Sep082014

My opinion on weak SPG More for You Double and Triple Points promotion Sep 15 to Dec 15, 2014

SPG More For You double and triple points promotion for stays of two or more nights from September 15 to December 15, 2014 is the new promotion announced today. SPG More for You promotion registration is required by October 31.

SPG More For You

Earn double points (total 4 points/$1) for weekdays and triple points (total 6 points/$1) for weekends. The definition of weekends depends on what region of the world you are staying.

Weekends: Friday or Saturday night in your stay. Middle East region weekend is a Thursday or Friday in your stay. If one of the nights in your stay of two nights or more includes one weekend night, then you earn triple points.

Warning: Award nights or Cash & Points nights combined with two or more consecutive paid nights makes the entire stay ineligible for double or triple points.

If part of my stay was reserved using a Free Night Award or SPG Cash & Points, will my stay qualify?

No, Free Night Awards and Cash & Points do not count as qualifying stays for this promotion. Even if part of the stay is reserved using an Award and part is paid, the member will not receive bonus Starpoints for any part of the stay.

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Update Sep 8: Starwood Lurker confirms my query on FlyerTalk that if you have award nights or Cash& Points nights in the same stay with two or more consecutive paid nights, then the stay is ineligible for promotion bonus points.

Not if they are combined with a Cash & Points or Free Night Award booking. They would need to be booked and credited as separate stays/nights and policy states that consecutive nights are supposed to be credited as one stay for whatever number of consecutive nights are booked.

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Back to original post with first sentence strike out since Starwood Lurker clarified the meaning.  This makes absolutely no sense to me, unless they simply mean one night as Cash & Points and one night as a paid stay is ineligible. But that is not how this FAQ reads. I read this as meaning if I book a Thursday night using SPG Cash & Points and remain at the same hotel on paid nights for Friday and Saturday, then the entire stay is ineligible for bonus points. This is a first that I recall for SPG. This FAQ point also does not comply with the SPG program terms and conditions which define eligible stays. Looks like they borrowed that SPG More For You FAQ clause from Hilton HHonors. when there is no similar clause in SPG T&C.

If at least one night of the Member’s stay is consumed with the use of HHonors Rewards Points, the entire stay is considered a “Reward Stay” and no HHonors Points may be earned.

Accrual of Points #3 – HHonors Terms and Conditions

 

My Opinion on Weak SPG More For You Promotion

The two nights requirement to earn bonus points combined with another long list of hotels opting out makes this a relatively weak promotion bonus for me and many SPG members. For example, 21 of 71 California hotels (30%) are nonparticipating hotels and award nights combined with an otherwise eligible paid stay invalidates the promotion bonus points.

SPG More for You promotion looks like a dud offer for many Starwood hotel stays meaning less Starwood Hotel stays for me this season. I give this SPG promotion 3 stars out of 5. The deal is a good bonus if you meet the stay requirements at an eligible hotel, however, the list of nonparticipating hotels and 2-night stay requirement along with an award night combined with an otherwise eligible bonus points stay invalidating the bonus points makes me yawn at the offer. The SPG Triple Crave dining bonus for triple points is more interesting and has more participating hotels.

I’d rather sign up my wife and family for the IHG 2 free nights offer and get some real value for my hotel stays this end of year season.

SPG More For You – Nonparticipating hotels

SPG More For You FAQ

SPG More For You Terms and Conditions

SPG More for You

SPG® MORE FOR YOU — NON PARTICIPATING HOTELS AND RESORTS

Australia

  • Sheraton on the Park

Austria

  • Four Points by Sheraton Panoramahaus Dornbirn
  • Hotel Bristol, Vienna

Azerbaijan

  • Sheraton Baku Airport

Belgium

  • Le Méridien Brussels

Brazil

  • Sheraton Sao Paulo WTC Hotel
  • Sheraton Vitoria Hotel

Canada

  • Sheraton Laval Hotel
  • Sheraton on the Falls Hotel
  • The Westin Edmonton
  • The Westin Prince, Toronto

China

  • Aloft Nanhai, Foshan
  • Sheraton Dongguan Hotel
  • Sheraton Jiangyin Hotel
  • Sheraton Jinan Hotel
  • Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort
  • Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel & Towers
  • Sheraton Wuxi Binhu Hotel
  • Sheraton Yantai Golden Beach Resort
  • Sheraton Zhenjiang Hotel

Colombia

  • Four Points by Sheraton Cali
  • Four Points by Sheraton Medellin

Germany

  • Le Méridien Stuttgart
  • Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel
  • The Westin Bellevue, Dresden
  • The Westin Grand, Berlin
  • The Westin Leipzig

Greece

  • Mystique, Santorini
  • Santa Marina Resort & Villas, Mykonos
  • Vedema Resort, Santorini

Hong Kong

  • Le Méridien Cyberport
  • Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
  • W Hong Kong

