Q: Do award stays count toward elite qualification? A: Yes!
Starting Saturday, October 1, 2011, all SPG Award stays and eligible nights will now count toward elite Gold and Platinum status qualification. It’s a change to the program for SPG Award stays and eligible nights on or after October 1 and includes Free Night Awards, Cash & Points Awards and Awards earned during promotions (e.g. a Free Resort Night earned during the SPG Getaway Free promotion).
There’s also an FAQs page to check out if you have any questions around the new SPG member benefit: SPG.com/awardnightscount.
Q: What are the standard SPG elite status levels? A: Preferred, Gold, and Platinum. Please see SPG's overview: spg.com/preferred
Q: What is Starwood Preferred Plus status? A: From SPG Champion:
Preferred Plus also does not include the Gold welcome gift.