Starwood Hotels Le Meridien brand has a good offer for 1,000 bonus points on your first stay and 2,000 bonus points for every additional stay from December 11 to March 1, 2015. There is no earnings limit. This offer is only for 21 Le Meridien hotels in North America, Latin America and French Polynesia.

Starwood Preferred Guest members must register by January 25, 2015.

One of the best features of SPG promotions is for members who have eligible stays prior to registering for the promotion. Most hotel loyalty programs will not count stays for a promotion bonus until after registration. SPG tends to allow retroactive credit for promotion bonuses as long as the member registers by the deadline, in this case January 25, 2015. This means if you had eligible Le Meridien stays since December 11 and you register for the promotion after your stays, your earlier stays count for bonus points.

There is no email confirmation for promotion registration. You receive a promotion registration confirmation page at time of registration as seen below for my registration.

Le Meridien 2015Q1 2K bonus

Enriching Destinations, Limitless Earnings with Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts

Participating Properties

Montreal, Quebec

French Polynesia
Bora Bora


Mexico City

United States of America

Santa Monica

Palm Springs

San Francisco





New Orleans



New York
New York

North Carolina

*Coming Soon – January 2015





It seems like it has been awhile since SPG Hot Escapes approached 200 hotels. This week’s list has 88 hotels in Europe. That might be a record. Christmas is big in Europe. Christmas shuts most cities down. Which is why Christmas can be a great time for hotel deals in Europe.

Starwood Hot Escapes are prepaid and nonrefundable rates. You can book offers on this week’s SPG Hot Escapes until 11:59pm Saturday Dec 20 local hotel time. For us in the USA, this means the hotels drop off throughout the day beginning early morning Saturday for Asia-Pacific hotels and Saturday afternoon for Europe.

In the Warm California Sun

In California next week, some of the lowest hotel rates of the year can be found in many cities.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is $94 all next week. After a month of rain, next week is forecast to be in the mid-70s for southern California and San Diego. That equates to warm paradise temperature for those of you from most other places in the northern part of the northern hemisphere and anywhere else where you are not seeing 20-something degrees in Celsius next week.

San Diego Pelican

California brown pelican lifts-off at Coronado Island beach with Point Loma, entrance to San Diego harbor in background.

Five good rates for USA hotels

Sheraton Chicago Towers $94 December 21 –24 and $100 Jan 2-3.

W San Francisco $151 Dec 19, 23-24, 30; Jan 1-4.

Element Houston Vintage Park $71 to $83 Dec 19 to Jan 3 with New Year’s Eve $95. Element rooms have a kitchen for real home living if you like to hang out in a different space and still make your own food. Breakfast is complimentary. Element Denver Park Meadows is $60 per night, if you just want a quick break from shopping.

Sheraton Boston $110 Dec 19-30

Westin Georgetown Washington D.C.

Friday and Saturday weekend discount rates

  • Dec 19-20 $109
  • Dec 26-27 $106
  • Jan 2-3 $95

Holidays and low January rates in Europe

You might already be booked up with other plans this year to take advantage of low hotel rates. The tip on Europe is one to keep in mind. My wife and I traveled to Europe several times at Christmas as tourists and stuff is closed for two days in many places on December 25 and 26. Some businesses shut down for a week.

Our lifestyle revolving around a school teaching schedule means the December-January break is the longest vacation opportunity outside summer months. Christmas holiday travel is essentially the only opportunity for my wife to travel for more than one week outside of mid-June to mid-August.

Here are some Starwood Europe deals,

Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel, Czech Republic $83-$92 Jan 11-28, 2015. Prague is a romantic city to hang out and bundle up in winter while feeling like you are living in an architecturally Disneyesque European dreamscape.

Westin Palace Milan, Italy $163-$177 Dec 21-28

Hotel des Indes, Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands $111 Sat Jan 3 and $120 Sun Jan 4. These are really low rates for this lovely hotel.

Westin Dragonara Resort Malta $114 Jan 4-19, 2015.

