Free SPG Gold with one stay in Asia Pacific on Master Card

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  1. Simon
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    I was busy looking for Mastercard promos in Japanese and came across this promo. I haven't seen it posted anywhere so thought i'd throw it out there. Great promo for anyone with a Mastercard living or traveling in Asia Pacific.

    https://www.starwoodhotels.com/pref...=VTY_SPG_WORLDMASTERCARDGOLDUPGRADE_PROMOTION

     
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    Gah, only a couple of months too late! :p
     
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    True but better late than never!
     
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    If only I had a MC...
     
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    Easy to get i imagine and worth the effort if you don't have status with SPG already and have some stays coming up.
     
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    Wow...nice, I could have used this for stays in North America..... grrrrr
     
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    Thanks for the tip! Nice to know also that the promo runs until 2013!
     
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    MC's are dime a dozen... it will take you less than 10 minutes to apply and get approved for one.
     
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    What's a "World" MC? and how is that different than any other MC? Thanks!
     
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    But World MCs are a premium variety so not as readily available, like Visa Signature. So this won't mean Gold status when one uses any other version of MC. I will be using my Canadian-issued Gold BMO Air Miles card for my stays here at various Starwood properties here in Japan, but none will qualify me for the promo (aside from my Plat status). However, if I spend $750 in October on this card, I will get 75 bonus Air Miles, a target I should hit this trip.
     
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    Ah,,,, so World MCs are like the Black MC that is marketed here.... Visa Signature is also available in these markets.... thanks for the clarification.
     
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  12. My CITI AAdvantage MasterCard says "WORLD" above the MasterCard logo, so I guess I have the World MC.
    I'm already SPG Gold until 2/28/2013 (qualified in 2011)
    Q1: What if I stay one of the eligible SPG properties by 12/31/2012, will I be Gold until 2/28/2013 or 2/28/2014?
    Q2: What if I stay one of the eligible SPG properties between 1/1/2013 and 3/31/2013, will I be Gold until 2/28/2014 or 2/28/2015?
    Q3: Do I need to register this promo first before I book or as long as I stay at the hotel with the World MC after the registration, would I be OK?
     
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    The promo only applies to non elite members, but you could try and see if it extends your gold status. Do let us know.
     
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    Thank you for posting ... but the Gold tier benefits are not all that in the SPG program, unlike Marriott & Hilton.
     
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  15. I read T&C but it doesn't say it applies to only non elite members I thought.
     
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    I re-read it again, first line states:
    "The Promotion is valid only for eligible World MasterCard cardholders who are enrolled as Starwood Preferred Guest® members (“SPG Members”) at the Preferred Guest® Tier (“Qualified SPG Members”)."

    There are 3 tiers and Preferred Guest is the basic tier while Gold and Platinum are elite tiers.
     
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    That's true, Hilton has better benefits mid tier compared to SPG as I've read. As it's a bit hard for me to meet the requirement for Gold, I tend to stick with SPG. In Asia, we lack lucrative signup bonuses for credit cards. In Singapore, there is no hotel co-brand card... Wish I had an SPG Amex and a Citi Hilton Reserve card like everybody else in US.... Anybody want to sponsor me? :)
     
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