Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) used to offer straight status matches from competitors’ programs but discontinued this a couple of years ago. Now that the hotel company is part of Marriott it is a good time to take advantage of this match/challenge opportunity for the last time.
You can request the “Gold Challenge” or “Platinum Challenge” (preferably both) that require 9 or 18 paid nights during a 90-day window. This challenge doesn’t require you to have any status with other hotel chains. [click to continue…]