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rafernandes Aug 20, 15 5:39 pm

Fastest way to get to Plat for 2015 - Help !
 
OK, so changed jobs and no travel (:
LT Gold and was aiming for my 5th year Plat. Goal is to get to LT Plat.
Currently sitting at 34 nights, 13 stays - short of doing mattress runs, which is expensive , how do I get to balance 16 nights..

I live in Austin so redemption of SPG properties is not cheap either .. don't have too much banked in points to spare but points and cash could be an option..

KENNECTED Aug 20, 15 6:10 pm


Originally Posted by rafernandes (Post 25302728)
OK, so changed jobs and no travel (:
LT Gold and was aiming for my 5th year Plat. Goal is to get to LT Plat.
Currently sitting at 34 nights, 13 stays - short of doing mattress runs, which is expensive , how do I get to balance 16 nights..

I live in Austin so redemption of SPG properties is not cheap either .. don't have too much banked in points to spare but points and cash could be an option..



Scanning local properties for cheap nights? IE one night stays.

My goodness, this forum is full of ideas to help maintain status.

MSPeconomist Aug 20, 15 7:13 pm

If the OP does 12 more one night stays, that gets PlatMinus with 49 nights, where one more night would mean Plat50 and 10 SNAs. I would focus on nights rather than stays.

However, if OP is five years (at least) from Liftime Plat(Minus), I'm not sure it's wise to assume that the program will continue for five more years, especially given the discussion about Starwood being sold/merged into another hotel chain.

LovetoTravel83 Aug 20, 15 7:23 pm


Originally Posted by MSPeconomist (Post 25303144)
If the OP does 12 more one night stays, that gets PlatMinus with 49 nights, where one more night would mean Plat50 and 10 SNAs. I would focus on nights rather than stays.

Actually the OP would get 46 nights if 12 one night stays are completed.

I'd try and focus on one night cheap BRG's (2K points award).

mahasamatman Aug 20, 15 7:50 pm

Do you have both SPG Amex cards? That's 4 stays and 10 nights right there.

MSPeconomist Aug 20, 15 8:17 pm


Originally Posted by LovetoTravel83 (Post 25303184)
Actually the OP would get 46 nights if 12 one night stays are completed.

I'd try and focus on one night cheap BRG's (2K points award).

Isn't the answer 47 nights?

mahasamatman Aug 20, 15 8:18 pm


Originally Posted by MSPeconomist (Post 25303414)
Isn't the answer 47 nights?

34+12 = 46.


Originally Posted by rafernandes (Post 25302728)
Currently sitting at 34 nights


Originally Posted by MSPeconomist (Post 25303144)
If the OP does 12 more one night stays


Tommys888 Aug 21, 15 5:34 am

first of all, get the amex card if you do not have one yet, that is 5 stays/10 nights there, this will make your account 18 stays/ 44 nights

then, stay 6 additional nights at cheaper rates (Fri/Sat/Sun for example) and get 10 SNA

KENNECTED Aug 21, 15 5:41 am


Originally Posted by Tommys888 (Post 25304784)
first of all, get the amex card if you do not have one yet, that is 5 stays/10 nights there, this will make your account 18 stays/ 44 nights

then, stay 6 additional nights at cheaper rates (Fri/Sat/Sun for example) and get 10 SNA

Annually with the SPG Card you get two (2) stays and five (5) nights for the Personal SPG Card. Or am I missing something?:confused:

Tommys888 Aug 21, 15 6:45 am


Originally Posted by KENNECTED (Post 25304801)
Annually with the SPG Card you get two (2) stays and five (5) nights for the Personal SPG Card. Or am I missing something?:confused:

right right... sorry my apologies. Re-do the calculations below:

first of all, get the amex card if you do not have one yet, that is 2 stays/5 nights there, this will make your account 15 stays/ 39 nights

then, stay 11 additional nights at cheaper rates (Fri/Sat/Sun for example) and get 10 SNA

mahasamatman Aug 21, 15 7:20 am


Originally Posted by KENNECTED (Post 25304801)
Annually with the SPG Card you get two (2) stays and five (5) nights for the Personal SPG Card. Or am I missing something?

Same for the business card, so you can get a total of 4 stays and 10 nights.

CJNoobie Aug 21, 15 6:06 pm

Rates are $65 at the Four Points in Houston. Maybe that makes it feasible?

rafernandes Aug 21, 15 9:35 pm


Originally Posted by mahasamatman (Post 25303422)
34+12 = 46.

@Tommy888- I am lost.. Ok, so at 34 nights, I have the AMEX SPG, not the business card, but I still need to get additional 16 nights.. but I am NOT aware of the AMEX SPG giving you 10 nights, did I miss something ?


@CJNOOBIE - Houston is a far cheaper option than Austin - I can do a mattress run and book, 6 nights, do not have to stay there, but for $65 a night, that 1/2 the price of Austin...going there in November anyway for a Billy Joel concert :)

mahasamatman Aug 21, 15 9:47 pm


Originally Posted by rafernandes (Post 25308975)
but I am NOT aware of the AMEX SPG giving you 10 nights, did I miss something ?

If you don't know about the elite credits, you may have missed one of the most important features of the Amex cards. Each SPG Amex card (personal and business) gives you two stay credits and five night credits per year toward elite status. You should have already received the credits for your personal card, so if you get the business card, that's another five night credits for free, so you only need 11 more.

DC777Fan Aug 21, 15 10:51 pm

After getting the SPG card(s) you don't have, get the Citi Prestige card ... 4th night free benefit is amazing for mattress runs -- lowers the effective cost/night substantially. First year is essentially free accounting for 2x airline fee for the first year's annual fee...


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