Westin Warsaw Poland $52 to $56 Dec 21-28; $56 to $64 for 15 dates in January. Sheraton Warsaw $57 to $67 Dec 19 to 30; $57 to $75 for 13 dates in January. Warsaw is a place where fast-tracking stays can be done inexpensively bouncing between Starwood Hotels for elite status stays to finish 2014 or jumpstart 2015 with January stays.

Element Hotel New Hampshire in Hanover Lebanon sounds like a place in a John Irving novel. Starwood Hotels launched Element in 2008 as their hotel brand entry into the extended stay market. I love the Element concept. I have only stayed in two properties and enjoyed both, primarily for their aesthetic and environmental design.

Element became the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue the US Green Building Council LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for high-performance buildings with energy-efficient appliances used in all properties. Recognized as an industry leader in the eco-space, Element‘s global portfolio is set to double within two years from 15 to 30 hotels by the end of 2017.


Starwood Hotels Investor Relations News

December 11, 2014

Element only has 14 hotels open after seven years. It is difficult to love Element as an ecofriendly concept hotel, unless you happen to be around one of the 13 hotels in the USA with the new Element Hotel New Hampshire and one Element hotel open in Frankfurt, Germany as of August 29, 2014.

There are several other Element hotels listed with opening dates. Element Amsterdam is scheduled to open in November 2015.

Starwood Hotels Element Hanover-Lebanon, New Hampshire

Lew Wiens, Chairman and CEO of True North Hotel Group, added, “Inspired by our company’s national ‘Give Back’ program and our associates’ passion for service both to communities and guests, the Element Hanover-Lebanon team is ready, enthusiastic and proud to create great experiences for visitors and residents of the Upper Valley.”

Located near Interstates 89 and 91, Element Hanover-Lebanon is part of a new mixed-use complex that includes 300,000 feet of research and office space, 42,000 square feet of retail space, up to 160 residential condominiums and conservation land. The hotel is close to numerous corporate offices and just minutes away from Dartmouth College and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Just 20 minutes south of Hanover, the area is a popular destination for fall foliage viewing and home to a variety of seasonal festivals, three ski resorts and numerous cultural attractions including the Lebanon Opera House and Hopkins Center.

Element Hanover-Lebanon boasts light-filled studios featuring a fluid design of modular furniture, swiveling flat-screen televisions, large desks with open shelving and custom-designed closets. Bathrooms are spa-inspired, with an invigorating rain shower and dual-flush toilet. Rooms also offer fully equipped kitchens and the signature Heavenly® Bed. Other brand signatures include a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center, an indoor saline swimming pool, and a 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.

The new Element also offers a complimentary shuttle that runs within a ten-mile radius of the hotel.

Starwood’s Element Hotel sounds like a good hotel brand fit for the Dartmouth College area of New Hampshire.

Element Hanover-Lebanon NH

Hanover-Lebanon, New Hampshire makes a nicely spaced hotel stop when driving between Burlington, Vermont or Montreal and Boston. Also, a hotel in New Hampshire makes it possible to travel laterally across northern New England from Burlington, Vermont to Lebanon, New Hampshire and over to Portland, Maine with Starwood Hotels.

We had our Loyalty Traveler proximity to two Element Hotels in Summerlin, West Las Vegas and Park Meadows, South Denver, but both locations are on the opposite side of the metropolitan area from our relatives.

Brokeass Mountain Tour visits Starwood in Denver (Aug 1, 2011)

Element Las Vegas in HD (August 16, 2009)

Starwood Preferred Guest has a promotion for double points to February 28, 2015 with Starwood Hotels Latin America and LanPass Airlines. The promotion reads earn double LANPASS kilometers, but it is actually double points earned that can be exchanged later for LANPASS kilometers. Or not.

This offer is only valid at participating Starwood Hotels in Latin America for two-night or longer stays completed between November 1 and January 31, 2015.

Promotion registration is required and you need to input your LANPASS frequent flyer account number.

