Last year Starwood Preferred Guest sent me a SPG Platinum member postcard telling me I had earned a 50% off award for up to 5 nights at a Category 1-5 property. The catch was I had only 10 days to book a reservation to be used before the end of May. I had no set plans for a trip and the award went unused.
SPG has a different offer this year.
Platinum members were offered the choice of a $75 gift certificate for Starwood Hotels or a free weekend night, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at a Category 1 to 5 hotel to be used by December 27, 2009.
SPG Platinum member gift choices
At the time I registered for the free night, the website showed 82% of Platinum members had chosen this gift over the $75 gift certificate. I am thinking Westin Sydney, Australia this July.
Gold members were not neglected. SPG gave Gold elites a choice of a $25 Starwood certificate or 1,000 Starpoints.
Design Your Own Platinum member card
This was an interesting feature for the SPG card, however, almost all the hotels I looked for were not included in the image list. No hotel choices from San Francisco.
Hotel Images for SPG card face
My card also has a “10 Year Member” icon on the card face. I joined SPG and redeemed my first awards in 1999. I was a member of the Westin Hotels loyalty program since way back in 1990.
My SPG card face selection is Sheraton Mirage, Gold Coast, Australia