While I’m on the topic of status matches, I figured I’d make a quick mention of why it’s typically not worth earning SPG Platinum the first time around. While I’m not really loyal to Starwood (I’m Gold, but isn’t everyone?), I’m sure I’ll switch over to them a few years down the road, since they’re a pretty good program overall. I’d say after InterContinental Royal Ambassador, they’re the best top tier program, at least if you stay at the right properties.
That being said, much like the airlines, most of the hotel chains match status, with the possible exception of InterContinental and Marriott. That being said, SPG will only match to Platinum if you’ve never been Platinum with them before, even if it was earned the hard way. That’s unusual, and a reason I’d never actually earn SPG Platinum the first time around, even though it can be quite easy with all the promos they have.
So if you’re thinking of going for Platinum on SPG and have top tier with another program that SPG will match, use that “once-in-a-lifetime” match, since it’ll be the only one you have either way.