So let me preface by saying it has been over 3 years since I've stayed at a Marriott property. My account has maybe 250 points left in it, and it hasn't been touched in that time. Since then I've focused on Hilton and Starwood status (Starwood preferred due to the awesome points:miles conversion). I just discovered that I'm starting a 16 week project in Atlanta and the client has a corporate rate at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Atlanta. I guess the good news is that it's a Ritz Carlton, but as someone who has zero Marriott status and hasn't done any business with Marriott in so long, I'm starting at the bottom of the barrel. Any tips on moving up the Marriott ladder and maximizing the redemption to miles?