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Now that it’s March, I think it’s worth posting a reminder about one of the lesser known benefits of the The Platinum Card® from American Express — SPG Gold status for as long as you have the card.
SPG Gold status isn’t the most useful status in the world, though it does come with some cool perks. The most useful are as follows, in my opinion:
- A 50% points bonus — earn three Starpoints per dollar spent on hotel stays
- Guaranteed 4PM late check-out (even Hilton and Marriott don’t offer that to their top tier elite members)
- Room upgrades (excluding suites)
- A welcome amenity — choose between premium internet, bonus Starpoints, or a complimentary beverage
Receive upgraded rooms as an SPG Gold member
Starwood status expires at the end of February, so if you were previously an SPG Gold member and didn’t requalify, your status has probably been downgraded now.
One easy way to earn back SPG Gold status is with the The Platinum Card® from American Express. You’re eligible as long as you have the card. Just call the number on the back of your card, and they can register you for SPG Gold status, which should kick in immediately.
Here are a few of the most common questions I get about this benefit:
Can additional Amex Platinum cardmembers receive SPG Gold?
Yes, you don’t have to be the primary cardmember in order to get SPG Gold status. Even additional cardmembers are eligible for SPG Gold.
Do they take away SPG Gold if I cancel my Amex Platinum?
While the terms give them the right to do that, in practice it doesn’t usually happen. You get SPG Gold status through February of the following year, regardless of whether you renew your card or not. Then you’ll have to call back the following March if you want to renew it.
Can I gift the SPG Gold status to someone else?
Nope. When you call up Amex they’ll put you on hold to call Starwood and confirm all the account details match. Cardmembers can only have their SPG accounts updated to SPG Gold.
Do I get any stay/night credits when my account is upgraded to Gold?
No. While your status is upgraded to SPG Gold, you don’t actually get the corresponding elite qualifying stays/nights. In other words, it’s not a fast track to Platinum status.
That being said, keep in mind that the Starwood Personal Amex and Starwood Business Amex each offer two elite qualifying stays and five elite qualifying nights towards status annually, just for having the cards.
In and of itself SPG Gold status probably isn’t a reason to pick up The Platinum Card® from American Express, but there are lots of other awesome benefits which more than justify getting the card, in particular the first year (as there’s a $550 annual fee):
- $200 annual airline fee credit ($400 the first year, since your annual fee is based on cardmember year, while your airline fee credit is based on calendar year)
- $100 Global Entry/Pre-Check fee credit
- Access to Boingo hotspots
- Access to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts
- Access to Delta SkyClubs (when traveling on Delta-operated flights)
- Priority Pass Select membership
- Access to the American Express Centurion Lounges in Dallas, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, etc.
American Express Centurion Lounge Dallas/Ft Worth Airport