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TPG reader Savannah tweeted me to ask:
@thepointsguy- “I really want to go for SPG Platinum this year, but don’t know if I’ll meet the requirements. Any advice?”
Just like me, Savannah loves her SPG Platinum status. The easy tip if you’re nervous about re-qualifying is simply to stay, stay, stay. Book as much travel as you can through SPG.com or through your corporate travel agent. In order to earn Platinum, you have to complete 25 stays or 50 nights per year.
If you want other options, I have both the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express, each of which gives me two stays and five nights of elite credit annually, so I start off the year with four stays and ten nights. That’s a nice head start to get me moving toward Platinum status.
Another tip is to book rooms for other people and pay for them under your name. Most likely, they’ll get to make use of your Platinum benefits as well (like free internet and breakfast). Those benefits are really meant only for you, but I’ve noticed many times when booking rooms for friends or family and paying for them on my card that I get the points, I get the elite status credit, and they get the benefits. I believe you can get credit for up to five other rooms every time you stay. So next time you plan a trip with your family and friends, help “them” out and put everything under your name, if you catch my drift!
Otherwise, you just have to do it the hard way, by staying yourself. There could be some promotions this year that make it easier to re-qualify, but I highly doubt it. I think the years of double stay or double night qualifications are over. Between the credit cards, your own Starwood stays, and “maximizing” your bookings, you should be well on your way to qualifying. Good luck!
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