You Can Now Only Get Starwood Gold Status With the Starwood Business Card

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You used to be able to get Starwood Gold elite status after spending $30,000 a calendar year on the Starwood hotel personal card and Starwood hotel business card.  Now, the terms have changed and it appears that you can only get it on the Starwood Preferred Guest business card.

One of our Favorite Hotel Stays – The Hotel Imperial in Vienna!

Starwood Gold Elite Status Gets You 50% Extra Points at Starwood Hotels Like the Hotel Imperial in Vienna

Starwood Preferred Guest Card

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Through June 30, 2014, you can get a sign-up bonus of 30,000 Starwood points from the Starwood Preferred Guest (personal) and Starwood Preferred Guest (business) cards after completing the minimum spending.  As always, terms and limitations apply.

Note:  You can also refer others to the card for 5,000 Starwood hotel points!

Emily and I use our Starwood points for cheap hotel stays, but there are lots of ways to use your Starwood points.

Emily and I

Emily and I Stayed at Starwood’s Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa in Argentina

Unlike other hotel credit cards, like the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card (my favorite hotel card), the Starwood Preferred Guest (personal) and (business) card doesn’t give you free elite status from just having the card.

But you can get Starwood Gold elite status from spending.  Though I don’t think it is worth spending $30,000 just to get gold status…unless you’re a Big Spender.

Starwood Hotel Gold Elite Status

You used to be able to get Starwood Gold elite status after spending $30,000 in a calendar year on either the Starwood Preferred Guest (personal) and Starwood Preferred Guest (business) cards.

Link:   Starwood Gold Elite Status

With Starwood Gold elite status, you get:

  • 3 Starwood points per $1 spent at Starwood hotels and resorts
  • Room upgrades
  • Welcome gift (choose between: free internet, extra Starwood points, or a free drink)
  • 4:00 pm late checkout

However, Starwood Gold status isn’t as good as Hilton Gold status (which you can get just for having the Citi Hilton Reserve card) which gets you free breakfast and free internet!

And just by having the Starwood Preferred Guest (personal) or Starwood Preferred Guest (business) card, you get Starwood Preferred Guest Plus status which is kinda like “Gold-lite” status.

You get all the benefits of Gold status except the welcome gift and 50% point bonus when you pay for a hotel stay.


You Got Starwood Gold Elite Status From Spending $30,000 a Calendar Year on the Starwood Preferred Guest, but Not Now…

But, now, the terms suggest that you can only get Starwood Gold elite status after spending $30,000 in a calendar year on the Starwood Preferred Guest (business) card.  And not on the personal card!

Starwood Preferred Guest® Loyalty Program- Gold Preferred Status
If during any calendar year, Eligible Purchases on your Card account are $30,000 or more, you (the Basic Card Member) will be enrolled for at least twelve months in the Gold Preferred level of the Starwood Preferred Guest® loyalty program (unless you are already enrolled in an equivalent or higher level). Starwood associates excluded. Please allow 12-16 weeks after your Eligible Purchases equal or exceed such amount for the applicable year for enrollment to become effective.

I don’t know if there was a public announcement of this change (which I forgot!) or if it was just slipped in!

So if you were counting on getting Starwood Gold elite status from spending on your personal Starwood Preferred Guest card, you no longer can.

However, there are other ways to get Starwood Gold elite status.

Bottom Line

You can get Starwood Gold elite status after spending $30,000 in a calendar year on the Starwood Preferred Guest business card.

And through June 30, 2014, you can get up to 30,000 Starwood points as the sign-up bonus on the Starwood Preferred Guest (personal) and Starwood Preferred Guest (business) cards after completing the minimum spending.  As always, terms and limitations apply.

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21 responses to “You Can Now Only Get Starwood Gold Status With the Starwood Business Card

  1. I just saw a change in terms with this month’s statement. I’m not reading a change though. Please explain why you think this.

  2. But you can get some perks, like free breakfast for 2, with AAA membership, right? Would you explain how that works? Thanks.

  3. As this is not the greatest news, nor a big deal, I am wondering when this change goes into effect and if it effects current users? I’m around 7k in purchases shy for the year (thank you wedding) of getting platinum and know I will hit it but does this mean that I should not even try now since you can’t even get gold on the card? I love starwood points due to their versatility but this saddens me a bit.

  4. My AMEX MB Platinum also gets me SPG Gold status for as long as I have it.

  5. I did not read the change in terms the same as you did and so I called AMEX. After researching it, she said that one still gets Gold status after spending $30k on the personal card. The terms were changed to reflect the status that you will get Gold status for at least 12 months. The old terms indicated you got Gold for only 12 months. My reading of the terms is consistent with that as well.

  6. I called Amex and asked whether current personal SPG Amex cardholders like me will still get SPG Gold for $30,000 spend and the representative said I would. She said that she has not received any information about changes in that program. I hope she’s right.

  7. I’m aligned with you @David. Thx for confirming too.

  8. For what it’s worth, I received this email less than two weeks ago (I have the personal card): “Congratulations! Your Gold SPG® member status has been renewed because you spent $30,000 on your Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. “

  9. I did a app-o-rama last month and got 5 cards. One of them is prg on 6/2, can I apply for spg now? How long do I have to wait?

  10. Does it matter if this post is completely incorrect?

  11. It does matter, and it will mean that I will cease my visits to this website, and unsubscribe from its newsletter. This was irresponsible reporting.

  12. SPG Gold does give you a room upgrade, but to the Preferred guest floor, not a room upgrade. You get more SPG points as gold and that is about it… PLT is really the only level to have.

  13. GetToThePoints

    This posting is creating a lot of confusion. Am I reading it right however that there are now 2 version of both the personal and of the business card? If so is it also possible to apply for all 4 and get a whopping bonus?????

  14. It is definitely wrong. @ChiliPalmer. It needs to be fixed.

  15. Wrong info. AMEX confirmed SPG Gold is still available on personal cards

  16. Love it! He’s out enjoying his spoils. Who cares if it’s totally incorrect? Spend the commish!

  17. Starwood has now also confirmed that the Gold for $30K spend benefit on the personal card remains in place.

  18. Can I confirm with you that bcos I had the Starwood Personal card before, I am no longer eligible for the 30k bonus points if I sign up for the card again?

    • Apologies for not waiting to hear back from Starwood before posting this. Looks like you still get Gold status for spending $30K on the personal card even though it is not mentioned any more in the terms and conditions.

      @Kay – That’s true.

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  20. Does anyone know how purchases are viewed that cross over the beginning of the year for this status? If my statement cuts on 1/15/15, is it actually any of the charges after 1/1/15, or will it start with the first statement of 2015?