Mine came shortly after my card anniversary date. I have not seen anything about a spend requirement. I used mine enough that I would have met any spending requirement so can't say for sure. All I have seen is the following, "To qualify for the anniversary 15 nights Elite status credit, your account must be open and not in default on your account anniversary date." I use my SW Visa until I get the companion pass and A List and then shift to my Marriott card. Except I always use the Marriott card to pay for my Marriott stays due to the 5 points per dollar spent. My guess if you use it for your Marriott stays, you would be fine.