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60,000 Starpoint Contest Master Entry Post

by on August 7, 2012 · 240 comments

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Update: The 30,000-point bonus is no longer available. The bonus is now 25,000 points for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards after $5,000 spend within the first 6 months.

As I posted yesterday, American Express just raised the sign-up bonus on the Starwood Preferred Guest Personal and Business credit cards to 30,000 points. To celebrate, they’ve given me two sets of 30,000 points to give away to readers so instead of a random drawing, I thought I’d make you all work for it a little bit!

-I’ll give 30,000 points away to a reader who finds the best Cash & Points (my favorite type) redemption value using a maximum 30,000 points. You need to tell me the property, the dates, and the rates you find on spg.com (they can’t be through a corporate rate or aggregator, but need to be rates published by Starwood) and Cash & Points needs to be available. The reader who is able to demonstrate they can pull the most value from each point wins. To calculate the value of the redemption I’ll take the total estimated room rate including taxes from SPG.com and then subtract the cash component of the Cash & Points and then divide that amount by the number of points used. Remember, you can only use a maximum of 30,000 points, but you don’t need to use exactly that amount. It also doesn’t have to be one hotel- you can mix it up as long as the amount of points used does not exceed 30,000.
                                                                          Cash and Points Redemption Chart

-I’ll give the second 30,000 points away to the reader who finds the  best value out of those 30,000 points for free-night redemptions. No Cash & Points, this has to be a straight-up free night redemption. For example, you could do either three nights at an expensive category 4 hotel (10,000 a night) or a single night at a Category 7 (30,000 a night). I want to see the best bang for the point! Once again, I’ll peg the value of your redemption as the best rate showing on SPG.com for the dates you specify- this includes non-refundable/advance purchase rates. You can include more than one hotel- just don’t exceed 30,000 points.

                                                                                             Free night awards

In order to enter, you must leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, August 10, and I’ll announce the winners next Tuesday, August 14. You should include the hotel name, how many points/cash required for a normal redemption and then the lowest advertised room rate for the stay to illustrate what your actual “cent per point” would be. I will be checking the entries on Saturday August 11, 2012, so the room rate will be verified on that date. Entries are on a first come basis- you may want to wait until the very end to submit your entry, if someone else posts the same hotel/date before you, they get the entry and you’ll need to submit another option. This is to protect anyone who publicly posts their entry so others can’t copy and submit the same thing.

You can only win once, so there will be two individual winners, one for each category. One final disclosure: the 30,000 points have an ARV of $600, so winners will be required to complete W9 forms and pay taxes on them. Winners must already be a member of Starwood Preferred Guest, so if you’re not yet, sign up here. The prize is fulfilled directly by American Express and the W9 is their requirement and you will provide it directly to them.

The goal is to have fun with this and I reserve the right to disqualify an entry if it is inappropriate or does not abide by the rules. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below!

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

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  • Jlee

    How about this for a free night redemption:

    Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village
    Dec 31, 2012 – Jan 2, 2013 (2 nights/24,000 starpoints)
    Rack Rate is $1,999 US

    12,000 Starpoints/night.

    Value of Starpoints: $0.167 / point

  • http://twitter.com/DMWages Donald

    REALLY GOOD Jlee!!!

  • SPGer

    Enter on other blogs by dropping a comment, or spend hours of research to enter here.

    Hmm….

  • Bigr3dbears

    Wow, W-9… This is all time low for you, Brian

  • Kevin Zeina

    St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

    Category 7 Hotel 30k points

    142,500 XPF = 1479.28994083 US

    Dates: Sept 1 to Sept 2, 2012

  • Lesley

    2. Best Points Value – October 7th W-Paris. 30K pts for one night; otherwise $630 EURO

  • OMP

    I’d use it at The Westin st John villas. May 4-8 $494 a night.Category 5 4800+$90…0.0841

  • AUSMatt

    St regis bal Harbour

    12/21 – 12/23

    From
    15000 Starpoints + USD 275

    Lowest standard rate:
    From
    USD 809 >

    $0.0356 / pt.

