Starwood has traditionally had gifts for qualifying for Gold or Platinum status that have changed from one year to another. I wrote in March about the Platinum qualification gift for 2013 (read more here).
My personal qualification for Platinum status with the SPG was completed late December due to lackluster promotions this year.
You can access SPG’s website for choosing the gift here.
I would have skipped qualifying for SPG Platinum status entirely had I not been on way to lifetime Platinum status in few years time. I have already had enough nights, so only need to hit the minimum Platinum qualification requirement for the next three years.
You must choose your gift by end of January, 2014, but there is no benefit choosing it after January 1st.
If you choose your gift now in December, the award discount is valid for this month + the following six months. By doing this in January 1st, 2014, the award discount can be used until July 31, 2014.
I have no planned SPG stays insight and the first quarter promotion makes me book away from SPG, as the promotions offered by IHG, Hyatt and Marriott are better.
But I don’t have any planned SPG award stays insight either. I usually transfer my Starpoints to airline miles due to greatly inflated award chart. It may be worthwhile, however, to combine five night awards stay (fifth night free) and get additional 35% off.