If you live in Asia-Pacific, this is one of the rare few good things that can happen to you (where hotel and airline loyalty both are concerned anyway). Any World MasterCard® cardholder with residence in Asia-Pacific with the card issued in the AP region (excluding Japan) can get SPG Gold Status in just ONE STAY.
Some of the noteworthy things you get with SPG Gold are the 4PM late checkout (especially useful for weekend staycations), 50% bonus in Starpoints accrual and a potential upgrade (which may vary from property to property).
If you are living in Singapore, here are some World MasterCard Credit Cards you may consider (in the order of my personal preference):
- ANZ - Optimum World MasterCard
- Citibank - DIVIDEND WORLD MasterCard
- Standard Chartered - MANHATTAN World MasterCard
- CIMB - World MasterCard
- Maybank - World MasterCard