SPG Hot Escapes Dec 10, 2014 edition features a large selection of hotels in Europe with 74 properties. Fancy Germany? There are 16 hotels in Germany available on this week’s SPG Hot Escapes discount rates.

Aloft Liverpool for $64 is a cheap UK destination.

There are 156 hotels on this week’s list.

USA hotels are surprisingly absent from the list that features the Christmas week holiday and typically slow January period. There are only 10 hotels listed for the USA and three of those are in San Diego, California.

I kind of fancy staying at W San Diego for $104.

For an even more exotic getaway, there are a couple of Indian Ocean resorts offered.

Le Meridien Ile Maurice Mauritius drops to $154 per night in January. But points might be the better deal as a category 3 hotel.

Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove, Seychelles (SPG category 6) drops to $255-$265 in January. The teaser rate of $208 is only offered for one date.

SPG Hot Escapes bookings must be made before midnight local hotel time on Saturday, December 13.

Le Meridien Seychelles

Starwood Hotels Breakfast for Two rate in the Americas for stays through December 30, 2014 using rate plan SPG35B can be a good value hotel rate. This offer is available for check-in Thursday through Saturday at most hotels with some resorts offering the rate every day of the week. The rate also includes 35% off Best Available Rate.

I checked two hotels in California for rate analysis.

Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles Westside in Culver City, near LAX, has a low rate for Saturday, December 20 at $132 with AAA. The SPG35B Breakfast for Two rate is $139 and a good deal for breakfast included.

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa in the beach town north of San Diego has a low AAA rate of $162 for Monday, December 22, 2014. The SPG35B Breakfast for Two rate is $179 per night. While $17 per night is not as good a deal as $7 extra for breakfast included, that is likely about a 50% savings on the regular breakfast rate.

This rate is one to keep in mind due to its wide availability in participating hotels if your travels this month take you to Starwood Hotels.

Starwood Breakfast for 2

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Starwood Preferred Guest has a discount rate offer through December 31, 2014 for purchase of Starpoints. This sale offers a discount from 10% for buying 500 points and up to 9,500 points. The discount progresses to 15% at 10,000 points, then 20% off at 15,000 points, and 25% off Starpoints purchase for 20,000 points. The 25% discount reduces the purchase rate from $35.00 per 1,000 points to $26.25 per 1,000 points.

Buy Starpoints® for yourself or as a gift now through December 31, 2014, and get up to 25% off the regular price ($35 per 1,000 points).

• Get 10% off 500–9,500 Starpoints ($31.50 per 1,000 points)
• Get 15% off 10,000–14,500 Starpoints ($29.75 per 1,000 points)
• Get 20% off 15,000–19,500 Starpoints ($28.00 per 1,000 points)
• Get 25% off 20,000 Starpoints ($26.25 per 1,000 points)

Starpoints buy promo

A general rule is don’t buy points and miles without a purpose. This rate used to be a great deal for points, until the SPG Cash & Points increased by 20% last year. There are still plenty of opportunities to get $30 to $40 in redemption value per 1,000 Starpoints, especially with SPG Cash & Points awards like Category 4 hotels for 5,000 points + $75 when rates are $250+ per night.

element Frankfurt

274 EUR = $373 USD. 5,000 points in exchange for $298 in room rate is a redemption value near $60 per 1,000 points.

This is as good as SPG gets for a points purchase discount for buying SPG points. An SPG member can buy up to 20,000 Starpoints in a calendar year. That means you can buy 20,000 Starpoints for $525 in 2014 and you will be able to buy up to 20,000 more beginning in January 2015, if another discount rate or bonus points purchase offer comes around from SPG.

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Starwood Preferred Guest and Emirates Airlines launch Your World Rewards with member registration opening November 19, 2014.

Fly on Emirates benefits:

  • SPG Gold and Platinum members earn 1 Starpoint per US dollar spent on all eligible Emirates flights (on top of Skywards Miles).1
  • SPG Platinum members enjoy elite in-airport benefits, including priority check-in, priority boarding and complimentary e-gate access (learn more at emirates.com).

