Vegas.com has been my best friend lately for getting discount rates at Las Vegas hotels through approved best rate guarantee claims. Yesterday, I checked hotel rates on Kayak.com and found a rate discrepancy for SLS Las Vegas, a member of Starwood Hotels Tribute Portfolio. Starwood Hotels had a flexible rate of $87 and Vegas.com had the same room type for $71. I booked the $87 rate on Starwood Hotels and immediately filed a best rate guarantee claim.
Starwood Hotels rate = $129.92 after taxes and resort fees.
Vegas.com $71 flexible cancellation rate for World King = $108.94 after tax and fees.
There was a 39 hour difference in cancellation policies without penalty between Vegas.com’ flexible rate and SPG.com flexible rate.
Vegas.com had a cancellation deadline of 11:59pm Sunday, February 7, while Starwood Hotels cancellation deadline without penalty was 3:00pm, Tuesday February 9, 2016. As I noted in my post yesterday: Testing Starwood Hotels best rate guarantee in Vegas, I have had few BRG claims rejected in 2015 due to differences in cancellation penalty, as long as they are both flexible cancellation at the time the BRG claim is approved.
Within 2.5 hours of submitting my Starwood BRG claim, my claim was approved and the room rate for SLS Las Vegas was reduced to $71.37. My total rate after tax and fees should be $112.42.
While $112 is a fairly low rate for a 4-star hotel in Las Vegas, I would not have booked this hotel without the 2,000 bonus points I’ll receive for the successful Starwood Hotels best rate guarantee claim.
I calculated I would receive a little over 2,500 Starpoints for the $112 hotel stay. That is the combination of the best rate guarantee 2,000 bonus points + double points with SPG’s Take Two promotion (284 points as a non-elite member) + 250 bonus points for SLS Las Vegas with Take Two promotion.
Then, after posting about SLS Las Vegas yesterday, reader Joey Redmond alerted me on Twitter about another SLS Las Vegas promotion.
SLS Las Vegas ‘In the Cards’ Promotion January 28 to April 30, 2016
SLS Las Vegas In the Cards promotion is a chance to win one free night, 500 or 1000 bonus Starpoints or two free Uber rides (up to $25 each).
Unfortunately, all I get when trying to register for this promotion is an error message directing me to call SPG Customer Service. I tried a phone call, but the SPG customer service agent was unable to assist me with the registration issue.
I’ll keep trying this SPG SLS Las Vegas promotion before my stay.
By the way, Vegas.com still shows a rate discrepancy with lower prices for the same rooms at SLS Las Vegas for most dates I have checked. For example Wednesday, February 24 has a $53 flexible cancellation rate on Vegas.com for the Story Tower King Bed priced at $66 on Starwood Hotels websites.
SLS Las Vegas Story Tower King = $66 flexible room rate on SPG.com.
SLS Las Vegas Story Tower King = $53.46 flexible room rate on Vegas.com.
Time to book and file your own Starwood best rate guarantee claims and get a reduced rate plus 2,000 bonus points for your hotel stay.