August 12, 2017
How to get Starwood’s Highest Elite Status and its Perks
Maximizing airlines miles, perks, and elite status are the main aspects of travel to maximize your comfort on the way to your destination. Another huge part of travel is where you stay once you get where you’re going. We all want to stay in beautiful suites without paying those premium prices. One way to make that happen is by obtained top tier elite status with a hotel chain. I’ve chosen Starwood as my main hotel loyalty program, so chances are you’ll likely find me in one of their beds when I’m on the road. Starwood offers two elite tiers-Gold and Platinum. This article will focus on how to obtain Platinum status, the highest tier offered, and the perks that come with it.
Earning Platinum Status
While there are several ways to expedite your path to Starwood Gold status, Platinum status does require commitment on your part. Starwood gives you Platinum status after you complete 25 eligible stays or 50 eligible nights in a calendar year. The easier of the two options would be to complete 25 stays with a duration of one night each. That’ll get you Platinum after 25 nights instead of 50 nights.
One way to expedite this process is by applying for the Personal and/or Business Starwood Credit Card. Each of these cards gives you credit for five nights and two stays per year. If you have both cards, you’ll start every year with ten nights and four stays automatically credited towards those Platinum status requirements.
Finally, Starwood is still running a promo for new members to expedite their path to both Gold and Platinum status. The promo allows you to reach Platinum after just 18 nights-which is a great deal! In order to be eligible, you must be not have held SPG Platinum status in the last five years or have previously completed a status challenge.
Once you achieve Platinum, you’ll be among Starwood’s most loyal group of customers and be entitled to the following main perks:
- Earn 3 SPG points per $1 on Starwood stays.
- Choice of 500 bonus SPG points, free continental breakfast, or local amenity on check-in.
- Upgrade to the best available room at check-in, including a standard suite.
- Complimentary internet, regardless of booking channel.
- Complimentary health club and executive level access.
- Guaranteed room availability when booked by 3:00 PM, 72+ hours prior to arrival.
- 4:00 PM late checkout.
In addition to the standard Platinum tier, Starwood offers a few additional perks for customers who spend an extraordinarily amount of nights with the hotel. After 50 eligible nights, you can choose from one of the following additional perks:
- 10 Suite Night Awards (These are guaranteed suite upgrades).
- Gift Gold Status to a friend or family member.
- One free night award.
- Five elite qualifying nights.
- SPG donation to UNICEF.
- 40% off your favorite hotel bed (I guess some people purchase hotel beds?).
After 75 eligible nights in a calendar year, you get the following additional perks:
- Earn 4 SPG points per $1 on Starwood stays.
- Your24: Check-in anytime you want, checkout 24 hours later. This is subject to availability. This perk’s main benefit is the ability to check-in before the standard check-in time.
After 100 eligible nights, you’re a real Starwood MVP and get access to their exclusive Ambassador service. You’re assigned a personal Ambassador who arranges and manages all your SPG stays. He’s your point person for all things Starwood. Finally, remember that since Marriott acquired Starwood last year, you’re able to match your status across both loyalty programs. So Starwood Platinum would also get you Marriott Platinum.
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