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Earlier this month, Starwood Preferred Guest announced that a new selection of benefits was coming for 50-night Platinum elites. Those members currently receive 10 Suite Night awards for reaching the 50-night threshold; however, the new selection has been revealed, and as of March 9th, SPG members who stay 50 nights a year will have their choice of the following:

  • 10 Suite Night awards
  • Gift SPG Gold status
  • 4 free Uber rides (up to $25 each)
  • TSA Pre-Check
  • $100 Amazon gift card
  • $100 Unicef donation

This comes after Starwood released details earlier today about its new partnership with Uber, making it a pretty big day overall for SPG.

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My Thoughts

It’s good to have variety, but I’m a bit underwhelmed by these new options. My experience with Suite Night awards has been mixed (and I’m not the only one); still I think its the best choice here, as most of the others are only worth about $100.

The ability to gift SPG Gold status is good if you’re feeling generous and know someone who will use it, and it’s definitely worth more than the remaining options. However, you can easily get SPG Gold status with The Platinum Card® from American Express (even as an authorized user), or by spending $30,000 annually on the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express.

You can use Suite Night awards to confirm certain suites and premium rooms within 5 nights of your arrival (subject to availability). Each award is good for one night, making them less potent than Hyatt Diamond suite upgrades, which can cover an entire stay whether it’s one night or one week. However, you get 10 of them (whereas Hyatt only offers 4 upgrades to Diamond elites), so if tend to stay for only 2-3 nights at a time, then they offer similar value.

Which SPG Platinum benefit would you choose?

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at Marriott and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,200 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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