SPG Starpoints To LAN Kilometers Conversion Change From 2 to 1.5 – Other Airline Changes Coming?

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has changed the conversion ratio of Starpoints to LAN’s LANPASS from 2 to 1.5 per Starpoint. This change was done unannounced on June 25, 2013.

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LAN uses and rewards LANPASS Kilometers (KMS) instead of miles. There have been some advantages to transfer Starpoints to LAN and then use them for award trips within South America, where LAN often has award sales.

Starwood Florida Rate Promo For 500 Bonus Starpoints

Starwood has a new rate promotion for stays in Florida until September 30 2013, for 500 bonus Starpoints per stay for booking a special rate code. You can access this offer on Starwood’s website here.

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The minimum stay for this rate usually starts at 2 nights and may include some extras such as parking and internet. The rate code this offer is LYPKG.

SPG Gold Status After One Stay In Asia For World & World Elite MasterCard Holders

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The promotion for complimentary SPG Gold status in the Asia Pacific region after one stay has returned. This offer is targeted to World or World Elite MasterCard holders and this time you need to input the first six digits of the card number to enroll for this promotion. Last time just signing up for the promotion was enough.

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This offer is valid until July 13, 2015, and you can access SPG’s website for this offer and register here.

Whine Wednesdays: “Forced” Donations OK Or Not?

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This is a new series called Whine Wednesdays that is not about me whining about wines (maybe if an airline serves non-Champagne sparkling wine as champagne), but rather some travel related issues that annoy me. These semi-forced donations that some hotels (mainly SPG ones in Asia) try to automatically collect is 3 on the 1 to 10 annoyance scale.

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Hotels outside of the Starwood ones in Asia don’t normally do this, but I came across this last week at the Hilton Aberdeen TreeTop hotel in Scotland. They had this display on the front desk that they were automatically adding a pound to each hotel folio to support Hilton Foundation.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral – Review Of My Stay

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Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral opened in early March and I stayed there for a night in May during an overnight transit.

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Aloft is Starwood’s limited service brand targeted towards the W crowd. The slogan of the hotel is “A Vision of W Hotels”. There are quite a few Aloft hotels in North America and they seem to be slowly spreading to other parts of the world as well.

SPG’s Unannounced Category Creep Continues: Case Four Points LAX

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) continues to up the award categories of its hotel portfolio mid-year and unannounced.

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This time the award category of the popular Four Points Los Angeles International Airport has changed during the past 24 hours from category 2 to category 3.

Top Hotel Promotion June 2013

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Here’s my pick of the five most lucrative hotel promotions that you can take advantage this month. I really like the IHG, Marriott and Hilton/Virgin Atlantic promotions:

1. IHG Rewards Club Double Points Promotion Combined With All The Other Promotions

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I will have a comprehensive “IHG Rewards Club Summer 2013 Promotion Guide” article up here on LoyaltyLobby on Monday. You can earn bundle of points from your InterContinental Hotels Group stays this summer and get rebates in the process as well. You can access the list of current promotions here.

US Airways Dividend Miles Promotion: 1000 Bonus Miles At Aloft, Element & Four Points Hotels

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SPG has a new offer for US Airways Dividend Miles members that stay at Aloft, Element or Four Points hotels in North America between June 1 and December 31, 2013, for 1000 bonus miles per stay and $10 F&B (food and beverage) credit.

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You must choose airline direct deposit and have US Airways as the airline partner. You need to book SSBMILES rate offer to be eligible for the bonus miles. You can access SPG’s website for this offer here.

Hotel Promotions Update June 2013

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Here’s the monthly update on current hotel promotions. Most of the IHG Rewards Club one time bonus offers that expired on March 31 are now back (and better than ever). I will have a separate “IHG Rewards Club Summer 2013 Promotion Guide” post up on Monday. Accor doesn’t have global promotions, but there are many hotel/region based ones, however.

Hyatt and Wyndham don’t have promotions at the moment. Ritz-Carlton has a very good one starting on July 1.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here:Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

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Sheraton $25 Gift Card & Coca Cola Gift Package Rate

Starwood has a new rate offer for Sheraton hotels in United States, Canada, and the Bahamas for weekend (Thursday to Sunday) stays by September 1, 2013. You can receive $25 MasterCard branded debit gift card & Coca Cola gift package per stay.

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Note that you need to book a special SISUMR rate plan and that you can take advantage of this offer maximum of 3 times. You can access this promotion on Starwood’s web page here.

Using Hotel Points In Copenhagen For Eurovision Song Contest In 2014

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Not sure, when I was last time in Europe during the Eurovision song contest, but this year I was in Madrid and watched the show on TV. For those that are not familiar with this concept, it is a Europe wide song contest to which each of the EBU members send one band/singer and then the countries vote for the winner.

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Nobody really takes this too seriously, as sometimes the performers are rather campy and borderline terrible, but it is fun to watch over few adult beverages.

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Program Terms And Conditions Changes

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SPG tweaked some terms and conditions of the program last time on January 17, 2013, and just made some updates earlier today. You can access the current terms and conditions here.

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SPG Social

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Last year, I wrote about Starwood’s Global Personalization initiative, where the company collects and stores guest information that it gathers from i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn and Google searches. You can read that article here.

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Now, Starwood has launched a new program called SPG Social that allows you to connect your SPG and Facebook accounts.

How Is SPG & Delta Crossover Rewards Doing?

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Delta and Starwood announced their Crossover Rewards back in February (read my post here) that I broke couple of days earlier after getting hold of the terms and conditions of the program.

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The program gives Delta elites some benefits on Starwood hotel stays and vice versa. The only benefit that I will see from this program is some Starpoints for Delta flights and some SkyMiles for Starwood room rate spend.

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