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Update 4/17/17: Starwood has published a landing page detailing its latest status challenge. You’ll find a summary of the requirements below — full details are here.
Whereas you can link your Marriott Rewards status with Starwood Preferred Guest for reciprocal status, that’s as far as your options go when looking to accelerate to SPG status through a match-like option. But while there is no official status match option, you can register to partake in a status challenge to earn SPG Gold or Platinum status.
To register, call SPG customer service (1-888-625-4988) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the challenge. Once you’re registered, you’ll have to complete the required number of nights (18 for Platinum or 9 for Gold) between a three-month period. The designated three-month periods are as follows:
- February 1 to April 30, 2017
- March 1 to May 31, 2017
- April 1 to June 30, 2017
Note that the first two periods have already begun, so if you choose one of them, you’ll have a shorter amount of time to meet your night requirements. Note that in order to successfully challenge to SPG Platinum status, you’ll have to complete 18 paid nights, and if you’re looking to get Gold status, you’ll have to complete nine paid nights. If you successfully complete the challenge, you’ll have the status until February 28, 2019.
If you want to challenge for Gold status, you’re not eligible to register if you’ve had Gold or Platinum status since 2012, and you’re only eligible for the Platinum status challenge if you haven’t had Platinum status since 2012. In addition, if you’ve ever completed an SPG status challenge in the past, you’re not eligible to participate in this challenge. Only paid stays are eligible for this challenge — award stays do not count. You can read the full terms and conditions of the status challenge here.
If you’re interested in getting SPG Gold or Platinum status, this status challenge could be a great opportunity to get it, as SPG Gold status usually requires 10 stays or 25 nights, and Platinum status usually requires 25 stays or 50 nights. Keep in mind that you can also get complimentary SPG Gold status from the Amex Platinum Card and avoid the stay and night requirements altogether.
Also, remember that once you get SPG status, you can then instantly link it to your Marriott account. So, if you were to status challenge to Gold or Platinum status, you could then match it to also get Gold or Platinum status, respectively with Marriott.
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