It takes 25 stays or 50 nights to earn Starwood SPG Platinum Status, which I think is the most rewarding Hotel status. This is not easy for the average person to attain. Want to fast track your way to Platinum stutus? There is a short cut.
If you link a Starwood Amex credit card to your SPG account, you get 2 stays / 5 nights credit towards elite status and if you have both the personal and the business card you will get double that: 4 stays / 10 nights. That’s supposed to be the maximum allowed, but if you add a few more cards, you will get 2 stays / 5 nights for each card, so it is possible to earn Platinum status with just a few stays if you link a bunch of cards linked to your account.
TESTING IT OUT
UPDATE 10/22/15: Works again! Link up your accounts now and watch the credits stack up!
UPDATE 2/25/15: As mentioned here, this short cut does not work in 2015.
I’ve been testing out to be sure it works. I had both the business and personal cards so I expected to be credited 4 stays / 10 nights as they did last year. Instead I noticed there were way more stays/nights in my account – 8 stays / 20 nights and that was because I had 4 accounts linked (my two plus two family members). As another test, I had another family member put my SPG # on their account and sure enough, I received another 2 stay / 5 nights shortly after. I’m not sure what the maximum is here, but I’m now 10 stays / 25 nights closer to Platinum – half way if I qualify by nights. A friend has confirmed the same results and it seems it works if you link your friend’s accounts. In prior years I had more than 2 cards linked and it always maxed me out at 4 stays / 10 nights.
Will it last?
I’m not sure. If it’s a bug and they fix it I will need more nights to requalify for Platinum again this year.
HOW TO SIGN UP
American Express is currently offering 25,000 SPG points to sign up which is pretty good (they do offer 30k sometimes, but who knows when it will happen again). I don’t get any commission if you sign up – here are a couple ways to sign up:
**UPDATE — The 30,000 point offer is here again – click here to see the details
1) Direct Links to Sign up: (go to www.spg.com and a link should be on the bottom left corner – or use these:)
- SPG Amex Business credit card: 25k Bonus after spending $5k in 6 months, $65 annual fee waived first year
- SPG Amex Personal credit card: 25k Bonus after spending $5k in 6 months, $65 annual fee waived first year
2) If you want to support your favorite blogger, apply for a card using one of their links. Here’s a couple to check out OneMileAtATime, MightyTravels (though I'm not sure if anyone is getting any commission at this time).
HOW TO LINK YOUR ACCOUNTS
When you open a new account they will ask you for your SPG number. This is where all points will be deposited. If its an existing account and you want to switch an spg number, just call up Amex and say you would like to update your SPG number.
REQUALIFY IF YOU ARE SHORT A FEW NIGHTS
If you think you may fall short of re-qualifying for Platinum this year or if you would like to attain Platinum status, signing up for these cards will help. Unless you are currently working towards a minimum spend requirement to get a sign up bonus, this is my favorite card to use to because the SPG points are very valuable.
Am I eligible for the sign up bonus if I had the card in the past?
Not too long ago, there were many posts stating that American Express will no longer allow repeat bonuses. That means you can only get one bonus per card per person per lifetime for new accounts starting May 1, 2014. See the posts here: FrequentMiler, Milepoint, and Flyertalk, beginning May 1, 2014. As far as I can tell, the terms and conditions on the application doesn’t include this language and say you are not eligible if you had the card in the past 12 months. To me that means the new rules have not gone into effect.
HOW TO GET MORE STAYS TOWARDS PLATINUM STATUS
Don’t forget that award stays also count towards elite credit and that members are allowed to receive credits for up to 3 rooms per stay (for example: you plus 2 more rooms for friend). For an easy stay towards elite status, you can find your closest Category 2 hotel which costs a only 3,000pts per room per weekend night (Saturday and Sunday). Obtaining / re-qualifying for Platinum status this year means you will retain status for all of 2014 and 2015, with the expiration Feb 28, 2016! Personally, I prefer to re-qualify hitting 50 nights instead of 25 stays with the main advantage that Plat50’s receive 10 suite night awards (SNAs). Platinum members qualifying with 25 stays, you are at the mercy of the check in agent for suite upgrades (but I often get upgrades anyway at most Starwood hotels). For Plat50’s that would like a confirmed suite and apply SNAs to the reservation, the “system” begins checking for suite availability 5 days prior to check-in. If the standard suite is available, it’s yours and confirmed via email! A friend has successfully redeemed 28 out of 30 SNAs – mostly great redemptions such as:
- the Fantastic Suite at W Guanzhou,
- the Executive Suite at the Westin Guanzhou,
- the Pualani Suite at Sheraton Waikiki,
- the Deluxe Suite at the Equinox hotel – Chares Orvis Inn, and
- the One Bedroom Suite at Le Westin Tremblant
Here is the full SPG Platinum Member Guide