And The SPG Lifetime Status Is Bagged!

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Over the past couple of years, I have written yearly about my quest getting the lifetime SPG Platinum status. I had had the required nights in already for the past three years but was short in the number of years required for the status.

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Lifetime Platinum Status Email 1Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Lifetime Platinum Status Email 2

So, the other Thursday I had a 25th stay for the year at the Plaza Athenee in Bangkok that qualified me for the Platinum status for the 10th year.

You can access SPG’s website for lifetime statuses here, page for Platinum benefits here and the page to request your lifetime Platinum credentials here.

READ MORE: SPG Rate & Bonus Points And Miles Promotions

SPG lifetime Gold requires minimum of 250 nights and five years of elite status with the program (can be Gold or Platinum). The Platinum lifetime requirements are 500 nights and 10 years as a Platinum members (don’t need to be consecutive).

It took roughly a week after I had qualified for the SPG to send me the email above. You can, however, go to the page to request the lifetime Platinum credentials immediately after you have qualified.

You won’t get the card unless you give them an address to send it to:

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Lifetime Platinum Status Kit Is Ready

Then they promise to send it by FedEx that appears to take 10 to 12 weeks!:

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Lifetime Platinum Status Kit Is Ready FedEx

The online account also reflects the lifetime status:

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Lifetime Platinum Status Account

Conclusion

I certainly have had a blast with SPG when it comes to stays and nights spend with the chain. The lifetime totals above are roughly 200 nights short. And I have stayed at that W property that they push on the lifetime Platinum kit request page.

If I continue to accrue SPG stays at the same speed for the rest of the year, it should be easy Ambassador status for me. It really depends what kind of offers and promotions the other chains have this year.

I have already qualified to Marriott Rewards Lifetime Gold and I am on my way to lifetime Platinum there as well. Interesting to see when the programs are merged. Getting bit late if they are planning to do this starting from the January 1, 2018.

I started with SPG program relatively late. I had been using mainly with Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott programs until that.

Who can forget those never ending Faster Free Night promotions from Hyatt, Hilton Honors promotions for free night certs and very high number of points while best properties were just 37,500 points per night, and loved my Marriott stays when I applied those Premium Pounds vouchers towards the folio!

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  • Scott M

    Congrats for finally getting that status !

  • Nitram

    The last paragraph really talks of a time that were the hay days for loyalty travelers. With the recent consolidation I fear these opportunities are long gone.

  • Daniel

    Congratulations John! Thats always a joy achieving lifetime status. Enjoy mate!

  • Patrick Schrek

    Certainly Marriott will recognize the value Starwood’s program brought to the brand they coveted. It’s unrealistic to think it will be preserved given Marriott’s successful model would reach DEEP into their pocket unnecessarily, but someone will step into the gap and they are best positioned. I’ve been impressed so far with the effort to merge the two organizations, those prospects appear better than presently available alternates. As someone on the cusp of SPG Lifetime Platinum I must hold out hope it translates!

    • I have no doubt that the SPG Lifetime Platinum = Marriott Rewards Lifetime Platinum. Obviously they could always launch a tier above this and then you are basically screwed.

      • Patrick Schrek

        The programs’ rewards were geared around different guest patterns but toward similar goals… loyalty and the inevitable additional stays. I suspect the key difference was how the bulk of the guests were led to the flag. In the case of Marriott, I believe they do a brisker corporate travel business relative to Starwood. Those corporate travel planners are either being spiffed and the remaining guest incentive is therefore reduced AND/OR they are being given such a great bulk discount the margin invested in the guest’s loyalty is correspondingly reduced (I need to chat a flight crew the next time we are sharing the lobby or elevator ride… I suspect they are NOT enjoying the earning power I am at Starwood properties). I am entertained by the posts suggesting some evil finance person is simply lining their pockets at frequent guests’ expense (if that were the case, I’d argue the guest needs to cast their fiscal ballot at another flag… stop being a willing victim!). Both franchises were successful, reached their census and loyalty goals in different ways.

        It is a near zero sum game. The flags cannot run deficits for long without a course correction. And the monies largely come out of the pocket of guests. Unlike a extravagantly priced cup of coffee with a prized logo on the packaging, the lodging equation has different variables and being made to feel good about your purchase is an entirely different ballgame.

        To equate Starwood’s lifetime status to Marriott’s appears to diminish the Marriott investment (I marvel at how many non-stay ways you can collect Hilton points/status, for example, and recognize the guest earning status via actually staying at the properties MUST see a lower return on investment). This is a valid concern, particularly if you use the published room rates as a barometer (in my specific situation, if new Starwood rates begin to approach historic Marriott I will be forced to consider Hilton as I cannot defend the premium on my expense report; fending off comparison to less frequent travelers who use the third party brokerage sites at the last minute is already a challenge vs.
        Starwood). Normalizing the transactions may help address it historically (assumes more Marriott lifetime folks had a greater portion of their stays subsidized by deep corporate travel department discounts), but going forward is the real wicket: How do you reconcile the two approaches without throwing the door open to another flag OR (gasp) the swelling ranks of discount room brokers?

  • Mahomed Jogiat

    Congratulations John on your achievement.

  • bigguyinpasadena

    Sigh… You are mentioning the great promos from when this game used to be fun! Alas those days are gone (or at least on hiatus until the next financial meltdown) for me now.
    I am close to achieving LT Gold status with SPG and will reach it before the end f the year. Hopefully Marriott will do a direct transfer (Lifetime SPG status to LIfetime MR status) but they are being very quiet about all of this

    • The last meltdown was close to 10 years ago. We are due one very soon (actually already overdue).

  • ajc1967

    I’m trying for Hilton Diamond Lifetime. Way over on Qualifying years at 16 years straight. Short on the 1000 nights as my stays single nights. Not made 800 in that criteria.

  • gabriel Fleck

    I received my Marriott lifetime platinum card last week. 750 room nights and almost 4M points. Only took about 15 yr. Now guaranteed platinum at Ritz Carlton and spg.

  • Omena Bob

    I am Marriott lifetime Platinum for many years. My Marriott number has five zeros. When they bought SPG, I automatically got Platinum status there.

  • Neal

    Congratulations! I rally think Marriott would be shooting themselves in the foot if they don’t honor SPG Lifetime status and at similar benefits. That said, my guess is Marriott will do what their financial analysts say, not what’s right.

  • Gary

    Nicely done, John.

  • Sharon

    Congratulations, John! Welcome to the family!

  • Fred

    Congrats John! Not sure if we misunderstood your article, is there a way to speed up obtaining SPG Platinum lifetime? We have the nights almost 900 now but not the years, 8 1/2. Was there some type of push at W you were indicating? Thanks.

    • You need to be 10 years as Platinum members as well in addition to the minimum of 500 nights. No shortcut.