SPG 2x/3x points registration live for Jan 9-April 8 stays

Starwood Preferred Guest launches its “Better by the Night” 2012-Q1 promotion on January 9 with double points for two night stays and triple points for longer stays through April 8, 2012. There are no bonus points for one night stays. There is no limit to bonus points members may earn with this offer.

Registration is required by March 15, 2012.

Registration confirmation page for SPG 2012 Q-1 promotion.

This promotion is valid for about 70% of Starwood Hotels worldwide with all Asia-Pacific hotels opting out of this offer. About 50 hotels in the USA are not participating, so check the hotel exclusion list carefully when planning your stays so you are not surprised when your $1,000 3-night stay does not earn an anticipated 4,000 extra bonus points with the triple points offer. Germany, Italy and Greece have many nonparticipating Starwood Hotels. Link to hotels excluded from this offer.

Loyalty Traveler Analysis

As a rule of thumb I estimate I will earn 1,000 bonus points from SPG promotions per stay. I am not that impressed by this offer. One night stays earn no promotional bonus points with this offer.

Stay two nights and spend $300 and you earn an extra 600 bonus points with double points.

Spending $1,000 on an extended stay will earn 4,000 bonus points (3x points bonus) with this promotion. That is a decent bonus on a high-priced extended stay, but is not appealing to me as a promotional incentive when I can get two free nights with Marriott Rewards after four stays (under $500) or 10,000+ points on a cheap $180 two-night weekend stay with Hilton HHonors.

Spend-based bonuses like this SPG offer leave minimal opportunity to leverage cheap stays into free nights like the Hilton and Marriott offers for Q1-2012.

SPG has a good offer for free weekend nights at Asia Pacific resorts with Two Days of Happy running through March 15, 2012. This SPG promotion earns one free night after five nights and two free nights after 9 nights when paying with MasterCard. There are over 200 hotels for earning free nights and nearly 90 resorts for redeeming free weekend nights by April 10, 2012. Nights do not need to be consecutive nights at the hotels. Five one-night stays at participating Starwood hotels will earn one free weekend night.

Fine Print Nuances for this Offer

Starwood’s FAQ for this promotion has an interesting term regarding a stay that includes a reward night on points or Cash & Points night combined with paid nights.

If part of my stay has an Award Night or a night using Cash & Points, will my stay qualify?

Free Night Awards and Cash & Points are not Starpoints-eligible rates. Even if part of the stay is Award and part is paid, the member will not receive bonus credits for any part of the stay.

You do not want to include a reward night within a paid consecutive nights stay at a Starwood Hotel during this promotion. For example, if you booka 5th night free reward from Sunday-Thursday followed by two paid nights on Friday and Saturday, then you will not receive double points for the Friday and Saturday night portion of the stay stay since these paid nights are part of the same 7-night stay as the 5th night free reward.

Other fine print:

  • Bonus points will be earned for a Starwood Hotel stay started before January 9 if guest checks out after January 9. Double or triple points will be earned for entire stay. The same principle applies for stays having arrival date before April 8 and check-out after April 8. Double or triple points will apply to entire stay.
  • Members who register by March 15, 2012 will receive retroactive credit for all eligible stays during the promotion period completed prior to registration.
  • Members may receive double or triple points for up to two rooms as long as SPG member is one of the guests.
  • Third night free and other extended stay rate discounts count all nights for this promotion according to Starwood Lurker on FlyerTalk since revenue is divided up between all nights.

Calculating Double and Triple Starpoints

  • SPG members earn 2 Starpoints per US$1 as the base rate for earning Starpoints.
  • Double Starpoints = 2 bonus points per US$1 total earning rate.
  • Triple Starpoints = 4 bonus points per $1 total earning rate.
  • SPG Gold and Platinum elite members earn 1 bonus Starpoint per $1. Elite member bonus is one additional point per $1 on top of the 2x/3x rate.
  • SPG American Express cardmembers earn an additional 2 bonus points per US$1 if Starwood Hotel stay is paid using SPG AmEx card.

