The conversation. Register for 2,015 points on Starwood Hotel stay by Dec 31, 2015.

The SPG social network has a 2015 Bonus from the Starwood Lurkers and SPG Champions. Earn 2,015 bonus Starpoints on a Starwood Hotel stay by December 31, 2015. You need to register for this promotion at

SPG 2500 points Dec Insider

The actual Starwood Preferred Guest promotion is called in the text link of the promotion Terms & Conditions.

Do I ever get the feeling I am being manipulated?

This new promotion deal was posted yesterday afternoon on

SPG 2500 W.R.Sanders-Flyertalk

Then on by William R. Sanders, official SPG corporate representative to these two travel forums.

SPG 2500 Dec InsideFlyer

To show our appreciation for your conversation throughout 2015, we’re pleased to share an offer of 2,015 bonus Starpoints that we hope you can take advantage of!

To qualify:
• Book your next stay direct with SPG through the app or on
• Stay by December 31, 2015
• Get 2,015 Starpoints deposited in your account!

It doesn’t matter when you book (bookings made prior to today are eligible), it just matters where you book.
Just go to to register, and feel free to share with your friends and fellow travelers!

Best regards,
William R. Sanders
Social Media Specialist
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide


Stack and Rack up the StarPoints

SPG Stay for More 2x Starpoints + 500 for extended stay Oct 1-Dec 20, 2015.

The 2,015 bonus points for a December Starwood Hotel stay can be earned concurrently with the current SPG double Starpoints promotion for stays through December 20, 2015. Promotion registration required by December 6.

Loyalty TravelerSPG Stay for More 2x Starpoints + 500 for extended stay October 1 – December 20, 2015.  Earn double points (4 points/$1) on two night stays and an additional 500 points for stays of 3 or more nights. There are a large number of hotels opting out of this global promotion, around 10% of Starwood Hotels.

Pre-Millennial Lurker in The Conversation

December 2015 has me thinking about how social media changed over the past 16 to 17 years through my experience.

William R. Sanders, the name I associate most with Starwood Lurker on FlyerTalk, has a member registration date of Nov 2000. My own FlyerTalk membership date is Sunday, November 21, 1999. Yet, I know I had been a pre-millennial lurker on FlyerTalk for several months from earlier that summer of 1999. As a school teacher at the time, my flight to Vancouver, British Columbia for my first mileage run happened that same Thanksgiving 1999 week I finally registered as a member of FlyerTalk.

I’d been on FlyerTalk long enough to learn how to plan a 10+ flight segment itinerary visiting Canada, UK, Netherlands and Spain during an end-of-year Oneworld Alliance promotion scheme to earn 400,000 frequent flyer miles. I had been a lurker on FlyerTalk long enough to know about not crediting flights to any frequent flyer program and submitting different boarding pass stubs for retroactive credit in multiple frequent flyer programs.  I had been a lurker on FlyerTalk long enough to learn about airlines and routes totally unfamiliar to me as two and three letter acronym coded ticketing language one year before and book multi-segment flight itineraries with Oneworld Airlines including American, British Airways, Canadian Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Iberia. About $2,000 for five airline tickets for each of us allowed us to qualify for 100,000 miles each in two different programs. The acquisition of Canadian Airlines by Air Canada made me panic and submit my boarding passes to American Airlines AAdvantage for only 50,000 miles rather than 100K with Canadian Airlines. Turned out I would have turned 100,000 Canadian Air miles into 100,000 Star Alliance miles in 2000 if In Air Canada I had Trust. In the end, we earned around 325,000 frequent flyer miles in American Airlines AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club from that 1999 end of the millennium mileage runs.

My 1999 Starwood Hotels Connection to the Oneworld Promotion

Our 1999 Oneworld Thanksgiving trip to Vancouver was also my first hotel hopping trip for hotel points bonuses. There was an SPG promotion for 7,500 bonus Starpoints after three stays. We stayed at Starwood Hotels in Vancouver and earned 7,500 bonus points.

Funny thing is I have that same offer from SPG currently, in addition to 2,015 points and double points. I think I better book some Starwood Hotel stays for December.

The Social Conversation

William R. Sanders is one of those web voices who answered a lot of questions about Starwood Hotels and Starwood Preferred Guest in his nearly 30,000 posts on FlyerTalk over the past 16 years. I think of William as one of the good guys in loyalty.

These days there are far more ways for far more people to access corporate representatives through social media than FlyerTalk. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and such. The conversation is always on as we count down the days to the year 2016.

The conversation is still one of the most difficult areas to manage in frequent flyer and hotel programs. We don’t know what is going to become of Starwood Preferred Guest in 2016 with the Marriott International acquisition. But we do know Starwood Preferred Guest is finishing 2015 in style, regardless of what transpires in 2016.

Just as SPG members have come to expect from this hotel loyalty program.


2015 Bonus Points December Offer Terms and Conditions

REGISTRATION: SPG® members must register online at by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) by December 31, 2015. Registered members can earn 2,015 bonus Starpoints® for one eligible consumed stay between November 30, 2015 and December 31, 2015 (the “Promotion Period”) at all participating Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

EARNING: Registered members will earn 2,015 Starpoints on one eligible consumed stay booked through Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ digital channels.  Offer is eligible with other Starpoints promotions; however, each offer will award bonus Starpoints independently of each other, and offers are not combinable.

BONUSING: Bonus Starpoints will post to the registered member’s account within two to four weeks after December 31, 2015.

ELIGIBLE STAYS: An Eligible Stay is defined as any stay that is booked through a Starwood Website or an SPG App and on an Eligible 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. An Eligible Rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. A description of SPG-participating hotels and resorts and of Eligible Stays and Eligible Rates can be found at under Terms & Conditions of the SPG Program. See Section 1.4 b iii for the complete definition of Eligible Rates. Note that certain room reservations — e.g., when the booking is made through a third party, including but not limited to,,  and — are not considered Eligible Rates and do not earn Starpoints or qualify for promotional earnings.

A “Starwood Website” is a website operated by or on behalf of Starwood or an SPG Participating Hotel which are currently,,,,,,,,,, and An ”SPG App” is a downloadable application operated by or on behalf of Starwood in connection with the SPG Program including, without limitation, the iPhone and Android versions thereof.

QUALIFICATIONS AND STARWOOD TERMS: All promotions are subject to the Starwood Preferred Guest program terms and conditions, which are subject to change without notice and can be found at Offer is applicable to individual members only and not to groups. Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors. Starwood reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time. To update your communication preferences or learn about our privacy practices, view our Privacy Statement on, or access our privacy information line by calling 1-877-782-0071 in the U.S. and Canada or +353-21-4930474 in all other countries.

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 in 2008.

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