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SPG Announced Promotion for Q1 2014

Just this week Starwood announced the upcoming promotion for the first quarter of 2014. It is called, „SPG Bring On The Nights“.

This new promotion runs from January 5 through April 30, 2014, and includes all Starwood properties this time. While usually it is up to each individual hotel if it participates in any promotion this one does not come with a list of hotels opting out. This is quite a nice surprise. However, the details of the promotion do not suit my travel pattern. Well, even if it would, I don’t assume I’ll travel anywhere during the promotion period.

This promotion allows you to earn 2,500 bonus points for every five eligible nights (no matter, over how many stays these nights distribute). It is capped at 10,000 bonus points for 20 nights. But if you stay 5 additional nights during the promotion period, to total 25 nights, then you’ll earn 5,000 additional bonus points. So all in all it is possible to earn 15,000 bonus points with this promotion.

I don’t stay at SPG properties often, maybe just a handful of nights a year, so I wouldn’t earn anything extra under this promotion. That is one of the negatives of it, stay 4 nights and don’t earn anything extra.

Registration is supposed to open somewhen near mid-December. More information about this promotion is available here.

SPG Fall 2013 Promotion Announced

Like an hour ago or something the twitter account of SPG sent out a tweet announcing their promotion for this year’s fall. They call it SPG Take Two. From September 1 until December 15 each eligible night at a participating hotel (the list of non-participating hotels is quite long) earns double points. After each five eligible nights another bonus of 2,500 points is awarded, up to 10,000 points after 20 nights. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Sheraton Pleasanton

After our stay at the Westin Verasa Napa we moved on to Pleasanton where we first did some shopping at the Stoneridge Mall before we checked in at the nearby Sheraton hotel. We had booked a two-night stay there and were happy to have a hotel so close to the nearest BART station. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Westin Verasa Napa

After checking out of the Comfort Inn Cordelia, having breakfast at the nearby Denny’s, and some shopping at the Napa Premium Outlets and a Wal-Mart we headed to the Westin Verasa Napa.

When arriving at the hotel we were greeted by bellmen and the valet parking crew. They helped us getting our luggage out of the trunk and then we headed inside where we were friendly welcomed at the check-in desk to the right. I must say that all the staff we met were very friendly. Each time we entered the hotel we were welcomed with a smile. Weiterlesen

Delta and Starwood Announce Crossover Rewards

Today, Delta Air Lines and Starwood announced details about the upcoming partnership between their respective loyalty programs, offering Crossover Rewards.

This partnership allows elite members of the two programs to earn both miles and points while staying at participating Starwood hotels and flying Delta marketed and operated flights. Depending on a member’s status he may also benefit from some more perks than just double dipping.


Starwood announced changes to Cash & Points

Today, Starwood announced changes to their popular cash & points redemption chart for hotel bookings made on or after March 5, 2013. They increased the cost for standard rooms almost cross the whole board, only category 7 hotels remained unchanged. Starwood also added the possibility to use cash and points for upgraded rooms and for suites.

This is what Starwood says about the changes:

  • Adding the ability to redeem for upgraded rooms such as suites, Club Rooms, Smart Rooms, and rooms with a view, where available.
  • Adding all Category 1 and 2 destinations worldwide.
  • Updating pricing for standard room redemption, with the intention of expanded availability.

If the increased prices lead to greater availability then it is not that really bad, since it is sometimes really tough to find cash & points rates for a specific property and a specific date. It is also nice that enhanced rooms and suites can be had as well.

The changes in detail are as follows:

  • Category 1
    Old Standad Room: 1,200 points + $25
    New Standard Room: 1,500 points + $30
    New Upgraded Room: 2,000 – 2,250 points + $50 – $60
    New Suites: 3,000 points + $75
  • Category 2
    Old Standad Room: 1,600 points + $30
    New Standard Room: 2,000 points + $35
    New Upgraded Room: 2,500 – 2,750 points + $55 – $65
    New Suites: 4,000 points + $95
  • Category 3
    Old Standad Room: 2,800 points + $45
    New Standard Room: 3,500 points + $55
    New Upgraded Room: 4,000 – 4,250 points + $75 – $85
    New Suites: 7,000 points + $125
  • Category 4
    Old Standad Room: 4,000 points + $60
    New Standard Room: 5,000 points + $75
    New Upgraded Room: 5,500 – 5,750 points + $95 – $105
    New Suites: 10,000 points + $175
  • Category 5
    Old Standad Room: 4,800 points + $90
    New Standard Room: 6,000 points + $110
    New Upgraded Room: 6,750 – 7,250 points + $135 – $150
    New Suites: 12,000 points + $275
  • Category 6
    Old Standad Room: 8,000 points + $150
    New Standard Room: 10,000 points + $180
    New Upgraded Room: 10,750 – 11,250 points + $210 – $230
    New Suites: 20,000 points + $450
  • Category 7
    Old Standad Room: 15,000 points + $275
    New Standard Room: 15,000 points + $275
    New Upgraded Room: 15,750 – 16,250 points + $290 – $315
    New Suites: 30,000 points + $625

The points part will increase 25% for categories 1 – 6, while the cash part will increase a little bit less. For suites, the points part is always double the points for standard rooms, while the cash part is more than double.

That’s the way it is, things get more expensive, but that doesn’t mean that we like that. Starwood promises expanded availability and time will tell if it will be noticeable. What are your thoughts on that?

Registration live for SPG Power Up promo for Q1 2013

Registration is available now for SPG’s promotion for the first quarter of this year, „Power Up“.

This promotion runs from January 15 until April 15, 2013 and includes all hotels and resorts that participate in the SPG program. Registration is necessary until February 28, 2013. For every four eligible nights one earns 2,000 bonus Starpoints up to a mazimum of 8,000 bonus Starpoints after 16 nights.

If one completes even 20 nights during the promotion period he earns an additional 10,000 bonus points for a total of 18,000 bonus points.

Many say, that 500 points per night is not much, but I think it’s definitely better than nothing. Maybe it’s a bit sad, that one needs four nights for each bonus, so three nights earn no bonus at all.

I feel lucky because I already had decided to book four nights at Starwood properties for my upcoming trip to the States in March. These four nights will then earn me a bonus of 2,000 points. That’s more than the little more than 1,300 points I’ll earn as a gold member for the stays (without counting welcome amenity and/or green choice points). So for me this promotion is not bad.

Fall 2012 Vacation in California: Sheraton Ontario Airport

After a good night’s sleep at the Sleep Inn & Suites we checked out and took ourselves to some Denny’s near CA-99 that we had spotted the night before on our way to the Black Angus.
We both ordered iced tea and built our own slams. Karin went for egg whites, a chicken sausage patty, two slices of wheat toast, and a couple wheat pancakes. Of course, I decided to max out and order six items, which were scrambled eggs, a chicken sausage patty, two strips of turkey bacon, hash browns, two slices of wheat toast, and a slice of grilled ham.

It turns out that I don’t have any pictures of this visit to a Denny’s but I guess you know how this stuff looks like 😉