Westin Warsaw $40 is one hot deal on this week’s SPG Hot Escapes January 21, 2015 edition. As is often the case with SPG Hot Escapes advertised rates, the Westin $40 rate is for one date only on Sunday, February 8. A cheap long 3-night weekend in Warsaw is still an incredible deal at $137 for Friday check-in and Monday checkout February 6-8. Westin Warsaw is available for $53 per night or less for 13 weekend dates over the next six weeks.

Westin Warsaw

You can hotel hop for elite status in Warsaw with Sheraton Warsaw $60 every weekend. You can even go upscale by staying at Hotel Bristol, Luxury Collection for $77 per night Fridays to Sundays.

I noticed several Instagram photos posted by Seth of The Wandering Aramean this past week from his travels in Warsaw and Poland. I need to get to Poland one of these days so my wife can’t have bragging rights that she has been in a country I have not visited.

There are three other SPG Hot Escapes Starwood Hotels in Poland on this week’s list. Europe is on sale with 80 hotels and 42 in Asia Pacific region with only 41 in the USA.

Starwood Hotels in Asia Pacific region have a 7-day sale for up to 50% off hotel rates for stays to April 19, 2015. Promotion code DAILY50 or DAILYRB (including breakfast). Rates are prepaid and nonrefundable.

Booking Period: January 12-18

Stay Period: January 12 to April 19, 2015

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Fiji
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • New Caledonia
  • Samoa
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

There are hundreds of hotels in this sale. I checked a few hotels and there was nothing that really jumped out at me as a great deal, but I do not follow Asia Pacific hotel rates.

An example rate is Le Meridien Angkor Wat in Cambodia with a Best Flexible Rate of $160 per night and Daily50 rate $115. That is a 28% discount.

Starwood Asia Pacific Jan sale

Evaluating 2015 Q1 hotel promotions with $1000 spend is my take on a comparative analysis of the major promotions across several hotel chains.

People who travel frequently on company expense accounts might look at Hyatt’s offer and think 20 nights for 65,000 bonus points is brilliant. They may knock that out in the next three weeks of work travel.

I look at 15 nights to earn 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points by April 30 and think that is at least $1,500 in hotel spend and I get two free nights at a category 6 hotel (20,000 points per reward night) or three free nights at a category 4 hotel (15,000 points per reward night). Those can be valuable free nights in certain locations. But, 15 nights for 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $1,000 in hotel stays is a difficult achievement.

This post looks at the advantages of the different hotel promotions this quarter to evaluate what kinds of travel favor which kind of promotion.

Evaluating 2015 Q1 hotel promotions with $1000 spend

 

#1 Club Carlson 30,000 bonus points for 3-night stays Jan 12-March 29, 2015

My top pick for best promotion bonus: Club Carlson Extend Your Stay 30,000 bonus points for 3-night stay. Loyalty Traveler – Club Carlson Jan 12 to March 29, 2015 stays earn 15K for 2 nights, 30K for 3 nights (January 5, 2015).

Promotion Favors hotel stays of 2 or 3 nights. 3 nights is best earning rate.

Club Carlson is my top pick for big points with little spend for extended stays. Club Carlson has a simple global offer of 15,000 bonus points on 2-night stays and 30,000 bonus points on 3-night stays.

I favor Club Carlson due to being a Club Carlson Visa card member with the benefit of Gold elite and one free reward night for any reward stay of two or more nights.

Assuming an average $100 per night Carlson brand hotel room in Radisson, Park Inn or Country Inns & Suites means I can get three 3-night stays for 90,000 bonus points and earn 37 points/$1 in hotel spend. Assume $1,000 in hotel spend and that is 37,000 points + 90,000 bonus points after 9 hotel nights. 127,000 Club Carlson points can buy 8 two-night reward stays at category 2 hotels. My preference is to aim for 50,000 points hotels in major tourist destinations like Paris, London, Vienna and Sydney where 50,000 points buys a two-night reward stay at a hotel that normally averages $300 per night hotel rates. Club Carlson points buy more nights than most other hotel program points. I’ll be in Copenhagen in July and a two-night stay at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen will be a good use of points.

Radisson Copenhagen

Two nights at Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen is priced at $577 or 50,000 points. My $1,000 in Club Carlson spend can earn 127,000 points. Those points cover a 2-night stay in Copenhagen upon airport arrival and before departure for our international trip.

Club Carlson has a solid offer.

#2 Choice Privileges Triple Points December 29 to February 18, 2015

Promotion favors: any traveler who spends. This offer can be earned at $40 per night hotels or $400 per night hotels. Length of stay not a factor.

Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges Triple Points Dec 29-February 18, 2015 (Dec 29, 2014)

Admittedly, I will probably not put much effort into this offer, but I think it is a fantastic points earning offer you can earn for economy and midscale hotel stays in brands from Rodeway Inn to Clarion, Comfort Inn and Quality Inn.

