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My Starwood Lifetime Gold and Platinum Status Update

by on April 18, 2012 · 10 comments

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The email just arrived: I’ve qualified for lifetime Starwood Preferred Guest gold status, woohoo!

I’ve been an SPG Platinum for four years now, but I was given lifetime Gold status by staying over 250 eligible nights and qualifying for elite benefits for five years. While I travel a lot these days, I haven’t yet achieved lifetime or million miler status in any one airline or hotel program, so this is a bit of a novelty.

The email welcoming to SPG Lifetime Gold Status.

Lifetime status is one of the new SPG program enhancements rolled out in February. A lifetime of Gold status will confer the following benefits:

-3 Starpoints per dollar spent at Starwood properties
-Room upgrades at check-in when available
-4:00pm late checkout
-And the choice of one of three complimentary amenities from the following:

1)  250 points (125 at aloft, Four Points and Element)
or
2) High speed internet access for the entire stay
or
3) A complimentary beverage at the restaurant/bar- not in room. Max value of $15 USD/Euro

This isn’t really that impressive, because I am currently a 50-night SPG Platinum (trucking towards hitting 75 nights so I can get YOUR24 check-in privileges) and even if I didn’t have elite status, I would get free Starwood Gold just for being an Amex Platinum cardholder. However, I still think it’s cool to know that I’ll always be treated decently at Starwood hotels, even if the day comes where I don’t have top-tier (it pains me to write those words).

What I am really looking forward to is Lifetime Platinum status, which comes with 10 years of Platinum and 500 nights. I’ve only got 243 nights and 6 more years of Platinum status to go, which should be a piece of cake as long as Starwood keeps their program competitive and delivers on the new benefits they recently launched.

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  • http://twitter.com/ColinMcHale Colin McHale

    Congratulations! My biggest gripe with this is the year qualification requirement. Last year I went “triple platinum” as we referred to it at work (over 150 nights), and I already have passed the night requirement for lifetime gold, but still have to wait three more years to get the second part of the requirement.

    I understand they need to do something to ensure they’re not just handing out lifetime status, but just make the night requirements higher, and drop the year requirement. I have already achieved platinum for 2013, and have nothing to work towards for the rest of the year (except for tons and tons of points, of course :) ).

  • guest

    It would be kind of nice if SPG Gold had the option of a complimentary breakfast instead of a drink

  • Pho Real

    Most starwood with concierge floor has better food than the plain free breakfast (cereal/fruit and croissant)

  • Brad

    That’s really cool that SPG posts your number of nights to date since you have been a member and also the number of years you have held elite status. I wish Hilton would do something like that.

  • Sean

    Very cool, congratulations

  • Cacinda Maloney

    This may be a little off topic, but still SPG related. Wondering if you have compiled a list of SPG properties that you have stayed that you LOVED! and ones that were not so great? I recently stayed at the Westin Europa and Regina in Venice, and I have to say I was disappointed! I was in Venice last year and stayed at the #1 hotel in Venice on Tripadvisor: Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo, and the experience was so much nicer and the price was not outrageous. So, hoping you will make a post on outstanding SPG properties!
    I LOVED: Sheraton Lisboa, The Westin Excelsior Florence, and Rome, W Hong Kong, W San Diego, Hotel Pulitzer Amersterdam, Sheraton Krakow, Poland, The Westin Whistler, Canada, The Sheraton Park Lane London, Sheraton Mendoza Hotel Argentina
    NEUTRAL: The Westin New York at Times Square, Sheraton Bugavilias in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Le Meriedian Cancun, Sheraton Avon Beaver Creek, CO,
    NOT GREAT: The Westin Causarina Grand Cayman, Sheraton Algarve Albuferia, Sheraton La Jolla, Four Points Durango, CO and Portland, OR (as would be expected)

  • ALCW

    I too am Gold lifer. This year is going to be a light work and vacation travel year. So I am already thinking is going to be worth booking rooms in December just keep up the pace of being a Platinum lifer. Anyone done the business case on this yet?

  • John Robert Sutton

    For me the best Club level breakfast is at the Moscow Sheraton and the Sheraton Mexico City. Just fantastic. In Mexico city its table service and hand mixed salsas table side.

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