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.
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.
Here’s the PDF file that Starwood released. I have also converted it to Excel format.
Category Changes down
The number of properties (48) moving in award categories represent 4.2% of the Starwood hotel portfolio. Only one hotel (Sheraton Baltimore North) moves down by two categories from 3 to 1.
Category changes up
The number of properties (218) moving up in award categories represent 19.2% of the Starwood hotel portfolio. One property (Aloft New York Brooklyn) jumps two categories from 3 to 5.
New Category 6 properties
The Westin Kierland Villas, Scottsdale
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler
The St. Regis Beijing
Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel
New Category 7 properties
The St. Regis Princeville Resort
The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
The St. Regis Deer Valley
Santa Marina Resort & Villas, Mykonos
Vedema Resort, Santorini
Hotel Danieli, Venice
Starwood’s Award Categories
SPG’s award’s can get very expensive very fast and the number of points required percentage wise between categories:
– Category 1 to 2 rise of 33% (weekends 50%)
– Category 2 to 3 rise of 75% (weekend 133%)
– Category 3 to 4 rise of 42%
– Category 4 to 5 rise of 20% low season to 60% in high season
– Category 5 to 6 rise of 67% low season to 56% in high season
– Category 6 to 7 rise of 50% low season to 40% in high season
The SPG’s category changes weren’t as drastic this year compared to Marriott or Hilton. You have to bear in mind, however, that Starwood awards in higher category properties are very expensive compared to number of points that you earn from actual stays.