SPG Lifetime Platinum

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Yesterday I was starting on my second martini, lazily setting my fantasy football draft rankings while watching the sail away from Livorno (I am on vacation – 1/3rd of the way into my Grand Mediterranean adventure) when I received the most delightful of frequent travel emails – I finally achieved SPG Lifetime Platinum Status!

I consider this no tiny feat since I’ve been either a double or triple top tier elite for the last 13 years (and once a quadruple top tier… Ugh!) which means I spend too much time in hotels.

The benefits of SPG Lifetime Platinum status are nothing to sniff at – late checkout, extra points, and other bonuses.

I enjoyed a junior suite upgrade on my qualifying stay (which was at the Le Meridien in Barcelona along with late checkout and my usual bonuses.  The hotel offered a convenient location right off La Rambla, a perfect refuge between visits out and our great tour with Culinary Backstreets.

It is nice to know that in the future, I will have two fewer things to worry about – 1) how to requalify for status with Starwood and 2) what my perks will be at Starwood hotels.

I’ve previously earned two other lifetime statuses – Lifetime Gold and later Lifetime Platinum (at 1 million and 2 million miles respectively) on American Airlines.  I’m now at well over 4+ million miles on the carrier (and inching toward my 4 million miler status) without a single dollar of credit card spend or other externally derived mileage.

I’m hoping to continue now to make progress towards my other lifetime statuses in other programs.  I will still take full advantage of staying in Starwood hotels when I can however.  I love the perks and have my favorite properties.  But I will no longer feel obligated to skip a nice Marriott to stay in a mediocre Four Points out of blind brand loyalty.

So another drink to status… cheers!

About Jennifer Moody

Jennifer is a management consultant and avid volunteer. Her career and volunteer duty travels have helped her log top-tier airline and hotel status annually for the last nineteen years. In addition, she embraces the opportunity to maximize her vacation time by planning extracurricular trips that have taken her to over 60 countries and 48.5 US states. Once an "every week" road warrior, she now only travels around 100 days a year. She resides in her native Fort Worth, Texas where she enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint, wine, and playing with her Border Collie/Great Pyreness mix puppy Harley Quinn.

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    • Thanks! I had the exact same issue – I had the years almost three years ago but it took a while to catch up on the nights.

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