Last year I asked the group if I should use points to renew my platinum status since I thought I would not get enough stays. Turns out I did have some unexpected trips at year end that got me up to platinum for 2016. But I don't think I'll get there again this year. I'll probably be at gold for 2017 unless MR offers a points option to bump up to platinum. Last year I think it was 40,000 to renew platinum. The group didn't think it was worth it.
With the new SPG properties on board and a status match with SPG, is there more value to platinum?
Seems like the good MR benefits kick in at gold and I should not waste 40,000 points on platinum.
Having said that, we have 5 nights at Sydney Harbour Circular Quay and 3 nights at Sheraton Port Douglas and could really use an upgrade or perks at those properties. Wondering if platinum would make much of a difference.
Also I am a points hoarder (trying to break the habit) and have almost 600,000 points so probably not a hardship to spend 40,000 on a renewal.