You might want to check this out..Best Western will match your Marriott Elite Status... I applied for it today.
Update: I was upgraded to Diamond Status with Best Western today. (Their Highest Level). Took less than 5 days, impressed. Now I hope their service and perks associated with the Diamond level are good. All I did was fill out their form, scanned my Marriott Platinum Card, and sent them to Best Western via e-mail...A very efficient process.
I think you get the card after you get upgraded.. I received a letter today stating:
Dear Valued Best Western Rewards:
Congratulations! You have been upgraded with Best Western Rewards "Status Match...No Catch" program. Your new Elite level kit will arrive in the next 2-3 weeks.
So it appears you do not have to make a stay before getting your card!!!
Dear Jasper, thanks, after I wrote that one I got an email similar to that letter you got. Checked my status online and it is inded upgraded to Diamond. Is there an expiration date on your account or card. SInce I am a Lifetime Platinum it would be nice to have them match that as well, but who can say if they will?
I have not recieved my card yet. Similar to yours, my profile does not put a date on it...Once I get my elite package, I will provide an update on the date..I doubt they would give a Lifetime membership, although they did say they would match ones current elite status. We shall see!!!
You may want to consider applying for the Best Western MasterCard Also..No annual fee, 16,000 bonus points on first use, Not a chase card so easy to get approved. It is a MasterCard with Barclay's. Actually, I got one for both my wife and I and got 32,000 points.
My wife and I got the Best Western Rewards Credit Cards MasterCard and both got our 16,000 points posted to our accounts. Not as good as the PriorityClub promotion, but still not bad considering there is no annual charge for this card and it is with Barclays rather than Chase, so it is an easy credit card to get!!!