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SPG Sep 1-Dec 15, 2013 Double Points and 2,500 points every 5 nights

Starwood Preferred Guest has announced its primary end-of-year promotion for double points and 2,500 bonus points every 5 nights, up to 10,000 bonus points after 20 nights for stays from September 1 through December 15, 2013.

Registration: Members must register online at spg.com/taketwo by October 31, 2013, midnight Eastern Time (ET).

Registration page is not yet open. SPG members can request text messages for a reminder when registration opens.

The primary drawback of this promotion are the large number of hotels opting out (150 hotels), particularly in the U.S. The hotel list of nonparticipating hotels follows my analysis.

Promotion Analysis

Double Starpoints means 2 extra Starpoints per dollar in spend. This means the normal base rate of 2 points per dollar will be 4 points per dollar. Elite bonus points are earned separately and not doubled.

SPG is one of the lowest earning hotel loyalty programs at the base points level. $100 in hotel spend earns 200 base points normally and will earn 400 Starpoints during this promotion at eligible hotels.

The better earning portion of this offer is the 2,500 bonus points after 5 nights. Assuming five nights at $100 per night means:

$500 in Starwood Hotel spend earns:

  • 1,000 base points
  • 1,000 bonus points (Double points)
  • 2,500 bonus points (every 5 nights)
  • plus applicable elite bonus points

At least 4,500 Starpoints on $500 in hotel spend. SPG Gold elite members earn at least 5,000 points after 5 nights at $100 per night hotels.

4,500 to 5,000 points is sufficient for a free night at a Category 2 hotel (3,000 on Friday-Saturday weekend nights; 4,000 on Sunday-Thursday weekday nights).

Cash & Points at SPG category 4 hotels is 5,000 points + $70 per night. I find this is often a $200+ hotel rate savings at some properties.

This looks like a good promotion for SPG members as long as you reach 5 nights during the promotion period to earn the 2,500 bonus points component. This is also a good bonus for members making extra hotel stays to reach elite membership levels with SPG by year end 2013.

Nonparticipating Starwood Hotels (list is subject to change)

 

 

AUSTRIA

Four Points by Sheraton Panoramahaus Dornbirn

 

BANGLADESH

The Westin Dhaka

 

BRAZIL

Four Points by Sheraton Curitiba

Sheraton São Paulo WTC Hotel

Sheraton Vitoria Hotel

 

BULGARIA

Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia

 

CANADA

Four Points by Sheraton Mississauga Meadowvale, Ontario

The Westin Prince, Toronto, Ontario

 

CHINA

Aloft Beijing, Haidian, Beijing

Aloft Nanhai, Foshan, Guangdong, Beijing

Four Points By Sheraton Beijing, Haidian Hotel and Serviced Apartments, Beijing

Four Points by Sheraton Taizhou, Yuhuan, Zhejiang

Sheraton Changzhou Wujin Hotel, Jiangsu

Sheraton Dongguan Hotel, Guangdong

Sheraton Shunde Hotel, Foshan, Guangdong

Sheraton Zhongshan Hotel, Guangdong

The Westin Nanjing, Jiangsu

The Westin Pazhou, Guangzhou, Guangdong

 

COLOMBIA

Four Points by Sheraton Cali

Four Points by Sheraton Medellin

Sheraton Bogota Hotel

 

EGYPT

Le Méridien Dahab Resort

Sheraton Soma Bay Resort, Red Sea

 

EL SALVADOR

Sheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel

 

ETHIOPIA

Sheraton Addis, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Addis Ababa

 

GERMANY

Le Méridien Munich

Le Méridien Stuttgart

Sheraton Essen Hotel

Sheraton Hanover Pelikan Hotel

The Westin Bellevue, Dresden

The Westin Leipzig

 

INDIA

Aloft Bengaluru Whitefield, Karnataka

Le Méridien Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Le Méridien New Delhi, New Delhi

The Westin Pune Koregaon Park, Maharashtra

The Westin Mumbai, Garden City, Maharashtra

 

INDONESIA

Le Méridien Jakarta

 

IRELAND

Westin Dublin Hotel

 

ITALY

Hotel Eden, Rome

Hotel Excelsior, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Naples

Le Méridien Rimini

 

JAPAN

Sheraton Miyako Hotel, Tokyo

The Westin Osaka

The Westin Nagoya Castle

 

JORDAN

Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel

 

SOUTH KOREA

The Westin Chosun, Seoul

 

LITHUANIA

Le Méridien Vilnius

 

MACAU

The Westin Resort, Macau

 

MALAYSIA

Four Points by Sheraton Kuching

 

MEXICO

Sheraton Ambassador Hotel, Monterrey

 

MOROCCO

Le Royal Mansour Méridien, Casablanca

 

PAKISTAN

Sheraton Karachi Hotel

 

PANAMA

The Westin Panama, Panama City

 

SAUDI ARABIA

Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers

Le Méridien Jeddah

 

SOUTH AFRICA

The Westin Cape Town

 

SPAIN

Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca

Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort Canary Isle

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel

Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort and Spa, Maspalomas

The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort

 

TAIWAN

Le Méridien Taipei

Sheraton Hsinchu Hotel, Taiwan, Zhubei City

 

THAILAND

Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel

 

TURKEY

Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center

Sheraton Cesme Hotel, Resort & Spa, Izmir

Sheraton Istanbul Ataköy Hotel

Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai

Le Méridien Dubai

Le Méridien Fairway, Dubai

Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai

Le Royal Méridien Resorts & Spa, Dubai

Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

 

UNITED KINGDOM

The Park Lane Hotel, London, England

Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel, London, England

 

UNITED STATES

 

California

Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downton

Le Méridien San Francisco

Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

Sheraton Anaheim Hotel

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

Sheraton San Jose Hotel, Milpitas

Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel

The St. Regis San Francisco

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles

The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth, Mammoth Lakes

The Westin Sacramento

The Westin San Francisco Market Street

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

W San Francisco

 

Colorado

Element Denver Park Meadows, Lone Tree

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain, Avon

 

Florida

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown

Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel, Dania

Walt Disney World Dolphin, Lake Buena Vista

Walt Disney World Swan, Lake Buena Vista

 

Georgia

The St. Regis Atlanta

 

Illinois

Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

The Westin Chicago River North

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

Tremont Hotel Chicago

W Chicago-City Center

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago

 

Louisiana

Sheraton Metairie – New Orleans Hotel

The Westin New Orleans Canal Place

 

Massachusetts

Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT

Sheraton Boston Hotel

The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston

W Boston

The Westin Boston Waterfront

The Westin Copley Place, Boston

 

Minnesota

The Westin Minneapolis

 

New Jersey

The Westin Jersey City Newport

The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

W Hoboken

 

New York

Aloft New York Brooklyn

Element New York Times Square West

Four Points by Sheraton Midtown-Times Square, New York

Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea, New York

Four Points by Sheraton Plainview Long Island

Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village, New York

Le Parker Meridien New York

Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel

The St. Regis New York

W New York

W New York – Downtown

W New York Union Square, New York

 

North Carolina

Aloft Asheville Downtown

Aloft Chapel Hill

Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown

 

Ohio

The Westin Cincinnati

 

Oregon

The Westin Portland

 

Pennsylvania

Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel

 

Tennessee

Four Points by Sheraton Memphis East

Four Points by Sheraton Memphis – Southwind

Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville

Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel

 

Texas

Aloft Dallas Downtown

Aloft Frisco

Aloft Las Colinas, Irving

Aloft Plano

Four Points by Sheraton Houston Southwest

W Austin

 

Washington

Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Seattle Center

The Westin Bellevue

 

VIETNAM

Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, Ho Chi Minh City

 

  • 79 hotels nonparticipating Starwood Hotels outside US.
  • 71 hotels nonparticipating Starwood Hotels in US.

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