First time posting after reading this board quite a bit this year. I am trying to achieve lifetime gold in Marriott by year's end. I have already hit the night requirement (521 and counting) but I am stuck at 1.1 million points.
If I buy 50K points, get transferred another 50K from a buddy who is willing to help me out, that gets me to 1.2. I am staying at as many Starwood groups because I average a few hundred more points after the transfer happens compared to a Marriott property. I am roughly going to stay another 120-150 nights in a hotel this year. If I average roughly 2K a night that will net me another 240K hopefully on the low end. I have another 9K in starwood points so that is 27K I can get from there.
I should have signed up for the Starwood card when they had the point bonus because those points would have been very useful.
I have the marriott card and put only hotel spending on this. Should I use the card for other things to hopefully accelerate earnings.
I only started at this about a 18 months ago, so I am earning at a pretty good rate but I think I have just run out of time and bonuses.