Hey preferred! If you could please send me a private message with your Rewards number, I can look into your eligibility around a status challenge!
You are correct. Unfortunately the one ways i know to accumulate a lot of points is to spend more money. Using the card does help and of course staying at more expensive Marriotts but i would never put forward that idea . I am sure thats why lifetime is both points abd nights as nights are easier to garner .
preferred, I am in the same situation. The simple answer is there is no easy way. I think that is why many are upset with this falls mega-bonus as previous ones afforded a way to knock off the points.
So here´s three ideas
1. right now you can get 80,000 bonus if you open a Marriott Rewards Business credit card from Chase. Usually they are fairly lenient as to what constitutes a business. To get the 80,000 you also have to spend 3000 so minimum 83,000 if you just use the card for non marriott things. if you max it out at the Marriott, it would get you 95,000 pts.
2. I think--and somebody can chime in--if somebody transfers points to you, that will take them away from their lifetime and put it in yours. you can do 50,000 max a year.
3. Make the Chase Marriott your primary card. The points are very slow going if you aren't using them for a Marriott, but if you happen to be able to generate a lot of regular spending on it, even though at 1 point per cent, it is still great if it can get you to lifetime status quicker.
3a However, with that said, it is likely more useful to take the $ you can get from a card that pays cash, then use your cash bonus and use that for hotel rooms. Minimize your free room usage and make sure you always pay for your rooms until you are over the hump.
I started thinking about lifetime status about 2 years ago and have focused on getting my points and nights in sync. That really helped, so if anybody out there is thinking about a lifetime status, figure out if you are points heavy or nights heavy and try to balance out the two.
All good ideas, homoviator but with preferred residing in Asia, the amazing USA credit card deals aren't available. Great strategies though if you can get those cards! And yes, transfers into your account from another member do add to your lifetime score, though they are subtracted from the donors lifetime record.
The dual points-and-nights requirement is deliberate, preferred. I live in a part of the world where Marriott's are pricey, thus by the time I reached 500 nights for lifetime Gold, over 2 years ago, I had already earned the 2 million points for lifetime Plat. I'm now slogging my way to the nights...
I'm afraid there's no easy way to make the points in the absence of credit cards. All I can really offer is the obvious advice to avoid half-point brands (Residence Inn/Townplace Suites), maximise your megabonuses (alas the current one is more of a microbonus) and look out for member rates that include bonus points, mostly they're not worth much but I always find a few each year that add 5,000 or 10,000 points per night/stay for very little extra cash.