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Starwood Preferred Guest Membership

Overall Score 3.5-stars
No. of Hotels in Network More than 1,000
Brand Diversity 4.0-stars
Geographic Coverage 5.0-stars
Ease of Earning Free Night 1.0-stars
Additional Benefits 5.0-stars
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Membership Levels

The Starwood Preferred Guest program is divided into three tiers: Preferred Guest, Gold Preferred Guest and Platinum Preferred Guest.

Preferred Guest

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free nights
  • Member discounts

This is the most basic program membership. As a Preferred Guest, you will earn two Starpoints for every dollar spent at a Starwood hotel. All SPG program members are eligible to receive a 35 percent discount on room rates at participating hotels. Also, for every four nights you stay at a Starwood hotel, you'll accrue one free night at any participating property. As a Preferred Guest, you'll have access to these benefits, and you can trade in your points for room upgrades, free nights, dining credit and event tickets. You can also convert your Starpoints into frequent flyer miles through the SPG Flights program. In order to maintain your membership, you must take advantage of the program at least once a year.

Gold Preferred Guest

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free nights
  • Free room upgrades
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Member discounts

If you stay at a Starwood property 10 times (or 25 nights) within a calendar year, you are upgraded to "Gold" status. As a Gold Preferred Guest, you'll earn three Starpoints for every dollar spent in a Starwood hotel. You'll also receive welcome gifts at check-in (usually your choice between free points, complimentary Internet access or a complimentary beverage). In order to keep your Gold status, you must continue to stay at Starwood hotels at least 10 times (or 25 nights) each year; if you rack up a total of 250 nights or maintain your status for five consecutive years, you'll be Gold for good.

Platinum Preferred Guest

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free nights
  • Free room upgrades
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Free amenities
  • Member discounts

If you stay a total of 25 times (or 50 nights) within a calendar year, you'll become a "Platinum" member with access to concierge services, complimentary Internet connection and executive lounge entry (depending on availability). Plus, the more nights you stay as a Platinum member, the more extras you'll receive. If you spend 50 nights in a participating hotel within a calendar year, you'll earn 10 free room upgrades; stay 75 nights in a year and your rewards earnings will increase to four points per dollar spent, and you won't have to adhere to scheduled check-in and check-out times. You can never lose your Platinum status once you've visited a total of 500 nights within 10 years of membership.

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