Starwood Preferred Guest 2009 Elite Gifts

Last year Starwood Preferred Guest sent me a SPG Platinum member postcard telling me I had earned a 50% off award for up to 5 nights at a Category 1-5 property.  The catch was I had only 10 days to book a reservation to be used before the end of May.  I had no set plans for a trip and the award went unused.

SPG has a different offer this year. 

Platinum members were offered the choice of a $75 gift certificate for Starwood Hotels or a free weekend night, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at a Category 1 to 5 hotel to be used by December 27, 2009.


SPG Platinum member gift choices

At the time I registered for the free night, the website showed 82% of Platinum members had chosen this gift over the $75 gift certificate.  I am thinking Westin Sydney, Australia this July.

Gold members were not neglected.  SPG gave Gold elites a choice of a $25 Starwood certificate or 1,000 Starpoints.

Design Your Own Platinum member card

This was an interesting feature for the SPG card, however, almost all the hotels I looked for were not included in the image list.  No hotel choices from San Francisco.


Hotel Images for SPG card face

My card also has a “10 Year Member” icon on the card face.  I joined SPG and redeemed my first awards in 1999.  I was a member of the Westin Hotels loyalty program since way back in 1990.


My SPG card face selection is Sheraton Mirage, Gold Coast, Australia


About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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