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Old Aug 20, 15, 5:39 pm
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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..
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Old Aug 20, 15, 6:10 pm
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Originally Posted by rafernandes View Post
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.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 7:13 pm
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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.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 7:23 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
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).
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Old Aug 20, 15, 7:50 pm
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Do you have both SPG Amex cards? That's 4 stays and 10 nights right there.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 8:17 pm
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Originally Posted by LovetoTravel83 View Post
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?
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Old Aug 20, 15, 8:18 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Isn't the answer 47 nights?
34+12 = 46.

Originally Posted by rafernandes View Post
Currently sitting at 34 nights
Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
If the OP does 12 more one night stays
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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
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Old Aug 21, 15, 5:41 am
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Originally Posted by Tommys888 View Post
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?
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Old Aug 21, 15, 6:45 am
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Annually with the SPG Card you get two (2) stays and five (5) nights for the Personal SPG Card. Or am I missing something?
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
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Old Aug 21, 15, 7:20 am
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Originally Posted by KENNECTED View Post
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.
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Old Aug 21, 15, 6:06 pm
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Rates are $65 at the Four Points in Houston. Maybe that makes it feasible?
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Old Aug 21, 15, 9:35 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
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
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Old Aug 21, 15, 9:47 pm
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Originally Posted by rafernandes View Post
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.
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Old Aug 21, 15, 10:51 pm
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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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