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


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


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.


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.


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)


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


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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