Excluded Hotels for SPG Better by the Night promotion

(Once again there are no city/state identifiers for hotels. As if it isn’t bad enough to have a large list of excluded hotels for a hotel loyalty promotion, the hotel loyalty programs expect SPG members to know the hotels by name and deduce the geographic location on your own!)


  • Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne
  • Aloft Frisco
  • Aloft Las Colinas
  • Aloft Milwaukee Downtown
  • Aloft Phoenix-Airport
  • Aloft Plano
  • Cove Haven Resort
  • Four Points by Sheraton Destin Fort Walton Beach
  • Four Points by Sheraton Charlotte-Pineville
  • Four Points by Sheraton Jacksonville Beach
  • Four Points by Sheraton Louisville Airport
  • Four Points by Sheraton Newark
  • Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside
  • Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
  • Four Points by Sheraton Norwalk
  • Four Points by Sheraton San Jose
  • Lakeside Terrace Villas, Avon / Vail Valley
  • Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs
  • Paradise Stream Resort
  • Pocono Palace Resort
  • Sheraton Bellevue
  • Sheraton Grand Sacramento
  • Sheraton Mahwah Hotel
  • Sheraton Metairie – New Orleans Hotel
  • Sheraton Reston Hotel
  • Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
  • Sheraton Suites Key West
  • SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
  • Sunset Key Guest Cottages
  • The St. Regis Deer Valley
  • The St. Regis Atlanta
  • The Westin Bellevue
  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
  • The Westin Edina Galleria
  • The Westin Galleria Houston
  • The Westin Houston, Memorial City
  • The Westin Imagine Orlando
  • The Westin Key West Resort Marina
  • The Westin Los Angeles Airport
  • The Westin Reston Heights
  • The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas
  • The Westin South Coast Plaza
  • The Westin Tampa Harbour Island
  • Vistana’s Beach Club
  • W San Diego
  • W Silicon Valley
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
  • Walt Disney World Swan


  • Le Méridien Oran Hotel & Conference Center
  • Sheraton Oran


  • Sheraton Mar del Plata


  • Four Points by Sheraton Geelong
  • Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour
  • Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort
  • Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa Gold Coast
  • Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton on the Park
  • The Westin Melbourne
  • The Westin Sydney


  • Schloss Fuschl, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Fuschlsee-Salzburg
  • Sheraton Fuschlsee Salzburg Hotel Jagdhof


  • The Westin Dhaka


  • Sheraton Barra
  • Four Points Curitiba


  • Le Méridien Angkor


  • Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon
  • Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton Gateway
  • Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton West


