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Starwood Preferred Guest Elite Status Faster With Multiple Room and Night Credits

by on June 23, 2012 · 14 comments

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In addition to the slew of new elite benefits that Starwood unveiled in February, there was apparently an additional little-known one that allows Starwood Preferred Guest members to earn night and stay credits for multiple rooms at once—making elite-status requalification potentially much faster. This benefit supposedly went into effect in March, but it was only confirmed earlier this week.

The specific section from the SPG terms and conditions states:

“During a stay at an SPG Participating Hotel, “Eligible Chargesare charges incurred by an SPG Member on his/her folio for up to three rooms: Eligible rates, food and beverage (excluding alcoholic beverage purchases where prohibited by law), direct dialed in-room telephone and direct-dialed in-room fax, laundry/valet; an, in-room movies and video games, provided that the SPG Member provides his/her SPG Member number at the time of reservation or at check-in and stays in one of the reserved guest rooms. Eligible Charges do not include any complimentary services, SPG Awards, SPG Promotion Rewards or any other fees or charges including, without limitation: (A) charges for banquets, meetings or other functions, with the exception of Starpoints earned from qualifying meetings or events through the Starwood Preferred Planner Program; (B) other fees paid including, without limitation, parking, business center, high-speed internet access, retail stores, spa products and services and greens fees; and (C) taxes, gratuities, service charges, mandatory or automatic charges (e.g., resort charges) and other applicable charges (e.g., extra person charges, rollaway charges).”

So the SPG member can get credit for up to 3 rooms as long as he/she stays in one of them and pays for all of them. If, for instance, you were to stay with your family in three rooms at the Westin at LAX for two nights and put all the rooms on your SPG number and pay for all them, then you’d earn credit not only for all the points per dollar you spend on the rooms, but also for 6 nights and 3 stays. So if you have the opportunity to book a block of rooms for friends/family, Starwood is the chain to do it.

In terms of elite status, SPG Gold status requires just 10 stays or 25 nights, so theoretically you could get there by booking 3 rooms for 8 nights and one room for the additional 1 night to get to 25. Or you could book two rooms for 5 different stays…you get the idea.

Platinum status requires 50 nights or 25 stays, so if you were a business traveler on trips with a couple colleagues who weren’t SPG members, you could put their rooms on your number and charge them to your company card, and cold get to the 25-stay threshold with just 9 stays where 3 rooms are booked.  In fact, even if your colleagues are SPG members, you could take turns!

While we’re still talking a fair amount of stays, and needing to book multiple rooms to get there, this is a huge change to SPG and can put elite status qualification within reach for a lot more business and family travelers.

This Flyertalk post confirms that a SPG member can earn Starpoints, stay and night credit for up to three rooms when booking an eligible rate.

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  • Victoria

    Are you 100% sure about getting credit for multiple stays and not just multiple nights? The one time this spring I had to book two rooms, I got double night credit but not double stay credit. It’s possible things just posted wrong, but based off that experience I’m inclined to believe you just get extra stays rather than extra nights.

  • Victoria

    Er, forgive the typo in the last sentence. In my (limited) experience, you DO get extra night credit, but you DO NOT get extra stay credit.

  • Eduardo

    Hi. Me too. I am skeptical about getting credit for more than one stay if your stay for example was for for two nights and booked two rooms. You do get all the credit in points if you transfer the other room bills to yours but I really doubt that you get extra more nights or even stays for that. Marriott and Priority Club also let you do that. As long as you transfer the other room charges to your room folio, you get the points for all rooms.

  • TPG Intern Ryan

    This Flyertalk post http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/18783034-post23.html confirms that SPG members can earn Starpoints, stay, and night credit for up to three rooms when booking an eligible rate I’ll have TPG add this to the post.

  • Joediver

    Just diluting the elite status of another program…..great

  • PJ

    most memorable Starwoods redemption: LAX Gateway Sheraton costed ONLY 3000 points per weekend night before the upgrade ; I booked 10 nights before it was upgraded to 7000 points

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  • http://grabamile.com/ Teja

    TPG – I was getting credit for 2 rooms before this year. IDK why everyone believes it is new. I always book a room for my parents and myself, and I end up getting 2 stay credits quite easily.

  • Jon

    New Aeroplan members will need to register for the 1,000-point bonus when flying on Air Canada prior to 3/31/13. See http://www.aircanada.com/en/offers/aeroplan/welcome/welcome.html for complete details on that promo. Simply creating a new Aeroplan alone will not automatically qualify for the 1,000 point bonus.

  • Jon

    Oops…posted on the wrong page….please ignore or delete!

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  • Chef228

    Are you sure about receiving stay credits for booking multiple rooms? While I have received them in the past SPG representatives have told me that is not the policy. You can get points for paying for 3 rooms but not get 3 stay credits, at least that is what I was told. I’m wondering only because this was a weird travel year and I am short 5 stays to maintain my status.

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