  • To participate in this offer, the LANPASS® member must register online by January 31, 2015, and be a member of Starwood Preferred Guest®.
  • Offer is valid for stays booked and completed between November 1, 2014, and January 31, 2015.
  • A minimum stay of two nights is required.
  • Double Starpoints® per stay will be credited to the member’s account within 4–6 weeks following the close of the promotion. Only the member’s base Starpoints will be doubled. Additional bonuses earned, including but not limited to elite status points or online booking bonuses, will not be doubled.
  • A qualifying rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest program.
  • To receive the bonus LANPASS Kilometers for eligible stays, guest must be a member of Starwood Preferred Guest and present his or her SPG® membership number at the time of hotel check-in. Starpoints earned in the SPG program can then be transferred to valid LANPASS accounts at the exchange rate of 1 Starpoint to 1.5 LANPASS Kilometers. Once Starpoints have been transferred to LANPASS, they cannot be returned to the Starwood Preferred Guest account.

You can keep double Starpoints with this promotion. There is no need to transfer Starpoints to LANPASS kilometers.

SPG LANPASS 2x points



  • Sheraton Cordoba Hotel
  • Sheraton Mar del Plata Hotel
  • Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires
  • Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center
  • Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Pilar Hotel & Convention Center
  • Sheraton Libertador Hotel
  • Sheraton Salta Hotel
  • Sheraton Mendoza Hotel
  • Sheraton Tucuman Hotel


  • Sheraton Reserva do Paiva Hotel & Convention Center, Recife
  • Sheraton Vitoria Hotel
  • Sheraton Sao Paulo WTC Hotel
  • Four Points by Sheraton Macaé
  • Four Points by Sheraton Curitiba
  • Sheraton Porto Alegre Hotel
  • Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort
  • Sheraton da Bahia Hotel, Salvador


  • San Cristobal Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santiago
  • Four Points by Sheraton Santiago
  • Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center
  • Sheraton Miramar Hotel & Convention Center
  • W Santiago
  • Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles
  • Villarrica Park Lake, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, Villarrica


  • Aloft Bogota Airport
  • Four Points by Sheraton Bogota
  • Four Points by Sheraton Cali
  • Sheraton Bogota Hotel
  • Four Points by Sheraton Medellin

Costa Rica

  • The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal
  • Aloft San Jose Hotel, Costa Rica
  • Sheraton San Jose Hotel, Costa Rica


  • Sheraton Quito Hotel
  • Sheraton Guayaquil Hotel


  • The Westin Camino Real, Guatemala


  • The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos
  • The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta
  • The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun
  • The Westin San Luis Potosi
  • Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center
  • Sheraton Santa Fe, Mexico City
  • Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers
  • Sheraton Ambassador Hotel
  • Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos
  • Hacienda Uayamon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Uayamon
  • Hacienda San Jose, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Jose
  • Hacienda Temozon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Temozon Sur
  • Hacienda Santa Rosa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santa Rosa
  • Four Points by Sheraton Galerias Monterrey
  • W Mexico City
  • Hacienda Puerta Campeche, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Campeche
  • Le Méridien Mexico City
  • The Westin Guadalajara
  • The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
  • The St. Regis Mexico City
  • The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City
  • Four Points by Sheraton Monterrey Linda Vista
  • Four Points by Sheraton Queretaro Norte
  • Aloft Guadalajara
  • Aloft Cancun
  • Four Points by Sheraton Mexico City, Colonia Roma


  • Le Méridien Panama
  • Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center
  • The Westin Playa Bonita Panama
  • Four Points by Sheraton Colon
  • The Westin Panama
  • Aloft Panama
  • Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort


  • Four Points by Sheraton Miraflores
  • Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas
  • Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado
  • The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center
  • Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
  • Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center


  • Sheraton Asuncion Hotel

El Salvador

  • Sheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel


  • Four Points by Sheraton Montevideo
  • Sheraton Colonia Golf & Spa Resort
  • Sheraton Montevideo Hotel

Mobile app bookings are all the rage now with most hotel chains promoting their hotel app bookings with bonus points offers. Carlson, Choice, Hyatt, IHG have given bonus points recently.

Now, SPG App 500 bonus points per stay for 3 stays booked with the SPG app 500 points per stay for 3 stays by March 31, 2015. The catch is you must pay for the stay using American Express to earn bonus points.

