Go PLATINUM & ELITE 5X All at Once with SPG, Ritz-Carlton, Marriot, Delta and United!

Platinum & Elite 5X at Once with SPG, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Delta & United

Being given First Class Upgrades on airlines and  Complimentary Hotel Suites free of charge is usually reserved for the celebrities, but get yourself a new pair of shades because your future status is about to become very bright (minus the autographs).

In case you haven't heard Marriott & Ritz-Carlton recently merged with Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).  SPG and Ritz have long been two of my favorite hotel chains, I love the W Hotels for their contemporary and fun atmosphere & The Ritz-Carlton for their slope side ski lodges, amazing club rooms and customer service.

New Status Opportunities

The latest changes bring some incredible new opportunities not just with the hotels, but with their crossover rewards partners.  Now when you link your SPG, Ritz and Marriot accounts (Link Accounts Here) any Elite Status you have with one hotel transfers to the same Elite Status with all of them!  Once you obtain SPG Platinum Status you can sign up for automatic crossover rewards and elite status for booking Delta flights (SPG / Delta Crossover Link), then you can use your Marriott Platinum Status to get automatic United Elite Silver status (Marriott / United Status Link) for free first class upgrades and perks. So the goal is to hit Platinum with any one of the above hotel programs, link SPG, Ritz-Carlton and Marriott accounts to become Platinum across all three, then use your Platinum hotel status to become Elite on Delta and United!

Shortcut To Platinum

In case you don't have any 50 day vacations planned in your near future (50 Nights required for Platinum Status), there is a "Platinum Challenge" you can register for.  Simply call SPG and request to be registered (SPG Customer Service 1-888-625-4988), it's 100% free.  They will register you for any quarterly period such as October to December.  You now have 3 months to complete 18 nights.  Once completed, your status will be upgraded within 5-7 business days of your 18th night stay. An October to December 2016 qualification gives you Platinum status through February 28th, 2018. 

Should You Go For It?

Depending on the amount you travel, the value of Platinum status on 1,100 hotels worldwide and Elite status on two major airlines can add up fast.  If you have any existing vacations or business travel that will get you close to the 18 days and can see yourself taking advantage of any of the below benefits, VacationWise recommends a go.

It's not every day an opportunity like this comes up.
A suite upgrade and not having to check out until 4PM, even if only used a few times, can make all the difference on a stay.  Throw in free breakfast, welcome gifts, bonus points, dedicated reservation lines and first class upgrades to your destination and you just might have to book a few extra trips next year.

Links and Lists of Platinum and Elite Benefits:

SPG Platinum Benefits Link

  • Free Suite Upgrades: An upgrade to best available room at check-in — including a Standard Suite.
  • 4p.m. late checkout, subject to availability at resort and conference center hotels.
  • Earn three Starpoints® for every U.S. dollar spent on eligible stays — a 50% bonus over Preferred.
  • Your choice of welcome gift upon arrival — choose from bonus Starpoints, continental breakfast or local amenity.
  • Complimentary in-room, premium Internet access.
  • Complimentary health-club, Club-level and Executive-level access.
  • Guaranteed room availability when your room is booked by 3 p.m., 72+ hours prior to arrival.
  • Register and earn with Uber®. Earn 1 Starpoint per U.S. dollar spent with Uber every day, and 3 Starpoints per U.S. dollar spent with Uber during your stays with SPG.
  • Earn one Starpoint per dollar spent with Delta Crossover Rewards™ on eligible Delta flights. Plus, enjoy elite benefits when traveling with Delta, such as Priority Check-in, Priority Boarding, Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades, and first checked bag free.
  • New! Your World Rewards with SPG and Emirates Skywards®: Register to earn one Starpoint per dollar on eligible Emirates® flights. Plus, enjoy elite in-airport benefits, including priority check-in, priority boarding and complimentary e-gate access (visit emirates.com for details).

  • Ritz-Carlton Platinum Benefits Link

    • Complimentary Room Upgrade: It is our priority that you enjoy the utmost in comfort. So when a more desirable room is available upon your arrival, you may anticipate a complimentary upgrade. Suites and Club Level room are exempt from this benefit.
    • Guaranteed Late Checkout: as late as 4PM
    • 48-Hour Guaranteed Availability
    • Platinum Arrival Gift of 1,000 Bonus Points/500 Miles
    • Complimentary In-Room, Enhanced Internet Access
    • Personal Toll-Free Elite Reservation Line
    • Priority Late Checkout
    • 50% Bonus on The Ritz-Carlton Rewards
      Base Points

    Marriott Platinum Benefits Link

    • Lounge Access/Free Breakfast: Daily continental breakfast, light snacks and beverages for members and one guest in the Executive Lounge at JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® and Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels®, (resorts excluded). In the U.S. and Canada, select hotels will provide 750 or 1,000 points in lieu of breakfast in the event the lounge is closed.  At JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance Hotels® and Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels® (Resorts, Courtyard Hotels, EDITION® Hotels and AC Hotels are excluded).
    • Room Upgrade: Based on room availability at check-in, we'll do our best to upgrade your room. Upgrades are subject to availability identified by each hotel and limited to your personal guestroom. See terms and conditions for details.
    • Dedicated Platinum Reservation Line
    • Exclusive Guest Services Line
    • Ultimate Reservation Guarantee: If we're unable to honor your reservation, we'll pay for you to stay nearby and compensate you for the inconvenience. Learn more about compensation rates.
    • Guaranteed Late Checkout: Make advance requests on our mobile app for guaranteed checkout as late as 4pm. This benefit is guaranteed at all hotels, except at resort and convention hotels, where it is based upon availability. Marriott Vacation Club is excluded from this benefit.
    • Guaranteed Room Type
    • 48-Hour Guaranteed Availability
    • RewardsPlus: MileagePlus® Premier Status: Fly United Airlines® with complimentary Premier®Silver status including complimentary upgrades and access to Economy Plus seating (when available), 1 complimentary checked bag, Premier bonus miles and more.
    • Guaranteed Platinum Arrival Gift
    • Receive a special gift at all participating hotels, offering you a choice of an amenity gift or bonus points. (Amenity gift not available at The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION and Marriott Vacation Club locations.)
    • 50% Bonus on Marriott Rewards Points
    • Platinum Elite members are credited with a 50% bonus on base points earned during stays.

    United Rewards Plus Link

    • Complimentary United Mileage Plus Premier Silver Status
    • Complimentary First Class / Premier upgrades up to one day in advance
    • Complimentary access to Economy Plus for you and a companion
    • Complimentary Standard checked bag (50 pounds)
    • 7 Miles per dollar on United Flights

    Delta Crossover Benefits Link

    • Unlimited Complimentary First / Business Class Upgrades on paid tickets (not counting E Fares / Details)
    • Earn One SPG Starpoint for every dollar spent with Delta
    • Priority Check-in: Silver Medallion and SkyTeam elite or Sky Priority
    • Zone 1 Boarding
    • First checked bag free

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