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Starwood has already had for more than a year their Moments-program where SPG members can either purchase or bid for wide variety of events like concerts, golf related events, shows etc.

Starwood Preferred Guest SPG Moments

There are two ways to “purchase” these and you always have to pay using Starpoints. Some of the events are purely sold using auctions, and thus the price is never knows before the auction ends. It is wise to bid only at the very last minute. The others have the straight purchase price as shown in Starpoints. [click to continue…]

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Couple of days ago I wrote about the new Starwood Promotion that would be launching today. It was already known that it would require you to book a special rate plan in order to be eligible for the extra points and amenities. It was not known, however, whether these rates would be competitive or not.

Starwood Preferred Guest 1111 Promotion

I just chose seven different properties around the United States that participate. Of those seven properties only one had this promotional rate as the lowest. These rates are for one night stay on 18th of this month, checked as of this morning. [click to continue…]

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Starwood has a teaser up on http://www.starwoodpromos.com/eleven/ for a promo that runs for 11 days starting on November 11th, 2011. By paying extra $11 the guest can get one of the following:

Daily breakfast for two

Overnight parking

A room upgrade

Sarwood Preferred Guest 11 11 11 Promotion For 1111 Extra Starpoints For $11

Starwood Preferred Guests member will also be eligible for:

Special bonus for SPG® Members:

Receive 1,111 bonus Starpoints® per stay with this offer.

Right now it is not clear if this apply only for “Best Available Rates” or whether corporate and other discount rates would also qualify, although I doubt that. These extra 1111 Starpoints can be “expensive” if you need to book a special rate plan. Stay tuned for more.

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Starwood launches their Starpicks rates for various properties for the next couple of weeks mostly every Tuesday, although there have been gaps at times. These rates are typically available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights for city properties. For resorts these rates can be available for all days. You need to book the rate by Friday.

Starwood Starpicks

Thing to keep in mind is that these rates are prepaid and non-cancellable. If your plans change, it is unlikely that you will get a refund. Also these Starpicks rates are not always the lowest. It pays to check the normal rates using various discounts codes that one is eligible for i.e. AAA. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest Introducing Ratings ReviewsStarwood has just launched their own Ratings & Reviews where guests can review their past stay. Hotels have long been fed up with TripAdvisor reviews, because there hasn’t been a way to determine if the review was actually left by a guest, some competitor, or perhaps disgruntled former employee.

Starwood Preferred Guest Introducing Ratings Reviews Sheraton Grande SukhumvitWith the Starwood you actually need to log in using an account that was used to book the stay. Alternatively you need to have the confirmation number and the last name. For some reason when I was trying to make a review just using a confirmation number and my last name, the system was unable to find the stay only returning an error message that the review must be left within certain timeframe after the stay. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest Transfer Starpoints Between Member AccountsStarwood has always allowed members to transfer Starpoints between member accounts. Previously it was enough that the addresses of both Starwood accounts were the same at the time of transfer. Earlier in the year Starwood initiated a process where the address must be same at least for 30 days before the transfer is initiated.

Why anyone would want to transfer points between accounts, as you can always “gift” an award stay? By combining points from accounts it might be easier to hit certain transfer thresholds i.e. when transferring to airlines 20K Starpoints typically transfer to 25K miles.  One party may have 100K American Airlines AAdvantage miles on his account when the desired award would require 150K. You cannot transfer Starpoints to someone else’s AAdvantage account, but you can do to his Starpoints account from where the person can further transfer them to AA. [click to continue…]

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Hilton HHonors has awarded stay credits for award stays as long as I can remember. Starting October 1st Starwood has started to award stay credits for award stays as well. This helps those that tend to barely qualify for status.

Starwood Preferred Guest Award Nights CountGood or bad? You decide. Personally this does nothing for me as I have more than 100 paid Starwood stays yearly.

Note that that these award stays do not count any promototions i.e. stay three times – get a free night. [click to continue…]

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Starwood has been offering this SPG50 award for 1000 Starpoints that discounts the hotel’s rack rate by 50% up to 5 days. The problem is that there is no way to check the actual rack rate online, or what rooms/suites are offered under this rate plan.

When I was in Bali the other week, and wanted to check out the rather expensive St Regis resort over there, decided to check if the price using this award would be lower than any other publicly available rate. I just hate spending time over the phone especially when in Bali, but then remembered that Starwood offers chat.

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