Sorry about the confusing thread title (especially for a first post)... I'm planning a Seattle-Vancouver trip with a few friends at the end of the month, and we're planning to stay at several Starwood properties along the way. The reason is that my friend's girlfriend (who won't be traveling with us) has Platinum status and can get us some perks if she makes reservations for us. She also gets credit for the stays toward requalifying for status. Meanwhile, I'd like to apply for the SPG Amex (was planning to apply anyways) and use it to pay for the stays, getting at least 2x points. So the question is, can you have one person make the reservation and get the status qualification, and another person pay and get the points? Or does everything have to be tied to a single SPG account? On a side note, does anyone have any general impressions of the following properties? We'll be staying at: Four Points Victoria Gateway Westin Wall Centre (Vancouver Airport) Westin Seattle Secondary question: If I happen to not get the SPG Amex (I want to wait and see if the signup bonus goes to 30k), is there another credit card that would be good for travel expenses? If all else fails I'll probably just use my Citi AA Visa to chip away at the minimum spend. Thanks!