Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) made an announcement yesterday about 2016 award category changes that will take effect on 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:
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 Properties Moving DOWN:
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.