Starwood Preferred Guest released on Monday a list of hotels moving up and down in award categories effective March 10, 2015.
Total of 130 hotels are moving up (two hotels by two categories) and 138 hotels are moving down (two also by two award categories). These represent 22% of the hotels currently on Starwood’s system.
You can access Starwood’s web page for award categories here.
Remember that there has been last minute changes in previous years for hotels moving up and down.
Award Category Changes Up:
Award Category Changes Down:
Here’s the PDF of the changes provided by the SPG.
This year these SPG changes are mostly a non-event. Typically those hotels where people prefer to redeem (read there is value) go up and the hotels where there is no value go down.
My preferred way of using Starpoints outside of special events such as carnival is basically convert them to airline miles.