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In addition to all of the other perks that you get as an SPG Platinum member, elites who stay at least 50 nights get to select from a list of annual benefits, that in the past have ranged from 10 suite upgrades to a $100 Amazon gift card. Well, for 2016, SPG is shaking things up, removing some of last year’s options and adding a few more. The new perks are arguably more valuable than those Starwood scrapped from last year (including a $100 Amazon gift card, TSA Precheck access and four Uber rides up to $25 each).

Here are the new perks Starwood’s offering this year:

  • Free rental up to 5 days with Silvercar
  • Free night award at any Category 1-5 hotel or resort
  • 5 Elite Qualifying Nights toward earning a higher status during the current year
  • 40% off a hotel bed, including the Westin Heavenly Bed
You can still choose 10 suite night awards as your annual Platinum perk.
You can still choose 10 suite night awards as your annual Platinum perk.

In addition, you’ll also be able to choose one of the following perks from 2015 instead of one of those listed above:

  • 10 Suite Night Awards
  • Gift Gold status to a friend or family member
  • Donation to UNICEF

You can make your pick of one perk after earning 50 nights in a calendar year. And don’t forget, you can start off the year with up to 10 elite night credits — you’ll earn 5 night credits from the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and an additional 5 from the business version of the card. Once you’ve earned 50 night credits, you can select your perk here.

What do you think about Starwood’s new 50-night perks?

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
  • Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
15.74%-19.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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