A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question regarding the lifetime SPG Gold status and when to qualify for it now that the program is going away.
After a few mishaps, my lifetime SPG lifetime Platinum kit finally arrived this week with the map showing all the places I have stayed with the chain.
It seems that the map doesn’t show locations with hotels that have exited the Starwood system such as Kamp in Helsinki and Palace hotel in Copenhagen (I have stayed at these two for sure and no dots). Design Hotel stays are not registering either.
Starwood Has Problems Sending Out Lifetime Platinum Kits? (Perhaps Marriott Sends Me Book Of Mormon Instead?)
Back in late April, I qualified for the lifetime SPG Platinum status after 10 years of Platinum status with the program and more than 500 nights. I wrote about this at the time (access here).
SPG sends lifetime Platinum members supposedly a nice package with metal card and a map that shows all the destinations that one has been to. The reason why I use word “supposedly” is that Starwood has now unsuccessfully sent it to my address in Finland. Whether they have actually dispatched it or not, who knows.
Le Club AccorHotels has sent out a surprise Platinum portfolio that arrived yesterday with Moleskine notebook for taking notes (of hotel failures of course).
Not sure if Accor mailed out Platinum package earlier this year (cannot remember) but they have for sure spend money with this one and used express postal service for delivery.
UPDATE: Le Club AccorHotels Gold & Platinum Member 98 GBP Special Opening Rate Victory House MGallery London August 21 – September 11, 2017
Le Club AccorHotels launched last week a rate promotion for Gold and Platinum members to celebrate the opening of the Victory House MGallery hotel in London’s Leicester Square (I wrote about it here).
Gold and Platinum members can book this hotel for just 98 GBP per night night for stays between August 21 – September 11, 2017. The original dates of this offer were August 10 – 31 2017 (opening delayed).
Yesterday, I wrote (access here) new Marriott Rewards Platinum Premier benefit that is United Airlines Premier Gold status.
RewardsPlus (collaboration between Marriott & United) have launched similar offer for United Airlines Global Services members that are now eligible for Marriott Rewards Platinum status instead of Gold one.
Le Club AccorHotels has been sending out emails late last week offering Silver or Platinum status for Fairmont President Clubs Premier and Platinum members.
Accor acquired the FHRI (Fairmont, Swissotel and Raffles brands) back in 2016 (read more here) and the loyalty programs are still separate.
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.
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.
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has lifetime Gold and Platinum programs as long as the program stays around (something should happen in 2018).
When I started with SPG 10 years ago (later than with Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott & IHG), I had no idea that one day I would make lifetime Platinum with the program. As a matter of fact, SPG didn’t even have formalized lifetime program back in 2007.
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has offered Gold & Platinum status challenges for the past few years (status matched previously) and has for the first time launched a dedicated webpage explaining the process and rules
Now that the hotel company is part of Marriott it is a good time to take advantage of this challenge for the last time. You can request the “Gold Challenge” or “Platinum Challenge” (never hurts to try registering for 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.
LAST CALL: Marriott Rewards Elite Buy Back Offer 2017 (Buy Back Your 2016 Silver, Gold Or Platinum Status)
Marriott Rewards launched the Elite Buy Back Offer for 2017 membership year back in January that allows Silver, Gold or Platinum member to buy back using points status they had in 2016 (in case they didn’t qualify). This offer ends on March 31, 2017.
Marriott Rewards is the only hotel loyalty program that allows you to buy back the status that you had the previous year for a set number of points (and has allowed this as far as I can remember).
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.