Jul152009

Starwood’s Biggest Summer Sale. One Week Only.

Book by 11:59pm EDT, July 20 for Starwood Hotels Summer Sale Rates for hotel stays from July 16 through October 12, 2009.

Promo code: “July LTO” Book online or call 1-866-924-8704 and mention promo code.

Link: http://www.starwoodpromos.com/hotel-deals

The “Biggest” Starwood Hotels sale is becoming a seasonal occurrence. This time around there seems to be more good deals, but Loyalty Traveler’s advice is buyer beware! These are prepaid, non-changeable, and non-refundable rates.

Making a nonrefundable hotel purchase has risks. The nonrefundable part is the known risk. The unknown is whether hotel rates will continue to drop over the next few months.

This offer includes hotels in North America, South America, and Asia/Pacific.

These are good rates for the San Francisco area hotels where rates fluctuate wildly during the month.

I follow San Francisco Bay Area rates closely, so I can give an assessment of how these room rates stack up against low rate observations at Starwood Hotels this summer.  Keep in mind that the San Francisco Bay Area reaches peak season in September and August when the weather tends to be warmest along the coast, although it was nearly 90 degrees in the City yesterday. Rates can skyrocket here. These are good rates historically for the Bay Area in August and September.

The best deals I see regionally are for Sonoma and Napa. This summer sale rate is the lowest rate I have seen for these two hotels in the past month.

San Francisco Area

Starwood Hotels

Starwood Summer Sale

Loyalty Traveler Comments

Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf

$119

Good rate. This is near lowest rate of past couple months.

Palace Hotel

$149

Rates as low as $152 before sale. Rates have been as low as $119 in past two months.

Westin Market Street

$109-$159

Stayed here in July for $99. Rate frequently drops to $99.

Le Meridien San Francisco

$119

$119 common weekend rate since May. Beware – labor dispute may disrupt sleeping in.

Westin St. Francis

$139

Stayed for $107 (AAA) in May. Rates have been as low as $111 in past month. $139 is good rate most dates.

W San Francisco

$189

$159 has been recent low rate.

Sheraton Gateway SFO

$79

Matches lowest rate, but special offer past couple of months included parking for $79.

Four Points SFO

$99

This hotel frequently drops to $79 and is frequently a BRG opportunity.

Westin SFO

$99

Common weekend price.

Sheraton Sonoma County

$107

Good deal. Lowest rate has been $119 lately.

Westin Verasa Napa

$169

Good deal. The low rate has generally been $189. This offer is good any day of week. Weekends are generally much higher.

Starwood Hotels ran this promotion for a week during fall 2008. I did an analysis showing the nonrefundable sale rates I could have booked during the fall season sale would have cost about 20% more than what I ultimately paid for a trip I took to Vancouver, Canada. November 2008 was an unusual occurrence and I would not expect rates at many of the California hotels shown to drop much below the rates shown for this sale.

This special offer is a great way to secure some free room nights before the end of the Two Stays = One Free Weekend Night through the end of July.

 

Boats outside Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma, California

Boats outside Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma, California

 

 

 

 

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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Comments

  1. Napa at $169 is a good deal – but the special offers page for that property shows an even better one, except for adv. purchase. – $139/night until December. Looking thru San Diego properties, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina for $119 looks to be the best discount off normally available pricing.

  2. There is a $139 rate, however, it requires a 3-night stay at Westin Napa. Also, I didn’t see availability before November for the 6 dates I checked.

    September and October are the peak season months for Napa area.

    If planning a 3-day or longer stay, then be sure to check the multi-night discount links for Starwood special rates on stays of 2 to 6 nights and compare rates to this Summer Sale.

    http://www.starwoodhotels.com/promotions/promo_landing.html?category=GENDRE_H

    http://www.starwoodhotels.com/promotions/promo_landing.html?category=GENDRE_R

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