140K Starpoints or 295 Euros per Night? The Worst Starwood Award Value Ever?

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I am just writing a piece about category 7 Starwood awards at specialty locations that don’t even have a published number of points required per night. The article should be ready later today. The only way of getting the number of required points per night for these locations, is to call Starwood Preferred Guest hotline.

In the process of doing this piece, I found what has to be the worst SPG award value ever.

Would you rather pay 295 euros per night compared to 140000 Starpoints?

Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda

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This lovely hotel on the Sardinian coast is only open from May 16 to September 26, 2013. When I was searching for prices, the hotel came up at 295 euros per night for May 22, 2013, but would require 140K SPG points for the same night. I confirmed the number of required points with the Platinum Concierge.

Conclusion

My personal opinion is that Starwood’s point requirement for anything above category 5 is inflated compared to number of base points that you earn (without any promotions) from hotel stays.

Of course this example is totally outrageous. Why even bother publishing 140000 Starpoint requirement per night? I cannot see anybody redeeming for this property.

SPG: Beat The Timer – Way to Save on Starwood Stays

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SPG has quite a few different discount options available and one of the less advertised ones is the Beat The Timer.

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There are number of hotels available on a rolling 72 hours period or until the inventory reserved for this discounted rate code has been exhausted. There is no rhyme what is offered and when. You probably should glance the available hotels every few days to see if any of the locations that you are planning to visit in the next three months is on the list.

Note that these discounted rates are prepaid, non-refundable and non-cancellable.

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You can also use the map option to see the countries where the current offers are available.

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When you choose the hotel and the dates, you are then presented the dates when the discounted rate is available during three month period.

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After you choose the dates, you are then connected to the brand specific website. The interface auto populates the SET code 387696 that is used to bring up the rates.

Conclusion

This is one of the SPG’s rate promotions that you should check frequently. The other one is Starpicks that is usually available on every Tuesday morning (USA time). Hotels use both of these rate plans to discount their near term inventory. Just to reminder that these rates are prepaid and non-refundable. Only book them IF your plans are firm.

SPG Redeem & Reward Promotion: Save 30% to 50% of Starpoints Required for an Award

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Starwood Preferred Guest has a new promotion for 21 of their resorts in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. You can save 30% to 50% of the points used for an award for stays between October 21 and December 20, 2012. You will need to register for this promotion and the points will be redeposited back to your account after your stay.

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Your award stay can begin or end outside promotional period as long as you have at least one night during the eligible dates. Only standard awards are eligible for this rebate. The 5th night free awards are eligible for the discount as well. Note that you need to register for this promotion by November 30, 2012.

Redeem & Rewards 50% Savings Locations

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St. Regis Aspen Resort

= Category 7 – 30K SPG per night = 15K SPG during the sale

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

= Category 7 – 30K SPG per night = 15K SPG during the sale

St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort

= Category 7 – 30K SPG per night = 15K SPG during the sale

St. Regis Monarch Beach

= Category 6 – 20K SPG per night = 10K SPG during the sale

Phoenician a Luxury Collection Resort

= Category 5 – 12K to 16K SPG per night = 6K to 8K SPG during the sale

W South Beach

= Category 7 – 30K to 35K SPG per night = 15K to 17.5K SPG during the sale

Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

= Category 5 – 12K SPG per night = 6K SPG during the sale

 

Redeem & Rewards 40% Savings Locations

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W Retreat & Spa

= Category 6 – 20K SPG per night = 12K SPG during the sale

Westin Trillium House

= Category 5 – 12K SPG per night = 7200 SPG during the sale

Westin St. John Resort & Villas

= Category 5 – 12K SPG per night = 7200 SPG during the sale

Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa

= Category 5 – 12K to 16K SPG per night = 7200 to 9600 SPG during the sale

Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa

= Category 5 – 12K to 16K SPG per night = 7200 to 9600 SPG during the sale

Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba

= Category 5 – 12K to 16K SPG per night = 7200 to 9600 SPG during the sale

Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino

Category 4 – 10K SPG per night = 6K SPG during the sale

 

Redeem & Rewards 30% Savings Locations

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Sheraton Steamboat Resort

= Category 5 – 12K SPG per night = 8400 SPG during the sale

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

= Category 4 -10K SPG per night = 7K SPG during the sale

St. Regis Deer Valley

= Category 6 – 20K SPG per night = 14K SPG during the sale

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

= Category 5 – 12K SPG per night = 8400 SPG during the sale

Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort

= Category 4 -10K SPG per night = 7K SPG during the sale

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
= Category 4 -10K SPG per night = 7K SPG during the sale

Westin Whistler Resort & Spa

= Category 5 – 12K to 16K SPG per night = 8400 to 11200 SPG during the sale

Conclusion

It is great that SPG is having a reward sale. The SPG awards at category 7 properties are outrageously overpriced points wise. Getting them at 50% discount can be a good deal, however. This is off season for many of the properties so you should always check the paid rates as well.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

30%, 40%, and 50% Starpoint Savings Promotion Terms and Conditions

Members must register for the promotion by November 30, 2012, at 11:59 pm EST (the “registration period”) at spg.com/R&R. Registered members will receive 30%, 40% or 50% of their Starpoints® redeemed bonused back into their accounts for all eligible Free Night Award nights from October 21 through December 20, 2012 (the “promotion period”) at select participating resorts. Listed below are resorts participating in this promotion and their eligible Starpoints savings:

50% savings:
• The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Colorado, USA
• The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico, USA
• The St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
• The St. Regis Monarch Beach, Dana Point, California, USA
• The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
• W South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
• The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, USA

40% savings:
• W Retreat & Spa — Vieques, Puerto Rico, USA
• The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada
• The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, Virgin Islands, USA
• The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, USA
• The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, Cayman Islands
• The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
• Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino, Bahamas

