How ‘World’ MasterCard cardholders can earn Starwood Gold Status after one stay

GUIDE: Program Guide
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes
POSTED: February 2, 2017
UPDATED: September 9, 2018
STATUS: SPG was merged into Marriott Rewards in August 2018. This content is now out-of-date but has been kept on the site for informational purposes.

Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status is handy to have, offering extra Starpoints and late checkout as the primary benefits of status. It’s even nicer if it comes as a complimentary benefit of your credit card.

Gold with Starwood might also get you the odd room upgrade on some Starwood stays and a welcome amenity, usually a snack or some extra points.

Starwood Gold usually takes 10 stays to earn, however, given the offer running for the Westpac Airpoints World MasterCard (until 15 February 2017), I thought I’d check in on this offer and update our guide to how Starwood Gold works for World MasterCard cardholders.

The benefit of Starwood Gold status

Our full guide to Starwood Preferred Guest status levels is here. At Starwood hotels you’ll receive preferred room types (not necessarily upgrades, just slightly better rooms on higher floors or in better locations), three Starpoints per US dollar spent, and the best benefit – a 4pm late checkout.

About the MasterCard and SPG tie-up

The ‘World’ designator on a MasterCard indicates that it participates in the appropriately named ‘MasterCard Privileges’ program. There’s also a ‘World Elite’ level but I don’t know of any of those issued in our region.

Here’s the little World designator you’re looking for on eligible cards:


For World MasterCard holders in our region, one stay at a participating hotel in Asia Pacific will trigger a status upgrade 4-6 weeks after your stay. There are more terms also here.

While there are no current Starwood hotels in New Zealand, every Starwood Hotel in Australia except the Four Points by Sheraton in Brisbane is included.

sheraton-melbourne-king-room-21-1024x684King Room at the Sheraton Melbourne

As long as your booking would normally earn Starpoints, then it should trigger the night needed for the World MasterCard offer. You’ll also need to pay for the stay on your MasterCard.

You’ll need to pre-register before your stay with Starwood online here, and input a bank promotion code (which you can get by calling your bank) and the first six digits of your card.

Existing and new members of Starwood Preferred Guest are both eligible, and the offer is also only usable once per Starwood account – so you’ll only get the bump up to Gold once even if you hold the card ongoing.

Summing up – the World MasterCard and SPG offer

Having had personal experience of using Gold Status from the World MasterCard offer, and found the welcome amenity, late checkout and extra points all very handy.

They didn’t make a material difference to any individual part of each stay I made at Starwood hotels, but the recognition of Gold-level membership was certainly not non-existent.

Starwood Gold status is not a reason to hold or apply one for one of the participating cards exclusively, but worth bearing in mind if you already hold or are considering a World MasterCard.

How ‘World’ MasterCard cardholders can earn Starwood Gold Status after one stay was last modified: September 9th, 2018 by Daniel Kinnoch