Hey guys, I achieved gold status (still pretty far away from plat) this year since I decided to give SPG a try. So far, I think it is over all a positive experience for me. Here is a summary of what I liked and don't like from a personal experience this year. Please note that I stayed at international spg properties more than domestic ones. What I liked: Decent hotels, I think most if not all properties are pretty up scale (I'm comparing to say, holiday inn). SPG points are pretty flexible and the 5k transfer bonus is good I travel to China a lot, from my experience, SPG seems to have way more hotel choices in Chinese cities than that of other programs. This is actually my primary reason why I chose SPG in the first place. Reward stays now counts towards elite qualification. Although I usually do revenue stay, see next point. Best Rate Guarantee, This is probably the thing that keeps me with SPG. Filing for BRG is extremely easy and 8/10 stays I'm able to find a cheaper rate some other place. They honor BRG even if it is off by a dollar! For that I get 2000 free points. I believe I average around 1800 - 2500 per stay (average of 2 nights per stay) this year with over 20k points from beginning this year just with stays and BRG. What I don't like about it: Gold status is really like no status Internet is NOT free at most places.... and way overly priced (although there are those free business centers) Service isn't really consistent among the same categories. So I'm looking forward for another year with SPG. On a side note, any recommendations for SPG hotels in Dubai? I'll be there in late May. Thanks!