Other option is if you are a United flyer and have platinum status you get gold with Marriott then can challenge to platinum. 

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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