I am currently a gold elite and 10 room nights away from 75 nights for the year and wanted to ask if there is a way to earn room nights without staying at a Marriott Property. I am currently at 65 room nights as of today. Not sure I have much travel left but wanted to try for Platinum Status. Anything I can do to earn 10 room-nights before Dec 31 besides staying at a marriott? How do they calculate room stays exactly? I have a Marriott Card, is there a way to use it to attain Platinum?
If my wife has 10 stays could we consolidate her room nights with mine?
The Marriott Rewards Credit card would get you 15 nights. If you get it quickly, you would have 55 and could roll over 5 nights to 2016. Add the 15 nights credit you get in 2016 and you only need to stay 30 nights to make gold in 2017.
You also get 1 night credit for every $3,000 you spend on the card. For me, it has been the difference between Silver and Platinum.
tomba11, if your wife is staying at Marriotts without you, you can book them under your MR account in the hopes that the hotel will credit your MR account with the stay. I believe this is at the specific property's discretion. I have had circumstances where I've booked rooms for Spouse but I myself am not staying, and everything was booked under my name and my MR account. In all of those cases, Spouse was allowed to check in without any problems, the room was charged to whatever credit card Spouse presented, and my MR account got the points/elite night(s). Spouse and I have the same last name, and Spouse is a joint account holder on my credit cards, so that might help. I've also booked rooms for myself and others (not Spouse) on one reservation, and the rooms for the others are sometimes posted to my MR account as points/elite night credit(s) and sometimes they are not. It depends on the property. So for your wife's upcoming Marriott stays, I'd suggest booking them under your name and your MR account and hoping that the property/ies give your MR account the points/elite night(s).
Marriott Metro Center Washington DC - did not credit my MR account with points/elite nights when I booked two rooms - one for me, and one for a business colleague. MR only gave me credit for my room. Otherwise this was a great hotel.
Courtyard Greenbelt, MD - Spouse stayed without me but the reservation was made through my MR account. Spouse received all platinum elite perks, and I received points/elite night credits on my MR account.
Marriott St. Petersburg-Clearwater - Spouse and I rented one room, and I also had 2 other rooms on my reservation for my parents and sister. Parents and sister were given all platinum elite benefits even though they are not MR members, but I was only credited with elite nights/points for my room and not for their rooms. Otherwise, this was a great well-run hotel.
Marriott Minneapolis West - Spouse and I rented one room, and we had 1 room for my parents reserved through my MR account. I did not get any credit/points for my parents' room, and my parents were not given any platinum elite benefits even though their room was booked through my MR account. If you've read any of my prior posts, you already know that the service was terrible at this hotel, and it's on my list of all-time worst run Marriott properties. Sorry, I'm off topic, but this hotel was an disaster. Management treated my parents horribly and made promises that were not kept. Worst Marriott experience of all time, and I've had a few not so good ones
I once booked a meeting room for a couple hours and earned 10 elite night credits. There is even a tool on the Marriott website to book meetings/events. It can be a social event or business meeting. Price will vary based on location and duration of the meeting, but I believe it is possible to pay as little as $100 (though I would expect that it might cost more depending on the duration and the number of expected attendees).
In addition to the 10 nights credit, you will earn 3 points per dollar spent. I found the nearest CY to my home to be a convenient place to hold an event. I think I only had 8 people attend and we only stayed for about 90 minutes. I didn't book any rooms for the night, so if that requirement is now in place, it was added since I held my event.
It is certainly something to explore as $100 (or whatever the local cost might be) is not much to spend to push you over the 75 nights needed to retain Platinum. The wording on the Marriott website is vague, so as Jsucool76 suggests, confirm with the property events specialist that you will receive the 10 nights credit.
As jm1991 said, booking an event will get you 10 elite night credits. Call some hotels near you and see how much it would be to book a meeting room for an hour. You don't need catering or A/V or anything.
Just be sure that the contract states you will be earning the 10 elite qualifying nights.