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Free Starwood Gold status with Platinum Card from American Express

by on Thu May 12, 2011 • No Comment

An often overlooked benefit of The Platinum Card® from American Express is free Gold Preferred Guest status from Starwood Preferred Guest. Starwood is the loyalty program for Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, Le Meridien, Four Points, and St. Regis hotels. Normally earning this status requires 10 stays or 25 nights in their hotels during a calendar year. The status offers several helpful privileges not available to the general public, including:

  • 4pm late check-out at most hotels
  • Express check-in desk lines
  • 50% point bonus on points earned during your stay
  • Enhanced room upgrades: you’re entitled to an automatic room upgrade at check-in when one is available. An enhanced room includes rooms on higher floors, corner rooms, newly renovated rooms, or rooms with preferred views

In our experience, the room upgrades vary, but can sometimes be quite nice. While suites are officially not part of the upgrade benefit, some hotels will upgrade you to a suite as a Gold. And the 4pm late checkout can be a great benefit when your flights are late in the day or you want to drive home later and work in a full afternoon at the pool. It’s valid as long as the hotel doesn’t have ‘convention’ or ‘resort’ in its name. Convention and resort hotels tend to have more tight room turnover times, and can’t adhere to the 4pm benefit, but there are few of those.

These benefits are on top of a host of others from The Platinum Card…including

  • Access to all American, Delta, and US Airways lounges, plus 600 others in the Priority Pass network
  • $200 airline fee credit each year
  • 4 hour grace period with Hertz car rentals
  • Executive status from National Car Rental
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