I am not big fan of Marriott, that's right,235K are all I have. I got most of those points(130K) in 11 months when I was working full time with a company 2 years ago, rest of them from online shopping, occasional stay with various bonus offers.
How to get Marriott points faster? bonus promotion is a key and also online shopping if you have large purchase. Before Marriott change its redemption policy on Jan 15th 2009, Travel package award will get points to miles on 1:1 ratio, which means online shopping bonus reward will be higher than most airlines.