Most Rewarding Loyalty Program Series: Starwood Preferred Guest – Earning Points Gold/Platinum


This is the sixth and the last installment on Most Rewarding Loyalty Program-series (before some further analysis). You can read my earning points take on Club Carlson (here), Hilton HHonors (here), Hyatt Gold Passport (here), IHG Rewards/Priority Club (here) & Ambassador/Royal Ambassador (here), and Marriott Rewards (here)


What we first need to do, is to establish the number of points that you earn on average per dollar spend taking into account elite amenity points, elite bonuses, and possible credit card tie-up.

The number of points that you earn with SPG properties is constant. The only difference is the number of Platinum amenity points that you earn at full service properties (500) versus limited service ones (250).

The calculation that I have done here assumes that one stays at full service properties that earn 2 points per USD and 500 Platinum amenity points per stay.

In order to be able to compare programs, I am using the following variables, when calculating the number of points that you earn:

– ADR (Average Daily Rate) – $175 – Assuming major metropolitan cities.

– Full service properties.

– Top-tier with 60 nights (10 stays each 3/2/1 nights) & mid-tier with 30 nights (5 stays each 3/2/1 nights)

Starwood Preferred Guest Elite Bonus


SPG Gold and Platinum members both earn 50% bonus on the number of base points. This is one additional Starpoint per USD. Platinum members can also choose 500 bonus amenity points per stay at full service properties.

SPG American Express Card


SPG America Express cardholders get 2 Starpoints per USD charges at Starwood properties worldwide.

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Member


The number of points that you earn on average per dollar is 4.43 without the credit card and 6.43 with.

Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Member


The Gold member earning is 3 points per dollar and 5 with credit card.


The SPG doesn’t shower you with points, but let’s have a look next the number of points required for some popular destinations.