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Starwood status is a nice benefit to have if you like the brand and stay with SPG a lot. If you didn’t requalify for status, you may have noticed that your Starwood account may now be downgraded as SPG status expires in February. Mrs. Weekly Flyer doesn’t really travel without the family and therefore has little to no status, but she reminded me this weekend that she has SPG Gold Status with her The Platinum Card® from American Express. We were booking her a little trip on her own without me and noticed that her status was downgraded, so she had to call American Express to get it re-instated so that she can use it with her next SPG stay. This call to Amex took only a couple minutes and now she has her Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Status with The Platinum Card® from American Express back.
Keeping SPG Gold Status With American Express Platinum Card
You might not know that you can gain Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Status with The Platinum Card® from American Express without meeting any stay requirements.
As a Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Status member you will receive all the benefits of a Preferred Guest® with the following enhancements:
- More Starpoints: Earn 3 Starpoints(SM) for every eligible U.S. dollar spent — a 50% bonus over base-level membership.
- An enhanced room: As an elite member, you’ll automatically be given an enhanced room at check-in when available. ‡
*Subject to availability at check-in for the length of the stay, provided the room was not booked through a pre-paid third-party channel. Preferred Rooms do not include suites. This benefit is not offered at Aloft and Element properties.
- 4p.m. late checkout** so you can sleep in, relax by the pool or see more of the local area you’re visiting.
** Subject to availability at resort and conference center hotels.
- Little Extras: Your choice of a welcome gift with each stay. Choose from bonus Starpoints, complimentary in-room Internet access and a complimentary beverage, and access to the special elite customer service telephone line for reservations and information.
This is a nice benefit of the card but, likely not the reason you’ll get it. The Platinum Card® from American Express has many other benefits that keep Mrs. Weekly Flyer with the card even though the annual fee is on the higher side ($450.) Here are the other benefits of the The Platinum Card® from American Express that help offset the annual fee in our mind:
Airport Lounge Access and Priority Pass™ Select
$200 Airline Fee Credit
Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓TM
The Boingo American Express Preferred Plan
No Foreign Transaction Fees
If you travel a lot, The Platinum Card® from American Express‘s benefits definitely offset the annual fee especially in the first year with the $200 Airline fee credit and the TSA Pre fee credit. You’ll earn 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months, not to mention all the fantastic free access you will get to Delta Skyclubs and Centurion lounges! The Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Status is something that you should also consider if you don’t have any status at Starwood, but make sure to enroll in it through American Express once you get your The Platinum Card® from American Express.
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