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!