There’s some weird stuff going on at the moment when it comes to my SPG elite qualifying activity. First of all, it appears as if stay and night credits from the SPG Amex are double posting, so those of us with both the personal and business version of the card seem to have received eight elite qualifying stays and 20 elite qualifying nights. Some suggest they’ve received emails indicating that this is intentional, though I’m skeptical. We’ll have to wait and see how it plays out.
However, there’s something else going on that I find more interesting. Reader Vasya left the following comment on a post from earlier, about the possibility of changes coming to SPG:
I think there is definitely some kind of integration going on. I just got an email this morning notifying me that I achieved lifetime gold with SPG. I do not meet the requirements of Lifetime Gold with SPG (I have 300+ nights but only 4 years of elite with SPG). However, if you add my one year of Plat status with Marriott, then I do make Lifetime Gold. I may be reading too much into this though because it is possible that SPG may have been aggregating Marriott elite status and SPG elite status years for calculation of Lifetime status for quite some time now. I don’t know.
Sure enough, something similar is happening with my account. Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I spent my 500th night with Starwood. While that’s the nights requirement needed for lifetime Platinum status, I still need three more years of Platinum before I earn the status for life. That’s because you need to earn 500 nights and be Platinum for 10 years.
Based on the stays I’ve made the past couple of weeks, I should now be at 506 nights with SPG. However, when I log into the SPG Dashboard, I notice that I now have 531 lifetime nights. Where did the extra 25 nights come from?! For what it’s worth, credit card nights have never counted towards lifetime status with Starwood.
When I log into my Marriott Rewards account and look at my lifetime total (which can be done by logging on and clicking on “nights” section at the top right of your account), I see that I have 26 lifetime nights with Marriott. So while 26 is one more than 25, that sure is close, and it’s the best theory I can come up with of why I suddenly have more lifetime nights.
Is anyone else noticing something strange with their SPG lifetime activity? I have no clue what’s going on here, but I figure if we have enough data points, maybe we can figure it out.