Can I have taste of platinum information, please.
Many thanks in advance.
What do you mean by this question?
Prior to the merger Marriott offered two fast-track challenges to Platinum:
1. Road to Platinum. Here any member, even one that joined the day before with absolutely no stay History could achieve Platinum for the year by asking for the challenge and completing 16 nights in 3 months. Immediately upon the 16th night crediting the members status would be upgraded to Platinum for the rest of the year.
2. Taste of Platinum. Only available to Gold members this challenge would immediately upgrade the member to Platinum for 3 months conditional upon achieving 9 stays in that timeframe. If achieved the member would remain at Platinum for the remainder of the year and the entirety of the next.
For those with lighter travel plans Marriott also offered the Road to Gold (10 nights in 3 months) and for silvers the Taste of Gold (6 stays in 3 months) challenges. Although Marriott didn’t have a formal status match program, new members with a proven Top-Tier at Hilton, SPG, Hyatt, IHG or Wyndham would on request usually be offered the Taste of Gold, although there was a lot of evidence of the Taste of Platinum being offered to Hilton Diamonds and SPG Plat 75s.
All status promo offers were stopped in 2018 but I did read a blog somewhere that some kind of status matching or Gold/Platinum fast-track was being made available on request via the Bonvoy members telephone line based around 16 nights over 90 days although I’m unsure of the exact terms...
Hello, new member here. I actually just made Platinum through the fast track program, 16 nights over a 90-day period, so I can confirm that the program is still offered. I actually registered through Twitter where I asked the Twitter rep if some sort of fast track to Platinum was offered. I was a completely new member and had no prior status/stay with Marriott/SPG and although I am a Hilton Diamond (and did mention it to the Twitter rep) no evidence was asked.
Useful info there, thanks. Quick question, were you upgraded to Plat immediately upon registering or did the Plat upgrade happen after the 16th night?
Thanks brightlybob! The Plat upgrade happened after the 16th night, most probably as I have no prior status with Marriott. I was a bit worried actually as there was no email confirming my enrollment in the challenge, but I was assured by two different agents on the phone that I was all set.
Another thing to add was that I was enrolled in the challenge on 2/18 and had until 5/31 to complete it. So effectively I had more than 90 days to complete it.
You're right, I use 3 months as my shortcut wording but to be precise it is actually the remainder of the enrolment month and 3 full months thereafter!
So it seems we now know that Marriott is continuing the “Road to Platinum” challenge as it used to be, 16 nights in 3 months open to all who want to try, status granted only upon completion.
Useful info for others there, thanks cennas!
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