I am currently a silver member. I got signed up for the Taste of Gold promotion. Basically, I have three months to achieve 6 stays to maintain the status.
I received this last year, but was already so close to gold, I hit gold right as my 3 months were up to finish.
pluto77 went on a whirlwind Marriott Plat Challenge which means 9 stays and she completed it.
Her blog has a lot of fun travel in it and talks about her strategy.
My Platinum Challenge 2017 - Continuing Saga
The challenge doesn't have to cost much and I find visiting little neighboring towns (with a Marriott) a fun way to get it done. Court Yards and FairFields don't have a lot of perks but they are a great budget friendly way to get this challenge accomplished.
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