SPG’s Unannounced Category Creep Continues: Case Four Points LAX

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) continues to up the award categories of its hotel portfolio mid-year and unannounced.

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This time the award category of the popular Four Points Los Angeles International Airport has changed during the past 24 hours from category 2 to category 3.

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This was the only award category 2 hotel to close proximity to the LAX airport. The nearby Sheraton Gateway and Westin are both also award category 3 properties. You can usually get this Four Points property for around $100.

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You might think that the move from category 2 to 3 is not a drastic one, but you are wrong. The number of points required for a free night during the week goes up by 3000 points or 75% and during the weekends by 4000 points or 133%.

SPG changed the award categories of 25% of its properties on March 5 (up 20% and down 5%) and you can read my piece about the change here.

Here are other unannounced award category changes that has happened since March 5:

Royal Orchid Sheraton from category 2 to 3 (read my March 6 piece here)

Westin Panama from category 4 to 5 (read my March 20 piece here)

Aloft Miami Doral from category 2 to 3 (read my March 20 piece here)

St Regis Shenzhen from category 5 to 6 (read my March 20 piece here)

Sheraton Baltimore from category 1 to 3 (read my April 6 piece here)

Conclusion

It is really unfortunate that SPG continues this category creep throughout the year without giving any notice to its program members.

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The program is already the least rewarding, when it comes to getting free nights based on my recent study that you can access here and these midyear changes won’t help.

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