i agree its a high level to acheive in one year. i do remember that in 2007 and 2008 towards the end of the year they had an offer that each stay was counted as double, so if you were short towards the end of the year you could stay once and that would count twice which made it much easier to renew at the same level. however they did not do that offer in 2009 which was a shame. i was a few stays short at the end of 2009 so decided to just book a hotel for a day or night at heathrow for around £50 to get my extra stays and nights, a small price to pay to secure platinum again as they do nearly always give me a suite when I pay for a standard room which is great service. however I do think they need to lower the thresholds a little or change the system as its more difficult each year.