With a sexy bonus on Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, it’s definitely worth taking a look at the card. The offer expires on September 3rd, 2013. Now is the best time of year to look at getting this card.
The Starwood Preferred Guest program has been really good to me. Redemption is a piece of cake, the hotels are luxurious, beds are soft, and you feel like a Bad-A walking out of a nice hotel in the morning.
You get 10k miles for the first purchase. Plus an additional 15k once you’ve spent $5000 on the card within the first 6 months.
Hotels in the SPG Family
- Four Points by Sheraton
- W Hotels
- Le Meridien
- St Regis
- Luxury Collection
I’ve camped enough nights in the Starwood properties to get Gold Status this year. Although they don’t usually offer free breakfast or free Internet, they’ve got super soft beds, and they’re really clean.
Redemption of your Starpoints
Starwood Preferred Guest has seven tiers of hotels. The abundance sit within category 3 & 4, but I really find the sweet spot to be in the Category 2. Whenever possible, I recommend you use the category 1 or 2, which will make your points last much longer.
- Category 1 (42) 2000/3000 Points Per Night
- Category 2 (184) 3000/4000 Points Per Night
- Category 3 (307) 7000 Points Per Night
- Category 4 (309) 10,000 Points Per Night
- Category 5 (227) 12,000-16,000 Points Per Night
- Category 6 (68) 20,000-25,000 Points Per Night
- Category 7 (35) 30,000-35,000 Points Per Night
I try to plan vacations based on how many Category 2 hotels are in the area. My Alpine Europe trip in April of last year was really designed around the hotels where I could stay for free.
Other Starwood Redemption Options
Transfer Starpoints to other airlines.
Here are the ones that I think are worth looking at:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Delta Airlines
- US Airways
Your points all transfer 1:1 to these airlines. The only additional thing to consider would be if you transfer in blocks of 20,000 they bonus you an additional 5000 Starpoints. So for every 20,000 airline miles transferred, you’ll get 25,000 with the airliner.
Transferring them to these airlines probably isn’t the best use of the bonus points if you ask me. The hotels are nice enough that you really want to be catching your ZZZ’s at one of their properties instead.
Fifth Night Free
What a great way to vacation for free. Unfortunately this option doesn’t work on the category 1 or 2 hotels, but it’s great for a category 3 or 4. Because I have been diagnosed with Travel ADHD, where I can’t stay in one place for more than 2 nights, this probably isn’t for me.
My wife can attest to the fact that I’m almost always on the move. Even on my “relaxing” vacations.
Nights and Flights
This promotion is also for the traveler who doesn’t have travel ADHD.
With two SPG cards you could score yourself five nights in an incredible category 4 hotel within the USA, and enough miles to make it there. Considering the fact that the limited time bonus is 30,000 (deal expires September 3rd 2013), you could get the card for yourself, and your wife, and theoretically have the 70,000 miles (including the 5k spending requirement on both cards) required for this special offer.
The way that it works is they give you five nights at the hotel and 50,000 airline miles that you can transfer to one of the partners to book your flights.
This promotion saves you 8,000 points for a Category 3 redemption and 10,000 points for a Category 4 redemption.