Starwood launched their free night offer for number of New York hotels On June 4th. This promotion was supposed to last for THREE months. If you were able to find a lower rate from a non-Starwood website, they would give you a night free.
It is not typically that difficult to find lower rates on non-Starwood websites that would have qualified under this promotion. But it takes some time to find and research them, and by the time the claims are processed the prices might have changed anyway.
Starwood did, however, put up the above announcement to their website few hours ago.
I would like to know what are these “unforeseen circumstances” that made Starwood to withdraw this offer so soon? If I would have to guess, they probably underestimated the number of valid claims that they would end up getting. Properties in question probably weren’t too happy to give out free nights, and then…. Oh well. They decided to withdraw the offer.