Was there an option to buy back status this year? I just missed gold and last year there was a buy back.
Its been discontinued - you can ask for a challenge though. Call 801-468-4000 to register for a challenge. You need to complete 6 paid stays in 3 months to become gold.
or you can sign up for Starwood's status challenge at 1-888-625-4988 (only 9 nights at SPG for Marriott Gold)
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