Starwood Preferred Guest launches a new free night after every three stays promotion beginning May 1. The terms and conditions of the next major Starwood hotels promotion leaked out to the public yesterday, before the promotion was officially announced.
Update April 15, 12:30pm California time: Links are now live.
- SPG Getaway Free Registration link
- Participating Resorts for Free Night Redemption
- SPG Getaway Free Promotion FAQ
Update April 15, 9:30am Monterey time:
Starwood Lurker, the official Starwood Hotels representative to FlyerTalk just formally announced the new promotion on FlyerTalk about 30 minutes after I posted the original piece. The original piece has been edited to include more recent promotion information.
SPG Getaway Free
My apologies for all the rumors and speculation over the past few weeks. But, I can officially announce that the next SPG promotion will be SPG Getaway Free. Between May 1 and July 31, 2011, registered members will earn 1 Free Resort Night Award for every 3 stays at any of the more than 1000 Starwood hotels and resorts that participate in the SPG program. Free Night Awards can be redeemed at over 200 resorts worldwide any day of the week through December 21, 2011. There are no limits to the number of awards you can earn, plus awards are combinable for a long stay, and there are no blackout dates.
The registration site will open later today at spg.com/getawayfree and a full list of resorts available for redemption can be found at spg.com/getawayfree/resorts later today as well. All category 1-6 resorts with standard rooms are included, plus the category 7 St Regis Punta Mita, Mexico.
Registration will run from today through June 30.
William R. Sanders
Social Media Specialist
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
The official promotion announcement is also posted on Milepoint.com by William Sanders who posts as “SPG Champion”.
[original Loyalty Traveler post below]
Starwood Resorts Get Away Free Promotion Summary:
- Stay three times between May 1 – July 31, 2011.
- Earn one free night redeemable at participating Starwood Resorts (about 200 hotels worldwide).
- There is no earning limit for free nights during the promotion period.
- Free nights may be redeemed from May 6 to December 21, 2011.
- Register for this promotion by June 30, 2011.
“Get Away Free” offers SPG members one free night at any of 200 Starwood Resorts after every three hotel stays at Starwood properties systemwide.
The list of excluded properties for earning and burning are not yet known, but fairly safe to assume the category 7 properties will not be included in free night redemption. Hopefully SPG includes category 6 hotels as redemption choices in this offer. The terms and conditions provide a link to the 200 Starwood Resort properties, however, that link is not live at this time.
Here are the terms and conditions as posted on a W Hotels webpage:
REGISTRATION AND EARNING: Member must register online at SPG.com/getawayfree by June 30, 2011, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. For every three (3) eligible stays at any hotel or resort that participates in the SPG® program between May 1, 2011, and July 31, 2011, the member will earn one (1) Free Resort Night Award to be redeemed at any of 200 resorts worldwide. A list of resorts available for Award redemption can be found at SPG.com/getawayfree/resorts. A list of non-SPG participating hotels can be found at SPG.com/t&c under section 5.1.
ELIGIBLE STAY: An eligible stay toward earning a Free Resort Night Award is defined as one or more consecutive nights within the earning dates at any of the more than 1,000 hotels and resorts that participate in the SPG program, at a qualifying rate in the same hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or checkouts that occur and post to the member’s Starwood Preferred Guest® account. Multiple rooms charged to the same member during the same stay will only count as one stay. SPG participating hotels and resorts and a description of qualifying rates can be found at SPG.com/t&c under program terms and conditions. See Section 4B.4 for the complete definition of Eligible Rates, but note that certain prepaid rooms where the booking is made through a third party (including but not limited to travelocity.com, expedia.com and orbitz.com) are not Eligible Rates and do not earn Starpoints® or qualify toward Award Night earnings.
AWARD: Each Free Resort Night Award must be redeemed by calling the Customer Call Center and mentioning Award ID 3FRN. An earned Free Resort Night Award can be redeemed for a future stay in a standard room at over 200 Starwood resorts between May 6, 2011, and December 21, 2011, for any night of the week. A list of resorts available for award redemption can be found at SPG.com/getawayfree/resorts.
There are no limits to how many Free Resort Night Awards can be earned, and they may be used on consecutive nights for one single or double occupancy standard room only, including the cost of the hotel room and room tax. Free Resort Night Awards are not transferable, even among members of the same household, and may not be given as a gift. However, a member may use two or more Free Resort Night Awards on the same night for additional rooms as long as all rooms are under the member’s name and the member stays in one of the rooms and pays for all the rooms. Free Resort Night Awards are subject to room availability. Free Resort Night Awards will be credited to the member’s account within 3–5 days of every third stay posting to the member’s Starwood Preferred Guest account. Free Resort Night Awards have no cash value and are provided as part of the SPG hotel loyalty program. No credit will be issued for any unused awards.
FlyerTalk: SPG Stay 3, Getaway Free.
DealWeLike.com posted on this SPG promotion yesterday, April 14: Speculation on Starwood (SPG) Next Promotion.
I will provide promotion analysis in a post next week. A free night at SPG Category 7 St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is like a 10,000 points per stay bonus when a free night saves 30,000 Starpoints. WOW!