Starwood Hotels stay benefits:

  • Emirates Skywards® Silver, Gold and Platinum members earn 1 Mile per US dollar (on top of Starpoints) for all eligible stays at Starwood hotels and resorts worldwide.
  • Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum members enjoy additional benefits at Starwood hotels and resorts, including 4pm late checkout,2access to the SPG elite check-in line3 and complimentary in-room Internet access.

Check SPG.com or Emirates.com next Wednesday, November 19, 2014 to register for this new program partnership.

SPG-Emirates

https://www.spgpromos.com/yourworldrewards/?EM=VTY_SPG_YOURWORLDREWARDS_PROMOTION

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Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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Westin Heavenly Bed Sweepstakes commemorates the 15th anniversary of the hotel branded bed. You can enter once during the promotion period running October 28 through November 30, 2014.

Here is my personal link to the Westin Heavenly Bed Sweepstakes.

For each friend who uses my personal link, I receive one additional entry to the sweepstakes, up to 50 total entries. This is not a special blogger link. Everyone who signs up gets their own personal link to promote the sweepstakes.

Westin Bed Sweepstakes

Only your email and name are required to enter the Westin Bed Sweepstakes.

Prize winners will be drawn around December 8, 2014.

PRIZES:

One (1) Grand Prize of a king size Westin Heavenly Bed Mattress and Box Spring. Approximate Retail Value of the Grand Prize (“ARV”): $2,395.

One (1) First Prize of a two (2) consecutive night stay at any Westin Hotel  in a standard double occupancy room. (Excludes New Years Eve. Only covers the room rate and applicable taxes.) Approximate Retail Value of the First Prize (“ARV”): $800.00.

One (1) Second Prize of a Heavenly Down Blanket. Approximate Retail Value of the Second Prize (“ARV”): $290.00.

One (1) Third Prize of a pair of Heavenly Feather and Down Pillows. Approximate Retail Value of the Third Prize (“ARV”): $198.00.

Two (2) Fourth Prizes of a White Tea Scent Diffuser. Approximate Retail Value of each Fourth Prize (“ARV”): $169.95.

Three (3) Fifth Prizes of a White Tea Bath & Body Set. Approximate Retail Value of each Fifth Prize (“ARV”): $87.25.

Six (6) Sixth Prizes of a Heavenly Travel Blanket. Approximate Retail Value of each Sixth Prize (“ARV”): $68.00.

TOTAL ARV OF ALL PRIZES IN THE SWEEPSTAKES: $4,692.65.

Westin sweepstakes prizes

Good luck. And here is a regular link for entering the sweepstakes if you don’t want to give me an extra sweepstakes credit. https://www.westinstore.com/AnniversarySweepstakes/

I would like to replace my W Hotels bed. Third prize feather pillows would be welcome too. I left my favorite feather pillow in a hotel near Yosemite National Park last May.

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One of Florida’s biggest hotel transactions announced this week is the sale of The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida for $460 million. Affiliates of Thayer Lodging Group purchased the hotel, golf course and land properties for a total $535 million. This is the biggest real estate transaction in Florida this year.

One of the immediate effects is this announcement, The Westin Diplomat leaves Starwood October 30, 2014.

PLEASE NOTE:
The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida will be leaving the Starwood system on October 30, 2014.  Reservations for dates on or after October 30, 2014, will not be eligible for Starwood Preferred Guest membership benefits, award redemption or accrual.

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is the largest hotel in Broward County, Florida at 998 rooms. The Westin Diplomat Resort was built for $800 million and opened in 2002. The hotel occupies the land of the former historic Diplomat Hotel, a luxury hotel opened in 1958 and closed in 1991.

Westin Diplomat-old hotel demolition

Historic Diplomat Hotel Hollywood, Florida opened in 1958 and closed in 1991. The 39-story Westin Diplomat opened on this site in 2002.

Starwood Hotels’ Westin Diplomat page has a history of the hotel from 1958-2002. Grab that page while you can.

