I'm 9 nights short of Marriott Platinum status....if I sign up for Chase Marriott card today/tomorrow, will the 15 nights apply to 2017 or 2018?
From the Chase Sign Up Page for the Marriott Card:
"15 Elite Night Credits Annually: Please allow up to 8 weeks from account open date and account anniversary date every year for the 15 nights to be credited to your Marriott Rewards® account."
You could arrange a short meeting/event and gain 10 elite nights.
i woould hope to get a chance to utilize the professionsal arrena with this stuff to help get a roof
If you are not Platinum at this point, you will not get the 15 elite night credits within the next 2 days for them to count for 2017. Even planning a meeting for 10 elite night credits would mean you'd have to contact a hotel directly (because you will not have enough time to do it online), hope they can schedule you today or tomorrow, and then hope you do not have issues trying to get the nights credited for 2017 based on when they post. Maybe you were able to get a meeting scheduled yesterday, but if not that option is probably too late.
If you are Gold, then probably the best scenario is for you to roll over the 16 nights you have over 50 (assuming you did not have a roll over in 2016), and use that to catapult you to Platinum status in 2018. Get the MR Visa early in 2018, do a Platinum challenge in early 2018 (if you are eligible and can make the 9 stays early). You'd then be Platinum if you can complete the challenge, and have 16 rollover + 15 CC + 9 nights (40 total nights) from the challenge next year.
This is something to address around the November time frame, so you can start planning for accumulating any missing nights to get to the status you are looking for. There's usually no quick-fix answer this late unfortunately, but hopefully you found something that works!
There used to be a quick-fix (aka buy back). I wouldn't be surprised to see it return with the new program though (or ateast charge a lot more).
Yes, but not anymore - but with proper planning and some $$$, if you get within 9-10 nights, it is not a daunting task to still make Platinum. Marriwood only minimized the avenues in obtaining status, but they left several others. So, prep, do research if necessary, and one can mix and match the remaining paths to obtaining status. I'd never use buy back (never did), so if it returns, I hope the buy-in is at least 100k+ points - make those wishing to use it have to earn a nice stash of points to buy it back, and then make it a 1 time max chance. If a 'years' requirement is added back to lifetime status in some form in conjunction with this type of status buy back, it'll make some have to think when they really want to use their 1 buy back opportunity.
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