I need another 30 nights for SPG Lifetime Platinum status and have received my 50 night benefit. All of my stays are leisure stays and either paid for by myself or come from points I've earned. So, the prospect of a free night is quite attractive - I have looked in the terms and conditions and can't find anything which says whether the free night counts towards lifetime status. I am regularly upgraded to suites when I stay at full service properties and the last time I had the 10 upgrades I ended up not using a couple. However, we will be doing a couple of long stays in the next 6 months so upgrades for those would be excellent. As you can detect from the above I am in a quandary - what have other SPG 50+ members decided to do and what were the reasons?