Aspen budget hotels with SPG Hot Escapes hotel discounts this week can get you in a hotel near Aspen at a great discount compared to Aspen in-town rates .  This week’s SPG Hot Escapes has over 160 hotels including Wildwood Snowmass for $75 and $80 per night for most weekdays over the next six weeks and Westin Snowmass for about $40 more. Wildwood Snowmass is off Highway 82 about 15 miles from Aspen, Colorado.

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This post compares Hyatt and Starwood brands average room rates to see if there is a significant competitive advantage to Hyatt or Starwood for the frequent guest loyal to one or the other hotel chain.

Hyatt Hotels and Starwood Hotels are hotel loyalty competitors for similar types of business and leisure traveler guests who desire upscale and upper upscale hotel stays. The hotel loyalty programs allow these frequent guests to earn points for free nights. Both hotel chains offer a number of luxury hotels in their chain’s portfolio for discount hotel rates through award stays.

The primary difference between these two hotel chains is size. Starwood Hotels listed 1,180 properties on its 2014-Q1 investor report. Hyatt lists 554 properties. Starwood lists 14 Vacation Ownership timeshare properties and Hyatt lists 25 residential and vacation properties.

Starwood Hotels 2014 Q1 Average Daily Rates

  • Starwood Hotels Systemwide ADR = $174.63
  • Sheraton $151.61 (433 hotels)
  • Westin $187.06 (198 hotels)
  • St. Regis (31 hotels) /Luxury Collection (87 hotels) $315.09
  • Le Meridien (95 hotels) $186.14
  • W Hotels (45 hotels) $293.70
  • Four Points (182 hotels) $113.93
  • Aloft (80 hotels)  $110.49
  • Element (11 hotels) no ADR data

Hyatt Hotels 2014 Q1 Average Daily Rates

  • Hyatt Hotels Systemwide ADR = $182.04
  • Park Hyatt $363.11 (28 hotels) 32
  • Andaz $270.93 (9 hotels) 11
  • Grand Hyatt $241.02 (37 hotels) 40
  • Hyatt $166.38 (28 hotels) 39
  • Hyatt Regency $174.46 (138 hotels) 150
  • Hyatt Place $111.13 (170 hotels) 197
  • Hyatt House $129.65 (54 hotels) 58
  • Hyatt All-Inclusive Ziva and Zilara (2 hotels) No ADR data.
  • Note: average daily rate is based on (hotels) and number following is the total number of hotels in the brand. ADR data presented in Hyatt Hotels financial report is limited to (hotels). Systemwide ADR is my estimate based on data.

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Starwood Preferred Guest has offered Cash and Points awards since 2002. SPG operates an easy to comprehend model for Cash & Points awards. Here is a Loyalty Traveler Starwood Preferred Guest Cash and Points Awards guide.

How it Works: Starwood Preferred Guest Cash and Points award rates are assigned to each SPG hotel reward category. In 2013, SPG introduced a major change to Cash & Points reward rates by increasing the points portion from 40% to 50% of the standard reward rate and increasing the cash payment in each category by about 20%. This was the most significant adjustment to the program since it launched. SPG also introduced Cash & Points for its highest hotel reward category 7 and introduced Cash & Points rates for upgraded rooms and suites.

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Starwood Preferred Guest Standard and Cash & Points Award Types – Loyalty Traveler – July 2014

*Please note: You will need to contact the Customer Contact Center to redeem for upgraded rooms, suites and Category 7 hotels and resorts. They are not bookable online at this time.

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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


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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There are some good discounts for hotels over the next few nights with this week’s SPG Hot Escapes prepaid, nonrefundable rates for select hotels over the next six weeks. These rate discounts can be booked through Saturday, July 5.

There are about 160 hotels globally with around 60 in the USA on this week’s SPG Hot Escapes.

Scottsdale, Arizona

If you don’t mind frying your body like a slab of meat on the grille under the Arizona desert sun, The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort in Scottsdale is $128 per night for the week of July 20 at this category 5 hotel. The more exclusive SPG category 6 Canyon Suites at the Phoenician has $212 rates for most dates over the next six weeks.

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Luxury Collection Hotels The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites have discount rates over many dates in July and August.

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One of the most popular features of Starwood Preferred Guest is the ability to transfer hotel points into airline frequent flyer miles with 34 airline programs on a 1 point = 1 airline mile rate for most programs.

Transfer 20,000 SPG points at one time and you receive 25% bonus miles. 20,000 SPG points exchanges into 25,000 miles with most airline partners offering 1:1 exchange.

The list of airline partners is little changed in recent years. Hainan Airlines and Virgin Australia are the latest additions for 2014. Southwest Airlines is also an airline partner of Starwood Hotels with only the Airline Direct Deposit option for earning Rapid Rewards. SPG Airline Partners Read More…

Starwood Hotels has nine hotel brands, plus Starwood Vacation Ownership properties where members can pay and stay or redeem points for rooms and suites.

