I did it! Last I wrote, I had mentioned I was close. Over $30,000 has been “spent” on my American Express Starwood Preferred Guest card. I applied for this card in March and averaged about $3500 per month with the bulk of it being gift card churning.
My November statement closed and we are looking at $3508 of qualified spend:
I have almost $4,000 worth of spend on the card, and it should push me over to hit SPG Gold status.
Was it worth it? Totally not. I can say I earned SPG status without setting foot into any SPG property, but that could easily be accomplished if you are an American Express Platinum card holder.
I think with $30,000 spend, I would put it either on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold for an extra 15,000 Membership Rewards or on the Chase British Airways card for the companion pass.