  • Le Méridien Chari


  • Sheraton Miramar


  • Aloft Beijing, Haidian
  • Aloft Haiyang
  • Aloft Nanhai, Foshan
  • Aloft Yancheng
  • Aloft Zhengzhou Shangjie
  • Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Haidian Hotel and Serviced Apartments
  • Four Points by Sheraton Guangzhou, Dongpu
  • Four Points by Sheraton Hainan, Sanya – Opening March 31, 2012
  • Four Points by Sheraton Hangzhou, Binjiang
  • Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa
  • Four Points by Sheraton Lianyungang
  • Four Points by Sheraton Qingdao, Chengyang
  • Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Daning
  • Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Pudong
  • Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
  • Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort – Opening January 1, 2012
  • Four Points by Sheraton Suzhou
  • Four Points by Sheraton Tai’an
  • Four Points by Sheraton Taicang
  • Four Points by Sheraton Yangzhou, Hanjiang – Opening March 31, 2012
  • Le Méridien Chongqing, Nan’an
  • Le Méridien Cyberport
  • Le Méridien Qingdao
  • Le Méridien She Shan Shanghai
  • Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa
  • Le Méridien Xiamen
  • Le Royal Méridien Shanghai
  • Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel
  • Sheraton Changsha Hotel
  • Sheraton Changzhou Wujin Hotel
  • Sheraton Changzhou Xinbei Hotel
  • Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel
  • Sheraton Chongqing Hotel
  • Sheraton Dameisha Resort, Shenzhen
  • Sheraton Daqing Hotel
  • Sheraton Dongguan Hotel
  • Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel
  • Sheraton Guangzhou Huadu Resort
  • Sheraton Guilin Hotel
  • Sheraton Guiyang Hotel
  • Sheraton Haikou Resort
  • Sheraton Hangzhou Wetland Park Resort
  • Sheraton Hohhot Hotel
  • Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
  • Sheraton Huizhou Beach Resort
  • Sheraton Jiangyin Hotel
  • Sheraton Jinan Hotel
  • Sheraton Jinzhou Hotel
  • Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort
  • Sheraton Nanchang Hotel
  • Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel & Towers
  • Sheraton Nanning Hotel
  • Sheraton Ningbo Hotel
  • Sheraton Qiandao Lake Resort
  • Sheraton Qingyuan Lion Lake Resort – Opening January 1, 2012
  • Sheraton Sanya Haitang Bay Resort – Opening February 18, 2012
  • Sheraton Sanya Resort
  • Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
  • Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel
  • Sheraton Shanghai Pudong Hotel & Residences
  • Sheraton Shenyang Lido Hotel
  • Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel
  • Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort
  • Sheraton Shunde Hotel
  • Sheraton Tianjin Binhai Hotel
  • Sheraton Tianjin Hotel
  • Sheraton Urumqi Hotel
  • Sheraton Wenzhou Hotel
  • Sheraton Wuxi Binhu Hotel
  • Sheraton Xiamen Hotel
  • Sheraton Xian Hotel
  • Sheraton Xian North City Hotel
  • Sheraton Yantai Golden Beach Resort – Opening February 20, 2012
  • Sheraton Zhenjiang Hotel
  • Sheraton Zhongshan Hotel
  • Sheraton Zhoushan Hotel
  • The Astor Hotel, Tianjin The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
  • The Royal Begonia, Sanya – Opening February 18, 2012
  • The St. Regis Beijing
  • The St. Regis Lhasa Resort
  • The St. Regis Nanjing
  • The St. Regis Shanghai
  • The St. Regis Shenzhen
  • The St. Regis Tianjin
  • The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
  • The Westin Beijing Financial Street
  • The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai
  • The Westin Changbaishan Resort – Opening April 30, 2012
  • The Westin Fuzhou Minjiang
  • The Westin Guangzhou
  • The Westin Hefei Baohe
  • The Westin Nanjing
  • The Westin Ningbo – Opening January 1, 2012
  • The Westin Pazhou
  • The Westin Resort, Macau
  • The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan
  • The Westin Tianjin
  • The Westin Wuhan Wuchang
  • The Westin Xiamen – Opening February 23, 2012
  • The Westin Xian
  • W Hong Kong


  • Four Points Cali
  • Four Points Medellin


  • Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino


  • Sheraton Presidente San Salvador


  • Sheraton Denarau Villas
  • Sheraton Fiji Resort
  • The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji


  • Prince de Galles, Paris


  • Four Points by Sheraton Muenchen Olympiapark
  • Four Points by Sheraton Muenchen Central
  • Four Points by Sheraton Brauneck
  • Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuernberg
  • Dom Hotel
  • Le Méridien Parkhotel Frankfurt
  • Le Méridien Munich
  • Le Méridien Stuttgart
  • Sheraton Frankfurt Congress Hotel
  • Sheraton Offenbach Hotel
  • Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel
  • Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel
  • Sheraton Munich Airport Hotel
  • Arabella Sheraton Alpenhotel
  • Sheraton Essen Hotel
  • Sheraton Hanover Pelikan Hotel
  • The Westin Grand Frankfurt
  • The Westin Grand Munich
  • The Westin Grand Hotel Berlin
  • The Westin Bellevue Dresden


  • Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens
  • Vedema Resort
  • Blue Palace Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
  • Mystique, Santorini
  • The Romanos, Costa Navarino
  • Santa Marina Resort & Villas, Mykonos
  • Sheraton Rhodes Resort
  • The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino


