I'm a Marriott Plat, and I'm aware I could do a status match, but I don't want to abuse that privilege (would prefer to reserve that opportunity if and when I commit full-time to SPG). Have eight stays this year so far. I'm projecting to be around 12 in 2012, with about five of them being multi-night stays. The other seven will be 12-hour airport Sheraton overnight stays. Would appreciate feedback from people to see if you think redeeming two stays on points next week is worth the SPG Gold status.