Thayer owns several other hotels in South Florida: the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Center, the Marriott Courtyard Miami South, the Miami Airport Marriott and the Residence Inn Miami Airport South, all in Miami-Dade, as well as the DoubleTree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/29/4316334/historic-westin-diplomat-resort.html#storylink=cpy

None of the news stories state a new brand for the Westin Diplomat with the October 30 changeover. On FlyerTalk, this poster reveals a potential answer, stating the hotel staff were told the Diplomat will become a Hilton brand.

Westin Diplomat

Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa hotel Starwood Hotels website. Will it be a Hilton brand October 30, 2014?

Looks like Hilton is grabbing up Florida Hotels north and south.

Related Loyalty Traveler post: Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront rebrands to DoubleTree next year (August 30, 2014)

News sources for Westin Diplomat Sale:

Hollywood’s Westin Diplomat hotel sold in $535 million deal – Sun Sentinel (Aug 29, 2014)

Westin Diplomat properties sell for $535M – BizJournals.com (Aug 29, 2014)

Historic Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood sold for $460 million – Miami Herald (Aug 29, 2014)

When the Starwood Tap into Luxury Game spin told me I had landed on the Westin Verasa Napa, I thought, NOT NAPA, they have already had too many objects landing on them there this week.

SPG Westin Verasa Napa game

Starwood Tap into Luxury game – Westin Verasa Napa

Through September 30, 2014, the Starwood Tap Into Luxury game gives you a chance to win an instant prize and an entry into the Grand Prize drawing for 250,000 points.

Starwood Tap to Luxury Game for 250,000 points

Instant prizes include:

  • 195 free night awards for up to category 5 hotels.
  • 390 awards for Starpoints in 500 points; 1,000 points or 5,000 points.
  • 156  iTunes cards $50.
  • 975 TicketMaster $50 cash codes.

Grand Prize is 250,000 Starpoints.

Westin Verasa Napa and I will have to wait on our meeting for luxury date.

SPG game sorry.

Good Luck.

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SPG points to AAdvantage miles in less than 48 hours is simply a data point to let readers know that my transfer from Starwood Preferred Guest to American Airlines AAdvantage miles was initiated Sunday morning at 10:30am and the miles have posted to my AAdvantage account this morning.

The last time I transferred more than 100 Starpoints to airline frequent flyer miles was 2003 when I made a transfer of 20,000 Starpoints to 25,000 British Airways Executive Club for a First Class award ticket.

As a former SPG Platinum member I earned thousands of frequent flyer miles in promotions requiring airline partner transaction activity. SPG Platinum members have no minimum transfer level and there were a few times when exchanging 10 points or 100 Starpoints into frequent flyer miles earned thousands of bonus miles.

SPG Gold members are restricted to a minimum 1,500 Starpoints transfer for frequent flyer miles. SPG base members have a 2,500 Starpoints minimum transfer requirement.

There is no minimum Starpoint transfer requirement for Platinum members with most airlines. Gold members have a minimum transfer requirement of 1,500 Starpoints, and Preferred members have a minimum transfer requirement of 2,500 Starpoints.

Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Partners

This transfer to American Airlines allows me to book round trip economy class tickets from Monterey, California to Europe for the TBEX Athens travel blogger conference in October for 20,000 miles each way on AAdvantage MileSAAver awards. These discount awards for travel between USA and Europe are available October 15 through May 15, 2015. I plan to fly soon after October 15.

My thoughts are to either book flights in and out of two different Greek island airports or purchase a low cost under $100 flight between Greece and Italy and spend a few days in Rome or Venice, Italy.

United Mileage Plus charges 30,000 miles each way between USA and Europe and has a more convenient schedule from Monterey, California directly to Athens, Greece but I decided to save those miles since 30,000 miles is the same one-way award ticket price for summer travel.

AA.com awards AAnywhere, but Athens is my post from yesterday describing the difficulty of booking an online award ticket to Athens, even though there are at least eight other airports in Greece with widely available award space using AAdvantage miles.

I was reluctant to transfer Starpoints to airline miles, since 3,000 points is a free category 2 weekend night. But in a way, the 3,000 Starpoints I transferred to American Airlines saves me 30,000 United miles for a better use at a later date. It seems like a good trade-off at the moment.

