Today received the message below from Starwood reminding me that I’ve had quite the streak of hitting Starwood Platinum over the last 9 years. In fact, I’m only 8 stays away from prequalifying for Platinum status and only 4 nights away from qualifying for Platinum (light) status for life!
You already know it’s great to be Platinum — and we’re thrilled to welcome you so often. Good news: You’re oh-so-close to having the 25 eligible stays or 50 eligible nights in a calendar year that it takes to retain our top membership tier, Platinum status with the Starwood Preferred Guest® program.
We hope you’ve enjoyed all your Platinum benefits:
- Three Starpoints® per eligible dollar spent.
- Upgrades to enhanced rooms at check-in, including to Standard Suites
- Your choice of a Platinum welcome gift with each stay: Choose from bonus Starpoints, continental breakfast or a local amenity
- 4 p.m. late checkout where available
- Complimentary in-room, high-speed Internet access
- Complimentary health club, Club-level and Executive-level access.4
And every night brings you closer to earning more. Our SPG® Nights Benefits gives you the opportunity to earn 10 Suite Night Awards™ after staying 50 eligible nights in a calendar year — and even more benefits after 75 and 100 nights.
With SPG Crossover Rewards™, Platinum members earn one Starpoint for every dollar spent on eligible Delta flights5 and exclusive benefits at the airport — including first checked bag free6 and priority boarding.7 And, if you’re a SkyMiles® Diamond, Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion® member, you’ll earn one mile for every dollar spent on eligible room rates at Starwood hotels and resorts.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon — and hope you keep your Platinum status for another great year.
Not sure which is worse, qualifying for Platinum status and not using the benefits or not qualifying for Platinum status. What do you think?
You see, Starwood’s Platinum status has been changed in recent years when they started the 10 complimentary suite night upgrades for Platinum members with 50 nights or more. But I’ve had a heck of a time trying to use these certificates the past year. I’ve applied them to multiple reservations, but each time at the 5 day mark, no suite upgrade. I usually get an upgrade to a “deluxe” room at the time of check-in, but it’s not the same as a confirmed suite. In fact, on a recent stay, I went as far as to book a “backup” room for Baby Weekly Flyer, and I ended up using it because the suite upgrade didn’t come through.
This wasn’t the only instance where a Platinum amenity didn’t work. I’m sad to say, I have 10 suite upgrades that are about to expire this year. How many do you have left? Does that tell you something about the benefit or your choice of hotels?
The complimentary breakfast at the regular business hotels has not been an added bonus, I get that reimbursed anyway. But I do appreciate it on an award stay. So I guess the breakfast would be my big loss if I don’t go for Platinum status next year. I don’t see a reason to go for the extra
I’m left wondering if it is worth going for Platinum this year. I’m on the fence. What do you think? Would you go for Platinum status in my situation or simply maintain Gold status next year?
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