SPG Award Category Changes March 1, 2016

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) made an announcement yesterday about 2016 award category changes that will take effect on March 1, 2016.

SPG Award Category Changes March 1 2016

There are 167 SPG properties moving up minimum of one award category representing 14% of all Starwood hotels and 112 properties move down by an award category (one by two cats).

You can access SPG’s website for these changes here.

SPG Free Night Awards:

SPG Awards

You have to bear in mind that the number of Starpoints will change drastically percentage wise when award categories changes:

Category 1 to 2: Change of 25% in number of Starpoints required

Category 2 to 3: Change of 75% in number of Starpoints required

Category 3 to 4: Change of 43% in number of Starpoints required

Category 4 to 5: Change of 20% to 60% in number of Starpoints required

Category 5 to 6: Change of 67% to 108% in number of Starpoints required

Category 6 to 7: Change of 50% to 75% in number of Starpoints required

SPG Properties Moving UP:

SPG Award Category Changes March 1 2016 UP

SPG Properties Moving DOWN:

SPG Award Category Changes March 1 2016 DOWN

Conclusion

Properties where you would actually redeem your Starpoints keep going up while those not worth redeeming go down.

Redeeming Starpoints for hotel stays outside of the most expensive high occupancy periods make very little sense. It is more worthwhile to redeem them for airline miles instead.

The points increases in Thailand make very little sense considering the paid rates in the country.

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  1. I am amazed at all the changes from category 5 to category 6 in North America. Most of the hotels aren’t even actually that nice, they are just in a good location. With how hard it is to accumulate SPG points, they are basically out of reach now.

  2. Thailand is a puzzler; as you said, the average paid rates don’t seem to align at all with these new point levels.

  3. As a SPG100 customer, lifetime platinum with 840 SPG stays in ten years I would say this is the final nail in the coffin for SPG. Almost all of the great value category 5 hotels in North America are now moved to category 6. Maybe the only one left is Sheraton New York towers. Odd they would make all those changes in a year they are being bought. Their points system becoming less attractive to stay. Really too bad

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