Last month Platinum status was available for free from Hyatt. Jonathan scored that upgrade and used it to get the Diamond Status Match from Best Western. Nice move.
Then taking it one step further he sent this simple letter to Starwood for a match based on the two he already had:
“I wanted to inquire about a status match. I have Platinum status at Hyatt and Diamond status at Best Western. Can Starwood offer me a status boost?
And here comes Starwood’s reply:
“Dear Mr. XXXXX,
Thank you for your recent email concerning your Starwood Preferred Guest account. I welcome this opportunity to assist you.
I am pleased to advise you that we have upgraded your account to the Gold Preferred level of membership as a gesture of goodwill. Please keep in mind that all renewals and membership levels in the Starwood Preferred Guest program are based on the number of stays a member has in a calendar year; the Gold Preferred level membership requires a minimum of ten stays or twenty-five room nights in a calendar year.
There are some great benefits that we reserve for our most loyal guests including earning Starpoints faster and automatic room upgrades. You just need to complete these stays anytime this year to be automatically upgraded to this level.
Starwood Preferred Guest members can transfer Starpoints to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts in Haiti, and Starwood will match those Starpoint contributions made through February 28, 2010. Please note that donated Starpoints are not tax deductible.
Donations may be made in the following amounts:
•2,000 Starpoints = $25 USD donation
•4,000 Starpoints = $50 USD donation
•8,000 Starpoints = $100 USD donation
•12,000 Starpoints = $150 USD donation
•16,000 Starpoints = $200 USD donation
We appreciate your continued loyalty to the Starwood Preferred Guest program and welcome any further questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialist, E-Communications Department
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide”
And then, Jonathan decides the following:
I think I’ll bide my time before I hit up Hilton, Marriott, etc. that way I can rotate it every 11 months or so, and have at least 1 preferred status at a time.
How much easier can he make it for you? Great thinking. Way to put a promo to use for more than is readily available.”
Jonathan is the Frugal Travel Guy of the Day!
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49