I think i will falling short of platinum status by about 3 nights, any suggestions?
If you don't have the MR personal or business credit cards, you could sign up for one of them and earn 15 nights.
Other course of action is the obvious one (or three, in your case).
If you are platinum, this year, there is an excellent chance that you will be renewed when you come this close, I have been comped with Platinum renewal several times when I came up a couple of nights short. If it doesn't happen call the elite support line and beg/grovel. That can also work.
Find the cheapest Marriott brand in your area $60-80/night) make a 3-night stay reservation, check-in, mess up the bed & bath, put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door, go about your business for 3 days, check-out.
Congrats, now you're platinum. The benefits you'll get the following year will be worth more than the $180-240 you just spent at the local hotel
Or, if you can find a cheap Marriott for a meeting, you can earn 10 nights for hosting a meeting. If that comes out less than making 3 stays, there's another alternative. You'll even have some rollover nights
All 4 of my thoughts are posted above, but to summarise
Sign up to the credit card gets 15 nights.
Book 3 cheapo nights.
Book a 1-hour meeting for two at $50-$100, gets you 10 nights.
Do nothing and hope Marriott comps you the status next year as you’re so close. They have a history of doing this. If not then call in 2019 and beg!
I like your book a 2 person meeting for $100 and get 10 nights credit!!! I may need to give that a try... I will renew platinum for next year with my upcoming stays in December but it would get a great way to add additional nights towards lifetime platinum by end of next year!!!!!
The price for meetings can vary by property. I think $100 is the low end. Some will charge $125 or $150 for the same 1-hour meeting. It's worth exploring. Typically suburban CYs and FFIs offer the best deal. Before booking, verify with the meeting specialist at the property that you will get the elite nights credit. You'll also get 3 points per dollar spent (so a minimum of 300 points).
Scheduling a meeting can be an inexpensive way to push your nights over the top for elite qualification.
Thanks bejacob!!! I appreciate the insight!!!
Thanks everyone for the great suggestions.
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