I have this fight with myself every year and each year I “just” squeak by. I mean, I earned 26 stays last year with SPG and none of them were a “mattress run” that is, going to the room, tossing a pillow around and leaving, just for the stay credit. It takes 25 stays to make or keep platinum but 2 of my credits came from my now canceled personal SPG AMEX card and 2 more came from my business SPG AMEX card that I still hold now.
As you can see from the screen shot above, I have already got my 2 credits this year from the business card. I use the SPG business card now and then to make SPG points, especially once I have spent $60,000 on my Delta AMEX Reserve card as there is then no point in spending beyond that number (after 60k I can no longer earn more bonus MQMs so I move on to other cards).
But my AGGGG moment comes each time I look at just how many stays I will need and get each year. I like SPG hotels so that is just not the issue. I already get free GOLD status from my NON-Delta AMEX Platinum card so I really don’t “need” to earn even the 10 credits it takes to get that – but I know I will stay more than 10 nights a year at SPG hotels.
My other frustration is I just don’t stay “that many” nights in hotels. I tend to drive my choice to stay all-in at SPG to get to that 25 number each year. I really should stay more at Club Carlson hotels as I have a bunch of points from both my wife and I getting their cards again and again over the years. I don’t use those points because I am staying at SPG hotels. Same goes for IHG hotels as I am all SPG. See my problem?
I have so far this year 8 nights booked plus the 2 from my card. I am sure I will need another 10 here and there. That will leave me just 5 short (or less) by the end of 2015. So do I push again? Do I give up and settle for Gold in 2016. Do I match with another hotel and then chase that status with them? Do I stay at more IHG hotels as just holding the Chase IHG card gets me free Platinum anyway (but not near as nice as SPG Platinum).
I don’t know. I really don’t. I have Crossover Rewards no matter what with my Diamond Delta status so it is not a must I keep my SPG Platinum status going. What should I do readers? – René
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