One of the highest potential value promotion offers of 2016 has been announced by Starwood Preferred Guest. Stay three nights at participating SPG partner Design Hotels between March 16 and May 31, 2016 and earn one free SPG award night for up to SPG category 5 hotels. SPG members can earn two free award nights with this promotion.
I view this SPG offer as a potential discount vacation opportunity to spend six nights at one or two or three Design Hotels and earn two free nights in my SPG account. The cost to earn a free night is about $300 to $400 at several Design Hotels. The potential value of the free night is about $200 to $300 at many SPG category 5 properties worldwide.
Of course, this is an even better deal to SPG free night awards if you can book a Design Hotel through reimbursable business travel.
Main thing to know about the free night offer is your SPG award certificate needs to be used by September 30, 2016. This leaves only four months from last day to earn a free night on May 31 to last night to use free night on September 30. At least that provides a nice discount for summer hotel travel.
What are Design Hotels?
Starwood Hotels launched a partnership with Design Hotels last year as the hotel chain’s 11th brand. This is an interesting and confusing partnership since only 40 hotels of 282 current Design Hotels member properties are part of the SPG partnership.
I think of Design Hotels as being kind of like Preferred Hotels & Resorts, where a specific property might be a member of a couple of different hotel loyalty programs.
A comment on Lucky’s blog yesterday mentioned Skt. Petri Copenhagen as a member of Design Hotels.
I found this interesting since I have stayed at Skt. Petri Copenhagen, Denmark on a few reward nights over the past year, redeeming Choice Privileges points. Skt. Petri is a Nordic Choice Hotels property and also a member of Choice Hotels Ascend Collection. Skt. Petri Copenhagen is one of the 242 Design Hotels worldwide not included in the SPG partnership.
Loyalty Traveler – Skt. Petri Hotel Copenhagen, Nordic Choice Ascend Collection (July 6, 2015).
Where are cheap participating Design Hotels for the SPG promotion?
The first thing to know about this promotion is the limited selection of 40 Design Hotels currently partnering with SPG out of 282 hotel members in Design Hotels.
40 Design Hotels Currently Participate in SPG
New York, New York
Where are cheap Design Hotels for this SPG free night promotion?
Two free nights at an SPG category 5 hotel are equivalent to 24,000 to 32,000 Starpoints. Some of these SPG Category 5 hotels have nightly rates over $300 USD.
After some analysis of participating Design Hotels room rates, Mexico is one of the cheapest places to book a Design Hotels stay for six paid nights to earn two free SPG category 5 award nights. There are participating properties in Mexico with $100 per night room rates. This means $600 for six nights in Mexico can earn two free hotel nights at any SPG category 5 hotel worldwide.
La Purificadora, Puebla Mexico = $104 per night
Nightly rate is $121 after tax or $361.92 for a prepaid, nonrefundable rate.
Maison Couturier San Rafael, Monte Gordo, Mexico = $91 USD
Mon May 2 – Sun May 8 (6 nights) = $105 per night after tax = $630 USD.
I have not examined hotels in Asia. I don’t think I will be in Asia during the promotion period. Please help readers out and leave a comment on this post for low cost Design Hotel rates you find low rates in your searches.
SPG Design Hotels Free Night Offer T&C
DESIGN HOTELS FREE NIGHT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Eligible member must register by May 16, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Members can earn one (1) Free Night Award to be used at participating Starwood hotels and resorts after they book and complete three (3) eligible nights at participating Design Hotels™ between March 16 and May 31, 2016 (the “promotion period”). Members can earn this Award up to two (2) times for up to two (2) Free Night Awards. This promotion is not transferable. Bookings made prior to the promotion period are eligible, but only eligible stays consumed during the promotion period will earn the promotional Award. Eligible nights do not need to be consecutive.
An eligible night is a stay with at least one (1) eligible paid night at any participating Design Hotels™ paying an eligible paid rate during the promotion period. An eligible rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints® in the Starwood Preferred Guest® program. Free Night Awards and Cash & Points Award nights are not eligible toward promotional free night earnings. A listing of SPG®-participating hotels and resorts and a description of eligible stays and eligible rates can be found at spg.com under the program terms and conditions. See Section 2.1 for the complete definition of eligible rates. Certain prepaid rooms where the booking is made through a third party (including but not limited to travelocity.com, expedia.com and booking.com) are not eligible rates and do not earn Starpoints or qualify toward promotional earnings.
Design Hotels™ Free Night Award will be credited to the member’s account within 2–4 weeks of the eligible stay posting to the member’s Starwood Preferred Guest account. Design HotelsTM Free Night Award can be redeemed for any participating Starwood hotel and resort Category 1–5 hotel for a standard room. Design Hotels™ Free Night Award must be redeemed for stays consumed by September 30, 2016. Members should call SPG customer service and mention Award ID D3HFN1–5 to redeem. Award is not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash or Starpoints. Unused Award will be forfeited. Design Hotels™ Free Night Award stay(s) and night(s) will count toward elite earning qualification. Design Hotels™ Free Night Award may be added to existing paid or Award stays. This promotion is not transferable and Free Night award may not be gifted.
This promotion may be combined with other Starpoints or Free Night promotions in market during the same time; however, earnings are exclusive of each other.
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