Choice Privileges Triple Points means 30 points/$1 on hotel stays at six hotel brands, including Ascend Collection, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Cambria Suites and Sleep Inn.

Choice Hotels has four other extended stay and economy brands with MainStay, Suburban, Rodeway Inn and Econolodge. These four brands normally earn 50% points at 5 points/$1 and will earn 15 points/$1 during triple points promotion.

$1,000 in hotel spend can earn 30,000 points. This can be 2 nights at many hotels with a $600 total value. Choice Privileges is spend based so spending enough to earn 16,000 points is sufficient for wide choice of free night hotels. This can be earned with $534 in hotel spend making this offer one of the best earning promotions for low spenders.

You’ll want to go for the higher earning points brands. Finding a hotel under $60 per night in winter season in the USA is easy with these brands. There are 6,000 hotels to choose from, most in Comfort Inn and Quality Inn. Even Monterey, my home town tourist spot has low rates.

No Concern about length of stay with Choice Hotels triple points. This offer is based on hotel spend, so you earn 30 points/$1 for one-night stays or seven-night stays.

Value of Choice Privileges points – 20,000 points will buy a mid-priced hotel in the USA, whereas 20,000 points can be a $500 per night hotel in Europe and select places.

Hotel loyalty aficionados are turned off by the limited booking window with Choice Privileges points.  USA members can only redeem points within 30 days of stay, unless you have elite status for an earlier booking window.

The advantage of this regional system for USA members is we can book international hotels in Europe at 60 days before stay, while Europeans are limited by the same 30-day window for hotel points reward stays in their home region of Europe. Availability for reward stays in Europe is good for USA members who have one month head start on Europeans for choice hotels.

#3 IHG Rewards Club Set Your Sights January 1 – April 30, 2015

Loyalty Traveler – Loyalty Traveler – Our IHG Set Your Sights tasks for 50000 points Jan 1-Apr 30, 2015 

This is a targeted offer and your personal tasks will determine how this offer ranks to other hotel promotions. My wife’s tasks for 50,000 points can be completed with 3 nights, including two stays at a Holiday Inn and one of those stays being a 2-night weekend stay. My tasks for 50,000 points can be completed with 6 nights including two 2-night weekend stays and two 1-night stays at Crowne Plaza hotels. Some members received tasks that require many more nights. IHG Rewards Club tends to favor members who stay less frequently with easier to reach tasks.

This promotion favors low spenders who will benefit from a high earning promotion for 50,000 points for 3 to 6 nights.

I view IHG Set Your Sights as a 100,000 bonus points offer we can earn with 9 paid hotel nights. This fits in my $1,000 spend scenario. 50,000 points is the reward rate for the highest level IHG hotels. There is also the possibility of finding PointBreaks hotels at 5,000 points per night for great redemption value. Personally, I look at the 50,000 points as free high-end hotel nights for places like London and San Francisco.

Loyalty Traveler – IHG PointBreaks Nov 24 to Feb 28, 2015 by State and Country (Nov 21, 2014)

 

#4 Marriott Rewards MegaBonus February 1 to April 30, 2015 + West Coast 2K bonus per weekend night Jan 2 to March 28

Loyalty Traveler –  Marriott MegaBonus offers for Feb 1 to April 30, 2015 (Dec 19, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler -  Marriott Big Bonus Payout Western USA 2,000 points per night January 2 to March 28, 2015 (Jan 10, 2015)

Promotion favors: Weekend stays of one or two nights.

Marriott Rewards MegaBonus did not seem too lucrative to me and I received one of the better targeted offers at 3,000 bonus points per stay, for stays 2 to 9 during the promotion period.

Then, a second offer for 2,000 points per weekend night at West Coast hotels. Northern California is well represented and rates are far lower on weekends around the San Francisco Bay Area hotels. Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Utah also have hotels offering 2,000 bonus points per night for Friday, Saturday or Sunday night stays.

One night stays can earn 5,000 bonus points per stay for 8 of 9 hotel stays. That is 40,000 bonus points and another 10,000 in regular points. 50,000 points can be one night at the top of the line category 8 (40,000 per night) or category 9 (45,000 per night) Marriott. There are 60 of 85 Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 available for 30,000 to 50,000 points per night.

50,000 points can buy 3 to 5 nights at low category 2 and 3 hotels.

Marriott Rewards has 767 hotels at the category 2 reward level for 10,000 points per night.  There are 971 hotels at category 3 reward level for 15,000 points per night.

Marriott offers a good value promotion if you find hotels to combine MegaBonus with another hotel specific bonus. There are hundreds of hotels with Marriott Rewards bonus points offers.

 

#5 Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More January 15 to April 30, 2015

Another targeted offer with many members getting low earning offers and others getting high earning offers.

Promotion favors hotel guests who can stay 10 to 25 nights by April 30, 2015. This is an expensive promotion to fulfill based on the high number of nights needed for the best bonus offers.

