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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.
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)
2) High speed internet access for the entire stay
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. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.