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SPG’s Summer “Nice Choice” Promo Details Officially Announced

by on May 1, 2012 · 30 comments

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Back in April I wrote about Starwood’s forthcoming “Nice Choice” promotion, which starts today and runs through September 30, 2012, I posted about leaked details, but now they’ve been officially announced now, so here’s what you can expect (and earn) this time around. Also, if you haven’t done so already, register your SPG number for the promotion at this SPG page by June 30, 2012.

SPG Nice Choice

You must choose an earning period from the following (you can only choose one):

Period 1: May 1-July 31
Period 2: June 1-August 31
Period 3: July 1-September 30

Next, you choose the type of bonus you want to earn from the following and which option within each of those categories, and again, you can only choose one of each:

Starpoints
-Earn double Starpoints beginning with your second stay, no limits.
-Every 6 paid nights (they don’t have to be consecutive), get 3,000 Starpoints up to a max of 9,000
-Earn 500 bonus Starpoints per eligible paid night at Sheratons worldwide (no limits). Online bookings only.
-Stay 15 nights, get triple Starpoints on all stays retroactively. No limits.

Free Night and Redemption Awards
-Stay 10 nights get 1 free weekend night at a Category 1-5 property, maximum 2 award nights.
-Stay 20 nights and get 25% off a free night redemption at a Category 1-5 property for up to a 5-night stay, maximum 2 awards.

Merchandise Discounts
-Stay 4 nights, get a $50 SPG award certificate, maximum 3 certificates.
-Stay 4 nights, get a $50 or 50-euro Westin At Home Collection discount code, maximum 3 codes.
-Stay 4 nights, get a $50 or 50-euro Sheraton At Home discount code, maximum 3 codes.

Elite Night Credit
-Stay 5 nights, earn 1 bonus Elite Qualifying Night, maximum 3 bonus nights.
-Stay 10 nights, earn 3 bonus Elite Qualifying Nights, maximum 6 bonus nights.

Analysis
This promo is okay for the casual guest since 7/11 options are for people who stay 6 nights or less. As a road warrior, I’ll probably just select the triple points option (which is currently the #1 choice on the SPG site), though its not particularly earth-shattering, though I am very happy that all SPG properties are participating in the promotion.

While this isn’t the best promotion SPG has ever created, take a moment to figure out your summer travel plans and register for the period that makes the most sense for you, and register, because not participating would be a waste of potential, and you might as well try to get something out of this.

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  • Sean

    from the promotion FAQ:

    Cash & Point stays and Free Night Award stays do not count as a qualifying stay for this promotion.

  • SF

    I will have five single night stays. Maybe a few more. What do you recommend?
    500 bonus points sounds more than double points since most stays will be ~$200 night

  • Clay

    Boo!

  • Mike08

    Is it triple points after the normal elite bonus?

  • Lauren

    It would be nice if you could do some scenario break-downs. For example i’m spg platinum and likely have 10ish stays…thoughts?

  • thepointsguy

    Yea.. there are just so many variables. In general I’d pick triple or double, unless you have 10 cheap 1 night stays and then the free night (10,000 point value) would probably make the most sense

  • Jack Bellows

    Doesn’t count as a qualifying stay, but does they count as qualifying nights?

  • thepointsguy

    You’d get triple on the 2 points per dollar base.. plus the extra 1 point for elite and 1 point for having Starwood Amex and 1 point if you are a 75 night Platinum member

  • thepointsguy

    Are they all at Sheratons? The 500 point deal is only valid on Sheratons unfortunately. If so, then the 500 bonus makes sense- if not, I’d just do double points

  • thepointsguy

    +1!

  • KamanCali

    500 points per night for staying at a Sheraton- does this mean only Sheratons and for example, not four points by sheraton?

  • Jim

    Just make sure all those stays are at Sheraton’s and not one of the other SPG brands – that 500 pts/night is only good at the Sheraton properties. You also don’t have to decide until June 30th – so if you have a few stays under your belt at that point you can decide which one is best for you!

