Best SPG Platinum 50 Night Elite Perk To Choose


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Starwood Preferred Guest offers SPG Platinum status after staying 25 stays or 50 nights per year, however those who stay the 50 nights, are considered a higher tier SPG Platinum level and receive a unique benefit.

Last year, Starwood has enhanced the offerings and some of the perks are really valuable so I thought I’d cover which perk you should choose if you’re qualifying for re-qualifying for SPG Platinum status for 2017.

As a reminder, both the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express offer 2 stays/5 night elite credits toward Platinum status.

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Choices of SPG Platinum 50 nighters include:

  • 10 Suite Night Awards™
  • Gift Gold status to a friend or family member
  • 1 Free Night Award
  • Five Elite-Qualifying Nights
  • Up to 5 rental days with Silvercar*
  • SPG donation to UNICEF
  • 40% off your favorite hotel bed

How I value these perks:

  • 10 Suite Night Awards: If you travel a lot and are looking to receive confirmed suite upgrades, then this is your best bet. With 10 nights, you’ll be able to stay in a suite about 20% of your time if you stay 50 night, not including the many more times you may be upgraded at check-in. If you have use for this benefit, this is the way to go.
  • 1 Free Night Award: If you aren’t able to use the suite night awards, this is a great benefit. You’ll receive 1 free night, good at any SPG Category 1-5 property. There are some great Category 5 properties that can run upwards of $500 a night in peak season, so you can maximize your value with this perk.
  • Five Elite-Qualifying Nights: If you’re loving your SPG Platinum status, and want to make sure you re-qualify again, then these five nights will mean you’ll just need 45 more nights. This could be a valuable perk if you find yourself short on nights, but it wouldn’t be my top pick.
  • Up to 5 rental days with Silvercar: Silvercar is awesome if you haven’t tried it, and they’re gradually expanding to more locations, so this is a cool perk to consider if you’re looking for a cool benefit to choose.
  • SPG donation to UNICEF: I’m all for donating to charity, however choosing this option doesn’t make the most sense if you’re trying to maximize value.
  • 40% off your favorite hotel bed: If you’re looking to purchase a comfortable hotel bed such as the Westin Heavenly Bed, then this could be a good option to consider saving some money on your purchase.

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Bottom Line

Whatever SPG Platinum 50 night perk you choose, you can’t go wrong, as it’s a matter of personal choice, however I’d strongly suggest the the 10 Suite Night Awards or the 1 Free Night Award.

What SPG Platinum 50 night perk will you be choosing? Feel free to share below!

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Comments

  1. I’m planning on going for the bed — it would be a pretty big saving if it stacks with other sales that Westin has for their mattresses! 😀

  2. hit 50 nights a few months ago, so I’ll be having my choice for next year as well. I did have a question that will affect my decision: Can I use my 10 Suite Nights this year for a stay next year? If so, that would offer me a lot of latitude.

  3. I guess it all depends where your travels take you:
    Outside US I get suite upgrades very often – I even got one at Tambo del Inca as a Preferred Plus

    Silvercar is useless outside the US too

    Same for the bed discount

    So all non-US based SPG Plats 50 have that many fewer choices

  4. Any info on how all us Marriott elites get counted? I only have 5 nights with Starwood this year, but I have 90 nights with Marriott and I linked my accounts. I wonder what I’ll get.

  5. With regards to the Suite Night Awards… If you book multiple rooms per night, is it possible to use it on Room #1 while potentially getting upgraded on Room #2 based on Plat status?

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