I recently learned about the Marriott Hotel Challenge. It is an opportunity to earn top elite status provided you stay a certain number of nights within a certain period. Once that is completed you receive platinum status. I had done a Hyatt challenge a couple of years ago and have enjoyed my elite status with them when we have stayed at a Hyatt. Since we were driving down to Florida we knew we would have a few hotel stays and this seemed like the opportune time to begin the challenge.
I already was a Marriott Rewards member so I called them up on the phone and asked to be enrolled int he challenge. I needed to stay for a total of 9 stays over a period of almost 5 months.
Once I had attained the Platinum status with Marriott, I knew that I was eligible then to get silver status with United Airlines by mere virtue of having attainted the platinum elite level. I called up the Marriott Rewards number and explained that I wanted to be enrolled to get the silver status with United. They gave a me a link to which register and within 7-10 days, I will have silver status.
As most of you know, a year or so ago Marriott purchased SPG. I have linked the two accounts together. What this means that that by having Marriott platinum status, I now have SPG platinum status. With SPG platinum status, I am eligible for Delta silver status. All this from doing the 9 stay challenge!
Now that I have my 9 stays completed I’m concentrating on SPG stays since SPG points will transfer over to Marriott points at a 1:3 ratio.
Have you thought of doing the Marriott challenge? Both of these hotel chains are having a summer promotion and I plan on taking advantage of these promotions.
******* It was just mentioned to me that you have to have gold status to first be able to do this. You can get that status by having either a Marriott or SPG credit card. I do not have the Marriott cc but I do have the SPG ad I am not sure how long that card will be around and, as mentioned above, those points transfer 1:3 to Marriott