1,500 Starpoints for Mobile App bookings and stays December 10, 2014 to March 31, 2015 paid with American Express card.

The limit is three bonuses of 500 Starpoints for three stays booked using the SPG App, completed by March 31, 2015 and paid using American Express, so no hurry on this offer if you are not a Starwood frequent guest.

SPG members must register for the offer before the stays and the bonus points promotion period runs December 10 – March 31, 2015. SPG App bookings made before registration for the promotion count as long as the member is registered for the SPG App bonus points prior to checkout and the stay occurs in the promotion period.

SPG App promotion terms.

SPG mobile app bonus

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


Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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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Starwood Hotels CyberMonday sale November 24 will offer participating hotels in the Americas at rates up to 30% off regular rates. Book reservations between November 24 and December 7 for hotel stays from November 24 to February 1, 2015. Resorts can be booked for stays through April 15, 2015.

CyberMonday rates are prepaid, nonrefundable rates.

The Starwood CyberMonday website allows you to view participating hotels now, but you can’t book until Monday, November 24. Sheraton Anchorage is one exception and there may be more. Sheraton Anchorage already shows CyberMonday rates as part of the SPG Hot Escapes hotels this week.

Starwood December 1 Facebook CyberMonday Free Nights and 225,000 points Sweepstakes

Starwood’s CyberMonday starts one week early on November 24 to the traditional post-Thansgiving holiday Monday, December 1 madness. There is an additional Starwood Hotels CyberMonday sweepstakes on Facebook for a chance on December 1 to win free hotel nights or a grand prize of 225,000 Starpoints.

Starwood’s CyberMonday website has a Facebook Like link which appears to be broken as I write this. I get a 404 error message. The link “See what you could win” is working and shows participating properties for the December 1 Starwood CyberMonday sweepstakes.

On Dec. 1 play to win free nights at one of these hotels:

  • La Posada de Santa Fe
  • Le Méridien Bora Bora & Le Méridien Tahiti
  • Le Méridien Charlotte
  • Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center
  • Le Méridien Mexico City
  • Le Méridien New Orleans
  • Le Méridien Tampa
  • Sheraton Anchorage
  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
  • Sheraton Dallas
  • Sheraton Kauai Resort
  • Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
  • Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers
  • Sheraton Memphis Downtown
  • Sheraton Myrtle Beach
  • Sheraton Nashville Downtown
  • Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
  • Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
  • Sheraton Steamboat Resort
  • Sheraton Tribeca NY
  • Sheraton Waikiki
  • St Regis Bahia Beach
  • St Regis Houston
  • St. Regis Aspen Resort
  • St. Regis Bora Bora
  • St. Regis Deer Valley
  • St. Regis Monarch Beach
  • St. Regis Princeville Resort
  • Aloft Cleveland Downtown
  • Element Las Vegas
  • Four Points by Sheraton Nashville Brentwood
  • Four Points French Quarter
  • The Liberty Hotel
  • The Palace
  • The Phoenician Resort
  • The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale
  • The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
  • The Westin Portland Harborview
  • US Grant
  • W Boston
  • W Dallas
  • W Hollywood
  • W Hotel Austin
  • W Los Angeles – Westwood
  • W Montreal
  • W New Orleans – French Quarter
  • W New York
  • W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island
  • W Scottsdale
  • W Seattle
  • W South Beach
  • The Westin Boston Waterfront
  • The Westin Denver Downtown
  • The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto
  • The Westin Jekyll Island
  • The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa
  • The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
  • The Westin New Orleans at Canal Place
  • The Westin Playa Bonita, Panama
  • The Westin Puntacana
  • The Westin Riverfront Resort at Beaver Creek Mountain
  • The Westin Riverwalk
  • The Westin San Diego
  • The Westin Snowmass

There are going to be some happy SPG members on December 1.

Starwood CyberMonday


Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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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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.


Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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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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

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 or next Wednesday, November 19, 2014 to register for this new program partnership.



Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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.

Follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.

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