If you’re looking to earn Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status, you’d normally need to stay 50 nights throughout the year. An easier option is to complete a Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Challenge, where you just need to stay 16 nights within 90 days of enrolling.
In order to enroll for the challenge, you must do so on the phone by calling Marriott Bonvoy, who will be able to enroll you. Unlike some of the other hotel chains, this isn’t a status match, so you don’t need to have elite status with another hotel company, however you won’t be granted the status immediately, only after completing the 16 nights.
According the phone representative and from other reports, if you sign up for the Platinum Status Challenge now and complete it, your status would be good for all of 2020, 2021 and through February 2022.
After enrolling by the phone, I’d recommend reaching out to their Marriott Bonvoy Assist to confirm you’re in enrolled:
Hello, thank you for reaching out to us via DM. We can confirm that you were enrolled and that your Platinum Status Challenge will start tomorrow, the 1st of January 2020. You will have until the 30th of March 2020 to reach 16 nights in all our participating properties, to achieve your Platinum Elite Status. Good luck, save travels and a great start into the new year!
Marriott does also offer a Gold Elite challenge, where you only need to stay 8 nights in 90 days to earn this status, however given that Gold is easier to earn with several credit cards, it’s unlikely many will want to sign-up for the Gold challenge.
Have you completed a Marriott Platinum Elite challenge before? Feel free to share in the comments below.