  • Arnold

    St. Regis NY – checking in on 12/31/12 for one night.
    Redeem 30,000 points intead of paying $1,214

  • Kal

    For Cash & Points. I have the The Westin Resort, Macau for 1488 HKD which is $192. Cash and points option 2800 Star Points & $45, which equals 5.25 Cents/Point Dates: 1/4-1/7

    For free night redemption. I have the Westin Imagine Orlando, FL Rate=$329 or 7000 Starpoints 4.7 cents/Point Dates 1/07-1/10

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=42812196 Shawn Carnley

    4 Nights in Rome @ Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center
    Sep 21-23 & Sep 29 @ $167 / 7,000 points per night for a total of 28,000 points used.

  • Matthewskory

    I’d use cash and points only to stay at the Great Wall Sheraton, 1600 points and just $30. At that rate I could stay 18 nights (28800 points) and it’d only cost $540 dollars. The regular rate for 9/10 – 9/28 is $193/night ($3474 total).

  • Sangyerose

    Never been to thailand and planning to visit there with my wife early next year.

    Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel

    250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    SPG Free Nights

    10,000 Starpoints

    No penalty for changes/cancellations until 01/17/2013
    No deposit required
    Eligible ID required at check in

  • Aileen

    1. Best Cash & Points:
    St Regis Bal Harbour checking in 12/24 for 2 nights.
    Use 15K Points + $275 per night.
    Value is $2,439

  • Pattonroberta

    Sheraton Changbaishan Resort https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3689
    8 nights at 3,750 Starpoints = 30,000 points

    CNY 1400 = 219.8980 USD * 8 = 1759.184 = 0.0586394666666667 dollar per point
    Deluxe, non-smoking: King Bed
    October 1 – 9 2012

  • David

    Dead Sea Le Meridien:

    11/2/12-11/13/12 = 28996 points OR US$4,223.56 in an Superior King (rack rate).

  • SeaBee3

    That is my all-time favorite example, you beat me to it! :)

  • Mcspirit Mike

    W South Beach

    Nov 23-25

    Cash + Points : 15000 + $275. / night

    Lowest standard rate: USD1209

    $0.0806 / pt
    After deducting cash portion -> $0.0623 /pt

  • Mcspirit Mike

    After Including tax -> $0.0704 / pt

  • Wilson

    W Hotel St. Petersburg

    8/14-20
    4800 Starpoints/night + $90/night for 6 nights = 28800 Starpoints + $540

    Lowest standard rate including taxes = 13806 RUB x 6 nights = 82836 RUB ~ $2625.11 – $540/28800 Starpoints = $0.07239/point

  • Sarah

    Grosvenor House, Dubai

    Nov 12-18

    Deluxe room: 2 Single Beds Flexible rate + breakfast 422 USD or 10,000 Starpoints or 4,800 Starpoints + USD 90

  • Ben

    For Cash and Points: How about the Sheraton Munich Airport Hotel during Oktoberfest ( 9/24 ).
    Lowest Std. Rate = 289 EUR = $359.40.
    $ / point = $359.40 – $45 = $314.40 / 2,800 points = $0.1123 / point

  • OMP

    Sheraton Tokyo bay 2013 may 4-8. $1000 a night for only 14k.0.071 per starpoint

  • Grant Thomas

    The best deal ever… Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa from 5/1 – 5/5

    7,000 starpoints per night or $159 USD, therefore, you could get 4 nights for 28,000 and the fifth night free :)

  • Emosley

    Cash & Points:

    Dates: December 21-22 (or any night October through December)
    Property: Four Points by Sheraton Lianyungang
    Room: Comfort Room – King Bed
    Cash & Points: 1,200 + $25
    Room Rate: $250.98
    Value: 0.18831666 per starpoint!

  • Kyle Dover

    FREE NIGHTS CONTEST

    10/26/2012 – 10/28/2012 Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel, South Carolina (2 nights) @ $404.04/night or 3,000 points per night.

    12/31/2012 – 1/2/2013 Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village, New York (2 nights) @ $2,297.55/night or 12,000 points per night.

    TOTAL COST = $404.04 (2) + $2,297.55 (2) = $5,403.18
    TOTAL POINTS = 30,000
    TOTAL VALUE = $5,403.18 / 30,000 = $0.1801

    ***Disclaimer – Taxes were included in rates as per SPG.com

  • austin1805

    Shertaon Frankfurt Congress Hotel. 7 Sep – 12 Sep (5th Night Free) Cat 3 Hotel

    Total Starpoints: 5,600 per night – 22,400

    Lowest Available Rate (205 EURO) $254.45 per night. Total cost $1,272.25 / 22,400 = $0.05679 starpoint per dollar.

