Posted by Ric Garrido

Starwood Hotels has a large presence in New York with 25 hotels in the New York City area and over a dozen hotels in Manhattan and several in Harlem and Brooklyn.

Starwood Hotels in New York range from St. Regis to Aloft Harlem.

Starwood Hotel Brands in New York area:

  • St. Regis = 1
  • Luxury Collection = 1 (The Chatwal)
  • W Hotels = 5
  • Westin = 3
  • Sheraton = 7
  • Le Meridien = 1
  • Four Points = 4
  • Element = 1
  • Aloft = 2

SPG Hotel Reward Categories for New York

  • Category 7 (30,000 or 35,000) = 2 with 1 hotel peak season.
  • Category 6 (20,000 or 25,000) = 6 with 1 hotel peak season.
  • Category 5 (12,000 or 16,000) = 12 with 3 hotels in peak season.
  • Category 4 (10,000) = 4
  • Category 3 (7,000) = 1

Starwood Hotels New York SPG Rewards Survey

 

4-23-13-SPG NY Reward Analysis

New York Manhattan average room rate with Starwood Hotels Tuesday June 11, 2013 = $406. Tax is 15% additional to these rates.

New York Manhattan average room rate Friday June 14, 2013 = $306 or 25% less than weeknight rate.

Manhattan Room Rate Range = St. Regis $995 to Westin New York Grand Central at $229. This city is incredibly expensive on weeknights with some deals to be found for weekends.

  • Average SPG Reward Rate = 19,500 points.
  • Average spend for SPG free night = $5,240 if earning 3 points/$ as an elite member. SPG with 50% bonus points as Gold elite is a program where elite status matters as much for points earning as benefits.
  • Redemption Value Range = $13.45 to $38.25 per 1,000 points. This is a huge range showing Starpoints can save quite a bit of cash. My personal goal is $30 to $40 per 1,000 points when redeeming Starpoints. This is far easier to achieve with Cash & Points rates which were scarce in this New York survey.
  • Weeknight Average redemption value = $26.35 per 1,000 points for Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
  • Weekend Average redemption value = $20.33 per 1,000 points for Friday, June 14, 2013.

SPG Cash & Points awards were only available at two Manhattan hotels on Friday, June 14, 2013. There were no SPG Cash & Points award nights available in Manhattan for Tuesday, June 11. Of these 25 hotels, only Sheraton JFK offered SPG Cash & Points for Tuesday, June 11.

There does not seem to have been a big change in Cash & Points award availability for New York City since the increased rates went into effect last month.

W New York Union Square, 10,000 points + $180 on a $332 published rate. This SPG C&P award gives a poor redemption value of $15.20 per 1,000 Starpoints, but the C&P award is a better value than a standard award with the hotel in peak season at 25,000 points.

Westin New York Times Square, 10,000 points + $180 on a $329 rate. This is another poor value for Starpoints. Better value is just paying the hotel standard award rate, especially since there will be 15% tax on the $180 cash portion and no tax on a standard award for 20,000 points.

Starwood Hotels has a big footprint in New York City. The high cost of hotels makes the redemption value a good spend for many of these properties, especially for weeknight stays.

SPG is selling points at a 25% discount through April 30. The price is $26.25 per 1,000 points when buying 13,000 to 20,000 points. This table shows there are many hotels in New York where the redemption value is more than $26.25 per 1,000 points.

A purchase limit of 20,000 points might buy an extra award night or two in New York at rates less than the published rates.

New York Hotel Reward Value Surveys:

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Hyatt Reward Analysis New York area

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Best Western Rewards Analysis New York and Atlanta

IHG Rewards Club New York City Analysis

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