SPG Gold / Platinum challenges (Platinum in 18 nights?!)
SPG has just launched a challenge open to anyone that hasn’t had the status in the last 5 years. You’ll earn Gold in 9 nights or Platinum in 18 nights. Go for Platinum – that’s the far better deal. It will also match to Marriott Platinum and is valid until February of 2019!
You will need to go to https://www.spgpromos.com/statuschallenge/ and select the 3 month challenge period.
If you have a low cost SPG nearby, checking in on a super cheap rate for 18 nights to earn PLT would not be a bad idea. Depending on how often you stay in Marriott and Starwood properties, finding a local $69-$79 rate could give you Platinum status for a bit over a thousand dollars. Obviously you have to do your own math on whether or not that would be worthwhile, but with the benefits of SPG Platinum including guaranteed upgrades to standard suites (if available!), it may well be. Even better if you already have a long business trip or vacation planned already!
Will you be in India? I found a room in Jaipur for $47 + tax a night or $1,050 for the 18 nights. I bet you can do even better…. But remember, you’ll need to actually be able to check in for the stay in person! It’s not called a mattress run for nothing 😉