  • Geosn00p

    Free Nights Calculation:

    Hotel: Le Méridien Dead Sea
    Category 1
    Dates: Nov 1 – Nov 8 & Nov 8 – Nov 16 (15 Nights)

    Dates & Lowest Available Rate
    Nov 1 – Nov 8: $263/Night + 16% Tax = $305.08/night = $2135.56
    Nov 8 – Nov 16: $263/Night + 16% Tax = $305.08/night = $2440.64

    Dates & Average Points Needed for Free Night
    Nov 1 – Nov 8: 2000 Starpoints Needed Per Night = 14,000 Points Needed
    Nov 8 – Nov 16: 2000 Starpoints Needed Per Night = 16,000 Points Needed

    Total Lowest Available Rate Cost + Taxes = $4576.20
    Number of Points Needed (2000/avg) = 30,000

    Dollar Value Per Point: (4576.20/30000) = $0.15254 or 15.254 cents PER POINT

  • Lu

    Who give away the points? Do I get a 1099 from you or Amex ? ;-)

  • thepointsguy

    Its all through Amex.. I just tell them who the winners are

  • IND.Al

    Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa, Phuket, Thailand

    Dec 25 – Jan 04

    Lowest Standard Rate: USD 413.41 + tax. With tax included USD 490.72 per night
    With 10 nights stay, came up to USD 4907.2

    With Cash+Points option, one night cost 2800 Starpoints + USD 45
    Total of 28000 Starpoints + USD 450 for 10 nights stay

    Value per Starpoint >> (USD 4907.2 – USD 450)/28000 Starpoints = $0.1592.pt

    Amazing deal IMHO.

  • thepointsguy

    Its not me- Amex is requiring it and all bloggers who participate (10 in total) have to let their readers know in advance to expect it. It sucks, but nothing I can do about it.

  • http://twitter.com/loganleelamson Logan Lamson

    Cash & Points Option

    Le Meridien Makkah
    Makkah, Saudia Arabia

    August 12th – August 18th
    Room Type: Color TV With Cable, King Bed
    Rate: 4,067 SAR per night, or $1,084
    Cash and points option: 4,800 points + $90

    So, 6 nights at 1,084 is $6,504 so $0.2168 / pt

  • thepointsguy

    Well, hopefully reading through the entries people will get ideas on how to best maximize their Starpoints. I know I already have!

  • Kyle

    Brian,

    Are you disqualified if you post an entry that includes a PORTION of another posters entry?

  • Jmansour

    W south beach 11/22-23 $1209 or 30k points equals .0403 /pt

  • Ktravel

    St Regis Abu Dhabi
    Dec 31-Jan 2 2013
    AED $3000/night, 12000 pts= AED $.25/pt

  • Mbob327

    Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village on 12/31/12-1/2/12
    Traditional, non smoking Double beds for 12000 pts/night worth $2039/night before taxes.
    $4686.91 after taxes for both nights

    Plus

    2 nights at Le Meridien Dead Sea on 11/2/12 – 11/4/12
    2000 pts/night worth $331 before taxes (king bed rack rate)
    $767.92 after taxes for both nights.
    Plus one additional night at Dead Sea on 11/9 – 11/10, again for 2000 pts and $331 before taxes (3 nights together were more points). $383.96 after taxes.

    Grand total of $5838.79 for exactly 30K pts.

  • ousoonerfanatic

    12/31/2012 – 01/02/2013 Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village, New York 2 nights, 2 double beds @ $2,343.36.55/night, total $4,686.91, 12,000 points per night, 24K total, 0.19528 per point

    11/02/2012/- 11/04/2012 Le Méridien Dead Sea
    Mobile Post Ein BoqeqDead Sea, Israel 2 nights @ $383.96, total $767.92. 2K points per night, 4K total, 0.19198 per point.

    12/01/2012/- 12/02/2012 Le Méridien Dead Sea
    Mobile Post Ein BoqeqDead Sea, Israel 1 nights @ $383.96, total $383.96. 2K points per night, 2K total, 0.19198 per point.