  • 2,000 bonus points after next stay.
  • 5,000 bonus points after 2 stays
  • 10 nights for 20,000 points
  • 20 nights for 50,000 bonus points in intervals with 5 nights = 5,000; 10 nights = 15,000; 15 nights = 30,000 points.
  • 5 nights = 5,000 bonus points; 10 nights = 15,000; 15 Nights = 30,000 points; 20 Nights + 15,000 Points = 45,000 bonus points;
    25 Nights + 20,000 Points = 65,000.

10 nights earning 15,000 or 20,000 points is sufficient for one free night at a category 4 hotel for 15,000 points or category 5 hotel at 20,000 points. Many of these hotels will have $300 per night rates.

$1,000 in spend for ten nights earns one free upper tier or up to four nights at Hyatt Gold Passport category 1 hotels at 5,000 points per night. $1,000 in spend earns another 5,000 base points. You might find it difficult to get ten Hyatt nights for $1,000.

#6 SPG Double Play January 5 to April 15

Loyalty Traveler – SPG Double Play Jan 5 to April 15, 2015 is double weak (Dec 30, 2014)

  • 2-night stay earns 2 bonus points per dollar.
  • Earn 1,000 bonus points every 5 nights, up to 4,000 points maximum during promotion after 20 nights.

Promotion favors die-hard SPG loyalists who prefer the Starwood Hotels over lucrative hotel promotion bonuses. You need to have 2-night stays to really get any value. On single night stays, you can earn a maximum 4,000 points after 20 nights.

$1,000 in spend for two 5-night stays might earn 4,000 to 5,000 points with the double points offer and 2,000 bonus points for 10 nights if you are a base member or Gold/Platinum elite. 

The actual bonus points above what is normally earned by an SPG member is only 4,000 bonus points after 10 nights. This is a miserable earning bonus limited to SPG members who make 2-night or longer stays.

Personally, I’ll be looking for better hotel stay spend bonuses available with the other major hotel programs.

This is only 6,000 to 8,000 SPG points after $1,000 in spend and will buy one night at a mid-category hotel.

# 7 Hilton Double Up Double Points Nov 1 to January 31, 2015

Hilton will likely announce a new promotion for 2015 Q1 this week. The current offer of double points runs through January 31. Double points means 25 points/$1, and more for elite and credit card members. The catch is the double points does not start until second stay.

Loyalty Traveler – Register for Hilton HHonors Double Up Double Points Nov 1 to Jan 31, 2015 (October 31, 2014)

After first stay, which should be a one-night stay to kickstart the bonus, assume $900 in spend at double points whether multiple stays or an extended stay. This promotion can earn maybe 25,000 to 30,000 points after $1,000 in spend. That is one night at a mid-category hotel.

Hilton comes up low in my ranking, although it is a very flexible earning promotion good for single night stays or extended stay after you get the first qualifying stay finished to begin earning double points.

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

Canada
LE MÉRIDIEN VERSAILLES
Montreal, Quebec

French Polynesia
LE MÉRIDIEN BORA BORA
Bora Bora

LE MÉRIDIEN TAHITI
Tahiti

Mexico
LE MÉRIDIEN MEXICO CITY
Mexico City

United States of America

California
LE MÉRIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA
Santa Monica

LE PARKER MÉRIDIEN PALM SPRINGS
Palm Springs

LE MÉRIDIEN SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco

Florida
LE MÉRIDIEN TAMPA
Tampa

Georgia
LE MÉRIDIEN ATLANTA PERIMETER
Atlanta

Illinois
LE MÉRIDIEN CHICAGO OAKBROOK CENTER
Oakbrook

Indiana
LE MÉRIDIEN INDIANAPOLIS
Indianapolis

Louisiana
LE MÉRIDIEN NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans

Massachusetts
LE MÉRIDIEN CAMBRIDGE – MIT
Cambridge

Minnesota
LE MÉRIDIEN CHAMBERS
Minneapolis

New York
LE PARKER MÉRIDIEN NEW YORK
New York

North Carolina
LE MÉRIDIEN CHARLOTTE
Charlotte

Ohio
LE MÉRIDIEN COLUMBUS, THE JOSEPH
Columbus
*Coming Soon – January 2015

Pennsylvania
LE MÉRIDIEN PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia

Texas
LE MÉRIDIEN DALLAS GALLERIA
Dallas

LE MÉRIDIEN DALLAS THE STONELEIGH
Dallas

Virginia
LE MÉRIDIEN ARLINGTON
Arlington

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Starwood Preferred Guest has a promotion for double points to January 31, 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

PARTICIPATING STARWOOD HOTELS AND RESORTS (link)

Argentina

  • 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

Brazil

  • 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

Chile

  • 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

Colombia

  • 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

Ecuador

  • Sheraton Quito Hotel
  • Sheraton Guayaquil Hotel

Guatemala

  • The Westin Camino Real, Guatemala

Mexico

  • 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

Panama

  • 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

Peru

  • 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

Paraguay

  • Sheraton Asuncion Hotel

El Salvador

  • Sheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel

Uruguay

  • 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

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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

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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