Cheapest way to earn Starwood Platinum

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  1. RestlessLocationSyndrome
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    I may not be traveling much for business this year. What is the cheapest way you've come across to maintain Starwood Platinum?
     
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    double stay credits really cut down my out of pocket expenses the most
     
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    I assume you already have it, but the SPG card gives you 2 stays and 5 nights worth of credit towards status.
     
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    If you already have the credit card, promotions are the only "cheap" way to maintain status to my knowledge
     
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    When and where can you get double stay credit? I don't remember seeing this promotion before.

    Also, I was hoping people might provide a list of Starwood hotels that they've stayed at for very cheap rates to get stay credit.
     
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    there is someone on FT that has pulled rates like that.

    flights to cheap properties become less cheap. ah, award flights?
     
  7. tlott
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    Not sure when the last double stay credit was (a year or two ago?). I try to maximize my stays when convenient by swapping properties a couple of times if there are more than one in the same area. I won't go so far as to let it be inconvenient to the rest of my travel plans, but whenever possible, I try.
     
  8. Based on your profile it looks like you live in LA, if so book some weekend nights at the Starwoods at the LAX airport. Usually have cheap weekend rates.
     
  9. Mark.Dragon
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    Last time you could Double Stay Credits was with the Promo "Nights Count Double" from Oktober to Dezember 2010!

    Nights Count Double at Aloft, Element and Four Points Hotels!
    Earn elite status twice as fast with the new Nights Count Double promotion:
    * Every eligible night stayed at AloftSM, ElementSM and Four Points® by Sheraton hotels through December 31, 2010, counts double toward elite status.
    * Earn your double nights across more than 200 Aloft, Element and Four Points hotels globally.
    * To be eligible, register by December 31, 2010.

    Maybe there is something like this again 2011?
    Possible but I´m not sure because the comercialcrisis seems to be over and much more buisnesstravelers ar "on duty" again and so i fear is no need to make offers to fill up the hotels?

    Greetings Mark
     
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    There's a 4 Points in North Phoenix that often has really good rates (in the $55 range). It's all about where you need to be anyway (or if you are MRing somewhere) if you need to top off a night or two and think the benefits are worth topping off your account.
     
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    Also try the Starwoods in the ONT Ontario Airport area (Sheraton, Aloft, Four Points).
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback. Hopefully they'll have the count double bonus this year so that I can combine it with some cheap nights.
     
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    You can also get this credit for both the SPG personal and Business cards for a total of 4 stays and 10 nights toward your status.
     
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    Not double credit for stays, but they are having a double points with bonus 500 Th-Su right now.

    Promo
     
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    And, if you go a little inland, Four Points Bakersfield is pretty nice and has good rates and quite a good restaurant. Four Points Fresno gets mixed reviews, but maybe you could try it?

    Not cheap, but part of a nice vacation loop around the mountains, combined with other, cheaper properties, could be the Westin Monache Resort at Mammoth mountain.
     
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    Administrative note.... Does this belong in SPG forum?
     
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    US 4 points or Asia
     
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    I've spent a share of nights at the FP Bakersfield. It's functional but nothing great. The sign above the check-in desk makes me laugh every time though. Straight out of Office Space or The Office.

    I'd second the recommendation to shop around LAX - the three properties are generally pretty inexpensive even during the week sometimes.
     
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    If only we could double list threads in different fora . . .
     
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    If you're not traveling much anyways why spend the excess money on status??
     
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    Pursuit of status knows no reason.
     
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    If you are spending 10-15 nights a year, it might be worth spending $xxx to have platinum.

    This is true especially if you are planning to have a larger reward / vacation stay. Platinum status, even not upgraded, is better than spending double points to get an upgraded suite.
     
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    What does the sign say?
     
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    But it should. Spending money arbitrarily for "status" that has no payoff is a waste.

    At 10-15 normal paid nights per year you're potentially paying a LOT extra for status that you only get value from those 10-15 days. Free breakfast and internet isn't worth that much most of the time.
     
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    Agreed. My limit is about $350 and that's only if I know I have a couple of longer award stays where the status will mean something, so basically overseas.

    I used to have SPG Platinum because I'd have ten work stays a year at the Sheraton Commander or the Le Meridian Cambridge. Once my work role changed and those trips dropped to two a year, there was no point trying to make up those other 8 stays, and now I'm a lowly credit card Gold. That's fine, as most of my Starwood stays are via Priceline so I have no status at all but can easily save $70/weeknight at a random half-full suburban Sheraton.

    To get Platinum just to get it... assume a double-stay credit promo and 2 nights from the SPG AMEX. That still means you need 12 stays, at a minimum of $59+tax. So you're looking at $840/year plus finding 12 locations. No point.
     
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