Last week, I wrote about the Platinum qualification gift that you can expect to receive from SPG for meeting the status threshold in 2013. You can access that article here. Once you have qualified for the Gold status in 2013 for the 2014 membership year, you can access the web page for selecting this gift here.
Now, there is a separate version for Gold members as well that is almost identical. The only difference is that the award discount is 25% on the Gold version compared to 35% on the Platinum one. You can choose between this or double points for a month option.
If you start from the scratch with the SPG, it is likely that you can get both the Gold and the Platinum gifts in 2013.
You have to calculate which of these two options are better for you. I would likely choose the award discount.
Here are the terms and conditions of these two offers:
25% off Starpoints® Redemption: Registered member chose one (1) 25%-off redemption award. SPG® members must call 1-888-625-4990 or their nearest Starwood Preferred Guest® Customer Contact Center and mention Award ID GP0POR. Offer is valid for one award at Category 1–6 hotels and resorts for up to a five-night stay through September 30, 2013. This 25%-off redemption offer excludes Category 7 properties, upgrade awards and award reservations booked online. 25%-off redemption and no blackout dates applies to standard room categories only. 25%-off redemption stay will count toward elite qualification. Member forfeits percent-off redemption when modifying award reservation outside the offer dates. If a percent-off redemption award is cancelled, only the amount of Starpoints used to order the percent-off redemption award will be credited to the member’s account. Other restrictions may apply. Advance reservations required.
Double Starpoints® Month: Registered member can choose to earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays during the calendar month of their choice from the three months provided as options. Retroactive selecting of the member’s bonus month is prohibited. Members who earn double Starpoints will earn an additional two Starpoints per eligible US$1 spent (for a total of four Starpoints per dollar). Elite-level extra Starpoints earnings and other bonuses will not be doubled. Only the base two Starpoints per dollar earnings are doubled. There is no limit to the number of bonus Starpoints that can be earned during the promotion period. Bonus Starpoints will post to the registered member’s account within 2–4 weeks after the qualifying stay posts. An Eligible Night is a night at any of the over 1,100 SPG®-participating hotels and resorts paying an Eligible Rate during the promotion period. An Eligible Rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest® program. SPG-participating hotels and resorts and a description of Eligible Stays and Eligible Rates can be found at spg.com under program terms and conditions. See Section 1.4 b iii for the complete definition of Eligible Rates, but note that certain prepaid rooms where the booking is made through a third party (including but not limited to travelocity.com, expedia.com and orbitz.com) are not Eligible Rates and do not earn Starpoints or qualify toward promotional earnings.