Marriott & SPG Platinum & Platinum Premier Gift Choice Options

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SPG members that have reached 50 nights during the calendar year have been able to choose one of the gifts that have changed several times over the years. Marriott Rewards has never offered anything to its members.

SPG Marriott Platinum & Platinum Premier Gift Choice

Now when Marriott and SPG programs are merging on Saturday next week (August 18, 2018), there will be Platinum Gift Choice at 50 nights and another Platinum Premier Gift Choice at 75 nights.

You can access Marriott’s page for program information here.

Platinum Gift Choice options (50 nights)

  1. Five (5) Suite Night Awards
  2. 40% off bed
  3. $100 Charity Donation
  4. The gift of Silver Elite status for a friend or family member
  5. Five (5) Elite Night Credits

Choosing between these five options is really difficult. The five elite night credits is the best options if you know for sure that it would help you to reach 75 nights level that you otherwise wouldn’t make.

Platinum Premier Gift Choice options (75 nights)

  1. Five (5) Suite Night Awards
  2. 40% off bed
  3. $100 Charity Donation
  4. The gift of Gold Elite status for a friend or family member
  5. Five (5) Elite Night Credits
  6. One (1) Free Night Award

The free night award is valid for up to 40,000 points per night property and expiry date is through the end of the following year on which it was earned. It is the most obvious choice on the Platinum Premier Git Choice list.

Conclusion

I have never chosen the Suite Night Award (SNA) option if I have had a choice. These are mostly useless and, when they were first launched ,I had 20 or so expire unused because they never could be confirmed in advance and I was receiving my upgrades anyway.

I don’t see a point giving the new Silver or Gold status that don’t come with meaningful benefits. The free night award at the 75 night level is an obvious choice that I will choose late August.

Just passed 71 SPG nights for the year. I had to slow down my Starwood stays few weeks ago so that I would not over 75 nights before the programs are merged or otherwise I wouldn’t get this new Gift Choice option at all (per information received from the Ambassador).

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