The Starwood Amex 2017 Annual Elite Credits Have Posted!

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One of the reasons I hold onto both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card from American Express is because they help me requalify for Starwood status.

One of the perks of the cards is that they offer two elite qualifying stays and five elite qualifying nights towards status annually. Each of the cards offers that benefit, meaning that if you have both cards, you start the year with four elite qualifying stays and 10 elite qualifying nights.

Platinum status ordinarily requires 25 stays or 50 nights, meaning that you really only need 21 stays or 40 nights to qualify if you have both of these cards.

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Per the terms, these elite credits should post by February 15 of a given year, though in practice they typically post sooner. Last week I posted about how the stay credits hadn’t yet posted, given that I was getting a lot of reader questions about it.

Well, at least in the case of my account, it looks like the stay and night credits for both the SPG Personal Amex and SPG Business Amex have posted, giving me an extra four elite qualifying stays and 10 elite qualifying nights.


So if you’ve been waiting for these credits to post, be sure to check your account and see if the same happened for you. They sometimes post these in batches, so it’s possible they haven’t yet posted for all accounts. If so, you have nothing to worry about — SPG has another month or so to get these posted.

Also keep in mind that if you don’t yet have either of these cards, you can still apply for the SPG Personal Amex and SPG Business Amex and receive the elite credits for this year (and every subsequent year, at least as long as the benefit remains intact).

Did your SPG Amex elite credits for 2017 also post?

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  1. Unless you travel a lot, this is a pretty lousy benefit for an overall pretty lousy card. Probably the worst co-branded benefits of any card I’ve ever gotten (although the amex offers themselves are pretty great.) The biggest travel benefit of transferring to Alaska miles is a hit or miss, given how Alaska can change their award chart overnight without any prior notification.
    Oh wait, there’s free wi-fi if you stay at a starwood hotel!!

  2. I have both the personal and biz version. So far 2 stay and 5 nights are posted. Still waiting for the other card’s credit.

  3. Ones Starwood online statement used to say how many stays and nights one had year to date — it still has that. It used to also have how many stays and nights one was from requalifying from platinum — it no longer has that.

    Would it be correct to say that one is accumulating stays and nights at this point without the slightest clue as to what designation or metal or whatever they might lead to, how many nights and stays are required for that level, and what the benefits might be. While I understand that things might be unclear to the powers that be, I think that they owe us just a little bit of guidance.

    In my case , I would like to know if 25 stays, including award stays, will get me something. If not, I would prefer to use my available nights — I prefer to sleep at home some of the time — and requalify for either Marriott platinum (75) or globalist/diamond at Hyatt.

    If anyone has any light, even if it is only an opinion, much appreciated. I would do the Amex cards, but I am not currently a US person.

  4. Now that they’ve posted, can I get bonus uber points that only work after your first stay each year?

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