SRQ: Which American Express Cards Give Starwood Gold Status

by on April 7, 2013 · 15 comments

in American Express, Elite Status, Starwood, Sunday Reader Questions

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TPG follower Andy tweeted a question about Starwood Gold status:

‪@thepointsguy which Amex plat gives SPG gold status? Biz, Personal or Benz?”

Although it isn’t marketed well, all three American Express Platinum Cards: Personal, Mercedes-Benz Personal and Business give instant Gold status with Starwood Hotels (as well as the invite-only Centurion card). Simply call the number on the back of your card and ask them to upgrade your Starwood account- they will call Starwood directly and within minutes your account should show Gold.

Starwood Gold benefits include Free Night Awards, late checkout, and upgrades upon availability.

Starwood Gold benefits include Free Night Awards, late checkout, and upgrades upon availability.

You normally need to stay 10 times or 25 nights (or spend $30,000 on a Starwood Amex Personal or Business card) to achieve Gold status and with it you get:

  • Three Starpoints for every eligible U.S. dollar spent (vs. the base rate of 2 points per dollar)
  • Amenity: Choose from bonus Starpoints, complimentary in-room Internet access and a complimentary beverage
  • 4 p.m. late checkout
  • An enhanced room at check-in, when available (though suites aren’t included, I got a couple nice suite upgrades as a Gold years ago)
  • Special elite customer service  line

Starwood also recently launched Lifetime Gold Status, which you get when you achieve 250 nights total and any 5 years of elite SPG status. The comped Amex Gold status does count towards status. Same goes for hitting the $30,000 calendar year spend on the co-branded Amex cards.

Starwood also runs promotions from time to time for Gold and Platinum members, so there’s no reason to not take advantage of this benefit if you have an eligible card.

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  • sam

    is there any Amex card that would give you SPG Plat?

  • Lantean

    Also AmEx Morgan Stanley card gives the same status.

  • thepointsguy

    Nope.. gotta earn that the hard way and the comped SPG Gold doesn’t give you the equivalent of Gold nights/stays, so you still need to hit 25 stays/50 nights unless you do a challenge with top tier status in another chain

  • Mark

    I have the Starwood Amex card and just crossed the $30k spend. Do I have to call to get my status upgraded to Gold or does it happen automatically?

  • sam

    so only hotel that would give you top tier by ” card spending only” is Hilton?

  • Saverocity

    I believe back in the day the Centurion Card would offer SPG Plat, but they took that benefit away.

  • Brent

    They do it automatically, but it can take a few weeks.

  • MiamiMike2

    I have had the Amex platinum for years, but a couple years ago spg took away my gold status. I called and had it put back on, but now it shows my years of elite status as being 2 years. I asked them to correct it so that I can get my lifetime gold when I hit the 250 night mark, but they said status had to be earned to qualify, which contradicts what you wrote “The comped Amex Gold status does count towards status.” Did I just get someone who didn’t know what they were talking about?

  • Joan

    I just called AMEX and asked for Gold status and the agent said that it is EARNED not automatically granted.

  • thepointsguy

    On the Platinum card it is automatically granted. On the SPG Amex, it is earned at $30,000 spent within a calendar year, per this post. If the agent told you different, they were wrong

  • thepointsguy

    Direct them to the official SPG rep who confirmed comped status counts in this thread

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  • DMV

    Does the Delta Platinum AMEX get you SPG Gold automatically?

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  • Stuart

    What about American Express Platinum Corporate card?

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