Old Dec 15, 09, 3:54 pm
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damon88
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: La Jolla, CA
Programs: Ambassador, Lifetime Titanium, Delta Plat, Hilton Diamond (C) Hyatt Explorist (M)
Posts: 2,599
FOR OUR BEST MEMBERS. A LIMITED-EDITION GIFT- Gold

I'm Plat but my DH is Gold.

He just received this email:

FOR OUR BEST MEMBERS. A LIMITED-EDITION GIFT

To celebrate your travels with us this year, we'd like you to have a set of limited-edition luggage tags as our gift to you. Take these with you on all your upcoming travels — they'll help represent you as an important part of the Starwood Preferred Guest® family.


As of December 10, 2009, our records show that you've reached Gold status, and we'd like to take a moment to thank you for choosing SPG®. This has been an exciting year for us as we continued to expand our properties to offer you more choices in the places you like to visit. If you've stayed with Sheraton® this year, you may have experienced one of our newly renovated hotels, part of a beautiful $6 billion global transformation.


It's interesting that though he is comped Gold annually anyways (via both Cent card and 30K spend on *wood Amex) this is the first year he earned it the hard way and the first year he received a gift. If we are traveling together we typically book under my membership to maintain Plat.

So comped Gold and earned Gold are differentiated by SPG.
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