Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program Series: Burning Points Conclusions


You shouldn’t just compare the number of points that you earn from a number of hotel loyalty programs, but also the number of points required for a free night.


In order to compare these programs, I calculated the average number of points earned for six programs and then chose several markets to find out the average number of points required for a free night.

Hotel Elite Status & Guaranteed Room Availability


Hotel loyalty programs often tout guaranteed room availability of 48 to 72 hours before scheduled arrival time as a status related benefit for their most loyal guests. This “guarantee” may come as at unusually high price as LoyaltyLobby reader found out:


The main problems with this “guaranteed” availability are:

Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program Series: Earning Points Conclusions


It is time for the conclusions on the Most Rewards Hotel Loyalty Program-series that I have been writing in the past month. I hope that you are still hanging there after all the spreadsheets that I have done.


In order to evaluate the different hotel loyalty programs in terms of earning points and to capture the number of points that you earn on average, I constructed two scenarios:

Is SPG Too Hot To handle? (Blocked In Some Countries)


Have you been to countries, where some SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) related sites have been blocked? I certainly have and never thought more than this would be just a some sort of technical glitch.


Yesterday, I was searching for a good SPG logo and used Google’s image search that was returning lot of photos of rather attractive looking young ladies.

Most Rewarding Loyalty Program Series: Starwood Preferred Guest – Burning Points


Now that we have established the number of points that you earn on average based on the spend as Starwood Preferred Guest Gold or Platinum member (see here), it is time to have a look at the number of points that is required to get a free night/number of points earned per dollar.


Spend Requirement For A Free Night As Starwood Preferred Guest Gold & Platinum Member

Most Rewarding Loyalty Program Series: Starwood Preferred Guest – Earning Points Gold/Platinum


This is the sixth and the last installment on Most Rewarding Loyalty Program-series (before some further analysis). You can read my earning points take on Club Carlson (here), Hilton HHonors (here), Hyatt Gold Passport (here), IHG Rewards/Priority Club (here) & Ambassador/Royal Ambassador (here), and Marriott Rewards (here)


What we first need to do, is to establish the number of points that you earn on average per dollar spend taking into account elite amenity points, elite bonuses, and possible credit card tie-up.

Starwood Asia Pacific “Your Stay, Your Way” Rate Promotion


Starwood just sent out an email today regarding a new rate promotion (or actually two) that they have for stays in Asia Pacific between April 15 and October 15, 2013, that are booked by May 12. You can access Starwood’s web page for this promotion here.


Note that there are two separate offers that are sometimes country specific; you can choose between a savings (no minimum stay requirement) or breakfast for 2 and late check out (minimum stay 2 nights). The breakfast may be included in the rates in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam even with the savings.

Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran – Review Of My So So Stay


There are currently six Starwood properties in Bali (St. Regis, Westin, Luxury Collection Laguna, W and Sheraton) including the new Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran. There is a new Westin hotel coming in Ubud and Sarasvati in the Seminyak area in the next 12 months.


There used to be a Le Meridien Resort in Bali previously, but it has been reflagged as a Pan Pacific property. This brand new property, although it has been open for around 4 months, won’t have its grand opening before May 9, 2013.

SPG Double Take Promo Registration Now Open

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The registration is now open for SPG’s Double Take promotion that is valid for stays between May 1 and July 31, 2013. You can register for this promotion here by June 30th.


The promotion is for double Starpoints at participating properties. Remember to check the non-participating locations for this promotion at the end of the article.

Triple Starpoints In Europe For SPG Members In China


Starwood has a new promotion for triple Starpoints at 68 participating properties in Europe for stays between June 1 and October 31, 2013, for SPG members that have their account address in mainland China. You can access this promotion here.


Note that you must have had your SPG account address in China for three months prior the start date of this promotion in order to be eligible for the triple points. SPG members in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are not eligible for this offer.

W Hotels Delta 1000 Bonus Miles & Two Cocktails


W Hotels has a new offer for Delta SkyMiles members. You can earn 1000 bonus miles for your stay + 2 cocktails by booking WHMILES rate plan and staying between April 9 and July 9, 2013. You can access SPG’s website for this promotion here.


You must have your airline auto deposit activated and have Delta as the partner airline to be eligible for the bonus miles. You can activate this transfer here. Note that you need to contact SPG, if you later want to cancel this auto deposit to airline miles.

Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program


The other month, I gave a promise that I would try to tackle the issue about the most rewarding hotel rewards program this spring. I haven’t forgotten it. I have been contemplating the best way to incorporate the number if variables to the review to get objective results. Today I will have the first hotel program evaluated: Club Carlson.


In the next three weeks, I will tackle two programs per week; Club Carlson and Hilton HHonors this week, Hyatt Gold Passport and InterContinental Hotels Group next week, and Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest the week after that.

SPG Hear The Music Promotion – $50 Ticketmaster Cash Code For Every 3 Nights


SPG has a new promotion for stays between April 5 and May 5, 2013, for $50 Ticketmaster cash code for every 3 nights and $10 code for one linked Foursquare hotel check in. You need to register for this promotion here.


This promotion is valid worldwide (Foursquare component only for US residents), but according to the terms and conditions, the Ticketmaster cash codes can only be used for “select” events in the United states.

Starwood Cheating On Award Category Changes?


On March 5th, Starwood changed the award categories up on approximately 20% of its properties and less than 5% went down. You can read my article about the change here.


One of the properties that went down from category 3 to category 1 was the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel.

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