Marriott Rewards changed their Taste of Gold, Taste of Platinum elite challenge requirements from nights to stays over the summer. This lowers the number of hotel nights needed to successfully complete the challenge for persons who book lots of one night stays.
Marriott Rewards Challenge Levels
- Silver = 3 stays (formerly 6 nights)
- Gold = 6 stays (formerly 12 nights)
- Platinum = 9 stays (formerly 18 nights)
You have three full months to complete the challenge. A person who enrolls for a challenge now will have until December 31, 2012 to complete the stays requirement to maintain status through February 2014. As long as you avoid registering for the challenge on the first day of the month, then you have more than three months to complete the stay requirements.
Another great thing about the Marriott Rewards elite challenges is you are upgraded to the new status when you enroll for an elite challenge.
A Hot Topic
LoyaltyLobby.com (Sep 7) wrote about the Taste of Gold/Platinum Challenge last week and listed email addresses for requesting an elite status challenge. I concur with his opinion that applying through email is better than phone in that you have written documentation for your challenge terms.
LoyaltyLobby also lists reasons why you might be denied. Lack of evidence showing any prior loyalty with Marriott Hotels can be a deal killer.
The Marriott Rewards Taste of Gold/Platinum has been a hot topic this past month. Here are several other articles about these challenges.
Frequent Miler is documenting his current progress after enrolling in the Taste of Platinum Challenge.
View from the Wing – Marriott lets you call up and request top tier status(Sep 8)
Points, Miles & Martinis – Marriott Platinum Status after only 9 stays(Sep 10)
FlyerTalk – Marriott Rewards forum thread “Taste of Gold/Platinum and Platinum Challenge” Note: this thread is 33 pages long and started in Sep 2011. Page 24 are August 1 comments and the start of discussion with the new ‘stays’ requirements.
No Taste of Marriott Gold or Platinum for Me
Marriott Rewards customer service denied my phone request today for a challenge based on my lack of stay history with the chain. I have no Marriott stays in my account for several years.
I have status with Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest, IHG Priority Club and Best Western Rewards.
Working Marriott hotel stays into that mix when the normal elite status requirements are so high is my perpetual challenge with Marriott Rewards.
I will be in Spain next week for two weeks. Marriott is king of the hotel chains in Spain with their acquisition of AC Hotels. There are over 90 Marriott brand hotels in Spain.
I still have not booked any hotel stays for my Spain trip. The Marriott Rewards elite challenge could have me bouncing around AC Hotels.
Perhaps I will make a bunch of AC Hotels reservations for Spain and then try the challenge request again.
Or I may just go with InterContinental Hotels Group 2 nights for the price of 1 rates and keep my hotel costs lower.
I’d better get on it though since I realize I will be landing in Barcelona in less than one week.
Loyalty traveler post link: http://boardingarea.com/loyaltytraveler/2012/09/11/marriott-rewardselite-with-a-stays-challenge/
Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. You can follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.