Starwood Preferred Guest has just changed the terms for SPG Cash & Points awards to allow Category 1 and Category 2 redemption level Starwood hotels in the USA and Canada. Cash & Points awards for these lowest level hotel categories had previously been limited to Asia-Pacific region only. Link to SPG Cash & Points table.
SPG Category 1 Cash & Points award is just $25 and 1,200 points. Redeeming a points-only award night costs 2,000 points on Friday or Saturday night and 3,000 points for other nights of the week at a Category 1 Starwood hotel.
SPG Category 2 offers even better value at just $30 and 1,600 points. Redeeming a points-only award night costs 3,000 points on Friday or Saturday and 4,000 points for other nights of the week at a category 2 Starwood hotel. Spending $30 cash will save 2,400 Starpoints on a weekday night using a Cash & Points award. This is an incredible savings.
There are a far greater number of Category 2 hotels in the US and Canada than Category 1 properties.
This is huge value for SPG members at US and Canada Category 1 and 2 hotels offering the Cash & Points option.
Remember — Cash & Points are offered at the hotel’s discretion so I expect members will often find a room is available for points-only, but not Cash & Points. Unfortunately, at this time, I am unable to locate any Category 1 or 2 hotels in the US offering a Cash & Points option for dates I checked over the next week.
For now, here is the revised wording on the SPG Cash & Points chart. Category 1 and 2 hotels – “offered at Asia Pacific, U.S., and Canadian hotels only”.
Starwood Preferred Guest shows its members another positive hotel loyalty program change.