Bottom line: SPG points to American Airlines transfer took less than 48 hours.

AA.com mileage balance

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Element Hotels are a room and hotel concept I like. A one-room apartment style space based on environmentally green concepts is a fine model for the hotel industry. The first Starwood Hotels extended stay brand Element Hotel opened in 2008. Six years later, there are only 11 Element Hotels open in North America. Element is Starwood’s smallest brand. The first Aloft opened less than a year before Element. Aloft currently has more than 80 hotels.

Element Basalt Aspen Valley opening August 2015 is in a town on Highway 82 on the way to Snowmass and Aspen, Colorado. That is fine when driving from Interstate 70. When arriving at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE), Basalt will be driving away from the ski resorts. Hopefully the distance to the ski resorts keeps the rates below $200 per night. Ha-Ha. The press release states less than 30 minutes drive to Snowmass or Aspen. Highway 82 gets some serious traffic congestion at times.

An apartment style hotel with Element Basalt Aspen Valley adds to Starwood’s growth in the Aspen ski and summer resort area. Starwood Hotels had only St. Regis Aspen until a couple years back when it was joined by Westin SnowMass Resort and more recently, a second property Wildwood Snowmass. There will be four hotels in the Aspen area with the new Element August 2015.

Element Basalt Aspen Valley will have 113 rooms. The hotel will be located within the new Willis Town Center. This will be the second Element Hotel in Colorado.

Element Basalt Aspen Valley will boast light-filled studios as well as one bedroom suites featuring a fluid design of modular furniture, swiveling flat-screen televisions, large desks with open shelving and custom-designed closets. Rooms will also offer fully equipped kitchens and the signature Heavenly(R) Bed, and spa-inspired bathrooms will feature an invigorating rain shower and dual-flush toilet. Other brand signatures will include a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center, pool and outdoor hot tub, and 626 square-foot meeting room with modular furnishings, a flexible layout and state-of-the-art technology that can be customized to meet any business or social needs. Guests can stay on the move with Element’s complimentary bikes to borrow and enjoy fun and free extras including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, the signature RISE breakfast, RELAX evening reception, and salon bar carts stocked with premium wines and beers, soft drinks and snacks, available after hours.

Starwood Press Release

 

Element Las Vegas in HD

I have stayed in two Element Hotels in Las Vegas and Denver. The design was almost identical for the two hotels, except Denver had an indoor pool and Las Vegas an outdoor pool.

element Las Vegas refrigerator and dishwasher

Element Hotels have kitchen cooking facilities and this Las Vegas kitchen had a full size refrigerator.

Here is my hotel review of the Element Denver Park Meadows from 2011.

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SPG Hot Escapes for July 9, 2014 has 239 hotels listed for some discount rates over the next six weeks. This week’s list has 110 hotels in the USA and 15 hotels in Canada for summer travel discounts. These numbers compared to 26 hotels in Europe shows where the summer travel rate discount emphasis is with Starwood Hotels.

SPG Hot Escapes are prepaid, nonrefundable rates for hotels worldwide released every Wednesday. Bookings through SPG Hot Escapes for this week’s offers must be made by Saturday, July 12.

Some Starwood discount rate deals

Westin New Orleans Canal Place is $97 tonight, Thursday, July 10. Rates are $104, $112 and $119 for most weekdays into August.

Westin Las Vegas $83 for most weeknights. There is a resort fee here.

Westin Beach Resort Fort Lauderdale $92 first two weeks in August and $99 last week of July.

Sheraton Davos Hotel Waldhuus, Switzerland $149 for most of August.

Aloft San Jose, Costa Rica $61 to $69 most weekends.

Westin Calgary, Alberta Canada $86 Sat. July 19 and $96 Sun. July 20 are lowest rates for a hotel that is over $300 per night many nights.

W Minneapolis – The Foshay $112 for several Friday dates.

Le Meridien Versailles, Montreal, Canada $120 to $135 weekends in July.

There are some good deals around this week with SPG Hot Escapes.

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SPG Hot Escapes for Starwood Hotels discount rates

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