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





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 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.

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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.


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.


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. 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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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.


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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