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For the past couple years, Starwood eliminated peak award pricing. Simply put, peak awards are a way for properties to demand more points for busy travel periods. As a Starwood Platinum, this isn’t good news, because I generally only redeem for Category 5 and 6 properties. Now, during peak times, Category 5 properties will be 16,000 points a night (instead of 12,000), Category 6 are 25,000 (instead of 20,000) and Category 7 are 35,000 (instead of 30,000). Link to a list of properties and their peak dates. These new inflated rates start January 9, 2011, so if you have any upcoming travel, book now to lock in the lower rate.

Per SPG:
“Peak season award dates have been announced at select properties. Check by region, hotel name or Category to learn individual property dates.”

For the past two years, we suspended peak season free night redemption pricing at our Category 5-7 hotels. With the strengthening of the economic climate, our Category 5-7 hotels and resorts had the option of reinstating peak season pricing. Approximately 65% of our hotels in these categories opted to do so. Peak season pricing will be in effect starting January 10, 2011. See below for individual property dates.

Through January 9, 2011, you can redeem your Starpoints® to book free nights at these hotels for the current non-peak Starpoints rate.”

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
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