I have been Marriott gold for several years. I was a few days short as of Dec. 31. However, my profile page shows Gold Elite. Does that mean that I kept my status for this year? That would be great if that is accurate.
No, your status from the previous year is valid until Feb 2016. You can "buy back" your Gold. Staus for 25K points if you call in so you'd have gold till 2017.