Sep162013

Starwood Latin Sun rate for 1,000 bonus points and breakfast is limited value

Starwood Hotels has a LatinSun promotion rate at seven new hotels in Latin America from Mexico to Argentina offering 1,000 bonus points per stay and breakfast with a minimum 2-night stay using special rate offer LatinSun.

My analysis indicates this is likely not a good deal for someone paying their own hotel rates unless you really want breakfast at the hotel and there are two guests in the room. The LatinSun rate is higher than other available rates like AAA and prepaid rates.

Participating hotels:

  • Sheraton Tucuman Argentina,
  • Sheraton San Jose in Costa Rica,
  • Sheraton da Bahia in Salvador Brazil,
  • Aloft Cancun in Mexico,
  • Aloft Panama,
  • Four Points Miraflores in Lima Peru,
  • Palacio del Inka in Cuzco Peru

This Latin Sun offer requires a special rate offer ‘LTNSUN’ booked for stays with a minimum two nights completed by November 30, 2013.

The drawback to this offer is it is higher rates than otherwise available, so it is necessary to compare the additional cost of the hotel nights including breakfast daily for two and 1,000 bonus points per stay.

Hotel Rate Analysis

Sheraton San Jose Hotel Costa Rica October 15-20, 2013

  • $130 – King Bed, Mountain View, Prepaid, nonrefundable rate without breakfast. Credit card charged at time of booking.
  • $170 – King Bed, Mountain View, LTNSUN rate with breakfast and 1,000 points per stay; no penalty for cancellation up to 10/14/2013.
  • $155 – King Bed, Mountain View, AAA rate with breakfast; no penalty for cancellation up to 10/14/2013.

This base level room results in $75 extra + tax for 5-night stay using LTNSUN rate compared to AAA breakfast rate with only additional benefit being 1,000 bonus points. The prepaid rate saves $200 over 5 nights on LTNSUN rate. $200 buys a lot of food in San Jose Costa Rica restaurants.

 

Aloft Cancun October 8-12, 2013

  • $129 – King Bed, Lagoon View, prepaid, nonrefundable rate without breakfast. Credit card charged at time of booking.
  • $134 – King Bed, Lagoon View, AAA rate without breakfast, no penalty for cancellation up to 10/7/2013.
  • $149 – Aloft Suite, prepaid, nonrefundable rate without breakfast. Credit card charged at time of booking.
  • $159 – King Bed, Lagoon View, LTNSUN rate with breakfast and 1,000 points per stay; no penalty for cancellation up to 10/7/2013.
  • $278 – Aloft Suite, AAA rate without breakfast, no penalty for cancellation up to 10/7/2013.
  • $319 – Aloft Suite, LTNSUN rate with breakfast and 1,000 points per stay; no penalty for cancellation up to 10/7/2013.

 

LatinSun promotion rate T&C

Offer valid at Sheraton Tucuman Argentina, Sheraton San Jose in Costa Rica, Sheraton da Bahia in Salvador Brazil, Aloft Cancun in Mexico, Aloft Panama, Four Points Miraflores in Lima Peru, and Palacio del Inka in Cuzco Peru only.

  • Offer is valid for stays booked between July 1, 2013 and November 30, 2013 and completed between September 1, 2013 and November 30, 2013.
  • A minimum stay of 2 nights is required.
  • This offer is valid only for members of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program. A valid SPG member card is required at check in to receive these rates. Membership is free. To become a SPG member, visit SPG.com.
  • 1,000 Starpoints per stay will be credited to the member’s account within 4-6 weeks of the stay posting to the member’s Starwood Preferred Guest account.
  • Multiple rooms charged to the same member during the same stay will only count as one stay.
  • An eligible stay is defined as 2 or more consecutive nights paying a qualifying rate in the same hotel regardless of the number of check in or check outs that occur and post to the member’s Starwood Preferred Guest® account.
  • A qualifying rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest program.
  • To receive this offer, guests must book Rate Plan LATINSUN.
  • All promotions are subject to the Starwood Preferred Guest program terms and conditions, which are subject to change without notice, and can be found at SPG.com.
  • Book online today, call your travel professional, or call Starwood´s toll free number at the Starwood Customer Contact Center http://www.starwoodhotels.com/corporate/support/contact/worldwide.html and mention Rate Plan LATINSUN.
  • Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability at time of reservation and do not include additional per room, per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes.
  • A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates.
  • Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
  • Offer not applicable to groups.
  • Not to be combined with other offers or promotions and subject to change.
  • Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • Starwood reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time.
  • Starpoints, SPG, Starwood Preferred Guest, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Element, Westin, St. Regis and their respective logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates.

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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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