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

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

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

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

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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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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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Better Know a Rate: SPG Birth Year is a closer look at the Starwood Hotels discount rate for two and three night stays. The Birth Year deal is pay a published full rate for the first night, typically higher than best flexible rate. The second night and third night is the rate of your birth year 19xx. Not all hotels allow a third night birth rate. Some hotels charge $100 + birth year for second or third night.  And some hotels do something slightly different as we see with Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica, California.

SPG homepage

Starwood Hotels Celebrate Your Birth Year rate link in bottom center of the newly refreshed SPG.com website.

This NBR promo code rate is available only for select hotels in USA, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

SPG Santa Monica birthyear

Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica offers a birth year rate for weekends. The advantage of the birth year rate at this hotel is rates tend to be higher on weekends for this beach location.

What I do not like about this page is the rate does not mention that this hotel has a Birth Year + $100 nightly rate for the second and third nights. You have to go through the booking process before this is revealed in the rate terms.

SPG Le Meridien Santa Monica

Le Meridien Santa Monica for Friday, October 31 check-in offers city view room for $325 or ocean view for $390. Note: Le Meridien Santa Monica hotel is four blocks from the ocean beach, so not exactly a beach view.

One feature of Starwood Birth Year rate is sometimes there are higher category hotel rooms available.

Ocean View Room Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

Three night stay = $610

Friday, October 31: $390 for Ocean view King room.

Saturday, November 1: $160

  • Second night $100 + Birth Year. For me that is $60. Most hotels do not have the $100 surcharge on this rate.

Sunday, November 2: $60.

SUNDAY OFFER: rates equal to your birth year only! (Note: this is the first time I have seen this kind of discount. Most hotels charging $100 + Birth Year will charge that rate for both second and third nights.

Birth Year Rate Description for Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

Birthyear Offer. Rate from $300 for the 1st night, 2nd and 3rd night rates equal to your birth year + $100.

Example born in 1948 pay $148 per night for 2nd & 3rd night.

SUNDAY OFFER: rates equal to your birth year only! Born in 1948? Pay only $48 on Sunday as your 2nd or 3rd night.

Rate may vary based on room type. Identification Required.

Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

$610 for three nights booking birth year rate for Ocean View King room this weekend (Friday, October 31 – Monday, November 3) .

$1,062 for three nights booking advance purchase, nonrefundable rate for Ocean View King room Oct 31-Nov 3.

Save 42% on this booking using Starwood Birth Year rate compared to booking the lowest rate on spg.com.

Birth year rate savings are usually not this great. This is just a random example I quickly found today when looking at SPG Birth Year rates in southern California.

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

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There are 75 hotels on SPG Hot Escapes October 1, 2014 edition at the time of this post. Westin Bayshore Vancouver shows a $126 rate. That looks enticing until I click on the rate calendar to find that is the low rate for only one date, Sunday, November 1. There are five consecutive dates with $135 rates beginning next Thursday.

Element Denver Park Meadows at $68 looks like a potential stay for me. Last time Kelley and I stayed there, we walked into the place to find two couples playing Wii video games in the lobby with a 1.75 L bottle of bourbon sitting on the table in a joyful weekend party time at the hotel.

The U.S. list of hotels has the usual suspects: Airport hotels, Arizona, D.C. area and Florida. Le Meriden Dallas by the Galleria at $90 looks like a good deal, but that rate is only for the weekend of Nov 8-9.

If I were in Austria I would try the Sheraton Hotel Jagdhof Fuschlsee-Salzburg at $117 for many dates in October. Then, go hang out at the Luxury Collection hotel,

Schloss Fuschl, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Fuschlsee-Salzburg,

where rates are $235 per night. These two hotels receive terrific guest ratings.

Starwood Salzburg

Is there ever a week on SPG Hot Escapes without two hotels in Brussels, Belgium?

Live it Up like the Clooney’s in Venice

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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

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SPG Triple Crave 3x points for Dining Sep 1-Dec 30, 2014 offers members the chance to earn triple Starpoints (6 points/$1) for dining charges of $50 or more at 1,451 participating restaurants worldwide for weekday dining Mondays through Thursdays.

spg.com/triplecrave registration for SPG Triple Crave promotion is required by November 30, 2014.

Participating restaurants can be found here. You do not have to be a hotel guest for this offer.

Triple Starpoints = 6 points/$1 at standard earn rate of 2 base points per $1 and 4 bonus points per $1.

Following black out dates apply.

  • Thanksgiving – November 27, 2014
  • Christmas Eve – December 24, 2014
  • Christmas Day – December 25, 2014

SPG Triple Crave

 

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There are 15 days remaining to enter the Starwood Hawaii Define Your Aloha Sweepstakes for 100,000 points. Simply submit an eligible photo via the SPG Hawaii Facebook page. Read the rules carefully for all aspects of a photo that make it ineligible.

Please note the following important Entry requirements:

  • You must be the only person featured in your photo if a person is depicted at all.
  • Your Entry cannot include any other people in your photo.
  • The Entry must not have been submitted previously in a Sweepstakes or promotion of any kind.
  • The Entry must not contain any content that infringes or may infringe third party rights.

Promotional Period:  The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time (“HST”) on August 15, 2014 and ends 11:59 p.m. HST on September 15, 2014.

Eligibility:  SPG Define Aloha (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), who, as of date of entry, are 18 years of age (or the age of majority under applicable law, whichever is older) and have a valid Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account.

How to Enter: You can submit your photos via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for one entry on each social media channel one time each day during the promotion period.

There are links to promote your photo and receive votes, however, this is a sweepstakes and not a contest, so votes do not appear to offer any competitive edge for winning the grand prize of 100,000 points.

Starwood Aloha Sweepstakes

Starwood Hawaii Define Your Aloha, #DefineAloha Sweepstakes

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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)

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