Hotel Loyalty 2011 Winter Promotion Starwood Hotels Starwood Preferred Guest

SPG 2011 Q1 promo Double Points + 500 points per night Thursday-Sunday

Starwood Preferred Guest has announced Great Weeks, Grand Weekends offering double points for stays from January 3 through April 15, 2011. In addition to double points for up to three rooms per stay, a member will earn 500 bonus points for every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night of the stay for one room per stay.

Registration for this Great Weeks, Grand Weekends promotion will begin January 3 and last through March 31. Bonus points will be applied retroactively for all eligible stays during the promotion period as long as the member registers for the promotion by March 31, 2011.

One unusual feature of this promotion is a stay will qualify for double points for the entire stay even if you check-in before January 3 or stay after April 15 as long as your stay includes those dates.

From the SPG Promotion FAQ:

If I check in before January 3, 2011, or check out after April 15, 2011, do any of my nights earn a bonus?

Double Starpoints will be earned on the entire stay, as long as the check-in or checkout date falls during the promotion period. The extra 500 Starpoints for Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday night will only qualify during the actual promotion period.

For example: Stay December 31-January 5, you will earn double points (2 bonus points per $1) for Dec 31, Jan 1, and Jan 2, however, you will not earn the 500 bonus points for the weekend nights of Friday Dec 31, Saturday Jan 1 and Sunday Jan 2 nights.

There are about 125 non-participating properties for this promotion.


Loyalty Traveler Analysis

Assume a Friday-Saturday night Sheraton stay spending $125 room rate per night.

  • $250 earns 500 base points + 500 bonus points (double points).
  • Friday and Saturday earn 2 x 500 points for weekend nights.
  • $250 in Starwood spend on a two-night weekend stay earns 1,500 bonus points in addition to 500 base points for $250 hotel spend.

Total Points Earned for $250 spend on two-night weekend stay at a Sheraton Hotel:

  • SPG base member =  500 base points + 1,500 bonus points = 2,000 points.
  • SPG Gold member = 500 base points + 250 elite bonus points + 1,500 promotion bonus points = 2,250 points.
  • SPG Platinum member = 500 base points + 250 elite bonus points + 500 Platinum amenity bonus points + 1,500 promotion bonus points = 2,750 points.

Assume a redemption value of $25 to $35 for Starpoints. This $250 stay earns a rebate value of around $50 to $96 depending on your elite level. Of course, this bonus is far less value for stays Monday through Wednesday without the 500 bonus points  per weekend night.

Bottom Line: I think SPG foretells what to expect this first quarter of 2011. The hotel loyalty industry has announced the end of the recession. Hopefully at least one hotel program will offer a lucrative promotion for early 2011 travel. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Hyatt Gold Passport or Priority Club. 

There are about 125 non-participating properties for this promotion.

Non-Participating Properties:


Sheraton Oran Hotel & Towers 


Sheraton Mar del Plata Hotel



Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour

Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa Gold Coast

Sheraton on the Park

Sheraton Perth Hotel

The Westin Melbourne

The Westin Sydney


Four Points by Sheraton Panoramahaus Dornbirn


Dhaka Sheraton Hotel

The Westin Dhaka


Four Points by Sheraton Macaé


Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel

The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain


Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen

Sheraton Changsha Hotel

Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel

Sheraton Guiyang Hotel

Sheraton Haikou Resort

Sheraton Sanya Resort

Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort

The Westin Guangzhou


Four Points by Sheraton Cali


Le Méridien Montparnasse

The Westin Paris – Vendôme


ArabellaSheraton Alpenhotel

Le Méridien Parkhotel Frankfurt

Le Royal Méridien Hamburg

The Westin Leipzig


Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Elounda

Mystique, Santorini

The Romanos, Costa Navarino

The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino

Vedema Resort, Santorini


Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi

ITC Grand Central, Mumbai

ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad

ITC Maratha, Mumbai

ITC Maurya, New Delhi

ITC Mughal, Agra

ITC Windsor, Bengaluru

Sheraton New Delhi Hotel

Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers, Chennai

Sheraton Rajputana Palace Hotel, Jaipur

The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace


Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda

Hotel Pitrizza, Costa Smeralda

Hotel Romazzino, Costa Smeralda


Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel 

Sheraton Miyako Hotel, Tokyo

The Westin Nagoya Castle

Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers


The Westin Chosun, Busan


Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun


The Westin Auckland Lighter Quay


Le Méridien Al Khobar

Le Méridien Jeddah

Sheraton Dammam Hotel & Towers

Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers


Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel


ArabellaSheraton Hotel Seehof

Hotel President Wilson, Geneva

Sheraton Davos Hotel Waldhuus


Sheraton Damascus Hotel


Aloft Bangkok – Sukhumvit 11 

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket, Panwa


Sheraton Tunis Hotel & Towers


Sheraton Cesme Hotel, Resort and Spa

Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center, Ankara

Sheraton Voyager Antalya Hotel, Resort & Spa

W Istanbul


Grosvenor House, Dubai

Le Méridien Abu Dhabi

Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort

Le Méridien Dubai

Le Méridien Fairway

Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel, Abu Dhabi

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina


The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel


Aloft Chicago O’Hare

Aloft Las Colinas

Aloft Plano

Aloft San Antonio Airport

Aloft Tempe

Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center

Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown

Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor

Four Points by Sheraton Washington D.C. Downtown

Lakeside Terrace Villas, Avon / Vail Valley

Le Parker Méridien New York

Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs

Phoenician Residences, Luxury Collection Residence Club

Sheraton Bradley Airport Hotel

Sheraton Houston West Hotel

Sheraton Mahwah Hotel

Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas, Avon / Vail Valley

Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort

Sheraton Reston Hotel

Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel

Sheraton Steamboat Resort

St. Regis Residence Club, Aspen

The Ballantyne, Charlotte

The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

The St. Regis Aspen Resort

The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort

The Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile

The Westin Annapolis

The Westin Bellevue

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles

The Westin Galleria Houston

The Westin Memphis Beale Street

The Westin Palo Alto

The Westin Reston Heights

The Westin Richmond

The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, Beaver Creek Mountain

The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

The Westin Stonebriar

The Westin Tampa Bay

Vistana’s Beach Club

Walt Disney World Dolphin

Walt Disney World Swan


Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers