SPG Platinum status, in my opinion, is the most rewarding elite status of all major hotel programs (besides SPG Platinum 75 and 100 night status). In my time holding SPG Platinum status I’ve received thousands of dollars in upgrades, free restaurant breakfast, lounge access and more. To me though, the true value of SPG Platinum status is the level of care and excellent treatment by SPG staff. Some examples include on my birthday last year, the front desk attendant sang happy birthday when I was checking in, on an overnight stay between flights on my honeymoon the Sheraton in San Juan, Puerto Rico somehow figured out it was our honeymoon and surprised us with champagne in our room, also when the W Hotel in Vieques surprised us with chocolate covered strawberries because we were honeymooning with them. SPG truly cares that you are loyal to them and they show it.
Earn SPG Platinum Status with Credit Card Spending
Historically, only SPG Gold status has been available by credit cards. Though with the recent SPG/Marriott merger, SPG Platinum status is now available with credit card spending. The Ritz Carlton Credit Card offers Ritz Carlton Platinum status when spending $75,000 annually on the card. Since Ritz Carlton now status matches to Marriott and SPG when connecting your accounts, you can earn SPG Platinum status by holding and spending $75,000 annually on the Ritz Carlton Credit Card.
Is it worth the spending requirement?
Whether the annual spending requirement is worth it, is up to you. To me $75,000 worth of spending should net at least $1500 dollars worth of points or cash back, assuming you receive at least 2% cash back using the right credit card. The Ritz Carlton only earns 1x point per $1 on base spending, and I value Ritz Carlton (Marriott) points around .7 cents per point meaning $75,000 would net you $525 worth of points. This to me, means SPG Platinum status would cost you around $975. Before you apply and spend on the Ritz Carlton card, consider that SPG not only counts paid nights towards elite status but also award nights. SPG is also currently running a targeted promotion on doubling your elite nights for stays between January 16th to April 15th, 2017.
While this may not be the best way to earn SPG Platinum status for everyone, it is certainly great to have one more option. I’d rather earn elite nights through vacation and mattress running myself, those that are able to put $75,000 worth of credit card spending should consider whether SPG Platinum status is worth the $1000 loss in points.