Get 20% Discount For Buying SPG Starpoints – Capped at 20K Starpoints per Calendar Year.

Normally Starwood sells Starpoints at 3.5 cents each, and the maximum number of points one is allowed to buy each calendar year is 20K. Now until December 31st Starwood is offering 20% discount for buying points. Instead of the usual 3.5 cents you can buy them at 2.8 cents. Sounds a bit high, doesn’t it?

SPG Starpoints 20 Discount

The reason why I quite like Starpoints is due to the fact that they are very flexible. You can use them for straight hotel awards, you can use cash + points awards, you can book flights using them, and most importantly you can convert 20K Starpoints to 25K miles with number of carriers.

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Asia Pacific MasterCard Promotion ‘Two Days of Happy’ – Stay 5 Nights Get One Free Night Certificate – Stay 9 Nights Get Two Free Night Certificates – 4MCFN.

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Starwood Preferred Guest Asia Pacific Promotion MCStarwood is again running MasterCard affiliated promo ‘Two Days of Happy’ 4MCFN in the Asia Pacific region. After five nights during the promotional period the SPG member will receive one promotional fee night award, or after nine nights two promotional awards. The stays must be reserved and paid using a MasterCard, and must occur between November 29th, 2011 and 15th of March 2012. These promotional awards can be redeemed from January 1st, 2012 and are valid until 10th of April 2012. The full terms and conditions of this promotions can be found at  and the frequently asked questions at

Starwood Preferred Guest Asia Pacific Promotion

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Moments – Great Way to Get Access to Fabulous Events Using Starpoints.

Starwood has already had for more than a year their Moments-program where SPG members can either purchase or bid for wide variety of events like concerts, golf related events, shows etc.

Starwood Preferred Guest SPG Moments

There are two ways to “purchase” these and you always have to pay using Starpoints. Some of the events are purely sold using auctions, and thus the price is never knows before the auction ends. It is wise to bid only at the very last minute. The others have the straight purchase price as shown in Starpoints.

Starwood Preferred Guest SPG 11-11-11 Promotion For 1111 Extra SPG Points And Extras For $11

Couple of days ago I wrote about the new Starwood Promotion that would be launching today. It was already known that it would require you to book a special rate plan in order to be eligible for the extra points and amenities. It was not known, however, whether these rates would be competitive or not.

Starwood Preferred Guest 1111 Promotion

I just chose seven different properties around the United States that participate. Of those seven properties only one had this promotional rate as the lowest. These rates are for one night stay on 18th of this month, checked as of this morning.

Starwood Launching Points Promo On 11.11.11 For 1111 Extra Starpoints Per Stay For $11

Starwood has a teaser up on for a promo that runs for 11 days starting on November 11th, 2011.

By paying extra $11 the guest can get one of the following:

Remember To Check Starwood’s Starpicks Rates Every Tuesday


Starwood launches their Starpicks rates for various properties for the next couple of weeks mostly every Tuesday, although there have been gaps at times. These rates are typically available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights for city properties. For resorts these rates can be available for all days. You need to book the rate by Friday.

Thing to keep in mind is that these rates are prepaid and non-cancellable. If your plans change, it is unlikely that you will get a refund. Also these Starpicks rates are not always the lowest. It pays to check the normal rates using various discounts codes that one is eligible for i.e. AAA.

Like Writing Hotel Reviews? Tired Of TripAdvisor? Stay Mostly At Starwood Hotels?


Starwood has just launched their own Ratings & Reviews where guests can review their past stay. Hotels have long been fed up with TripAdvisor reviews, because there hasn’t been a way to determine if the review was actually left by a guest, some competitor, or perhaps disgruntled former employee.

With the Starwood you actually need to log in using an account that was used to book the stay. Alternatively you need to have the confirmation number and the last name.

Transferring Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints Between Member Accounts


Starwood has always allowed members to transfer Starpoints between member accounts. Previously it was enough that the addresses of both Starwood accounts were the same at the time of transfer.

Earlier in the year Starwood initiated a process where the address must be same at least for 30 days before the transfer is initiated.

Starting October 1st Award Nights Count Toward Elite Qualification with Starwood

Hilton HHonors has awarded stay credits for award stays as long as I can remember. Starting October 1st Starwood has started to award stay credits for award stays as well. This helps those that tend to barely qualify for status.

Good or bad? You decide. Personally this does nothing for me as I have more than 100 paid Starwood stays yearly.

Note that that these award stays do not count any promototions i.e. stay three times – get a free night.

SPG50 Award? Worthwhile Under Some Circumstances


Starwood has been offering this SPG50 award for 1000 Starpoints that discounts the hotel’s rack rate by 50% up to 5 days. The problem is that there is no way to check the actual rack rate online, or what rooms/suites are offered under this rate plan.

When I was in Bali the other week, and wanted to check out the rather expensive St Regis resort over there, decided to check if the price using this award would be lower than any other publicly available rate. I just hate spending time over the phone especially when in Bali, but then remembered that Starwood offers chat.

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