When it comes to choosing a hotel program to dedicate your loyalty, the two main criteria are the global footprint of the hotel chain and the hotel market segment. Starwood Hotels ranks high in the upper upscale and luxury market segment with more than 75% of its hotels in high-end market segment brands. Four Points is the lowest market segment for the chain. Aloft and Element are small brands with a millennial market flair for a socially active lobby space.

St. Regis and Luxury Collection hotels offer old world charm or urban sophistication. Hotels in these brands will set you back in cash or points or both with Cash & Points awards.

The limitation of Starwood Hotels tends to be the limited number of properties outside major urban centers. If you are jet setting to world capitals and resort centers, Starwood Hotels will likely be able to accommodate you. Head into the hinterland away from the major tourist centers and you will likely be looking for another hotel chain.

This post shows the most recent numbers from Starwood Hotels 2014 Q-1 reports for the number of hotels in each brand and their geographic distribution. Aloft is the hotel brand that has grown the most in the past year in the hotel chain. There has been little growth in other brands. China is the country seeing most new hotel activity.

Starwood Hotels – Hotel Chain Profile

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Starwood Preferred Guest is known for its high proportion of Starwood Hotels in upper upscale and luxury hotel properties with more than 250 hotels in brands like W Hotels, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Le Meridien and Westin around the world in many countries. 

Sheraton and Four Points by Sheraton are the workhorse brands of Starwood Hotels as the upper upscale to upper midscale brands with about half of all 1,300 hotels in the Starwood chain. Like horses, some of these hotels are thoroughbreds. Starwood Hotels has a good track record for hotels that are functional and with luck, in a good location for business or tourism. 

Two newest brands in the Starwood family are Aloft and Element. These brands saw their debut in the past decade and were the forerunners of what are now being labeled a ‘millennial’ style brand in the 2014 hotel industry with newcomers like Moxy from Marriott and Even at InterContinental Hotels Group. Aloft had pool tables and a bar in an open-space lobby with electrical charging tables for guests over six years ago. Starwood’s Element offers apartment style amenities like a functional kitchen in what remains a very small brand for Starwood in the extended stay market with fewer than 20 hotels.

Starwood Vacation Ownership properties sometimes offer rooms for award nights in certain locations like Colorado ski resorts.

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Starwood Preferred Guest has offered their environmental incentive Make a Green Choice program since at least early 2010 where I remember using it at the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel. The deal is a member can refuse housekeeping service and receive a $5.00 food and beverage certificate or 500 Starpoints for each day housekeeping is declined.

500 Starpoints is the better value for most of us into points.

Make a Green Choice does not apply to one-night stays and you will not get points or credit for your last night since housekeeping has to clean your room after checkout.

FlyerTalk has a thread with a global list of Starwood Hotels known to participate in Make a Green Choice. This is a good list to favorite since a five night stay at the right Starwood Hotel can mean a couple thousand extra Starpoints added to your account.

Make A Green Choice
  • To participate in Make a Green Choice, and be eligible for the $5 food or beverage voucher or the 500 Starpoints®, hang the Make a Green Choice doorhanger on the outside of your guestroom door by 2am or let the hotel know during check-in that you’re interested in opting-in.
  • You are not eligible to participate in the program on the day of departure; it is only on stayover nights. Please note: the $5 F&B voucher is only valid at time of purchase and cannot be combined with other offers. Unused $5 F&B vouchers may be turned in at the front desk before check-out for 500 Starpoints each.
  • If you opt-in to the Make a Green Choice program, housekeeping services will not be available for the day. Please note this includes all room cleaning and coffee & bathroom amenities will not be automatically replenished.
  • If you opt out of the program, but still want to conserve water and energy, you can hang your towels you want to reuse and place your doorhanger on the nightstand to reuse your bed linens. The bed(s) will be made. For fresh towels, please leave them on the floor. For fresh linens, please leave the doorhanger on the bed.

Sheraton Hotels Make a Green Choice

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Westin Hotels Make a Green Choice

Are Westin hotel guests water hogs?

Westin Green Choice

Westin’s Green Choice graphic shows the water savings as 49.2 gallons vs. 37.2 gallons at Sheraton Hotels. That is 32% more water.

Related post:

Walt Disney World Dolphin (Starwood Sheraton Hotel)-Resort Review

The list of SPG Hot Escapes is smaller this week with only 42 USA properties and 150 worldwide at time of this post. These are prepaid, nonrefundable rates for stays over the next six weeks.

The low rate listed may only be available for one date like W Austin showing $197 only available this Sunday night. Some dates shown have rates over $400. Can you say teaser? $197 is most definitely a teaser rate and the average rates are much higher for most dates at W Austin.

Properties that catch my eye for good rates:

  • St. Regis Tianjin, China for $107 every weekend for next six weeks.
  • Westin Resort Whistler, British Columbia, Canada $120 this week.
  • Aloft Atlanta Downtown $68 this week.
  • Westin Charlotte, North Carolina $95.
  • Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown $75.
  • Aloft Miami Brickell $90.
  • Westin Market Street San Francisco $128 July 3, $136 July 5 and $144 July 6. $229 for the 4th of July.

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SPG Hot Escapes June 26 edition.


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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