Just got this email from Marriott today and wanted to share for those that passively delete emails
ENJOY A SPECIAL TREAT: GOLD ELITE STATUS We have news you'll love. As part of a select group, we have upgraded you to Gold Elite status for three months. As a Gold Elite member, you'll receive exclusive benefits including a 25% bonus on Marriott Rewards® points, guaranteed lounge access at participating brands, complimentary room upgrades, and free high-speed Internet access.
To enjoy your Gold Elite status longer, stay* six times at a participating Marriott® brand between April 1 and June 30, 2014 and you'll maintain your Gold Elite status through February 2016. We took it upon ourselves to enroll you in this special program, so there's no need for you to lift a finger to enroll. Simply book now and enjoy your Gold Elite benefits.
*A 'stay' is defined as consecutive nights spent in the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.
posted: Mar. 12, 2014 @ 1:25a
About 8 months ago, I called and requested a platinum challenge. I have ZERO stays up until the request but I was a former starwood platinum also i also have hilton silver. I hotel hopped and achieved the required 18 stays in 3 months. During that 3 months you are temporary platinum and once you hit the required stays you get to keep it for 6 more months so it was almost 9 months. I am not keeping up but I think I will lose the status next month. Though Starwood platinum is easier to achieve, Marriott platinum has more perks in terms of quality of service. Points though, Starwood's highest rated hotel St. Regis is far far cheaper than Marriott's Ritz Carlton.
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