SPG Hot Escapes (Not So Hot Compared to Starpicks Or Beat The Timer)

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Starwood introduced SPG Hot Escapes the other week (read my piece here) that replaced two established discount schemes: Starpicks and Beat The Timer.

You can access SPG Hot Escape web site here.

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SPG Hot Escapes are available from every Wednesday to Saturday for the following six week period. SPG members get an additional 5% discount.

Note that SPG Hot Escape rates are prepaid, noncancelable and nonchangeable. You should only book these when your plans are firm.

SPG Hot Escape Display:

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The program had 63 participating properties this morning.

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When I chose the Aloft in Bangkok, the rate calendar popped up and showed the prices and dates when this rate code is available.

SPG Hot Escapes Issues:

– The Beat The Timer used to be available for three months at a time versus just six weeks on SPG Hot Escapes.

– There doesn’t seem to be a workable map that would show all the properties and the prices.

– There isn’t a list of properties that participate ala Starpicks.

– SPG Hot Escapes is far less than the sum of Starpicks + Beat The Timer.

Conclusion

SPG Hot Escapes is not as good as the Starpicks and Beat The Timer combined. Let’s hope that Starwood will fix the issue of somewhat lacking number of properties participating to this combined program. Seems that most of the properties that were participating to Beat The Timer are missing from SPG Hot Escapes.

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