Good Morning All, I havent heard any news regarding Marriott status matches or elite challenes recently, so I thought I would contact them and ask. Last I heard Marriott discontinued this practice. However, the response I received made me pleasantly surprised: Thank you for contacting Marriott Rewards. On behalf of Marriott Rewards Guest Services, please allow me to extend the offer of a Gold Elite Status challenge. If you accept this offer, your account status would be upgraded to Gold Elite after the following terms have been met. In order to achieve this status, you must accumulate six separate paid stays beginning with the date your account is registered for the offer, through September 30, 2014. This is a one-time offer, and would be effective within three business days of your acceptance of this offer. Once you have accumulated six separate paid stays, your account status would be upgraded to Gold Elite through January 2016. To retain this status for all of 2016, you would need to accrue the qualifying number of Elite nights during 2015. The Silver Elite level requires 10 Elite nights, the Gold Elite level requires 50 Elite nights, and the Platinum Elite level requires 75 Elite nights. Should you be unable to accumulate six separate paid stays during this trial period, your account would remain at your current status, and you would need to stay the normal night requirements to achieve this Gold Elite level. A "hotel stay" or "stay" means all consecutive nights a Marriott Rewards member registers and personally pays and stays at any participating hotel. For example, one or multiple consecutive nights stayed in one hotel qualifies as one paid stay. To be eligible for this offer, each stay would need to be individually booked in the name on your account, you must check into the hotel, and you need to pay the hotel directly for the stay. You are not eligible to earn credit for stays in another name (even that of a friend or family member), stays booked as part of a group or package, or stays booked and paid through a third party. This information is visible by clicking on the following link for the Marriott Rewards online terms and conditions. http://marriott.com/rewards/terms/earning.mi Incidental credit, redemption stays, timeshare owner stays during a designated owner week, stays in ExecuStay, and stays Marriott Executive Apartment properties do not earn credit toward this offer. Also, Elite nights that appear as non-stay nights in your account do not qualify for this offer. Please reply to this email if you would like to accept this offer, and I will register your account. Thank you for the opportunity to be of assistance and for making Marriott your preferred hotel chain.