Using Starwood Points: Part 5 – Starwood Elite Status

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The once-a-year up to 30,000 point bonus on the Starwood personal and business cards are back!  But the offer ends on June 30, 2014.  So I’ve updated my earlier guide on earning and using Starwood points!

Using Starwood Points: Part 5 - Starwood Elite Status

What do you get With Starwood Hotel Elite Status?

Using Starwood Points:

Starwood Elite Status

You get credit for 5 nights and 2 stays credit toward Starwood elite status each year by having the Starwood personal card.

And the Starwood business card also gives you credit for 5 nights and 2 stays towards elite status.

Click on the updated Starwood Elite Status to learn more!

Bottom Line

Of all the hotels, Starwood has some of the nicer hotels.  You can get nicer rooms and suites by having Starwood elite status.

You can get a jump start on Starwood elite status from the Starwood personal or business cards.  And you can get Starwood Gold elite status from spending on the Starwood business card.

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11 responses to “Using Starwood Points: Part 5 – Starwood Elite Status

  1. This series on Starpoints continues to be riddled with mistakes. First, you claimed 35,000 points could net a free night at Mystique in Santorini (it can’t and you still haven’t changed the caption).

    Now you claim Platinum status can get you a room upgrade at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Officially, no it cannot. Go to:

    http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/announcements.html?propertyID=1406

    “As a villa property, we are unable to offer select SPG elite member benefits including upgrades, Suite Night Awards, 4:00 p.m. late check-outs, and Your24”

    It would be nice if you double checked your information for accuracy and then made appropriate fixes when errors are found. And readers, if you are using this blog as a resource for big travel with small money, I suggest you also doublecheck the info.

  2. Pretty sure the only reason why bloggers write these guides is so they can score referral links. A few years ago this blogger said SPG points were not as valuable as the Hyatt points. Well back then he was pushing the Hyatt Card pretty hard. Now I guess its time to push the SPG card.

  3. I personally don’t care what anyone thinks Daraius is pushing. His guidance provided me a simple path to well over a million miles/points in the last 17 months. Thanks Daraius! Keep up the good work! We’ll be on another first class trip to stay in some fancy hotel in some exotic place FOR FREE before you know it.

    • @Bubba Hotep – I’m traveling, but updated the information! We could have chosen a better hotel!

      @Joe – I personally prefer Hyatt points because I have Hyatt Diamond status, but I’ve had great hotel stays because of Starwood hotel points as well.

      @matthewD – Thanks for reading and have a wonderful trip!

  4. Big Bugga and little Joe enjoy critiquing but would not stop following your blog!!! I guess you are doing something right. Keep up the good work and thanks for all the valuable information you always share!!

  5. How do you propose meeting spend now that most avenues of MS have shut down?

  6. @MMS – Good show. Hey, you actually picked a great hotel (been many times – love it), just not the right caption.

    @Amit – Yep, out of the many travel blogs I visit, this is one I do follow from time to time. And I even learn something new once in a long while too. But don’t kid yourself, this blog is geared towards the green newbies of the hobby that likely don’t know any better, so it’s really unfortunate when it prints misleading info to folks that are just learning about miles and points. You may feel its valuable information, but I’ll continue to have no problem correcting any new misleading posts. And my original advice remains, if you are using this blog as a resource for big travel with small money, I suggest you also doublecheck the info.

  7. @Bubba ..well in that case I should also start following your blog. Link please?

  8. @Amit – LOL

  9. @Amit – It may be tough for you to believe, but bloggers don’t have the market cornered on the best ways to earn and burn miles and points, but I’m flattered you care. I might reconsider just for you.

    Lots of great blogs out there to verify anything you might find here, including but not limited to travelisfree.com, travelbloggerbuzz.com and saverocity.com. Enjoy.

  10. @Samuel Simon mall visa cards can be loaded to Bluebird at your local Walmart. They actual cost a $1 less than Vanilla Reloads. Hopefully you have a Simon Mall near you.