Marriott Rewards allows members to earn Gold elite through a challenge requiring 12 nights in 90 days or earn Platinum after 18 nights in 90 days. You can register for an Elite Challenge with a phone call 801-468-4000.
If you are not yet a Marriott Rewards member, then you can sign up through a member referral and you both receive 2,000 points for the first 5 hotel stays.
Your elite status is bumped to the elite level you are trying to get for the three months after the month you enrolled in the Challenge according to Reports on FlyerTalk.
You can only apply for an elite challenge once every 12 months. You will need to wait another year if you do not complete the challenge in the time specified.
Your status reverts back to your old level if you do not meet the Gold Challenge goal of 12 nights or Platinum Challenge 18 nights in 90 days.
If you enrolled in a Gold/Platinum Challenge today, then you have the rest of March, April, May and June before your status drops back to Silver or general member.
Marriott Rewards Challenge Information
- You do not necessarily need elite status with another program to enroll in Marriott Rewards Gold or Diamond elite challenge.
- You will be upgraded to the elite level of your challenge (Silver, Gold or Platinum) immediately after enrollment in Marriott Rewards Elite Challenge.
- Your elite status will last for the month you start the Challenge and three full months following your enrollment month.
- FlyerTalk recent reports indicate your elite status will remain valid through February 2014 if you successfully meet the Challenge nights required, but it may only last through February 2013 if you enroll in the challenge before May 2012.
- Silver = 6 nights. Gold = 12 nights. Platinum = 18 nights.
This data is based on information from FlyerTalk as reported by Marriott Rewards members regarding elite challenges in January to March 2012.
FlyerTalk threads on Marriott Gold/Platinum Challenges:
Marriott Rewards Gold/Platinum Challenge (thread started Dec 19, 2011)
Platinum Challenge (thread started Aug 8, 2011)
Marriott Rewards Taste of Gold/Platinum promotion (thread started Jan 16, 2012)
Gold/Platinum Challenge valid to Feb 2012 or 2013 (thread started Feb 18, 2011) and includes response from Marriott Rewards customer service on Challenge requirements for a person enrolling Feb 2011.
I just enrolled in the Platinum Challenge (thanks to everyone on this site) and this is the email I received:
From: RewardsProcedures [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:48 PM
Subject: RE: Marriott Rewards Program
Thank you for your reply.
I would be happy to extend an offer to you to conditionally upgrade your status to the Platinum Elite level. This new status would be valid until the following terms have been met.
You must stay 18 paid nights beginning with the date the offer is accepted, through May 31, 2011.
Once you have stayed 18 paid nights, the Platinum Elite status will be extended until February 2013. To retain this status for all of 2013, you would need to stay the qualifying number of nights during 2012. The Silver Elite level requires 10 personal paid nights, the Gold Elite level requires 50 personal paid nights, and the Platinum Elite level requires 75 personal paid nights.
Should you be unable to stay the 18 paid nights during this trial period, your account would be returned
to your original status, and you would need to stay the normal night requirements to regain this Platinum Elite level.
Elite nights earned through promotions that appear as non-stay nights in your account do not qualify for this offer.
Please reply to this email if you would like to accept this offer, and I will process the information.
Thank you for the opportunity to be of assistance and for making Marriott your preferred hotel chain.
Internet Correspondence Specialist
Marriott Rewards Guest Services
Related Loyalty Traveler post:
Making elite with Marriott, IHG and Hilton (1-18-2012)