30% savings:
• Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA
• Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Chandler, Arizona, USA
• The St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah, USA
• The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
• The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas, USA
• The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Georgia, USA
• The Westin Whistler Resort & Spa, British Columbia, Canada

Only Free Night Award redemptions for standard rooms are eligible for this offer. Free nights may be booked online or through the SPG Customer Contact Center. Award Nights booked prior to the promotional period are eligible as long as the Award stay occurs during the promotional period and the member registers for the promotion. Rooms booked using Cash & Points, 50% off Awards, and Nights & Flights are not eligible. Room and Suite upgrade Awards and In-Hotel Instant Awards are also not eligible for reimbursement of Starpoints. Based on the participating property at which the stay occurs, a member will receive 30%, 40% or 50% of Starpoints redeemed bonused back into his or her account after the eligible Award stay has been completed during the promotion period, and within 4–6 weeks after the eligible stay posts to the member’s account. Offer is not combinable with other redemption promotions. All promotions are subject to the Starwood Preferred Guest® program terms and conditions, which are subject to change without notice and can be found at spg.com. Offer is applicable to single members only and not to groups. Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors. Starwood reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time. To update your communication preferences or learn about our privacy practices, view our Privacy Statement on spg.com/privacy, or access our privacy information line by calling 1-877-782-0071 in the U.S. and Canada or +353-21-4930474 in all other countries. Starpoints, SPG, Preferred Guest, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, The Luxury Collection, Le Méridien, Element, Sheraton, St. Regis and their respective logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates. Void where prohibited by law. ©2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All rights reserved.

Here are the frequently asked questions regarding this promotion:

30%, 40%, and 50% Starpoint Savings Promotion FAQs

Q: Who can register for this promotion?
A: Any SPG member may register for this promotion at spg.com/R&R by November 30, 2012, 11:59 pm EST (the “registration period”).

Q: What types of Award nights are eligible to receive the Starpoints savings?
A: All SPG Starpoints redemptions for Free Nights in standard rooms from October 21, – December 20, 2012, (the “promotion period”) at participating properties are eligible to receive 30%, 40%, or 50% of the Starpoints redeemed bonused back into the registered members’ account from which they were ordered. Cash & Point nights, Nights & Flights, 50% off Awards, In-Hotel Instant Awards and upgraded room and suite redemption Awards are not eligible for this offer.

Q: Do Award stays as part of this promotion count toward elite status qualification?
A: Yes. Members who take advantage of this promotion will still earn elite status stay and night credit for their Award stays.

Q: At which Starwood Hotels & Resorts is this offer eligible?
A: The offer is eligible for Free Night Awards at the participating resorts, listed below, offering the noted Starpoints savings:

50% savings:
• The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Colorado, USA
• The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico, USA
• The St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
• The St. Regis Monarch Beach, Dana Point, California, USA
• The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
• W South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
• The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, USA

40% savings:
• W Retreat & Spa — Vieques, Puerto Rico, USA
• The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada
• The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, Virgin Islands, USA
• The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, USA
• The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, Cayman Islands
• The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
• Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino, Bahamas

30% savings:
• Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA
• Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Chandler, Arizona, USA
• The St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah, USA
• The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
• The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas, USA
• The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Georgia, USA
• The Westin Whistler Resort & Spa, British Columbia, Canada

Q: If I have an Award stay that starts prior to October 21, or checks out after December 20, is it still eligible to receive the redemption savings?
A: Yes. As long as one (1) night of the eligible Award stay falls within the promotional period, the registered member will receive 30%, 40% or 50% of his or her Starpoints bonused back for all standard room Free Night Award nights at a participating property during that stay.

Q: Is 5th Night Free Starpoints redemptions eligible for this offer?
A: Yes. Registered members will receive 30%, 40% or 50% of their Starpoints back for eligible 5th Night Free Award stays in standard rooms at participating properties. For example, a 5 night stay in a standard room at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa (category 5) will cost the member 48,000 Starpoints. The member will receive 24,000 Starpoints (50%) back as part of this promotion.

Q: I booked my Award stay months ago, prior to the promotion starting. Am I still eligible for the offer?
A: Yes. As long as the member registers for the promotion and his or her eligible Award stay falls within the promotion period, the member is eligible for the offer. There is no need for a member to cancel and rebook an Award stay.

Q: If I complete my Award stay prior to registering for this promotion, am I still eligible for this offer?
A: Yes, as long as a member’s eligible Award stay falls within the promotional period, he or she will be eligible for the Starpoints bonus regardless of registration date.

Q: Is my Award stay booked online eligible for this offer?
A: Yes. Any Free Night Award stay in a standard room booked through spg.com or through the SPG Customer Contact Center is eligible for this offer.

Q: I have a stay that is a mix of Award nights and paid nights. Is it eligible for this offer?
A: Yes. A member will receive 30%, 40%, or 50% of his or her Starpoints redeemed bonused back for any eligible Award nights completed during a stay at a participating property. There is no discount or rebate on any cash portion of the stay.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of times I can take advantage of this offer?
A: Members may take advantage of this offer multiple times, as long as they meet the registration and promotion earning criteria previously described.

Q:How many Starpoints will be bonused back for each eligible Award night at participating resorts?
A: The number of Starpoints bonused will depend on the category level of the participating resort and the number of nights redeemed. Two examples are below:
No. 1: Member redeems for 3 nights at The St Regis Bal Harbour Resort (category 7) during non-peak season dates for a total of 90,000 Starpoints. Member will receive a bonus of 45,000 (50% of 90,000) Starpoints as part of this offer.

No. 2: Member redeems for 5 nights at the Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba, (category 5) for a total of 48,000 Starpoints, taking advantage of SPG’s 5th Night Free benefit. Member will receive a bonus of 19,200 (40% of 48,000) Starpoints as part of this offer.

