So it's that time of the year(s) where I move on to a different travel pattern. Finally will have access to Starwood properties. Westin and Element. Element may win in order to keep the travel budget in line, but think I prefer Westin, but have never stayed at an element. Is it worth it to switch over to SPG this late in the year despite having no chance at getting to platinum? I'd be able to take advantage of their fall promotion starting in October. I can stay with Marriott and/or Courtyard and keep racking up rollover nights to use next year and work on the megabonus. Or I could stay at embassy suites for the rest of the year and get the double points during the week promo. I need four stays with the Amex card promo to retain gold per a promotion posted in a Hilton thread here. So many choices and permutations of this, I'm having a hard time deciding. Leaning toward sticking with Marriott and getting the megabonus and a nice balance of rollover nights and then switch to SPG next year and go for platinum there. However the value of star points seems like it would be better. I have both co-branded cards so I'd be getting 5/$ on Marriott card plus the platinum bonus and the megabonus. I'd be getting 5/$ SPG for the card and gold status plus the double point bonus and 500 extra for 3 or more nights. Most stays will be 4 nights during this time. Maybe someone will see something I've missed or have some insights that might sway me in a different direction.