SPG Gold status after just one stay instead of 10 eligible stays or 25 eligible nights? It’s true and the offer is valid all the way through July 12, 2015, though it does come with quite a few restrictions. I first blogged about the extended offer early last summer, but reader Aaron in Los Angeles today reminded me of the promotion after emailing to let me know that it worked for him…despite the restrictions. So, what are those restrictions and how can you overcome them to take advantage of the offer? Here we go…morality warning:
- You must have World MasterCard or World Elite MasterCard and use it to make your reservation and pay for your stay. If you’re a Chase Ink Plus or Ink Bold card holder, you already have one of these. What to do if you don’t have one? Use any MasterCard! Yes, besides Aaron today, several readers wrote in last July that they were able to take advantage of the offer after registering without using just a plain old MasterCard. This Flyertalk thread speculates that you might not even need to use a MasterCard at all, though I’d at least try to use a plain old to be safe.
- Your must stay at least one night AND that one night must be at a property in the Asia Pacific region. Unfortunately, there’s no way around this one. Hopefully you’ve redeemed some miles or are planning to redeem some miles for a trip to region some time before July 2015!
- You must have residence in the Asia Pacific region. That’s an easy one – perhaps you have a friend who lives in the region who wouldn’t mind some extra mail? What about the address of the property you plan to stay at (this is the way Aaron went). Once your status posts, you can change your address back.
What can SPG Gold status do for you? Full benefits are listed on Starwood’s site here.