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Starwood Announces Fall Triple Points Promotion

by on August 26, 2011 · 17 comments

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Starwood announced today that they will be offering triple points on every stay from September 6 through December 18, 2011 as long as your stay encompasses a Sunday or Thursday night. I would have liked this promo if it didn’t have the silly Sunday/Thursday requirement, because as a business and leisure traveler, sometimes I have short mid-week stays or simple weekend stays. I guess they want to add incentive to stay earlier or later for weekend stays, but that’s just not feasible for me most of the time or many consultants who travel Monday-Thursday and spending an extra night on the road is not worth missing a night with family or friends.

However, you do earn double Starpoints on all other stays

Registration link (not up yet)

Overall, this is a decent promo which should work well for some, but terribly for others. It won’t make me go out of my way to stay at Starwood properties, but it’s better than nothing.

I personally like Hyatt’s new 5,000 point promotion better because it doesn’t discriminate against what night of the week you stay and I like flexible promotions.

What are your thoughts?

Hat tip The Hustle Blog!

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  • Anonymous

    Looks like you can earn double points on stays that DON’T include the Sunday/Thursday. Not ideal, but still worth registering for. The “non-participating” list of properties looks nice & long though.

  • http://infamousdx.com infamousdx

    Definitely agree on the Hyatt because the more flexible of these 2 “just OK” promotions. I’m more invested in SPG so I’ll probably tailor my leisure weekend stays there. I almost always do Thurs-Sun or Fri-Mon runs so this promo is going to be perfect for me.

    Thanks for the shout out, Brian!

  • davep

    I already have reservations at the Westin Annapolis in October, which is not on the non-participating list. Will this work for pre-existing reservations?

  • Alex

    I’m sorry this is a major fail on SPG’s part. Hyatt’s is much more suitable for the majority of travelers or even mattress runners. Hoping Hilton comes out with something..

  • WillWork4Points

    TPG, would you mind clarifying how the triple/double points would work if I’m a gold status member and I use my SPG AMEX? I think I’m already getting 5 points per dollar spent on SPG properties, so would that mean I would be getting 15 points per dollar spent, or do they only triple/double the points earned based on your status (i.e. preferred/gold/platinum)? Thanks for your time!

  • Cory

    It will work for 2 of my planned trips. Might not have spent as much on a hotel as I will now, but it should be worth it if I get triple points plus a gold bonus.

  • Phil

    You only get double or trip the base earning amount, not your elite bonus or credit card bonus.

  • Phil

    Thursday and Sundays are pretty easy to understand – these are the two quietest nights of the week in the hotel biz. So they are trying to lure people in on the quiet nights by offering another multiplier on the whole award

    However the list of non-participating is longer than a giraffe’s neck. Hyatt’s 3k – awesomely underwhelming as it is – appears better. At least now I won’t feel I am missing out on anything if I redirect hotel stays to US Air for the Grand Slam promo

  • Anonymous

    I actually like it. Travel tends to be cheaper on Saturday instead of Sunday. so coming in Thursday and leaving Saturday works for me :D

  • http://infamousdx.com infamousdx

    Man that’s a long list of non-participating hotels, but luckily my 2 planned properties are not on the list. There are definitely numbers to be crunched to see if Hyatt properties & their promo would be more ‘profitable’

  • LIH Prem

    My two regular properties (Sheraton Palo Alto and the W “motel 6″ Silicon Valley are non-participants, and the Sunday/Thurs rule means that for the most part I would only get credit for a 1 night stay on Thurs night, since I hotel hop for status.

    I don’t usually say this, because I appreciate all promos, but at least from my limited perspective, this one is pretty lame.

    -David

  • PJ

    I got 40,000 hilton points on signup bonus with 1000 spend without the elite class , how good are those 40K points ? thinking of doubling up on Hilton AMex card with ezier 500 Spend

    I assume it was a no brainer to hop on last 30K Starwood points promotion . I did pay 2.75 % surcharge on property to get the SPEND over with since I have family AMEX spends to fill including $4000 on new CIti AA Amex

  • Ashley

    I dont have any issues with the Sunday/Thursday night requirement but everyone needs to check out the properties that it is not applicable at. The lsit is really long and encompasses all 3 starwood properties that i will be staying at during the promotion period.

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