Aug022011

This week’s Starwood Starpicks – Book by Friday Aug 5

Starwood Hotels Starpicks are limited time offer nonrefundable rates that you either use or lose your full prepayment cost for the room reservation.

In general, I was not impressed by rates at hotels I checked. These are by no means low rates in terms of historical low rates for the past year at hotels I searched.

Westin Mammoth Lakes = $149. I have seen that rate regularly over past few months.

The Palace San Francisco = $189. The Starwood Hotels in San Francisco seem to have jumped weekend rates by over 25% in 2011 compared to 2010. Occupancy has been high in this popular international tourist and conference destination. I look for rates under $150 at the Palace and they still happen occasionally.

Rates for Colorado hotels I checked frequently in July are basically the same low rates I saw last month.

Westin Riverfront Mountain Resort & Spa Beaver Creek, Avon (near Vail) was $189 standard rate or $170.10 with AAA rate in July and $179 Starpicks rate in this offer.

Sheraton Denver West is $79 and I paid $76 AAA rate in July with day of arrival no penalty cancellation option.

Element Denver Park Meadows is $71 as Starpicks. I paid $80 for a week of arrival reservation, but the AAA rate had been $71 just a few days before my booking.

AAA rates I booked in Colorado typically had “day of until 6pm” or “one day before arrival cancellation”.

Calendar function is not working correctly on my computer when using IE9.0.1. Dates disappear as I hover mouse over calendar. Very touchy feature that I had quite a problem with when trying to search hotels for Starpicks rates. I required slowly surgical precision to move mouse over the calendar and select dates before a large portion of the calendar decided to disappear. Mess up and the only way to get the calendar dates showing again was to start search over. This truly was hunting for low rates.

Starpicks are nonrefundable rates that you either use or lose your full prepayment cost for the room reservation.

My general advice is minimize your exposure to prepaid, nonrefundable rates  at every opportunity when booking hotel rooms.

Use it or lose it rates offer some savings sometimes, but the overall savings is generally wiped out after one or two missed nights due to airport delays, bad weather, meeting cancellations and changes, and other factors that are often out of your control.

In the past I have often found the Starpicks rate to be a really low rate for some hotels I’ve stayed. Starwood Hotels seems to have formalized the Starpicks offers into a nice webpage offer, but the savings now seem more like a typical Hilton Hotels sale that really isn’t a sale. The Starpicks rates are low if you were planning a stay, but probably not so low that you should plan a nonrefundable stay just for these rates.

Starpicks Terms and Conditions

  • Rates are valid at participating properties only for the book and stay period specified on the offer, and are subject to availability at the time of reservation. A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates and additional
    restrictions and blackout dates apply.
  • Guests must arrive on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at hotels over the following six (6) weekends following the Tuesday launch of the sale. Blackout dates may apply at some hotels and availability may be limited on some weekends. Stays including a Sunday night require a two-night stay including a Saturday night.
  • Resorts do not have arrival day or minimum stay requirements. Guests must arrive over the following
    six (6) weeks following the Tuesday launch of the sale.
  • Length of stay restrictions apply to all properties. For hotels, the maximum stay is four nights (Thursday-Sunday) and for resorts the maximum stay is fourteen nights (Thursday – two Wednesday nights later). Not all hotels will have Thursday and/or Sunday nights available and not all resorts will have Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights available.
  • Advance purchase required. Credit card will be charged at time of booking. Cancellations are non-refundable; if cancellation takes place, guests forfeit total room charge plus tax.

Argentina

Buenos Aires

Sheraton Libertador Hotel

Mar del Plata

Sheraton Mar del Plata Hotel

 

Canada

Alberta

Calgary

Four Points by Sheraton Calgary Airport

Calgary

Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire

 

British Columbia

Vancouver

The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

 

Whistler

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

 

Ontario

Blue Mountains

The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain

 

Hamilton

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel

 

Mississauga

Four Points by Sheraton Mississauga Meadowvale

 

Mississauga

Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport

 

Mississauga

Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Mississauga

 

Ottawa

Sheraton Ottawa Hotel

 

Toronto

 

Quebec

Dorval

Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel

 

Montreal

Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel

Le Méridien Versailles

 

China

Shanghai

Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel

 

Costa Rica

Guanacaste

Playa Conchal

The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal

 

Germany

Frankfurt

The Westin Grand Frankfurt

 

Guatemala

Guatemala City

The Westin Camino Real, Guatemala

 

Malaysia

Langkawi

The Andaman, Langkawi

 