India

  • Four Points by Sheraton Ahmedabad
  • Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square
  • ITC Mughal, Agra
  • The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi
  • The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa

Ireland

  • The Westin Dublin

Italy

  • Hotel Excelsior, Naples

Japan

  • Sheraton Miyako Hotel, Tokyo
  • The Westin Nagoya Castle
  • The Westin Osaka

Jordan

  • Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel

Korea, Republic Of

  • The Westin Chosun, Busan
  • The Westin Chosun, Seoul

Kuwait

  • Sheraton Kuwait Hotel & Towers

Lithuania

  • Le Méridien Vilnius

Macau

  • Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central

Mexico

  • Sheraton Ambassador Hotel

Portugal

  • Sheraton Algarve Hotel, Albufeira

Qatar

  • Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

Saudi Arabia

  • Le Méridien Al Khobar
  • Le Méridien Makkah
  • Le Méridien Medina
  • Le Méridien Towers Makkah
  • Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers

Singapore

  • Sheraton Towers Singapore

Spain

  • Castillo Hotel Son Vida, Mallorca
  • Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego
  • Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Costa Adeje, Tenerife
  • Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel
  • Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Santa Maria de El Paular
  • The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort
  • W Barcelona

Taiwan

  • Sheraton Grande Taipei Hotel
  • W Taipei

Thailand

  • Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand

Turkey

  • Sheraton Istanbul Ataköy Hotel

United Arab Emirates

  • Grosvenor House, Dubai
  • Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  • Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
  • The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
  • The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
  • The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

United Kingdom

  • Le Méridien Piccadilly
  • Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh
  • Sheraton Heathrow Hotel
  • Sheraton Park Tower, London
  • The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel
  • The Park Lane Hotel, London
  • Turnberry Resort, Scotland
  • W London – Leicester Square

United States

Alabama

  • Aloft Birmingham Soho Square

California

  • Aloft Cupertino
  • Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
  • Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort
  • Le Méridien San Francisco
  • Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs
  • Palace Hotel, San Francisco
  • Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel
  • Sheraton Anaheim Hotel
  • Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
  • Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel
  • Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel
  • Sheraton San Jose Hotel
  • Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel
  • The St. Regis San Francisco
  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
  • The Westin Sacramento
  • The Westin San Francisco Market Street
  • The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
  • The Westin Verasa Napa
  • W Hollywood
  • W San Francisco

Florida

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
  • Walt Disney World Swan

Georgia

  • Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter
  • Sheraton Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel
  • Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta
  • The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

Illinois

  • Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
  • The Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile
  • The Westin Chicago River North
  • The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
  • W Chicago – City Center

Maryland

  • Sheraton Annapolis Hotel
  • The Westin Washington National Harbor

Massachusetts

  • Aloft Lexington
  • Element Lexington
  • Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT
  • Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Sheraton Colonial Boston North Hotel & Conference Center
  • Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
  • Sheraton Needham Hotel
  • The Liberty Hotel, Boston
  • The Westin Boston Waterfront
  • The Westin Copley Place, Boston
  • The Westin Waltham Boston
  • W Boston

Minnesota

  • Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel
  • The Westin Minneapolis

New Jersey

  • Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel
  • Sheraton Eatontown Hotel
  • Sheraton Parsippany Hotel
  • The Westin Governor Morris, Morristown
  • The Westin Jersey City Newport
  • The Westin Mount Laurel
  • The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
  • W Hoboken

New York

  • Le Parker Méridien New York
  • Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
  • The St. Regis New York
  • The Westin New York at Times Square
  • The Westin New York Grand Central
  • W New York
  • W New York – Downtown
  • W New York – Times Square
  • W New York – Union Square

North Carolina

  • Aloft Asheville Downtown
  • Aloft Chapel Hill
  • Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne

Oregon

  • The Westin Portland

Pennsylvania

  • Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel

South Carolina

  • Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel

Tennessee

  • Aloft Nashville West End

Texas

  • Aloft Dallas Downtown
  • Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa
  • The Westin Austin at The Domain
  • The Westin Galleria Dallas
  • The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria
  • W Austin

Vermont

  • Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center

Washington

  • Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Seattle Center
  • Sheraton Bellevue Hotel
  • Sheraton Seattle Hotel
  • The Westin Bellevue
  • The Westin Seattle
  • W Seattle

Vietnam

  • Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa
  • Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

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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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  1. I am bummed that all of the SF area SPG hotels have opted out–but I’m not surprised. California hotels still see plenty of business and have high rates to show for it for the promotion period, so they seem to often opt out for fall promotions, but I can’t recall seeing so many opt out in previous years.

  2. The fact that these hotels have high rates seems all the more reason to participate in the SPG promotions.

    It is not like all the hotels are sold out every night.

    Why not encourage SPG members to pay high rates and earn bonuses rather than driving members to another hotel chain for a bonus offer?

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