Starwood is one month into a three month promotion to earn 5,000 Aeroplan miles for 5 Starwood Hotel nights anywhere worldwide from September 10 to December 9, 2012. Earn an additional 3,000 miles for 8,000 Aeroplan miles if 3 of 5 nights are in Starwood Hotels in Canada. Aeroplan bonus miles promotion registration is required.
- Stay 3 nights = earn 3,000 Aeroplan miles.
- Stay 5 nights = earn 5,000 Aeroplan miles.
- Stay 5 nights with 3 nights in Canadian Starwood Hotels = 8,000 total Aeroplan miles.
You can earn one of these bonuses for 3,000 or 5,000 or 8,000 miles. They are not cumulative bonuses. Terms state Aeroplan miles will post a month or two after promotion ends.
I just signed up for this offer yesterday. Too much fun traveling around New York and Spain to keep up on all the deals this past month.
SPG ran similar promotions the past couple of years for frequent flyer miles. These are truly bonus miles since you earn Starpoints normally during the promotion and you still can earn the ‘Better by the Night’ double and triple points for stays from October 1-December 20, 2012. Better by the Night promotion registration deadline is November 30. Here is a link to my Loyalty Traveler post on SPG Better by the Night written way back on August 23, 2012.
The 500 points per Starwood reservation booking using the iPhone app is a generous bonus. Unfortunately for those of us not working in the iPhone world, the online booking bonus is only 250 points for reservations made on spg.com. The FourSquare check-in for 250 points is another angle for bonus points.
Earnings Analysis for Starwood Stays
Sheraton $100 night earns:
- 1,000 Aeroplan miles (assuming you stay 3 or 5 nights total for miles).
- 500 Starpoints using iPhone app to book stay.
- 250 Starpoints for linking and check-in with FourSquare at hotel.
- 400 Starpoints for Double points on a $100 1-night stay.
- 100 Starpoints Gold/Platinum Elite bonus.
1,250 Starpoints and 1,000 Aeroplan miles on a $100 1-night stay.
Five 1-night stays at $500 = 5,000 Aeroplan miles + 6,250 Starpoints. That is about a 50% rebate value with $150+ in Starpoints redemption value and $75 to $120 in miles value, particularly if you can get the 8,000 miles with a Canadian Starwood Hotel stay.
SPG has a history of giving the double dip miles and points.
I picked up something like 16,000 miles in 2009 when SPG ran a Northwest miles bonus for hotel stays concurrently with their 2 stays = 1 free weekend night at Category 6 hotels promotion. I picked up Starpoints, free nights and frequent flyer miles on numerous stays with about 35% of my bookings also earning a 2,000 points Best Rate Guarantee bonus.
So sign up and get 5,000 Aeroplan miles for Starwood Hotel stays worldwide, or stay in Canada if possible for 8,000 miles, without sacrificing Starpoints earning for your hotel stays from September 10 to December 9, 2012.
Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. You can follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.