  • Le Méridien Budapest


  • Aloft Ahmedabad, SG Road – Opening February 1, 2012
  • Aloft Bengaluru Whitefield
  • Aloft Chandigarh Zirakpur – Opening February 1, 2012
  • Aloft Chennai, OMR – IT Expressway
  • Aloft Coimbatore Singanallur
  • Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Pune
  • Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square
  • Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi
  • Four Points by Sheraton Visakhapatnam
  • ITC Grand Central, Mumbai
  • ITC Grand Chola, Chennai – Opening February 1, 2012
  • ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad
  • ITC Maratha, Mumbai
  • ITC Maurya, New Delhi
  • ITC Mughal, Agra
  • ITC Rajputana, Jaipur
  • ITC Royal Gardenia, Bengaluru
  • ITC Sonar, Kolkata
  • ITC Windsor, Bengaluru
  • Le Méridien Ahmedabad
  • Le Méridien Bangalore
  • Le Méridien Coimbatore
  • Le Méridien Jaipur
  • Le Méridien Kochi
  • Le Méridien New Delhi
  • Le Méridien Pune
  • Le Royal Méridien Chennai
  • Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
  • Sheraton New Delhi Hotel
  • Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers, Chennai
  • Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa
  • The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi
  • The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace
  • The Westin Mumbai Garden City
  • The Westin Pune Koregaon Park
  • The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa


  • The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali
  • Keraton at The Plaza, Jakarta – Opening February 15, 2012
  • Le Méridien Jakarta
  • Sheraton Bandara Hotel
  • Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers
  • Sheraton Lampung Hotel
  • Sheraton Media Hotel & Towers
  • Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
  • Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
  • Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers
  • The St. Regis Bali Resort
  • The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
  • W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak


  • Sheraton Athlone Hotel


  • Gritti Palace
  • Hotel Pitrizza, Costa Smeralda
  • Hotel Romazzino, Costa Smeralda
  • Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda
  • Sheraton Diana Majestic
  • The Westin Palace Milan


  • Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers
  • Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort
  • Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel
  • Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel
  • Sheraton Miyako Hotel, Osaka
  • Sheraton Sapporo Hotel
  • The St. Regis Osaka
  • The Westin Awaji Island Resort and Conference Center
  • The Westin Miyako, Kyoto
  • The Westin Nagoya Castle
  • The Westin Osaka
  • The Westin Sendai
  • Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers


  • Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel & Towers


  • Four Points by Sheraton Bhamdoun
  • Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun


  • Le Méridien Vilnius


  • Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu
  • Four Points by Sheraton Kuching
  • Four Points by Sheraton Langkawi Resort
  • Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
  • Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel
  • Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort
  • The Andaman, Langkawi
  • The Westin Kuala Lumpur
  • The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa


  • Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
  • W Retreat & Spa – Maldives


  • The Grand Mauritian Resort & Spa


  • Sheraton Ambassador Monterrey


  • Le Méridien Ile des Pins
  • Le Méridien Nouméa


  • Sheraton Lagos Hotel


  • Sheraton Oman Hotel


  • Sheraton Karachi Hotel


  • Le Méridien Moscow Country Club


  • Le Méridien Jeddah
  • Sheraton Jeddah Hotel
  • Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers
  • Sheraton Dammam Hotel & Towers
  • The Westin Jeddah


  • Sheraton Towers Singapore
  • The St. Regis Singapore


  • Sheraton Grande Walkerhill
  • Sheraton Incheon Hotel
  • Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel
  • The Westin Chosun, Busan
  • The Westin Chosun, Seoul
  • W Seoul – Walkerhill


  • Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian
  • Castillo Hotel Son Vida, Palma de Mallorca
  • Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville
  • Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel
  • Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa
  • St. Regis Mardavall, Mallorca


  • Hotel President Wilson


  • Le Méridien Lattakia
  • Sheraton Aleppo Hotel
  • Sheraton Ma’aret Sednaya Hotel & Resort
  • Sheraton Damascus Hotel


