Is Starwood letting Golds design their own cards again this year?

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  1. Counsellor
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    I enjoy that -- selecting properties I *hope* to stay at . . . It's sort of a regular reminder of a goal, like the carrot on a stick in front of the mule. :D
     
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    Have not received any info about this yet. :(
     
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    It wasn't just Golds (or up); I was able to design mine last year as a preferred plus member.
     
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    I designed last yr but never got it
     
  5. _kurt
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    I qualified for Gold in Dec 2011 and got the offer to design my card. Not received yet (of course). You still get to choose the photo, but you can no longer customize the position of the gold block with with your member number.
     
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    Can you still put random stuff on the back?
     
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    IIRC, not last year but the previous year. It was very useful.
     
  8. SPG Champion
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    Yes, with some caveats. Gold members who are renewing are going to get last year's card by default and will not be able to re-design - at least right away. Those who are upgrading/downgrading to Gold will be able to design a new card and add random stuff to the back, but probably not as much as could be done previously.

    Best regards,

    William R. Sanders
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    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

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    Yeah me either. Sort of defeats the purpose, I'd say.
     
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    Me three, although the computer allowed me to design my card at a time that was arguably after the deadline, IIRC after close of business in the USA on the last day.
     
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  12. Counsellor
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    Well, I designed my own last year and did get it. Hoping the option will be offered again this year, but so far haven't seen anything, which is why I asked.

    Shall I keep looking, William, or is that out in view of all the other improvements to the program scheduled to kick in next month?
     
  13. SPG Champion
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    When it becomes available, believe me when I say this, SPG will not keep it a secret. ;)

    Best regards,

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    Social Media Specialist
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

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    Well, my DH finally received his custom Gold card (Panoramahaus Dornbirn, Austria), but he didn't make Gold for 2013, so his card expires in (wait for it) 20 days!
     
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    Due to the exciting program enhancements SPG® recently announced, elite renewal kits are automatically being processed this year. If you designed your card in 2011, you will receive the same custom details this year.

    SPG Lifetime(TM) Platinum members will be receiving a special card in the mail by Federal Express in early March. As always, members do not need their cards at check-in as our systems will reflect your correct tier.

    Please also note that we heard your feedback last year regarding delays with cards. We have moved to a new print/fulfillment vendor for 2012 enabling us to produce higher volumes to get your card in hand more quickly. We anticipate elite renewal kits arriving in home by early to mid March, and downgrade kits arriving in home by late March. However, for those outside the U.S. and Canada, delivery times vary based on local post offices so please be patient.

    If you wish to change your card at any point, please visit spg.com/requestcard and select ‘Design Your Card Now.’

    Best regards,

    William R. Sanders
    Social Media Specialist
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

    spgchampion@starwoodhotels.com
     
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    if you have a smartphone, just download key ring and put all your crap on there. i've got a good 15 or so cards between US, DL, SPG, and HH now just sitting in a drawer
     
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    Thanks for keeping us updated.
     

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