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Get SPG Platinum with just 9 stays
I’m back with the transitive property of BALLERNESS =) This Marriott/Starwood merger is ripe with great opportunities. Most of what I’ve talked about in the past few days is what can be had by already having SPG status. I’ve written about how Amex Plat can get you Marriott Gold, how SPG Plat can get you United Silver, but today I’ll show you how to get SPG Platinum with just 9 stays.
What is the transitive property of ballerness, Miles?
Funny you should ask because it’s one of my favorite properties. It’s essentially like this:
If A = B and B = C then A = C
So how do we use this baller property to our benefit?
Marriott offers a Platinum status challenge.
What is the Marriott Platinum Status challenge?
You can achieve Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite status by completing 9 stays in 90 days. While challenging you do not get temporary status, but you will get status for the rest the challenge year and the following year. If you’d like to challenge you can either call in ( 800 – 468 – 800) or use this link to request a challenge
- 9 stays in 90 days
- Can only be done once every 12 months.
- This is pretty amazing and far more generous than competing brands
It’s worth noting that it is conditional and must be approved. This is to attract current Marriott guests to stay more or lure loyalists of other brands over, so if you have a brand new account and suddenly you challenge for top tier status…you may not get approved.
The challenge also requires STAYS not nights. This is different than how you earn Marriott status otherwise which is based off of nights and not stays. To earn Platinum the good old fashioned way it’ll take 75 nights. PHEW that’s a lotta nights.
Can I challenge for other elite status levels?
Yes you can
- Gold = 6 stays in 3 months
- Silver = 3 stays in 3 months
I still don’t get it…explain the how we apply the transitive property of ballerness
We will use this property in the following way:
If I can Status Challenge to Marriott Platinum and Marriott Platinum = SPG Platinum, then I can status challenge to SPG Platinum with Marriott terms.
9 Marriott stays = Marriott Platinum and Marriott Platinum = SPG Platinum then 9 Marriott Stays = SPG Platinum
Also don’t forget that award nights count towards elite status. So you could use points to qualify for status as well:
This means that you could earn Platinum status for as little as 54k Marriott Rewards if redeemed at a PointSavers rate.
If you signed up for either the personal or business Marriott Rewards Premier credit card from Chase you could have 26k points left over
Or you could even transfer SPG points at 1:3 to Marriott and earn Platinum status with just 18k SPG points