August 7, 2017
How to Get Starwood Gold Status and the Perks it Comes With
If you’ve spent some time in hotels, chances are you’ve seen people getting preferential treatment when checking in, you know what it’s like to ask for late check-out only and be told it’s not available, and you might know what it’s like to ask if there’s any room upgrades available only to be told that there aren’t. How do you get these perks and more? By being loyal to a hotel chain.
I’m primarily loyal to Starwood Preferred Guest. This includes brands like St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien, Four Points, Tribute Portfolio, Design Hotels, aloft, and Element. Starwood offers two tiers of elite status-Gold and Platinum. I’ll be going over Gold in this point and saving Platinum for later on.
There’s a few ways to earn Gold status. The most direct way is by completing 10 eligible stays or 25 eligible nights in a calendar years. While that might sound like a lot, it’s pretty easy to speed up the process. Starwood partners with American Express to offer two credit cards-a personal card and a business card. Each of those cards gives you credit for two stays and five nights per calendar year. If you have both, that counts as four stays and ten nights. Also note that Starwood is still running a promo that gives new members Gold status after 9 nights.
A second way to get Gold status is to spend $30,000 in a calendar year on the Starwood Credit Card. That method’s not for everyone but hey, if you’re a high spender you have that option.
Perhaps the easiest path to Gold is just to get the Platinum Card from American Express. Starwood Gold status is one of the perks of having this card. Just call up AMEX and they’ll set it up for you, no strings attached. Once you get Gold Status, here are the perks you can expect to receive:
- Earn 3 SPG points per $1 spent on Starwood stays.
- 4:00 PM late checkout, subject to availability.
- Upgrade to enhanced room at check-in (this is usually a room on a higher floor or with a better view).
- Choice of 250 bonus SPG points or beverage on check-in.
- Complimentary internet when you book through SPG.
- Earn SPG points for your Uber rides.
Another great benefit of Starwood Gold is that it also gets you Marriott Gold status. Since Marriott acquired Starwood, members have been able to match their Starwood and Marriott statuses to one another. You can also transfer points between Starwood and Marriott at a 1:3 ratio!
Featured Image Courtesy of Santa Marina, A Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos