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As I first wrote about in mid-April, Starwood offered me a targeted double elite qualifying nights promotion, valid for stays through June 30, 2016.
This was one of their “Exclusive Offers” deals, which are targeted promotions that can be found through this link. Starwood seems to have various targeted promotions throughout the year, so it makes sense to check the “Exclusive Offers” page every once in a while.
The best part is that this is in addition to Starwood’s current global promotion, which is offering up to triple Starpoints on select stays.
I haven’t been doing that many Starwood nights the past few weeks, so haven’t really been maximizing this double elite qualifying nights promotion.
However, just today I received an email informing me that the promotion has been extended. I can now earn double elite qualifying nights with Starwood through July 31, 2016. I suspect the promotion has been extended for anyone who was originally targeted for it.
This is pretty awesome! I have Starwood 100 night Platinum status, which comes with Ambassador service. I would have probably requalified for that anyway, but this promotion is making it significantly easier. The timing is especially good, as I’ll be headed to Russia in July, where I’ll be staying at the W St. Petersburg and St. Regis Moscow, so I’ll earn double elite qualifying nights for those stays as well.
These double elite qualifying nights are also on top of the four elite qualifying stays and 10 elite qualifying nights I received towards status at the beginning of the year for having both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.
So if you’re going for Platinum status and have both of those cards (as I do), that means you only need 21 stays or 40 nights to reach Platinum status.
I’m fascinated by Starwood’s promotion offering double elite qualifying nights and stays. It’s a bit surprising to me, given the fact that they have reasonable elite qualification requirements to begin with, and also given their upcoming takeover by Marriott. I suspect this promotion will help a lot of people earn Ambassador service.
If you want to see if you’re eligible for a Member Exclusive promotion, see this link. Like I said, Starwood seems to add promotions periodically, so you’ll want to check back with some frequency.
If you were targeted for the double elite qualifying nights promotion, will the extension impact which hotel chain you stay with in July?