I'm looking for advice on how to gain Gold status by August 15 (before a trip on which I'll spend six nights in three different Marriotts). I currently have 39 nights. I have the Marriott credit card and so does my husband (he has a separate rewards account). Any tips?
I thought of signing up for the Ritz Carlton credit card, which would give automatic Gold status. But I'm so close that I'd rather not pay the $395 to do that. Plus, I wouldn't keep both cards so it would mean giving up for the free night at a Marriott each year. I'll likely need to do the Ritz card in 2017 to keep gold status as I don't travel quite enough to maintain Gold on just credit card + travel along.
I've heard of Gold challenges but it looks like you don't get Gold until the completion of the challenge.
Thanks for any tips!