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In a move to incentivize their loyal members to stay at their cheapest properties, Starwood is running a promotion where each stay at an Aloft, Element or Four Points by Sheraton will count double towards your elite qualification. So 13 stays at an Aloft will get you to Platinum status (which is normally 25 stays). Considering they are also running a double/triple miles promotion, it could make sense to do some mattress runs at cheap properties.
If you’ve never done a mattress run, its when you find the absolute cheapest hotel and book a night solely for the points/ elite status. For example, if you have 4 stays away from hitting Platinum status and you have no more travel planned, you could book 4 nights at a local Four Points, at $60 a night. That $240 in spend will get you Platinum status for and additional 12 months. Not bad considering Platinum status with Starwood gets you suite upgrades, 3 Starpoints per dollar, a 250/500 point amenity for every stay and free internet (among others). You’d also get anywhere from 1-3,000 points for the $240 in stays, as well as some nice toiletries to take home.
Earn elite status twice as fast with the new Nights Count Double promotion:
-Every eligible night stayed at AloftSM, ElementSM and Four Points® by Sheraton hotels through December 31, 2010, counts double toward elite status.
-Earn your double nights across more than 200 Aloft, Element and Four Points hotels globally.
-To be eligible, register by December 31, 2010.
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