Q: When will I receive my Starpoint bonus reimbursement?
A: A registered member who has eligible Award stays will see the Starpoints bonused to his or her account within 4–6 weeks of the eligible Award stay posting to his or her account.

Q: Can I take advantage of other promotions occurring at participating resorts concurrently with this promotion?
A: Promotions for paid nights are eligible at the participating resorts during the promotional period; however, no other redemption offers can be combined with this offer.

Buy Starpoints at 20% Discount

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Starwood tend to have their yearly Starpoints sale always around this time. You can buy/gift the maximum number of Starpoints 20K per calendar per account. This offer is valid between October 15 and November 30, 2012. You can access this offer here.

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The price of 20K Starpoints is $560. The price of a point is 2.8 cents. You can transfers SPG points to many airlines and the price of a mile under this offer would 2.24 cents when the 5K transfer bonus is factored in.

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You can buy the 20K points for your account and gift to as many accounts as you wish. Any one account cannot receive more than 20K bought Starpoints per year, whether they are gifted or bought by the account holder.

Conclusion

If you are short of Starpoints for a big award, this is about the lowest that you can buy them at. You can transfer 20K Starpoints to 25K airline miles on most of the Starwood’s airline partners.

Instant Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Gold + 1000 Bonus Starpoints per Stay for Clear Members

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Starwood is offering an instant SPG Gold status and 1K bonus Starpoints for stays before December 31 for Clear members that enroll to the program by December 31, 2012. The maximum bonus Starpoints that you can earn under this offer is 10000 i.e 10 stays. You can access this offer here. You can combine this offer with SPG’s Better By The Night promotion.

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If you already have a SPG account but don’t have any status and have SPG stays coming up, it is a no lose proposition to sign up using a new account and later merge them.

If you already have Gold or Platinum status with Starwood, I would contact the SPG customer service to find out if they could apply the bonus point promotion to your account regardless. You don’t have anything to lose and maximum of 10K Starpoints to gain.

Here’s the list of the main benefits of the SPG Gold status:

• Three Starpoints® per U.S. dollar spent — that’s a 50% bonus over base level members.
• A complimentary welcome gift at check-in with each stay.
• An enhanced room at check-in, when available.1
• 4 p.m. late checkout.2

Conclusion

Clear made an offer for complimentary access for some SPG members earlier in the year. Now, it is SPG’s turn to offer something for Clear members.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

By enrolling, you accept the terms and conditions of the Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) program, which can be found at spg.com and are subject to change without notice, and you opt to receive direct mail communications. Offer is valid for recipient of this email only, who must be a current Clear member and not currently an SPG member, and is nontransferable. Recipient must register for offer before December 31, 2012. Offer is void for employees of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Gold Preferred Guest membership is valid through February 2014. To earn Gold status through February 2015, you must meet the standard elite-level qualifications in 2013. Bonus Starpoints® will be earned in increments of 1,000 Starpoints per qualifying stay from September 1 through December 31, 2012; maximum of 10,000 bonus Starpoints may be earned. An eligible stay is one or more consecutive nights at the same participating property, regardless of the number of check-ins and checkouts, paying a rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints and that posts to the member’s SPG account. A list of non-SPG participating properties can be found at spg.com/t&c under section 1.2. Stays must commence on or after September 1, 2012, and be completed by December 31, 2012, and you must present your SPG number at check-in to earn the bonus Starpoints. To update your communication preferences or to learn about our privacy practices, view our Privacy Statement at spg.com or access our privacy information line at 1-877-782-0071. Starpoints, SPG, Preferred Guest, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, The Luxury Collection, Le Méridien, Element, Westin, St. Regis and their respective logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates.

Getting Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings

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What would be better than getting cashback rebates for travel related bookings that you would be taking regardless? Sounds too good to be true? Actually, it is not. You are really leaving money on the table if you are not taking advantage of various cashback options for hotel stays and airline bookings.

Different type of cashback malls

1. Straight cashback malls

These are my personal choice as you normally get the cashback deposited directly to your PayPal account. It is easy to compare the cashback options because the payout is represented in percentage of the price. You just choose the cashback mall that is offering the highest payout at the time you do the booking/purchase.

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My favorites on this category are FatCash, BigCrumbs, eBates, MrRebates, TopCashback, Quidco & Upromise. There are number of others as well.

2. Airline/hotel related malls

There are few hotel chains like Hilton and Marriott that are offering a cashback mall where most of the major US airlines like Delta, United, American, and US Airways (and pretty much all the others) do have one. These tend to be run by Cartera.

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I normally only use these when they are offering a bonus for a bonus miles for hitting a certain thresholds. These are normally offered during the holidays and back to school periods.

3. Credit card/bank related malls

Credit card companies and banks have opened their own cashback malls as well. Citi, Chase, Discover, Bank of America etc. all have their own cashback malls.

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I used Citi’s Thank You Points-mall a lot when they were offering fixed price air awards. Now that the payout is only 1.33 cents per point on air fare, it hasn’t been that competitive.

Comparing cashback payouts

You can always just go through one provider or follow my advice and just open an account with all of them. You should then the cashback mall that offers the highest payout. The cashback amount varies vendor to vendor and can change sometimes weekly.

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There are various sites for checking out the cashback amounts. You can visit Evreward, RewardsDB, CashbackHolic, CashbackMonitor and NerdWallet. The latter is specialized for the credit card and bank cashback malls.

None of these is perfect, however. You should always check UK based Quidco as well that has offered very good cashback rates as of late and is excluded from most of these comparison sites due to its location.

Tracking transactions

There are sometimes problem with tracking the cashback from making the booking to getting the payout. I have made a simple Excel sheet that I use for this purpose. I record the date of the booking, the date of the stay (in case of hotels), the name of the merchant, name of the cashback mall, the confirmation number, and the expected cashback amount or percentage of rebate.

It is really essential that you do this if you make number of bookings as it might get confusing really fast which mall you used and when. Also, the cashback amount/percentage can change. It is essential that you have recorded the amount that you should get based on the cashback rate at the time of booking/purchase.

Getting paid

The de facto payment form for the first set of sites is PayPal. Some sites pay out quarterly, some monthly, some require you to request a payment before it is processed and some may require you to have a minimum withdrawal amount of $10.

The airline/hotel related malls just deposit the miles/points that you have earned from your purchases to your account. The same goes for bank/credit card related ones as well.

Example booking an InterContinental Hotel

The cashback amount on IHG group of hotels varies a lot between the sites. I have come to realize that I really need to check them all when I am making bookings.

Last week MrRebates was offering 6%

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eBates 4.5%

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TopCashBack 6%

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And Quidco whopping 12%

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The booking was made using the cashback link on Quidco’s website.

Conclusion

Hotels tend to offer attractive cashback rates as they are trying to get more bookings through their websites and not having to pay 10% travel agent commissions. I have earned thousands of dollars cashback through these sites over the past ten years I have been using them.

It doesn’t matter if you are not located in the United States as these sites are paying out to PayPal account. Similarly, nothing prevents you taking advantage of sometimes generous rates that Quidco, based in the UK, is offering.

Note that LoyaltyLobby may get a referral fee if you join and use the cashback sites mentioned above.

Starwood’s “Better By The Night” 4th Quarter Promo Revisit

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Starwood’s “Better By The Night”4th quarter promotion is quite confusing. There are now 4 different points/miles earning opportunities embedded. I just went and registered for all of these and thought that it would be a good idea to write a piece explaining each of the components.

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1. Double points for one or two nights stays and triple points for stays of three nights or longer

This is the easiest part. You will get double or triple BASE points depending on the length of your stay.

2. Online (250 points) or iPhone (500 points) booking bonus

You will receive 250 bonus Starpoints for making the booking through SPG.com or 500 bonus Starpoints by booking using the SPG iPhone app.

3. FourSquare check in (250 points) bonus

If you link your SPG & FourSquare accounts and do virtual check in while staying in the property, you will receive additional 250 Starpoints per stay.

4. Air Canada Aeroplan bonus (1000 miles per stay) miles

You will receive 1000 Aeroplan miles per stay for up to five stays. This is in addition to the above bonuses and you don’t have to credit towards miles.

You can do registrations for the first three simultaneously but you need to remember to link your SPG and FourSquare accounts.

The Aeroplan offer requires a separate registration. You need your SPG and Aeroplan account numbers.

Here’s what SPG Platinum members can expect to earn on a $150 night that is booked at SPG.com:

300 Base points (2 points per dollar spend)

150 Platinum Bonus points (50% bonus)

500 Platinum Amenity points

300 Double points for the Better by the Night promotion

250 SPG.com online booking bonus

250 FourSquare check in bonus

1000 Aeroplan miles

= 1750 Starpoints + 1000 Aeroplan miles

If you use SPG branded Amex card to pay and use the iPhone app to book, you can earn even more points

Conclusion

At first, the SPG’s “Better By The Night” promotion appears underwhelming. It is actually quite ok if you can take advantage of all the side promotions.

SPG’s “Better By The Night” Promotion Getting Better – 250 Extra Points for FourSquare Check Ins

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Starwood just added a nice little bonus for their Better By The Night-promotion. In addition to the double/triple bonus points, online or iPhone booking bonuses, you can now also earn 250 extra bonus points for checking in at the property using FourSquare application on your Apple or Android mobile device. You need to register for this promotion to get these bonuses.

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All you need to do is to link your SPG account with your FourSquare one. When you are staying at the property, you need to checkin once during your stay to the property using the application. Make sure that the property is correct because sometimes there are duplicate listings for some hotels. You should then see a banner that you have unlocked the offer.

Conclusion

This SPG’s Better By The Night-promotion is slowly getting better with all the add on bonuses.

Top Hotel Promotions for October

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This is a new feature that I will do monthly after I have done the updated hotel promotions post. I will have a post about hotel promotions that I will take advantage of.

Yesterday, I made an updated post of hotel promotions for this quarter. Here are the five that I am taking advantage of and I think that you should too:

1. Marriott Rewards – Free night certificate after two stays for up to 3 certificates

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– This is an excellent promo for free night certificates. Only drawback is the categories where they can be used (category 1 to 4). Very useful in the Asia/Middle East but not so in the Americas.

2. Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Promotion for 15K Bonus Miles

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– Hilton apparently doesn’t have Hilton HHonors point promotion for this month, but you can make your own by taking advantage of this Virgin Atlantic one. If you have FIVE stays at Hilton HHonors properties (no Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, or Home2 Suites), you will receive 15000 bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles in addition to 5000 base miles. You can transfer Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles then to Hilton HHonors points and you will receive 40000 Hilton points for 20000 miles.

3. Priority Club Promotions here and here

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– There are number of promotions that you can always take advantage of. Some of these “unpublished” but I have listed them all here on LoyaltyLobby. I will do the Q4 stay promo combined with the Roles to Rooms. With other bonuses, I will earn in excess of 50K Priority Club points for 7 stays. You can do even better if you start with a “fresh” account.

4. Starwood Better By the Night + IOS Bookings Bonus + Air Canada Aeroplan Bonus

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You can actually combine all these promotions. The Better By The Night is lackluster but ok when you make the hotel booking using SPG’s iPhone app for 500 extra points per stay. You can combine these two with the Aeroplan bonus of 5K miles for 5 stays.

5. Radisson Free Night Promo: Stay One Night, Get One Night

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You can get a free night award just for staying for a night by December 31, 2012 at any Radisson/Radisson Blu property in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The free night award is valid until December 31, 2013.

Conclusion

It appears first that there are no truly outstanding promotions out there, but these four are definitely worth taking advantage of.

Hotel Promotions Update (October 2012) Le Club Accorhotels, Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges, Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club, Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest & Wyndham Rewards

Here our monthly blog post about hotel loyalty promotions. You can now find an updated list just by clicking the “Hotel Promotions” tab. This will be updated throughout the month when promotions expire and new ones are announced.

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Accor Hotels – Le Club

Le Club Accorhotels is offering bonus miles for Air Canada Aeroplan, Delta SkyMiles, and Lufthansa Miles & More members until October 31, 2012.

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Le Club Accorhotels Airline Offers: Air Canada Aeroplan, Delta SkyMiles & Lufthansa Miles & More

You can get instant Platinum status with Le Club Accorhotels just by signing up to the program.

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Accor A-Club / Le Club Accohotels Instant Platinum Status for New Accounts Still Available

Best Western Rewards

Best Western’s fall promotion for double/triple points is starting on September 23rd and ends on November 18th, 2012. You can read more about this promo by following the link.

Best Western Rewards Fall 2012 Promotion Double or Triple Points

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

You can get a free night voucher for every two night stay at the Country Inns & Suites locations in the United States and Canada. This offer is valid from October 1 to November 30, 2012.

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Country Inns & Suites Bonus Offer: Stay for Two Consecutive Nights and Get a Free Night Certificate

You can get triple points + 2000 bonus points by booking a breakfast package. This promotion is valid until December 31st, 2012 at selected Radisson & Radisson Blu locations.

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Book Breakfast Package Rate & Get Triple Gold Points at Select Radisson & Radisson Blu Hotels

You can get triple American Airline miles (1500) for Radisson/Radisson Blu stays worldwide until December 20th, 2012.

Triple American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for Radisson/Radisson Blu Stays

Club Carlson is celebrating 25 years of Country Inn & Suites by giving 25K bonus points for two night stays until October 14, 2012.

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Club Carlson: Country Inn & Suites 25 Years – Get 25000 Bonus Points For 2 Nights Stay

Here are few other interesting posts about the Club Carlson program:

There is an elite offer for 2 for 1 and 4 for 2. You need to be a Gold or Concierge member to take advantage of these discounts that are valid in Europe, Middle East Africa.

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 2 Pay 1

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 4 Pay 2

You can get a Club Carlson Gold through a status match or being a shareholder:

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Club Carlson Gold Status for Rezidor Shareholders

If you have a friend or family member working for any Carlson hotel, you maybe eligible for the Friends & family discount:

Carlson Hotels Friends & Family Discount

Choice Privileges – Choice Hotels

Choice’s fall 2012 promotion is valid until November 14th, 2012. You will earn at the minimum 8000 points for every two stays.

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Choice Hotels Fall 2012 Promotion for Maximum of 8000 Bonus Points for Every Two Stays

Hilton HHonors

Hilton is offering maximum of 15K bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for 5 stays. You can always transfer the bonus + base miles back to Hilton HHonors for total of 40K HH points. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012

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Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Hilton has a promotion with Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc) for up to quadruple miles until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

You can earn 4000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles on your second stay. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

Hilton has a special “Be Yourself” package for Conrad resorts. Gold/Diamond members will receive 5000 bonus points per stay.

Conrad Hotels “Be Yourself” Offer of Breakfast/Room Upgrade or 5000 Bonus Points

Hilton is offering instant Gold status until 2014 and bonus points/miles for American, Delta, JetBlu, United, US Airways, and Virgin American frequent fliers. This offer is targeted.

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Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status Until March 2014 for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin America Frequent Fliers + Bonus Points & Miles (Targeted?)

You can get free 500 Hilton HHonors points for liking Hampton Inn on Facebook.

Get 500 Free Hilton HHonors Points by Liking Hampton Inn on Facebook

Here are some other important posts:

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders

It can make sense to use Virgin Atlantic as Double Dip partner and then transfer the miles back to Hilton. You can read more about this here:

Hilton HHonors Double Dip Strategy with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt’s fall 2012 promotion is valid from September 1st to November 30th, 2012. You will earn 5000 bonus points after 5 nights and 10000 bonus points for every additional five nights for maximum bonus of 65000 Hyatt Gold Passport points.

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Hyatt Gold Passport Autumn “Imagine the Possibilities” Promotion

Here are couple of other important posts:

Hyatt also offers status matches/trials. You can read more about them here:

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status Match – Hyatt Diamond Trial Challenge As Of 2012

Sometimes it makes sense to use Hyatt Stay Certificate instead of paying. You can read about more of them here:

Hyatt Stay Certificates – Way to Save Money On Hyatt Stays

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

The beauty of Priority Club is the onslaught of ongoing overlapping promotions that you can triple/quadruple dip.You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here. I have also written about different type of Priority Club promotions here and what you can expect to earn for your first stay if you sign up for an account here.

Just a word of warning. Some of these promotions may require an address to be in a specific country/area like United States. I take absolutely no guarantees what will post to your Priority Club account.  They may also conflict with a promotion that you have already signed up for and just return an error message.

There is an interesting “Roles To Rooms’ promotion for total of 15K bonus points for four stays. This promotion appears to be geographically targeted to Asia Pacific region.

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Priority Club “Roles to Rooms” Promotion: 15000 Bonus Points for Four Stays

Here’s an update about the “Roles to Room” promotion:

Priority Club “Roles To Rooms” Promotion Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Complimentary Intercontinental Ambassador Status After Three InterContinental Nights

You can get complimentary InterContinental Ambassador status that normally costs $200 for staying 3 nights at InterContinental properties by the end of November

Priority Club Candlewood & Staybridge Suites Promotion for 5000 Bonus Points

You can get 5000 bonus Priority Cub points for staying two consecutive nights at Candlewood or Staybridge Suites property in the United States by December 30th, 2012.

Triple Priority Club Points in Spain & Portugal – Need to Book IKTB2 Rate

Triple points for stays at select properties in the Iberian peninsula. Valid until the end of December.

Quarter 4 Stay Bonuses

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These are valid from October 1st to December 31st, 2012. You should sign up for 5K, 10K or 15K varation of this offer depending how many IHg nights you are planning to have on the 4th quarter.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Priority Club “Sweetheart Deal” $100 Visa Prepaid Debit Card for Each 3 Night Stay within 90 Day of Wedding

Priority Club is offering a $100 rebate for every stay of 3 nights or longer within 90 days of your wedding, This promotion is valid until the end of 2012.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

You can get up to five codes that you can redeem for various gift card by booking online or mobile on any of IHG branded websites.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

You can get triple Priority Club points for meetings by switching your account to Priority Club Meetings Reward member.

Priority Club Surveys for 2000 Points or More

There are number of surveys that you can do in number of different languages for a quick 2000 Priority Club points, if you haven’t done any of them earlier. This is a quick way to get some points. My points posted immediately.

Priority Club Welcome Survey for 1000 Bonus Points

Not sure what is going on with this promotion, but you can try to see if it works for you.

Install (Not Required) Priority Club Shopping Toolbar & Get 300 Points

You can get easy 300 points by installing a Priority Club shopping toolbar.

You can register for the following promotions at priorityclub.com/register. You need to have the email address associated with the Priority Club OR the Priority Club account number available AND the four digit code associated with the promotion.

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102 – 1000 Bonus Points

This is most lucrative of the offers. You will get additional 1000 Priority Club points per stay for 90 days after your sign up.  Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

1000 Bonus Points for 60 Days – 8108 – 1000 Bonus Points

You will receive 1000 bonus Priority Club points per stay for the next 60 days after registering for this promotion. Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 5221 – 3000 Bonus Points

This works for sure if you are a Platinum member, but could work for Gold’s as well. Doesn’t hurt to sign up, right? You will get 3000 bonus Priority Club points for your next stay. You will need to have the stay within 90 days after signing up. You can only earn this once.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 7489 – 3000 Bonus Points NEW

This is another 3000 bonus points for an elite member. It posts for sure if you are Platinum but might work for a Gold account as well. You need to do the stay within 90 days of registering for this offer.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120 – 1500 Bonus Points

You will get 1500 Priority Club bonus points for one stay after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days.

New Member Bonus – 3107 – 1500 Bonus Points

This is a new member bonus, but works for existing members as well. You will get onetime 1500 Priority Club bonus points after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days after registration.

Next Stay Bonus – 5109 – 1500 Bonus Points

This should be open for elite and non-elite members. You will get onetime bonus of 1500 Priority club points after a paid stay. The stay must be within 90 days after registration.

Weekend Stay Bonus – 3136 – 5000 Bonus Points

This should be open for all. You will get 5000 Priority Club bonus points for a two night weekend stay. Weekend is typically defined Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights. The stay must occur before the end of 2012. This promotion may require your Priority Club access to be in the United States. The promotion did post for me after a while. This promotion can be done several times.

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168 – 5000 Bonus Points

Not sure exactly how this works, but here’s the info about this offer: We’re pleased you have continued to stay with us and are now even closer to earning exclusive Platinum Elite benefits and 5,000 bonus points. All you need to do is register and stay with us 5 more nights before 30th November 2012. It would be our pleasure to reward your loyalty with exclusive Platinum Elite benefits. Keep staying with us and you’ll soon be there. We look forward to helping you make it to the top: Platinum Elite status!

Marriott Rewards

Marriott has their usual fall MegaBonus starting on September 15th and ends on January 15th 2013. You need, however, register for the promotion by October 31st, 2012.

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Marriott Rewards Fall 2012 MegaBonus

Update on Marriott Fall 2012 MegaBonus Choices

You can earn triple airline miles tarting on your second stay on Marriott’s MegaMiles promotion that ends on October 30th, 2012.

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Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Triple Airline Miles

Here are three other posts about Marriott Rewards:

You can get Southwest Rapid Rewards points for Marriott Gift card purchases.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Points for Marriott Gift Card Purchases

Marriott also offers status matches or taste of Platinum/Gold. You can read more about the procedures of getting one here:

Marriott Status Match Silver, Gold & Platinum – Taste of Silver, Gold or Platinum

If you haven’t been targeted to any of the promotions or you would like to change to another one, you can follow the instructions to get the promotion fixed for you.

Changing Targeted Marriott Promotions

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton has an offer for 30K bonus points for a stay of four nights or longer. This offer is valid until October 15th, 2012.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Extraordinary Returns – 30000 Bonus Points for a Four Night Stay

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood’s next promotion Better By The Night begins on October 1st and ends on December 20th, 2012. You will receive double Starpoints for stays of 1 to 2 nights and triple points for stays of 3 nights or longer.

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SPG Better By The Night Autumn 2012 Promotion for Double or Triple Starpoints

You can get 500 bonus points for booking made on the iPhone SPG app or 250 points for bookings made on spg.com.

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SPG Better By The Night Online & iPhone Booking Bonuses

Starwood has a promotion with Air Canada’s Aeroplan for maximum of 8000 bonus miles. This is in addition to the Starpoints that you earn. Promotion is valid from September 10 to December 9, 2012.

Starwood Aeroplan Offer: Up To 8000 Bonus Miles

Westin Kierland and Sheraton Wilde Horse Pass have exciting bonus points opportunity. Stay once at both properties and earn 10000 bonus Starpoints.

Stay at Westin Kierland & Sheraton Wild Horse Pass for 10000 Bonus Starpoints

You can get 1000 Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for booking a special (expensive) rate plan.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings

Starwood has been offering bonus points or free night certificate for new accounts that haven’t had stays

SPG Bonus Beginnings: 3K Bonus Starpoints or Free Night Award

Here’s a post about Starwood status match opportunity:

Starwood doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham’s autumn promotion is extra points or miles for second and fourth stay before November 30, 2012.

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Wyndham Rewards Fall 2012 “Bonus Earnings” Promotion 11K Bonus Points or 2K Bonus Miles

Starwood Aeroplan Offer: Up To 8000 Bonus Miles

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Starwood has teamed up with Air Canada’s Aeroplan by offering up to 8000 bonus Aeroplan miles. All you need to do is to have an Aeroplan account and sign up for this promotion. You don’t have to change your earnings from Starpoints to miles to be eligible for this offer. You can combine this offer with Starwood Better by The Night promotion that offers double/triple points for stays and online booking bonuses.

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Here’s the breakdown this promotion:

– You will receive 3000 bonus miles if you stay total of 3 nights during the promotional period

– If you stay total of 5 nights or longer, you will receive 5000 bonus miles. Note that the nights do not have to be consecutive.

– If you have at least 3 nights at Starwood properties in Canada, you will receive an additional 3000 bonus miles.

This promotion is valid from September 10 to December 9, 2012. Note that you need to register for this promotion prior to your stay.

Conclusion

If you are going to have any Starwood stays during this promotion period, there is absolutely no downside for registering for this promotion. These Aeroplan miles are in addition to the Starpoints you will earn from your stays as you don’t have to change your earning preferences.

Redeeming Aeroplan miles is rather expensive nowadays. They charge fuel surcharge on redemptions so redeeming for anything else than business or first class doesn’t make too much sense.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

  • Aeroplan Bonus Miles are offered to eligible Aeroplan members who stay a minimum of three to five nights paying an Eligible Rate at participating Starwood properties during the promotional period. Advance reservations are required and bookings are based on availability. Black out dates may apply . Offer not applicable to groups. Reservations must be made directly with Starwood (by phone, www.starwoodhotels.com, or specific Starwood property website) or via a travel agent. Bookings via third-party online retailers and other wholesalers are not eligible for this bonus offer promotion. You must be a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest Program and have registered for this promotion. Membership in the SPG program is free. Please visit www.spg.com. All Starwood Preferred Guest terms and conditions apply. Please allow six to eight weeks after the promotion ends for Aeroplan Miles to be posted to your Aeroplan account.
  • An Eligible Rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. SPG-participating hotels and resorts and a description of Eligible Rates can be found at SPG.com under program terms and conditions. See Section 1.4 for the complete definition of Eligible Rates, but note that certain prepaid rooms where the booking is made through a third party (including but not limited to travelocity.com, expedia.com and orbitz.com) are not Eligible Rates and do not earn Starpoints or qualify toward promotional earnings.
  • Qualifications and Starwood Terms: All promotions are subject to the Starwood Preferred Guest program terms and conditions, which are subject to change without notice and can be found at spg.com. Offer is applicable to individual members only and not to groups. Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors. Starwood reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time. To update your communication preferences or learn about our privacy practices, view our Privacy Statement on spg.com/privacy, or access our privacy information line by calling 1-877-782-0071 in the U.S. and Canada or +353-21-4930474 in all other countries. Starpoints, SPG, Preferred Guest, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, The Luxury Collection, Le Méridien, Element, Sheraton, St. Regis and their respective logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates. Void where prohibited by law.

SPG Better By The Night Promotion Registration Now Open

SPG Better By The Night promotions registration has now opened. I wrote about this new SPG promotion on August 22nd and the online booking bonuses on August 23rd.

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You can now register for this promotion at spg.com/betterbythenight.

Conclusion

You can read my take on this double/triple points promotion here and about the online booking bonuses here.

SPG Bonus Beginnings: 3K Bonus Starpoints or Free Night Award

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Overall, Starwood’s promotions so far this year have been lackluster compared to 2011 and the upcoming promotion is hardly any better.

Starwood has been, however, sending very good offers for new members that have not been staying at Starwood properties at all or have only had a stay or two last year. This promotion “Bonus Beginnings” is targeted and won’t work for you unless you have received the email invitation.

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There are two options to choose from:

1. 3000 Bonus Starpoints

2. Free night award for category 1 to 5

The free night at category 5 SPG property would cost you 12K to 15K points depending of the season and is better option that the 3K bonus Starpoints. The free night award is valid until Ocotber 31st, 2013 so you have plenty of time to use it.

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Now that you’ve joined SPG®, you know that every stay gets you closer to Free Night Awards and other amazing benefits.

We’d like to see you again soon. Here’s a great offer to keep things going: Register by October 31, 2012, then complete a stay between September 1, 2012, and October 31, 2012, and you’ll receive your choice of 3,000 bonus Starpoints or a Free Night Award at a Category 1–5 hotel or resort.

Check out, and then check in to, any of our more than 1,100 hotels and resorts across nine brands — including W®, Le Méridien®, Westin® and Sheraton®. Clear your calendar and start packing. We can’t wait to have you back.

Is it time to sign up family members for SPG?

SPG has now sent similar offers couple of times in the past year for members that have not been active in the program. I think that it is probably worthwhile to sign up family members to SPG membership to take advantage of these “Bonus Beginnings” offers in the future.

Conclusion

It is interesting that the best SPG offers this year are going to members that haven’t stays at Starwood properties at all. It is good way, however, to get people (and family members) activated in the program.

Make sure that you have signed up for our blog email updates and follow us on Twitter and like on Facebook. We will always make a post when there is an exciting SPG promotion or bonus point opportunity around.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

3,000 bonus Starpoints: Registered member can choose to earn 3,000 bonus Starpoints after one (1) eligible stay. Stay must be at an SPG participating property from September 1, 2012, through October 31, 2012. Nonparticipating properties can be found at spg.com under program terms and conditions. Bonus Starpoints will be credited to the member’s account within 2–3 weeks of the stay posting to the member’s Starwood Preferred Guest® account.

Free Night Award: Registered member can choose to earn one (1) Free Night Award in a standard room at any Category 1–5 hotel after one (1) eligible stay. Eligible stay must be at an SPG participating property anytime from September 1, 2012, through October 31, 2012. Non-participating properties can be found at spg.com under program terms and conditions. Free Night Award(s) must be used by October 31, 2013, and can be redeemed by calling your local SPG Customer Contact Center and mentioning Award ID D1NFN. Free Night Award is not transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Unused Awards are forfeited. See “All Offers” below for additional terms and conditions.

All Offers: All above-listed offers are nontransferable and void for Starwood employees. Register online at spg.com/bonusbeginnings by October 31, 2012. Once a member chooses his or her offer, it cannot be changed at any time. An eligible stay is defined as one or more consecutive nights paying a qualifying rate in the same hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or checkouts that occur and posts to the member’s Starwood Preferred Guest account. Eligible stays/nights will be tracked by the date the member checks in and not the date the member checks out. A qualifying rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. A description of a non-qualifying rate can be found at spg.com/t&c. Multiple rooms charged to the same member during the same stay will only count as one stay. All promotions are subject to the Starwood Preferred Guest program terms and conditions, which are subject to change without notice and can be found at spg.com. Offer is applicable to single members only and not to groups. Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors. Starwood reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time. To update your communication preferences or learn about our privacy practices, view our Privacy Statement on spg.com/privacy, or access our privacy information line by calling 1-877-782-0071 in the U.S. and Canada or +353-21-4930474 in all other countries. Starpoints, SPG, Preferred Guest, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, The Luxury Collection, Le Méridien, Element, Westin, St. Regis and their respective logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates. Void where prohibited by law. All rights reserved.

Sheraton 75 Anniversary Deal: Free Nights & Discounted Stays

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Sheraton is turning 75 years and has launched a promotion to celebrate this milestone. They are giving some free nights daily for bookings made on Sheraton’s website, but the more interesting offer is the free nights for stays of 3, 4, or 6 nights. You can access the website for this offer here.

Sheraton 75 Anniversary
Sheraton 75 Anniversary

The deal is that you will pay for 3 nights but pay only for 2, stay for 4 nights but pay only for 3, and stay 6 but pay only for 4. Sometimes offers like these can be good, but sometimes they are not as they tend to use rather high base. All the participating hotels for this offer are in the Asia Pacific region.

Sheraton 75 Anniversary Participating Hotels
Sheraton 75 Anniversary Participating Hotels

There is a breakfast offer available as well, but I couldn’t find those rates to be competitive at all unlike the “free” night offer.

The 3 for 2, 4 for 3, and 6 for 4 did return some good rates:

Sheraton Lampung
Sheraton Lampung

Here’s the rate display at the Sheraton Lampung. You can easily switch between the three offers and see the available dates.

Sheraton Lampung Rate Comparison
Sheraton Lampung Rate Comparison

You can then pull up all the rates available for the dates in question. Make sure that you have selected other rates as well for easy comparison. The 75 anniversary returned a very good rate for the dates in question that is significantly cheaper than other rates.

Sheraton Pattaya 75 Year Deal
Sheraton Pattaya 75 Year Deal

This offer returned the lowest average nightly rate for Sheraton Pattaya as well.

Sheraton Full Moon 75 Anniversary
Sheraton Full Moon 75 Anniversary

There was no availability using this offer for any dates at the Sheraton Full Moon resort in Maldives. Why offer it if they don’t load any availability?

Sheraton Hanoi 75 Anniversary
Sheraton Hanoi 75 Anniversary

Sheraton Hanoi has some other lower rates for the dates that I was searching compared to the 75 anniversary one.

Conclusion

You can save quite a bit at hotels that don’t offer other discounted rates when using this anniversary offer. Just make sure that you choose to see all the available rates and not just the 75 anniversary ones.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

  • 75 Free Nights Promotion
    • Offer is valid for stays booked from 1 September 2012 to 14 November 2012 and completed between 1 September 2012 and 31 January 2013.
    • Stay restrictions vary by offer:
      • For stay 3 nights pay for 2 deal, three-night minimum length of stay required
      • For stay 4 nights pay for 3 deal, four-night minimum length of stay required
      • For stay 6 nights pay for 4 deal, six-night minimum length of stay required
    • Consecutive reservations for the Buy 3/4/6 nights pay for 2/3/4 nights deal will not be honored.
    • Other restrictions may apply. Please check the hotel’s Terms and Details when making your reservation.
  • Breakfast at 1937 Prices Promotion
    • Offer is valid for stays booked from 1 September 2012 to 14 November 2012 and completed between 1 September 2012 and 31 January 2013.
    • Package includes accommodation in your selected room category and daily breakfast for up to two people.
    • Minimum length of stay may be required. Please check the hotel’s Terms and Details when making your reservation.
  • Offers are valid for new bookings only.
  • Offers are valid at participating Sheraton Hotels & Resorts in Asia Pacific.
  • Offer is fully prepaid at time of booking and is non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability at time of reservation and do not include additional per room, per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes.
  • A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates.
  • Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
  • Offer not applicable to groups.
  • Not to be combined with other offers or promotions and subject to change.
  • Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • Starwood/Sheraton reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time.
  • Starpoints, SPG, Starwood Preferred Guest, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, Le Meridien, The Luxury Collection, Element, Westin, St. Regis and their respective logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates.

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