  • Four Points by Sheraton Chung Ho, Taipei
  • Le Méridien Taipei
  • Sheraton Hsinchu Hotel, Taiwan
  • Sheraton Taipei Hotel
  • The Westin Taipei
  • W Taipei


  • Aloft Bangkok
  • Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15
  • Le Méridien Bangkok
  • Le Méridien Chiang Mai
  • Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand
  • Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort
  • Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa
  • Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort
  • Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Golf Resort & Spa
  • Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel
  • Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
  • Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok
  • Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort
  • Sheraton Pattaya Resort
  • The Naka Island, Phuket
  • The St. Regis Bangkok
  • The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok
  • The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket
  • W Retreat Koh Samui


  • Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler
  • Sheraton Ankara Hotel and Convention Center
  • Lugal, A Luxury Collection Hotel Ankara
  • Sheraton Cesme


  • Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Le Méridien Dubai
  • Le Méridien Fairway
  • Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  • Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
  • Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort
  • Grosvenor House
  • Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers
  • The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
  • The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina


  • The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel


  • Sheraton Colonia


  • Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
  • Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa
  • Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers


  • Sheraton Sana’a Hotel




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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  1. […] *** Starwood Preferred Guest – Better by the Night – January 9-April 8, 2012 offers double points (2 bonus points/$1) for two night stays and triple points (4 bonus points/$1) for three night and longer stays in addition to the 2 base points/$1 normally earned. LT post Jan 9, 2012. […]

  2. […] *** Starwood Preferred Guest – Better by the Night – January 9-April 8, 2012 offers double points (2 bonus points/$1) for two night stays and triple points (4 bonus points/$1) for three night and longer stays in addition to the 2 base points/$1 normally earned. LT post Jan 9, 2012. […]


  1. Strange that nearly all properties in Germany, Thailand (and China?) are on the excluded list… Just an observation…

  2. I read your column daily, I actually live out of hotels as a leisure traveller. Actually 4th quarter 2011 was the same promotion, and I followed your advice and made sure to check in by the 18th at a property, and though the Starwood customer service people do not seem to know the rules, I did get credit for my stay from Dec. 18 (last day of promotion) to January 5, when I checked out. I am also now at the same property using points. My question is, if I would have not checked out on January 5 and decided to continue paying for my stay through, for example, January 30, would I have gotten “double credit” for both the 4th quarter and 1st quarter promotions or just one or the other so it did not matter? I am out of the country most of the year for several years now, and am also thinking of writing a blog, finding a niche for my lifestyle, but I will wait until I am back in the States in March to delve more into the possibility, as I could use some income in my old age :>} Getting really hard to stay at nice places and live out of a suitcase, with my suitcases scattered in 4 different countries.

  3. Ric,

    I’ve got three separate nights at LAX coming up.

    I can do the Radisson promo just announced as a gold elite I should get 22000 points a night, no? Room rate is around $110.


    I can do three separate stays at the Sheraton Gateway and get three stays in towards getting gold again (I’m currently gold) Current rate is around $110.


    I can do one night at Westin and two nights at Sheraton, get two stays and get the double night promotion.

    The Radisson is appealing because I should be able to get enought to redeem for one night at RAdisson Blu europes which are very nice and expensive.


  4. Radisson = 60 points/$1 (3x points) + 10 points/$1 as Gold.

    7,700 points per night so 23,100 points total for three nights. 3 stays x 2,000 points per stay = 6,000 points.

    29,100 for 3 separate nights with Radisson.

    Confused on the SPG part since you said three separate nights, but then you are stating getting the two night bonus.

    SPG 2x points = 5 points per $1 total with double points and Gold elite bonus. $220 = 1,100 points.

    I think Club Carlson is the better promotional deal, but I personally like the Westin LAX as a nice hotel. Sheraton is a good hotel too, but tends to be really crowded with conferences. I haven’t stayed at Radisson LAX in 20 years.

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