Mexico

Baja California Sur

Los Cabos

Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos

The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos

 

Campeche

Hacienda Puerta Campeche

 

Uayamon

Hacienda Uayamon

 

Yucatan

Santa Rosa

Hacienda Santa Rosa

 

Temozon Sur

Hacienda Temozon

 

Tixkokob

Hacienda San Jose

 

Netherlands

Amsterdam

Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center

 

Panama, Republic of Panama

Panama City

Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center

 

Poland

Warsaw

Le Méridien Bristol, Warsaw

 

Thailand

Koh Samui

W Retreat Koh Samui

 

Pattaya

Sheraton Pattaya Resort

 

United Kingdom

England

London

W London – Leicester Square

 

United States

Alabama

Birmingham

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

 

Huntsville

The Westin Huntsville

 

Arizona

Phoenix

Aloft Phoenix-Airport

 

Scottsdale

Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale

 

Scottsdale

The Westin Kierland Villas, Scottsdale

 

Tempe

Aloft Tempe

Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe

 

Tucson

Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites

 

California

Carlsbad

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

Emeryville

Four Points by Sheraton San Francisco Bay Bridge

 

Los Angeles

Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport

 

Los Angeles

The Westin Los Angeles Airport

 

Mammoth Lakes

The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth

 

Millbrae

The Westin San Francisco Airport

 

Rancho Mirage

The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs

 

San Diego

Four Points by Sheraton San Diego

 

San Francisco

Palace Hotel, San Francisco

The Westin San Francisco Market Street

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

W San Francisco

 

Ventura

Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort

 

Colorado

Aurora

Aloft Denver International Airport

 

Avon

The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, Beaver Creek Mountain

 

Avon

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain

 

Broomfield

Aloft Broomfield Dnver

 

Lakewood

Sheraton Denver West otel

 

Lone Tree

Element Denver Park Madows

 

Connecticut

Meriden

Four Points by Sheraton Meriden

 

Florida

Cocoa Beach

Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach

 

Fort Lauderdale

Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Ft. Lauderdale

 

Jacksonville

Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park

Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel

 

Jensen Beach

Vistana’s Beach Club

 

Lake Buena Vista

Walt Disney World Dolphin

 

Lake Buena Vista

Walt Disney World Swan

 

Lake Mary

The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North

 

Orlando

Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City

Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake BuenaVista/Orlando

Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas, I-Drive/Orlando

The Westin Imagine Orlando

 

Port St. Lucie

Sheraton PGA Vacation Resort, Port St. Lucie

 

Tampa

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel

 

Georgia

Atlanta

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta

The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

W Atlanta – Midtown

 

Augusta

Sheraton Augusta Hotel

 

Hawaii

Kailua-Kona

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa

 

Illinois

Itasca

The Westin Chicago Northwest

 

Lombard

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

 

Louisiana

New Orleans

The Westin New Orleans Canal Place

 

Maryland

National Harbor

The Westin Washington National Harbor

 

Massachusetts

Cambridge

Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT

 

Norwood

Four Points by Sheraton Norwood

 

Wakefield

Sheraton Colonial Boston North Hotel & Conference Center

 

Michigan

Romulus

Four Points by Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport

 

Missouri

St. Louis

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis

 

Nebraska

Omaha

Element Omaha Midtown Crossing

 

Nevada

Las Vegas

Element Las Vegas Summerlin

 

New Jersey

Morristown

The Westin Governor Morris, Morristown

 

New York

New York

Aloft Harlem

The Chatwal, New York City

The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel

W New York – Downtown

 

North Carolina

Charlotte

Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne

 

Ohio

Columbus

The Westin Columbus

 

Pennsylvania

York

Four Points by Sheraton York

 

South Carolina

Myrtle Beach

Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel

 

North Charleston

Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center

 

Tennessee

Memphis

Four Points by Sheraton Memphis East

 

Texas

Dallas

Le Méridien Dallas by the Galleria

Sheraton Dallas North Hotel

The Westin Park Central, Dallas

 

Fort Worth

Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa

 

Frisco

The Westin Stonebriar

 

San Antonio

Four Points by Sheraton San Antonio Downtown by the Riverwalk

Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio

 

Virginia

Alexandria

Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria

The Westin Alexandria

 

Ashburn

Aloft Dulles Airport North

 

Falls Church

The Westin Tysons Corner

 

Norfolk

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

 

Vienna

Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner

 

Wisconsin

Brookfield

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

 

Green Bay

Aloft Green Bay

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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