Thanks to reader Susan for sharing this extended SPG status challenge page (for Gold or Platinum). You don’t need to be an “elite” anywhere else but you will need to spend some nights at Starwood properties. And, of course, it would mean Marriott status for you as well. Worth looking at if you have some stays coming up.
Quick random note to the gift card people (you know who you are): Thank you very much but you absolutely don’t need to do that. I’m good.