While many of you likely know the details, I thought I'd share my recent chat session with an SPG rep on the topic of the Platinum Challenge. It explains the process pretty clearly. The two surprises for me were: 1) that you can challenge up to two months retroactively. If you stayed 18 SPG nights in the previous two months, you can challenge today and they'll count those nights; and 2) that if you fail to meet the challenge you can challenge again in the next month. See below for more details. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Tracy A.: I am not able to upgrade to to Gold at this time but I would like to tell you about our Platinum challenge. ME: OK Tracy A.: Status Challenges allow SPG to provide you the opportunity to accelerate your ability to earn Platinum status by meeting eligible night requirements within a specific time frame. You must earn 18 eligible nights within three consecutive months. Please keep the following in mind: You may only register for one status challenge per month. For example, if you registered for a status challenge this month, but you realize you prefer a different set of three months to challenge, you must contact us next month to be re-registered for another month. You may select the three consecutive months you prefer, including retroactively counting nights already stayed for the first two months of the three month window. Eligible nights are only paid nights in an eligible paid stay with Starpoint eligible room revenue which posts to your account. Although this offer assists you with reaching an elite level, SPG Award nights do not count toward this offer, as this offer is a promotion. Once the challenge is met (18 nights within the three month period) it takes three to five days before the Platinum Status upgrade will be applied to the account. You cannot be registered for a Platinum Status Challenge after successfully meeting a prior status challenge. ME: OK -- let me make sure I understand. I have three months to stay 18 nights, after which I receive Platinum status. The stays can't be award stays, and must be stays with award points. (i.e. no Priceline). If I try and fail to reach the 18 nights, I have to wait a month before trying again. Is that right? Tracy A.: Yes that is right, but also after you have 10 stays you will be Gold. ME: If so, do the nights I earn toward the challenge reset to 0 if I complete it successfully, or will they count toward establishing elite status next year, too? Tracy A.: Any stay you have this year will count for next years status. ME: Great. And if I sign up for this on the 15th (my first trip is on the 16th) would I have until April 15th to complete it? Tracy A.: You can only sign up at the beginning of the month.It would start January 1 or February 1, whichever month you decide. ME: So it seems like the smart thing is to sign up when I've completed a number of stays in the previous two months, and am sure I'll meet the challenge in the third month. So, if I sign up at the end of February, I can ask that the challenge period run from January to March, correct? Tracy A.: That is correct. ME: What is the process for signing up? Tracy A.: You just have to chat with us or call us and we add it to your account. You will then receive an email telling you that you have signed up for the Platinum Challenge.