Hello all, just heard from Marriott that the points and nights posting for 2010 is underway but not completed. With 30 million members it's a huge task. Here's the news:
Everyone's 2009 status remains active through the end of February - their new (2010) status (if changed) will start March 1st. In the coming weeks, Marriott Rewards members will receive notifications of status updates/changes/etc. Notifications started going out since last Sunday.
Check your card. Status always expires at the end of Feb. It's been that way for at least as long as I've been in the program.
New status starts as soon as it's earned, when the qualifying stay posts. It doesn't wait until 3/1. I already have my 2010 card, good until 2/2011
Updating 30 million database records shouldn't take more than several hours. It's really not that big a deal.