    Grand total $5,838.79, 30K points, or 0.19462 per point

  • Matty

    Free Night:
    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing:
    10.2 – 18.2
    37536 CNY = 5897,35 USD (including all taxes) for 30k points (value = 0,19656)

    Rack Rate of 4.008 CNY/Night

    Cash&Points:
    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    10.2. – 28.02
    84456 CNY = 13.265,50 USD – 540 USD (Cash) = 12725,50 USD

    Total 28800 Points (value 0,44186)

  • Moodle

    I’m unable to get it to load the rates(Since they sell out as soon as purchase is available) but I know two years ago The South Beach W Rack rate without Tax was 3525.60 on Ultra Weekend during the Winter Music Conference. You can use 30,000 points still I believe(Probably for one room only) but I’ve never been quick enough on the trigger to make a booking.

  • vince

    Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers for 18nights from Xmas to past new Years. 12/23 – 1/10

    Rack rate 7000 baht or $223
    Point Redemp = 3,777 per night = $0.059
    C&P = 1600+ $30 which equates to $0.1206

  • Christianabbate

    Cash & Points -

    Sheraton Gunter San Antonio Jan 12 – 31st (18 nights) -1,600 + 30/night

    Rack Rate – $269/night

    269-30=239*18=$4,302 in value for 28,800 points

    $.149375/point

  • Nat

    How’s this:

    Cash & Points at Westin Ft. Lauderdale:
    Rates: $199/night
    $30 & 1600 points
    10 Nights: 3/12-3/22
    $.1075/point
    16000 points

    Cash & Points at Westin Ft. Lauderdale
    Rate: $194/night
    $30 & 1600 points
    8 Nights 3/3-3/11
    $.1025/point
    12800 points

    Cash & Points @ ALOFT Beijing
    Rate: $81/night
    $25 & 1200 points
    1 Night (12/31-1/1)
    $.047/point
    1200 points

  • barelyelite

    At least it’s not random… there’s skill to it. I like it. My employer does not.

  • Nat

    And then for a points redemption:

    Le Meridien Dead Sea
    $263 @ 2000 points/night
    5 nights (12/3-12/8)
    Fifth Night Free
    Value: $1315
    Points: 8000
    Value/Point: $.1644

    Le Meridien Dead Sea
    $263 @ 2000 points/night
    5 nights (12/10-12/15)
    Fifth Night Free
    Value: $1315
    Points: 8000
    Value/Point: $.1644

    Le Meridien Dead Sea
    $263 @ 2000 points/night
    5 nights (11/26-12/1)
    Fifth Night Free
    Value: $1315
    Points: 8000
    Value/Point: $.1644

    Le Meridien Dead Sea
    $263 @ 2000 points/night
    3 nights (11/15-11/18)
    Value: $789
    Points: 6000
    Value/Point: $.1315

    18 Nights
    Value: $4734
    Points: 30000
    Value/Point: $.1578

  • m124

    One night at westin vendome Paris. It is $1024 a night for my dates in September

  • Einsler

    Free nights:

    Sheraton New Orleans (still available from Friday, February 8 – Wednesday, February 13, which is Mardi Gras, which I think really increases the value of this redemption, especially since the hotel is right in the French Quarter).

    28,000 points (7,000 points per night for four nights, plus fifth night free).

    Rooms are going for $346/night, so over 5 nights that’s $1,780. $1,780/28,000 points = points valued at more than 6 cents each.

  • Some Guy

    How does the W9 work for Canadians?

    Do Canadians get this benefit tax free (Canada Revenue Agency claims that lottery winnings are not taxable)?

    With the tax, winning your contest gets me the privilege of HAVING to BUY SPG miles at a rate of $0.7/mile. That significantly changes the dynamic on this.

  • David

    Thanks Brian! This is an actual itinerary for a business trip I have planned to help achieve status. Cash & Points: Sheraton Laguardia East Hotel (NYC) for an August 12-13 stay for $60 + 4000 points. Lowest rate is $339. A Value of 7 cents per point on a one night stay! Then head over to the Sheraton Edison, NJ for Aug 13-14 C&P $30 +1600 points lowest rate is $115. The I plan to head down to Philadelphia to stay at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown on Aug 14-15 for $45 + 2800 points. Lowest rate is $194!

