Starwood Award Category Changes For 2013

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Starwood just released a list of their properties moving up (218) and moving down (48) on March 5, 2013, in award categories. You can book using the current rates until March 4 as far as the hotel has loaded award availability.

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Note that SPG can make more changes to award categories before the change takes effect on March 5. Last year, there were quite a few properties that did change in fact. You can access the PDF file here.

What Is The Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program?

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Last year, I wrote articles about Pros and Cons of Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest that the readers of LoyaltyLobby appreciated a lot. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should. I also summarized the Pros and Cons of these five programs in one post.

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Now, I am trying to tackle the issue of how rewarding these programs really are in terms of “free” nights. Of course, there is no really such a thing as a “free” night. Hotels pay for the loyalty points that are issued to you and hotels where you use them get reimbursed for the stay.

Top Hotel Promotions for February (2013)

The February top hotel promotions is almost a rehash from the January one. Here are my top five picks for February.

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You can check all the other promotions that these chains are offering by clicking the Hotel promotions tab and choosing your preferred chain. I have some other program related information listed there as well.

SPG Breakfast Plus Winter Offer for North East Canada And United States

Starwood has a rate plan for complimentary breakfast, free internet access, and 500 bonus Starpoints per day that are made under this rate plan by March 31, 2013. This offer is valid for Thursday to Sunday at participating hotels and all week at resorts. You can access Starwood’s page for this promotion here.

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This promotional rate is 35% discount off of the rack rate. If the hotels BAR (Best Available Rate) is lower, you will then get the BAR rate. The rate code online is SPGPLS and SPG35B over the phone.

SPG & Delta Crossover Rewards

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Delta announced today the Crossover Rewards that SPG elite members can take advantage of when flying on Delta and Delta Medallion benefits when staying at Starwood hotels. I originally wrote about the Crossover Rewards on January 21 and almost a complete review of the benefits the other day.

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SPG Gold and Platinum Benefits on Delta

February (2013) Hotel Promotions Update

It is starting to get busy in 2013. All major hotel chains besides Wyndham and Hyatt have promotions going on this month. Ritz-Carlton Rewards don’t have anything for Ritz-Carlton, but you can always switch your account to Marriott Rewards and take advantage of Marriott promotions.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here: Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

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You can get instants Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status:

SPG Crossover Rewards: SPG Platinum & Gold Benefits on Delta

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Couple of weeks ago, I wrote about SPG Crossover Rewards that were coming this spring. I had an educated guess that it would have something to do with an airline and/or car rental company.

I have now made an updated post about this program after the official launch.

The SPG PLT Delta flight upgrade benefit that was included on the version of the terms and conditions that I had access to, is not not included in the final version.

Edit (09/12): The upgrade benefit for SPG Platinum members has now been included on the program. 

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Now, I have more information about this product. Starwood Preferred Guest Gold and Platinum members will receive certain benefits on Delta marketed and operated flights such as Starpoints based on the spend, upgrades, priority boarding, and waived checked bag fees.

Super Bowl 2014 New York Hotel Award Availability

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Now, it would be the time to book your hotel awards for 2014 Super Bowl weekend in the New York City. I just went through the award availability using Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood points for the weekend of January 31 to February 3, 2014. (This was done 1PM EST)

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Why book using points?

In most cases, the reservations are fully cancellable up until the day before without any penalty. Just make sure that you read the cancellation terms and conditions carefully. All the ones that I checked, allowed cancellations without any penalties.

My Hotel Program Strategy for 2013

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The number of hotel nights that I have stayed at the hotels yearly hasn’t really fluctuated for close to ten years (as I have been living out of them). The hotel chains that I have frequented, however, has changed from year to year.

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At the top tier level, the hotel chains are interchangeable. What matters to me most, are the quality of the promotions that the hotel chain is offering i.e. if someone is running an unlimited free night promotions, I will move all of my stays for the promotional period there.

Starwood Third or Fourth Night Free Rate Promotions for Malaysia & Indonesia

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Starwood has a new third or fourth night free rate promotion for Starwood resorts in Bali, Langkawi and Lombok for stays by May 31, 2013, that are booked by March 31, 2013. You can access the Starwood’s page for this promotion here.

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As always with these rate promotions, you should check ALL the rates that are available for your dates and compare them. The promotion code for the third night free is Z3R and for the fourth night free Z4R.

Top Hotel Promotions for January 2013

It is somewhat slim picking right now. Marriott’s previous MegaBonus has run out and the new one is about to start next month. There is nothing out from Hyatt.

1. SPG Power Up + Le Meridien Bonus (North America) + Air Canada Aeroplan bonus (Canada)

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You can make a bundle with Starwood if you can take advantage of the Power Up and Le Meridien promotions that Starwood is running concurrently. Also, there is additional bonus for Aeroplan miles for stays in Canada. For maximizing these three bonuses, you need to stay at the Le Meridien hotel in Montreal!

SPG Crossover Rewards Coming?

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Starwood is apparently in the process of launching Crossover Rewards that we should learn more in the coming months. Remember, you heard it first on LoyaltyLobby.

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Hotel programs, airlines, and car rental companies are living in a symbiosis; more air travel means more hotel nights and car rentals etc. Hotels are often doling out status on their respective programs to frequent fliers of various airlines trying win over their business.

Starwood Upping Cash & Points Requirements

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Starwood’s Cash & Points has been very popular redemption option for many that has enabled member to redeem an award room partly using both cash and points.

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Now, Starwood is tinkering with both the cash and point requirements of this award type. The number of required points is going up by 25% and the cash requirement is going up between 17% and 25%. You have until March 5, 2013, to make Cash & Points reservation under the current award chart. You can read more about these updated points and cash requirements here.

Up To 6000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles After 10 Nights At Starwood Hotels in Canada

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has a new promotions for Air Canada Aeroplan members that stay at Starwood hotels in Canada. You can earn 3000 bonus Aeroplan miles after five nights and another 3000 bonus nights after five more nights for total of 6000 bonus miles for stays between January 14 and April 14, 2013. You can access this promotion here.

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Note that you do not have to change your SPG earning preference to miles. You can continue to earn Starpoints and take advantage of the current Power Up promotion. These Aeroplan miles are addition to Starpoints. All you need to do is to register your SPG account for this promotion and provide them with your Aeroplan number.

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