Oct192009

SPG Cash & Points Adds Category 1 and 2 Hotels in USA and Canada

Starwood Preferred Guest has just changed the terms for SPG Cash & Points awards to allow Category 1 and Category 2 redemption level Starwood hotels in the USA and Canada. Cash & Points awards for these lowest level hotel categories had previously been limited to Asia-Pacific region only. Link to SPG Cash & Points table.

SPG Category 1 Cash & Points award is just $25 and 1,200 points. Redeeming a points-only award night costs 2,000 points on Friday or Saturday night and 3,000 points for other nights of the week at a Category 1 Starwood hotel.

SPG Category 2 offers even better value at just $30 and 1,600 points. Redeeming a points-only award night costs  3,000 points on Friday or Saturday and 4,000 points for other nights of the week at a category 2 Starwood hotel. Spending $30 cash will save 2,400 Starpoints on a weekday night using a Cash & Points award. This is an incredible savings.

There are a far greater number of Category 2 hotels in the US and Canada than Category 1 properties.

This is huge value for SPG members at US and Canada Category 1 and 2 hotels offering the Cash & Points option. 

Remember — Cash & Points are offered at the hotel’s discretion so I expect members will often find a room is available for points-only, but not Cash & Points. Unfortunately, at this time, I am unable to locate any Category 1 or 2 hotels in the US offering a Cash & Points option for dates I checked over the next week.

For now, here is the revised wording on the SPG Cash & Points chart. Category 1 and 2 hotels – “offered at Asia Pacific, U.S., and Canadian hotels only”.

Starwood Preferred Guest shows its members another positive hotel loyalty program change.

SPG Cash & Points Awards chart

SPG Cash & Points Awards chart

 

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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