Marriott's requirement for elite status is a little higher comparing to Hilton and especially Starwood which only need 25 nights a year to maintain Plat Status.
My job currently does not require me for business travel and staying at hotels, so all my stays are leisure travel and of course paid by my self. I am currently Platinum thanks for the challenge. I have no problem to meet SPG's standard for 25 stays a year to maintain Platinum, but Marriott's 50 nights or 75 is basically quite impossible for me.
I am just curious does any member here also mostly travel for pleasure and rarely having business stay, but gaining life time Gold and Plat. How did you do it? How do you have so much time?(and money, lol)