Marriott offers elite members who lost their status in 2014 to buy it back!
You can buy back your status for 2014 by using points that you may have already earned. To reinstate your level you would need:
40,000 points to buy back Platinum status
25,000 points required to buy back Gold status
7,500 points required to buy back Silver status
You can buy back only one level, which must match the Elite level you enjoyed in 2013.
This isn;t a bad offer especially since the status match & Taste of Platinum/Gold isn't as easy anymore.
This offer is valid through April 1, 2014
How to Do It: Two Ways to Buy Back Your Elite Status:
1- Email at Marriott Rewards with your information.
If emailing , include your name and Rewards number, then copy (or cut-and-paste) one of the three options below:
Buy Back my Elite status from Gold to Platinum status: 40,000 points
Buy Back my Elite status from Silver to Gold status: 25,000 points
Buy Back my Elite status from Basic to Silver status: 7,500 points
2- Simply call Guest Services at 1-800-321-7396 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada).