Oct092008

Hotel Suites Using Points – SPG Cash & Points Offer

Hotel Suites Using Points

A reader wrote me last week with a common travel situation.  As a person who travels frequently for business it would be nice to know you could book a hotel suite with all those work-related hotel points for a vacation with your family in a room with adequate space. 

Starwood has a special offer for just this type of traveler.  Starwood has a new Cash & Points option currently available in six locations: Hawaii, Phoenix, Milan, Florence, Kuala Lumpur, and Los Cabos. 

A standard hotel suite includes a bedroom and a separate living area room.  Some hotels have extra large rooms with both a bed and living area.  These are typically called junior suites.  Specialty rooms may have a preferred view, bathroom upgrade like whirlpool tub, balcony, or some other specialty feature.

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has a special offer for Cash & Points specialty upgrade rooms at select hotels through December 21, 2008.  The regular Cash & Points award option is for standard rooms and features a fixed rate of cash and hotel points based on the SPG category of the hotel.  These awards are available for Category 1 to Category 6 hotels.  Cash and Points Award rooms are not eligible stays for elite qualification credit.   

·         Category 1 = $25 + 1,200 points  (Asia-Pacific Hotels only)

·         Category 2 = $30 + 1,600 points  (Asia-Pacific Hotels only)

·         Category 3 = $45 + 2,800 points

·         Category 4 = $60 + 4,000 points

·         Category 5 = $90 + 4,800 points

·         Category 6 = $150 + 8,000 points

·         Category 7 = not available for Cash & Points

Cash & Points Specialty Rooms Promotion Terms

Specialty Cash & Points Awards

Hawai‘i, USA

CASH

STARPOINTS

 

$+

Specialty

Specialty

Suite Room

Room

Select Room

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

$55+

4,000

4,250

9,100

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa

$75+

5,500

5,750

13,000

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort Waikiki Beach

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

Sheraton Waikiki

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

Sheraton Kauai Resort

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka‘anapali

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

Phoenix, USA

CASH

STARPOINTS

 

$+

Specialty

Specialty

Suite Room

Room

Select Room

Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe

$55+

4,000

4,250

9,100

Sheraton Crescent Hotel

$55+

4,000

4,250

9,100

Four Points by Sheraton Tempe

$55+

4,000

4,250

9,100

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

$75+

5,500

5,750

13,000

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

$75+

5,500

5,750

13,000

The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, Phoenix

$75+

5,500

5,750

13,000

The Phoenician, Scottsdale

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

W Scottsdale

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

Los Cabos, Mexico

CASH

STARPOINTS

 

$+

Specialty

Specialty

Suite Room

Room

Select Room

Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort & Spa Los Cabos

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

Milan, Italy

CASH

STARPOINTS

 

$+

Specialty

Specialty

Suite Room

Room

Select Room

Four Points by Sheraton Milan Center

$75+

5,500

5,750

13,000

The Westin Palace, Milan

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

Sheraton Diana Majestic, Milan

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

Le Méridien Gallia 

$110+

6,750

7,250

15,600

Florence, Italy

CASH

STARPOINTS

 

$+

Specialty

Specialty

Suite Room

Room

Select Room

Grand Hotel, Florence

$175+

10,750

11,250

26,000

The Westin Excelsior, Florence

$175+

10,750

11,250

26,000

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

CASH

STARPOINTS

 

$+

Specialty

Specialty

Suite Room

Room

Select Room

Sheraton Subang Hotel and Towers

$35+

2,000

2,250

3,900

Hotel Imperial, Kuala Lumpur

$40+

2,500

2,750

5,200

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur

$55+

4,000

4,250

9,100

The Westin Kuala Lumpur

$55+

4,000

4,250

9,100

 

The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona

The Phoenician, Phoenix, a Luxury Collection Starwood hotel

 

Is the SPG Cash & Points Suite a good deal?

Florence Grand Hotel

Nov 27-29, 2008

Lowest Regular room rate = 330€/night King Bed  (about $450 USD/night)

Free Night Using Points = 20,000 points

Standard Cash & Points = $150 + 8,000 points

Special Offer Suite Cash & Points =  $175 + 26,000 points

Florence Grand Hotel Special Offer for 4th night free in River View Junior Suite = 1,124€ x 3 nights = $1,150 USD per night for a four-night stay.

Compare this to the cost if you could buy 26,000 Starpoints at the regular rate of $35 per 1,000 points.  The points would cost $910.  (Starpoints purchase limit was 100,000 points for 2007 and dropped back to 20,000 points per year for 2008.)  $910 points value + $175 cash would still be less at $1,085 than the special 4 nights offer at $1,150 per night.

Rather than spending 20,000 points for a standard King Room award night, pay the additional $175 + 6,000 points to make your stay especially suite in the $1,150 river view room.  Cash & Points suites are a great option for someone with lots of Starpoints, no platinum elite status for complimentary upgrade, and wanting to avoid $1,000 per night rooms on that special vacation. 

SPG Cash & Points Specialty Rooms-Lavish Suites is certainly a good option for a Loyalty Traveler seeking a suite deal.

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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