  • Jack Bellows

    Nice grammar, guy. Reading the FAQs my own damn self indicates: “No.”

  • thepointsguy

    Four Points wouldn’t count because they are a separate brand from Sheraton

  • guest

    If you wait until June 30 to pick your poison, can that be retro applied to May 1? Lets say I don’t know my travel schedule, but I end up staying 10 night in May and 20 in June. Can I go in at the end of June and select the May 1 – July 31 option?

  • thepointsguy

    Yep- if you don’t know your plans yet, I recommend waiting to register since they will retroactively credit

  • Jonathan

    Looks like I will have about 6 nights during that time period. Is it better to get 3,000 Starpoints or $50 award certificate?

  • thepointsguy

    I value starpoints at at least 2 cents a piece so id personally go with the points ($60 value)

  • Guest

    For those choosing between the 3k pts per 6 nights vs. 3x pts for 15 nights, my back of the envelope calculations suggest that if you are paying for the ROOM ONLY (before taxes and service charges) less than an average of $125 per night, then you are better off choosing the 3k per 6 nights.

    Assuming you could get the pro rated 7500 pts through the 3k per 6 nights for staying 15 nights, that means each night will garner you 500 pts. The 3x pts for 15 nights earns you an extra 4 extra pts for each night’s stay. 500 pts divided by 4 pts per $ is $125 per night, which is how I came up with that figure above. It’s unclear from the T&C, at least to me, if you get 3x pts for additional nights after the 15th night. If you can get 3x pts for the subsequent nights after the 15th, that will change the equation slightly, but not by too much, I think — unless you plan to live out of hotels for 3 months.

  • Guesty McGuesterson

    @TPG — not to get all lawyer-y, but your penultimate para says all SPG props participate. However, the T&C (section 1.2) does exclude 6 props:

    The Lanesborough, A St. Regis Hotel
    Le Méridien Dubai
    Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
    Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
    Le Méridien Fairway
    The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

  • Guest

    The 3rd sentence above should actually say (additional edit in caps):

    The 3x pts for 15 nights earns you an extra 4 extra pts PER DOLLAR SPENT ON THE ROOM for each night’s stay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=565328528 Robert Grunnah

    Does anyone know if registering for one of these promos could interfere with a Platinum status challenge (for a currently-gold member)? Ie, can one have both promotions/challenges running simultaneously? ..sorta new to the hotel side of the status game.

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  • Nscott

    Have any of you sent comments to Starwood brass regarding this latest promotion? My reaction was one of disbelief when you consider previous years’ mid-year promotions. They’ve gone from “Stay 2 nights get a free night” to “stay 3 nights get a free weekend night” to stay 3 nights get a free resort night” to “stay TEN nights and get a free night”. Kind of insulting to long standing SPG memebers. Curious to hear everyone’s thoughts.
    Points Guy – I valued the points at 2 cents a piece also…which is why I wonder why you don’t view the stay 10 nights get a free night as the best value for this promotion…unless you feel you’ll end up somewhere in between an even 10 or 20 nights.

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  • aotearoa

    SPG platinum and will have about 24 nights through the month of July at Various SPG properties. I am torn between what choice to take though. I imagine triple points would be the best option as I have a low spend for each stay (ave $125 a night). I will be in kauai in November and plan on redeeming points at a 5 star property but there are so many restrictions on this promo I dont know what to do. any help would be much appreciated.
    Kiwi.

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  • Eskobar02

    I completely agree. This years’ promotion was a let down to last years’ promotion. I contacted SPG and their reaction was simply, ‘not all promotions fit all people’, so I’ve been staying at Hilton and Hyatt for the summer and only Starwood if necessary. Eventually, I’ll go back if the promotions are good. last year, I racked up 11 free resort nights and it was awesome! I hope SPG gets their act together and brings back the resort promotion.

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