Here’s What Starwood Does for You When You Stay 200 Nights in a Year: Nothing?

C ongratulations to Gary Leff of View From The Wing, who stayed 100 nights in Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide properties this year; and he reported that “100 nights gets you a designated ‘Ambassador’ — an individual designated to handle all Starwood issues, ‘gets to know you over time’ and ‘provide the personal touches that make each trip special.’”

Here’s What Starwood Does for You When You Stay 200 Nights in a Year: Nothing?

I took the title of the article written by Gary Leff and used it for this article — with a couple of modifications, of course — to ask what happens when you are FlyerTalk member Cloudchaser, who stayed at least 205 nights in Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide properties this year alone. However, Cloudchaser did not indicate that Starwood Hotels and Resorts offered or provided anything special to commemorate that accomplishment…

…so I decided to reach out to someone at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and posed that question. “Please kindly note that the Platinum 100 tier is the highest achievable tier within the program and other than additional recognition for your loyalty at our hotels, we do not offer any extra amenities past the 100 nights Ambassador service.”

Does that definitively mean that staying 200 nights in one year gets you nothing? I am not exactly sure of that, as indicated by this rather cryptic statement: “We value our members security and privacy and as a result we are unable to disclose information regarding their annual nights and stays.” Perhaps there is some sort of customized recognition based on the preferences of the guest?


Gary Leff may have nothing on Cloudchaser regarding who stayed the most nights at hotel and resort properties branded under Starwood Hotels and Resorts…

…but as there are only 365 days in most years, 200 nights comprises almost 55 percent of the entire year — and that is not counting stays at hotel and resort properties of other lodging companies. That is a significant amount of time away from home — and Cloudchaser does have a wife and children at home.

I am nowhere near the threshold of staying 200 nights at any lodging chain within one year; so I defer to you: have you stayed that many nights at hotel or resort properties which are within the brand portfolio of one particular lodging company — and if so, had you received any special recognition for that achievement?

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

13 thoughts on “Here’s What Starwood Does for You When You Stay 200 Nights in a Year: Nothing?”

  1. Gary Leff says:

    While I didn’t do 200 nights with Starwood — that’s a lot for sure! — in my own defense, I wasn’t only staying with Starwood (eg earning Hyatt Diamond on nights as well)… 🙂

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You have no need to defend yourself, Gary Leff.

      In the article which you wrote, you clearly break down the number of nights in which you stayed at hotel and resort properties of different brands — and one reason for doing this, of course, is for earning elite level status with other frequent guest loyalty programs such as Hyatt Gold Passport…I mean, World of Hyatt.

      In the discussion posted on FlyerTalk, many FlyerTalk members also posted how their number of nights are broken down amongst different lodging companies.

      To stay that many nights away from home — regardless of breakdown — is quite amazing; but I suppose not to the person who routinely does it year after year.

      Again, congratulations to you; and enjoy your personal Ambassador!

  2. Jack says:

    I have 200+ real nights with Marriott this year and get nothing above the standard Platinum benefits.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I believe you should, Jack. You earned it.

    2. Brooke says:

      If you stay and spend a certain number of nights with Marriott and are in a top percentage of guests you can achieve Platinum Premier status. You can also earn Platinum (Gold or Silver) for life eventually regardless of your future travel habits.

    3. Mser says:

      Time for a new job….I’d rather shove a fork in each eye before staying 1/10th that long at Marriotts…

  3. Trowell says:

    205 nights in a hotel? Boy, I sure would not want his job!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      That is 205 nights since he last posted, Trowell. That number may have increased since then!

  4. JH says:

    Why people earn “status” with any hotel brand is beyond me.

    Yeah you may get your “free” breakfast, “complimentary” Hors d’oeuvres, a “free” bottle of water…etc…

    But the best “reward” of all is the larger “upgraded” room you’ll never be in – because you’re working!

    With mobile check-in now available at most locations and not having to stand in a long check-in line (that’s about the only perk that I see beneficial to hotel point chasers), why be loyal to a company that’s going to “zap” your points to zero the very next year when you don’t stay with them enough nights – no thanks!

  5. Tim Ruggiero says:

    I have about 140 real Marriott nights this year. Again. Just like last year and the year before. Once I hit 1000 nights a few years ago, MR gave me ‘lifetime platinum’. Being Platinum Premier for a number of years now gets me virtually nothing. Genuine upgrades are rare.

  6. miltonr says:

    200+ nights with Starwood this year. Until now, I got nothing beyond what I got for the first 100 nights. Willing to be surprised. 🙂

    1. Mser says:

      Curious why you are so loyal? Surely plenty of times other properties were more convenient, nicer, cheaper etc etc?

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