I hate waiting. I admit it that I am a very impatient person. My Delta AMEX Personal Reserve card statement was scheduled to close on the 6th, but delayed to the 7th and then did not post the points to Delta until the 9th and then I was able to log into my Delta.com (directions are HERE) to pick to give myself the 15,000 MQM’s earned.
However, as my title of this blog talks about, I have now decided I am going to bite the bullet and do what it takes to make Platinum this year. Not with Delta, with SPG!
I already have free Platinum with Priority club just from having the Chase PC card and the perk at PC is NOT the same as SPG. Status with SPG has great value and the more I stay at SPG hotel brands the more impressed I get (most times).
I already have 16 stays both booked and completed and it only takes 25 stays to get to Platinum status (not nights, stays, there is a difference). I did get 2 stay credits from my Business SPG AMEX card and it has NOW been more than 365+ days since I had the Personal SPG AMEX card so if I want to during my next round I can go for that and get 25,000 points after spend and 2 more stay credits (you can hold both and get 4 credits a year this way).
What has made this so much better for me is the change SPG made to allow point nights to count as stay credits. I always try to burn points whenever I can as I have way too many points and more and more keep coming in. Sure I try not to waste points, but most times I would rather spend points than cash (or at least points and cash)!
With just 9 stays to go I may look at adding a few nights after or before my mileage runs I have booked for the rest of this year (5 more MR’s booked for the year). I also may change some of my booked PC stays over to SPG to get it done.
Anyway, I still say if you only stay at hotels a few times a year, Priority Club, with the Chase PC card, is the way to go. What do you think about PC & SPG? – René
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