There are many reasons to like redeeming Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points for award nights. You’ll earn elite qualifying nights and stays with award reservations. But it is increasingly becoming important to achieve SPG Platinum status above the 50 night threshold for one reason, confirmed upgrades on award reservations.
With the higher Platinum status level, you’ll earn 10 free suite nights that you can even redeem on award reservations.
Suite On Request
On an upcoming stay, I decided to go for the confirmed upgrade.
After a few clicks, my upgrade request was requested for 6 nights in the highest level room available for a Platinum upgrade, the junior suite. And I hear it is a rather nice suite and a great value.
I’ll save those remaining four suite upgrades for a rainy day.
The confirmed suite upgrade is great because you can guarantee a suite night in advance. However, it is becoming increasingly important to hit the mid or higher level of SPG Platinum status to get the full benefits of status.