  • JBlaze

    Cash & Points Entry

    Part 1) St. Regis Mauritius Resort
    Oct 15 – Oct 18
    8,000 Points & USD $150 per night
    3 Nights is 24,000 Points
    Lowest Standard Rate for 3 Nights is EUR 3,570
    USD:EUR exchange rate is 1.24, so total is $4,426 for 3 nights.
    Subtract $450 paid. Savings of $3,976
    This leaves 6,000 Starpoints.

    Part 2)
    Book the Four Points Hotel in Lagos Nigeria for 4,800 starpoints + $90
    Oct 18 – 19
    Lowest Available Rate is 50,400 Nigerian Naira, including taxes
    USD: Naira Exchange Rate is 160, so this cost is $313, less $90 paid is $223 saved for 4,800 points

    Total saved is $223 + $3976, total of $4,199. Divided by 30,000 points is $0.14
    Divided by the 28,800 points actually used is $0.1458 per point.

  • http://twitter.com/rulamj rulamj

    FREE NIGHTS

    Date: 12/30/13 – 12/31/13
    Four Points by Sheraton Midtown – Times Square, NY
    Traditional, non-smoking: King Bed
    1 nights – $2999/nt, 12k-pts/nt

    Date: 12/31/13 – 1/1/14
    Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea, NY
    Traditional, non-smoking: King Bed
    1 nights – $3019/nt, 12k-pts/nt

    Date: 11/15/13 – 11/17/13
    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    Deluxe room: King Bed
    2 nights – 3900CNY/nt – $612/nt – 3k-pts/nt

    points cost
    12000 $2,999.00
    12000 $3,019.00
    3000 $612.00
    3000 $612.00
    total 30000 $7,242.00
    value $0.24

  • Elyse

    Cash and Points option:
    Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel: 12/31-1/1
    Lowest Standard Rate: $235.13 (including charges & taxes) – $30 / 1,600 Starpoints = $0.12821/point

  • Matthew Wilson

    Starwood Points:

    Sheraton Kampala Hotel
    Kampala, Uganda
    7000 points per night
    5 night stay – 35,000
    USD cost is $1209.50

    Cost per point – $0.035

  • sogosh

    Free Nights:

    - The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2/8/13-2/12/13: 14,000 SPG points, or $2817.84

    - Le Parker Meridien
    4/14/13-4/15/13: 16,000 SPG points, or $4101.05

    Total: $6918.89, or 30,000 SPG points or .23/cents per SPG point

  • barelyelite

    QUESTION: Should we/will you include hotel taxes in determining the “value” of the points?

    Also, the C&P contest states that we need not use all 30,000 points. Does that also apply to the free-night contest?

  • tyntema

    W New York City 9/28/-9/30/2012
    8000 spg points +$150
    Room rate with taxes $441

  • sogosh

    I should mention that this is the Parker in Palm Springs.

  • James

    My plan was Panama for Spring Break (I’m a teacher, not a partier), but of course now I can do better with these imaginary Starpoints. I think two nights at the Sheraton Hong Kong in March for 12k points a night and then a night at the Sheraton Dongguan (take the ferry there from Hong Kong) for a mere 4k points. Leaving me with 2000 points left over.

  • Steve

    Free night -
    Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort
    Rate is best rate from the SPG website
    Dec 31- Jan 1
    Garden, non-smoking: King Bed room
    1500 MYR (approx $483.64) -using today’s conversion rate of 1 Malaysian ringgit = 0.3224 US dollars
    7,000 SPG points
    6.91 cpp

  • barelyelite

    Free Night:
    Great Wall Sheraton Great Wall Beijing
    12/29 – 12/30
    3700 CNY + 555 CNY Service Charge = 4255 CNY = 668 USD
    or 3,000 Points
    22.26 cents per point

    Cash & Points:
    Great Wall Sheraton Great Wall Beijing
    12/29 – 12/30
    3700 CNY + 555 CNY Service Charge = 4255 CNY = 668 USD
    or 1,600 Points + 30 USD
    39.88 cents per point

