I started off as a SPG Gold member I think based on my NWA status, and then for the past couple years I earned SPG Gold the "hard" way (via 10+ stays per year). But compared to HHonors Gold or even Marriott Silver, the benefits for SPG Gold seemed really -- well -- non-existent. The rare meaningful "upgrades" during a stay were truly unexpected and happy surprises. So last year I think I only did two Starwood visits in total, which means I'll be dropping back to "Preferred Plus" or whatever slightly elevated level AAA members get. Seeing the new "benefits" makes me a little bit bummed, but then again, judging from past non-experiences, should I really be sad I'm losing Gold status? I'm doing a stay at W Santiago in a few weeks and I don't know what to expect there with basic non-status, even though we'll be dropping between $1K - $2K in spend.