Need to pick up 180K points by 12/31 for LTPP.
Have the Rewards CC, use it exclusively. Try and stay at Marriott exclusively. Other ideas?
There are a couple of options.
First of all, if you haven't upgraded your credit card yet, you could be eligible for the 100k sign-up bonus. That would already get you more than half way there!
From what I recall from other threads: make sure you can qualify for a new Chase credit card (they have the infamous 5/24 rule). If so: cancel your current Chase/Marriott Rewards cc, wait a full calendar month and apply for the new card.
On top of that: check out the Ritz-Carlton credit card. The annual fee is cheap, but it will be an easy 10k points and you'll get 2 free nights in ANY Ritz-Carlton hotel if you put 4000$ on your card within 4 months. Not to speak of the 300$ annual travel credit...
If you currently have a decent amount of points sitting in your account and/or in your SPG account, you can use a work-around to make them count towards lifetime status. See my tutorial here: Manufacturing LifeTime points (try before you merge)
There's always the option to buy MR points (up 'til 50k / year) and they will count towards LT status, but it would be a waste of money. Use it only as a last resort.
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