  • Mikehess1

    Free Night: Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    Feb 15-Feb 17, 3000 points per night Get 5 rooms. So 10 total nights for 30,000 points
    Rack Rate: CNY 3900 per night or 39000 CNY total. USD will depend on exchange rate, but now approx$612 USD per night or $6120.00. Value per point of 20.4 cents

  • Mikehess1

    Also Feb 8-Feb 10th 3000 points per night. Get 5 rooms. Maybe the rate will be higher when you check ;) If there is problems with room availability, you can get 3 rooms one weekend and 2 the other. You will have to make separate reservations for each room

  • evodad

    I must say I’ve stayed in their penthouse suite and even for New Year’s Eve you’d have to be crazy to spend $2k on their suite. It’s really not that nice of a hotel. oh and not to rain on your parade I jut happened to be looking for those days for a trip of my own in NY and rates are starting at $641/night there for new year’s eve (although it didn’t say rack rate when I looked)

  • AB

    The W Hotel New York City
    9/28/2012 to 9/30/2012
    8,000 SPG points +$150
    Room rate with taxes is $441

    I love W hotels because of their amazing beds. I sleep like a baby.

    Also,

    Free Night at the:
    Great Wall Sheraton Great Wall Beijing
    12/29/2012 to 12/30/2012
    3700 CNY + 555 CNY Service Charge = 4255 CNY = 668 USD
    or 3,000 Points

    22.26 cents per point

    Not bad at all.

  • evodad

    TPG, my wife just got in on the 25k offer in early June, do you think a phone call would get her the extra 5k points?

  • AdamB

    Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village – Traditional, non-smoking: 2 Double Beds
    12/19/2013-12/20/2013 – 3039/nt or 12k star points
    12/22/2013-12/23/2013 – 3039/nt or 12k star points -Deluxe room: King Bed
    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing -Deluxe room: King Bed
    2 nights – 3900CNY/nt = $612/nt or 3k

    Total – 3039 + 3039 + 612 = $7302 or .2434 per point

    There is a slightly lower offer on the Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village for a regular kind bed, however your still able to use 12k oints to get the two double bed offer I listed. In my eyes this still shows added value. If I am going to the hotel with my family and would need two double beds to accomodate wife and kids I can still use 12k points rather than 3039. If it has to be the lowest rate rather than the most actual
    centers per point please let me know.

  • AdamB

    *cents per point

  • Shari

    The W Hotel New York City
    9/28/2012 to 9/30/2012
    8,000 SPG points +$150
    Room rate with taxes is $441

  • SteveR

    Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh
    Sept 11-14; 3×10000 points

  • Ismael

    Sheraton Denver Downtown
    Oct 18 – 19
    $349 Lowest Advertised Price
    2800 Cashpoints + $45
    10.8 Cents per cashpoint!

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  • Jennifer Mc

    Free night: Four Points by Sheraton Midtown – Times Square

  • Ismael

    Four Points by Sheraton Lianyungang
    Oct 18-19
    $251 per night
    3000 Cashpoints per night
    8.3 Cents per cashpoint!

  • http://www.facebook.com/colinmchale Colin McHale

    Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort. TEN nights!

    $143.82 (inc tax/fees; excluding resort charge) x 10 nights = 1438.20 / 30,000 points = 4.79 cents per point (but the value of 10 nights outside disney just adds to it!)

  • PhilS

    Sheraton Paris. 09/27 — 10/02 (5 nights)
    Lowest price: $354 USD or 286 EUR. Cash & Points: 4800 pts $ 90

    4800 @ 5 nights = 24,000 Starpoints + $450 USD.
    $354 USD X 5 nights = $1770 – $450 = $1320 / 2400 points = $0.055

    Not bad for a 5 night stay in Paris!

  • http://twitter.com/miteshamin Mitesh Amin

    the starwood site is crashing… i wonder why? :

  • KP

    http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1736

    The W Scottsdale in Arizona. I’ll be able to book a wonderful room for 2 nights over the weekend @ peak for $258 plus 12k points and have 18k left over for a wonderful redemption at https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1848 – Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort for 2 nights for my future trip booked!

  • Lauren K.

