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TPG reader Wissam sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Amex Platinum benefits:

“I had SPG Gold status from my Amex Platinum card, but for some reason I was recently demoted back to Preferred Guest. Did that benefit disappear?”

One valuable benefit of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express is that you can get complimentary Gold status with Starwood Preferred Guest (as well as Hilton HHonors). However, each year around this time, I get emails from concerned cardholders like Wissam who have lost their status and are wondering whether the benefit has been discontinued. Fortunately, that’s not the case.

The benefit terms on both cards state that once you’ve enrolled in complimentary SPG status, you’ll keep it as long as you remain eligible (that is, as long as your account is open and in good standing). However, Starwood doesn’t know whether your Platinum card is still active; as far as they’re concerned, your status expires in March just like everyone else who hasn’t met the qualification requirements.

The solution is simple: You just have to call the Amex Platinum concierge each year and reactivate the benefit. It would be great if Amex could figure out a way to automate this, but calling only takes a few minutes, so it’s not a big hassle. Your Gold status should reappear soon after (it could be as little as a few minutes, and I wouldn’t expect it to take longer than a day).

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You can put your SPG Gold status to use at properties like the W Los Angeles; just remember to activate the benefit each year.

Gold is the lowest tier of Starwood Preferred Guest elite status, but it gets you valuable perks like bonus points, space-available upgrades and late checkout. You also get access to Crossover Rewards, so you can earn Starpoints and enjoy a few other perks when you fly with Delta. There are other shortcuts to hotel elite status, but it’s great that the Platinum cards continue to offer it as a standard benefit.

For more on Amex Platinum benefits and Starwood elite status, check out these posts:

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

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), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 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 $550 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.
  • Terms Apply.
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