Worst Value Starpoint Awards: Category 7 Non-Standard Room Properties

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Starwood has a solid Starwood Preferred Guest program with wide array of benefits for Gold and Platinum members. Over the years, however, there has been quite an inflation on number of points required for free night awards. I am going to write about good value of SPG awards shortly, but these Category 7 specialty awards are completely out of whack points vs. cash wise.

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Starwood must be so embarrassed about the point requirements for these properties that they are not even listed on their website. The SPG member must call the customer service to find out the exact number of point required per night. It is not surprising why. These awards are just terrible value, although the properties must be stunning.

St. Regis Resort Bora Bora 120K to 140K Starpoints per Night

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The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is a Category Seven hotel. They have a limited participation with the Starwood Preferred Guest program.

A standard room will run you at 120,000 Starpoints per night in Low Season and 140,000 Starpoints per night in High season.

The award books into a Deluxe or Premium over water bungalow. When I was searching for paid rates, they had rates starting at $1100 (100K XPF) per night for March, 2013. Hotel did not have SPG50 rate available for the March date I was looking at.

High seasons dates for St. Regis Bora Bora are as follows:

12/25/2013 – 12/31/2013
06/01/2013 – 08/31/2013
12/25/2012 – 12/31/2012

Le Méridien Bora Bora 60K to 140K Starpoints per Night

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Le Méridien Bora Bora is a Category Seven Hotel. They have limited participation in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The Starpoints redemption process is as follows;

SPG7SU – 60,000 Starpoints per night in Low season and 70,000 Starpoints in High season. Bungalow, Lagoon View, Air Conditioning/ Ceiling Fan, Private Deck with a King bed.

This beach bungalow sells for 49500 XPF ($538) or 33750 XPF ($367) using SPG50 for March 13, 2013.

SPG7SU2 – 75,000 Starpoints per night in Low season and 87,000 Starpoints in High season.

Beach Bungalow, Newly Renovated, Bungalow Non-smoking, Air Conditioning/ Ceiling Fan, Spacious Terrace W/tables & Chairs and a King bed. Ideally Located On The Beach Side Along The Beautiful Inner Lagoon, 540sqft.

The price for this is 67000 XPF ($728) for March 13, 2013.

SPG7SU3 – 90,000 Starpoints per night in Low season and 105,000 Starpoints
Signature Overwater Bungalow, entirely Renovated In 2010 Unique Experience Of A Breathtaking Glass Floor, 540 Sqft.

The price of this one is 77500 XPF ($843) for March 13, 2013.

SPG7SU4 – 120,000 Starpoints per night in Low season and 140,000 Starpoints
Premium Overwater Bungalow, Newly Renovated, Glassfloor, Direct Lagoon Access, Mount Otemanu View and 700 Sqft.

This overwater bungalow is selling for 88000 XPF ($957) on March 13, 2013.

High Season is as follows;
07/01/2013 – 10/21/2013
07/01/2012 – 10/21/2012

W Maldives 90K to 140K Starpoints per night

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W Retreat & Spa – Maldives is a Category Seven hotel. They have a limited participation in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The Starpoints redemption is as follows.

SPG7SU3 – 90,000 Starpoints per night in low season and 105,000 Starpoints per night in high season.

188 sqm. Bi-level Beachfront Villa. Two Daybeds. Barbeque Station.outdoor Shower And Bathtub. Espresso Machine & Wine Fridge”

You can get this at for $1188 when searching for March 13, 2013.

SPG7SU4 – 120,000 Starpoints per night in low season and 140,000 Starpoints per night high season

Ocean Oasis room with a King – 146sqm. Outdoor Sundeck & Daybed. Barbecue Station. Glass Floorspot. Espresso Machine & Wine Fridge. Overwater Lagoon

The price for this one is $1512 on March 13, 2012.

High seasons are as follows:
12/06/2013 – 02/28/2014
03/01/2013 – 03/28/2013
12/13/2012 – 02/28/2013

Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort, Key West 120K Starpoints per Night

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The Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort is a Category Seven hotel. They have a limited participation in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The Starpoints redemption is as follows;

SPG7SU4 – 120,000 Starpoints per night .

The price of this Key West property is $1250 for March 13, 2013.

Yes this is their basic cottage as it is listed as garden view. They also offer ocean view and ocean front however they are not bookable using Starpoints.

Mystique, Santorini, Greece 60K to 70K Starpoints per Night

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Mystique, Santorini is a Category Seven hotel. They have a limited participation in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The Starpoints redemption is as follows;

SPG7SU – 60,000 Starpoints in low season and 70,000 Starpoints in high season.

Junior Suite with a queen bed, volcano view with a private balcony.

You can get this property for 408 euros on May 8, 2013

High seasons are as follows:
07/22/2013 – 08/19/2013

Pine Cliff Residences, Albuferia 40K to 50K Starpoints per Night

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The Pine Cliff Residence, Albufeira is a Category Six hotel. They have a limited participation in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The Starpoints redemption is as follows;

SPG6SU – 40,000 Starpoints in low season and 50,000 Starpoints in high season.

Two-bedroom Residence Suite, Separate Living Room, Kitchenette, and pine views

They have prices starting at 174 euros per night on March 13, 2013

Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda 140K Starpoints per Night

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This property had the most ridiculous Starpoints rate compared to a paid rate of 205 euros per night for May 22, 2013.

Hotel Pitrizza 140K Starpoints per Night

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Hotel Pitrizza, Costa Smeralda is a Category seven hotel. They have a limited participation in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. This hotel requires you to pay for full room and board.

SPG7SU – 140,000 Starpoints per night in high season.

Their price on May 8, 2013 is 530 euros per night

Classic room with a King that is Garden view
06/24/2013 – 09/08/2013

Conclusion

One always should consider all the options i.e. points vs. pay when considering hotel options. These category 7 (and some others too) specialty properties don’t make any sense booking using Starpoints compared to paying cash.

I just couldn’t believe this one property that is going on for less than 300 euros per night but requires 140K Starpoints.

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