Starwood Preferred Guest annual hotel category adjustments go into effect March 1, 2011. There are 93 hotels moving down in reward night category level and 84 hotels moving up.
You have until February 28 to book stays over the next year at the lower category rate for hotels moving up on March 1.
This post will not include an analysis of changes except to note that nearly all the changes affecting a little over 60 U.S. properties are in the downward direction. Hawaii and Colorado resorts are going up.
Many of the changes internationally appear due to currency exchange rates. Australia has moved to parity with the U.S. dollar over the past year and the result is a category increase in many Australia Starwood Hotels.
The population of Category 1 Starwood Hotels outside of North America is dropping from 20 hotels to 13 for 2011 with 9 properties rising from category 1 to category 2 and 2 hotels dropping to category 1. The list of category 1 hotels in the U.S. drops from 11 to 9 properties. The lowest hotel reward category has dwindled to less than 2% of Starwood Hotels gloablly.
Here are the Starwood Category changes organized by country, state and city.