4B.2. An "Eligible Stay" is one or more consecutive nights at the same Participating Property, whether or not you checked-out and checked back in, during which you paid an Eligible Rate and presented your Preferred Guest number at registration. An "Eligible Night" is each night during an Eligible Stay. All stays are deemed to occur on the date of arrival; however, nights within a stay belong to the month in which they occur.
4B.3. If you do not pay an Eligible Rate, your stay is not an Eligible Stay and will not count towards the Gold Minimum Requirement or the Platinum Minimum Requirement, even if you earn Starpoints on Eligible Charges during that stay. Stays in which you used a Free Night Award, including Cash & Points Awards, or paid through a third party channel, do not count as “Eligible Stays” as you did not pay an Eligible Rate.