Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has been running a promotion for a while now, where SPG members can earn gold status by completing just one paid stay in any Starwood hotel/resorts within the Asia Pacific region. This promotion went live in 2013, was extended to 2014, then 2015, and then 2016. Then Starwood & Marriott merged, and this promotion now gets you both SPG and Marriott Gold status!
Coming to the present, this offer is allows for World and World Elite Mastercard holders to book and pay one stay at a Starwood hotel with your World MasterCard, and gives a year of SPG Gold status.
The promotion has been extended through July 14, 2017 .This offer is only eligible for World and World Elite Mastercards issued in Asia -Pacific and you will need to pay for your stay and all services during the stay with your World Mastercard.
To take the benefit of this one-time upgrade offer you will need to register here. After which you will be required to do a test transaction of MYR 1 to authenticate your Mastercard.
SPG Gold Benefits
SPG has three tiers in its loyalty program:
- Preferred Guest
- Gold Preferred Guest
- Platinum Preferred Guest
Apart from all the benefits of SPG Preferred membership, Gold members additionally enjoy three Starpoints on every eligible US dollar spent, 4pm late check out, a welcome gift (free internet, water or bonus Starpoints) and room upgrades to enhanced rooms.
The upgrade to Gold Tier Membership will take up to 4 weeks once the qualifying stay is posted to your SPG account and the upgrade is valid for up to one year. You need to complete your stay by July 14, 2017.
World MasterCard cardholders who are residents of Japan are not eligible for this promotion.
Get Marriott Gold as well
Once you have Starwood Gold status, you can then match it with your Marriott Rewards Account to get Marriott Gold status as well. Here are the key benefits:
- 25% bonus points
- Guaranteed Late Checkout
- Room Upgrades
- Lounge Access/Free Breakfast
With complimentary lounge access/free breakfast, Marriott Rewards Gold members receive better benefits than an SPG members. However, if you have a World Elite Mastercard and do not have an SPG status then it’s a good opportunity to complete a stay and upgrade the status. You can always status match you SPG Gold to a Marriott Rewards Gold membership.
This is a sweet opportunity to get status on Starwood & Marriott programs while they are still independent. Would you be matching up?