Hi, I am new to Marriott rewards program. Currently, I enjoy the HHonors gold memberiship but starting 2016 planning to switch to Marriott chain. I know some airlines or even Hilton offers a program where they give the same or similar status for the members coming from competitors reward programs. Does Marriott offers similar program.
I guess I am trying to understand is there a fast track program to reach the gold elite level?
Any insight into that will be greatly appreciated.
Most folks have had little success getting Marriott to match status from another chain.
That said, there is a moderately quick way to reach Gold. First, you'll need to get to Silver (10 nights). One way to do that is apply for the Marriott Rewards credit card which gives you 15 nights each year putting you automatically at Silver.
Once there, you can request a Gold challenge which will require 6 separate stays (not nights) over a 3 month period. You'll be granted Gold status upon completion.
There are other ways, but this is probably the easiest path.
You can take 1 challenge in a 12 month period. If you'd like to see if you're eligible for a Gold challenge, please send me a private message with your Rewards number and I will have our team check for you. Thanks!