SPG Double Elite Status Credit and Other Targeted SPG Offers

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We just saw Hyatt offer their co-branded cardholders the opportunity to earn elite status “three times faster” than normal beginning September 1st, which means that from then until December 30, 2017, you can earn top tier Globalist status with just 20 eligible nights instead of the usual 60 in a calendar year. That is pretty tempting for those with lots of upcoming travel, but today I received another very interesting offer from SPG offering double elite qualifying credit in their program.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

This was a targeted offer, but my husband and I both had it, and we are far from the only ones with targeted SPG offers of some sort available at the moment. Even if you haven’t noticed an email from SPG, it is worth checking to see if you are eligible for an offer just in case. In case you received the same offer as us, here are the key details on the double elite status credit offer.

You must register by November 15, 2017, and you’ll earn double elite-qualifying credit (stays and nights) on all SPG stays between September 15, 2017 – December 15, 2017. The promotion is not retroactive for nights and stays completed before you register, so you will want to register now just in case.

In terms of details, per the terms a stay is comprised one or more consecutive nights at the same SPG hotel by a SPG member who provides their SPG number at the time of reservation or at check-in; pays an eligible rate; and stays in one of the reserved guest rooms. If an SPG Member checks out and back in at the same SPG hotel on the same day, it will count as a single stay for the purposes of calculating stays. In other words, you have to change hotels if you want to earn one stay on Tuesday night and one on Wednesday night.

An eligible stay is a stay with at least one eligible paid night at any of the over 1,300 hotels and resorts in the SPG program, paying an eligible rate that earns Starpoints (award stays and cash & points stays are not eligible stays for this promotion). A SPG member may earn Starpoints, Eligible Nights and Eligible Stays for up to three guest at a time if he/she stays in one of the reserved guest rooms and pays an eligible rate for all of the guest rooms.

The bonus elite qualifying nights earned via this offer sadly will not count toward SPG Lifetime status requirements. Those who earn elite status solely as a result of the bonus elite qualifying stays or nights posted will not have a year of elite status count toward SPG Lifetime qualification.

Earn SPG Platinum Status in 11 One Night STays

Now let’s do the math here….assuming that you have both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card and the personal Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card, then you are already at four eligible stays and ten eligible nights for the year even if you haven’t had any other eligible stays.

That means you still need additional 21 stays to earn top tier Platinum status. With this double qualifying stay promo you could knock that out in 11 eligible stays, which could be as short as one night each. That means you can earn top tier SPG Platinum status with just 11 one night stays.

I wouldn’t go out mattress running that many stays just to earn SPG Platinum status, but if you have paid travel from September 15 – December 15th that you could shift around a bit, then that number isn’t too out of range for some, especially if you already had some nights or stays under your belt this year. If you are qualifying on nights, remember that SPG Platinum status kicks in at 50 eligible nights.

Also remember that SPG Platinum status matches to Marriott Platinum status, which also gets you United Silver status. Were you targeted for a SPG offer? If so, I’d love to hear about your offer and whether you think you will be able to put it to use.

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Comments

  1. I got this offer and it is pretty tempting. I am at 13 stays this year so I need another 12 stays to reach Platinum. With this promo I only need 6 stays. Problem is that most of my travel until the end of the year are to places where there is none or very limited SPG presence. I wish you could stay at Marriott hotels and get the credit to SPG.

  2. I also got the targeted promo. Normally award night redemptions count as a stay. Would an award stay count as X 2 as well?

      • I’m glad someone asked that question, I was working out the math and I’ve got a bunch of award nights coming up that I thought were X2. Back to the drawing board.

    • You get credit for a stay with an award redemption but what I meant was that you won’t get Double credit for an award stay. You’d just get the normal 1 stay credit (vs. 2 with the promotion).

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