    Cash & Points Pick:
    Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel
    November 10th to 28th
    1600pts + 30USD per night.
    Otherwise you would have to pay $2,959

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  • marZ

    I’m going to try this because I think others calculated incorrectly:

    Cash&Points:

    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2/10/13 – 2/28/13 (18 Nights)

    Total: CNY 80,730 (including taxes)

    Total in USD: $12,663.45 (including taxes)

    Redemption of 1600 points + $30 over 18 Nights: 28,800 points + $540

    Final Calculation: $12,663.45 – $540 = $12,123.45/28,800 points = $.4209/point

  • barelyelite

    Free Night:
    Four Points by Sheraton Midtown – Times Square
    12/22/2012 – 12/23/2012
    (2 Double Beds)
    3029 USD + 450 USD taxes = 3749 USD
    or 12,000 Points

    31.24 cents per point

  • Mattolo

    Love the contest, but what a mess. How are you going to verify all this? Half the people can’t even calculate the point value correctly or don’t know the difference between $ and cents…

  • l1y1

    FREE NIGHT
    St. Regis Punta Mita
    20,000 for 1 night
    $355
    $0.017/point

  • marZ

    Free Night:

    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2/3/13 – 2/13/13 (10 Nights)

    Total: CNY 44,850 (including taxes)

    Total in USD: $7,035.17 (including taxes)

    Redemption of 3000 points/night over 10 Nights: 30,000 points

    Final Calculation: $7,035.17/30,000 points = $.234506/point

  • Shena2

    Your math is off on the C&P valuation since you were asked to max out the value of the 30k points it’s 30k points = 12725,50 USD so 42.42 cents / point.

  • lala

    12/20/13-12/21/13
    Four Points by Sheraton Midtown – Times Square
    2 dbl beds

    12K 1 night $3479.28

    12/22/13-12/23/13
    Four Points by Sheraton Midtown – Times Square
    2 dbl beds

    12K 1 night $3479.28

    02/15/13-02/17/13
    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2 single beds

    2 nights @3K per night – 6K $8970 CNY with taxes or $1417 USD

    Grand total $8375.56, 0.2791 per point

  • Sean Buchanan

    Free Nights:

    - The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2/8/13-2/12/13: 14,000 SPG points, or $2817.84

    - Le Parker Meridien
    4/14/13-4/15/13: 16,000 SPG points, or $4101.05

    Total: $6918.89, or 30,000 SPG points or .23/cents per SPG point

    These were both my picks!

  • Celio Martins

    Since I don’t think the competition is about finding the most expensive night at The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing I will post another option, because I believe it would be difficult to beat that, but I encourage people to find different options here is mine for Cash& Points:
    The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
    Check In
    11/12/2013 – 3:00 PM
    Check Out
    11/18/2013 – 12:00 PM
    1 room(s) for 6 night(s): AED 21,589.92 = USD5878.15
    5878.15-540usd = 0,185

    Attention: There is a catch all these dates are available for the Cash & Points but you will have to book 6 different reservations from the 12th to the 13th, to the 14th, and so on until the Nov. 18th 2013!
    Hope this qualifies!

  • Charles

    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    09/14/2012-10/01/2012
    King Bed
    in 18 nights
    Cash and Points ($30 + 1600 points) ($540 + 0.15% tax = $621 + 28800 SPG points)

    Official rate CNY1232 per night ($/CNY= 6.3, then CNY1232 = $195.6 + 0.15%tax) total = $224.94 per night

    18 nights x $ 224.94 =$4048.92 – 18night x USD30 + 0.15% tax = save $ 3427.92

    which give you $ 0.11 per SPG points

  • nukah

    Free Night:
    The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth Lake, CA
    December 25-27th, 2012 (two nights)
    Deluxe Studio Suite: $699/night or 12,000 pts/night
    58.25 cents per point

  • lam

    Little of subject does the room have to be bookable. I see one entry where there were no reward rooms available and the entry said the room could be gotten for 12000 points. The rack rate was extremely high. NYC at NYE. Thoughts?

  • AdamB

    I think people are calculating rates w/ taxes which will most likely confuse things. Should it be this way?

  • AdamB

    Is it necessary to calculate this with taxes. I didn’t see that part above but maybe it is.

  • Scottrick

    I agree. This is my favorite of the three contests I’ve seen.

  • Shena2

    C&P Entry –

    Total savings with 30,000 points = $12,981.81 (43.27 cents per point)… not the best CPP but best TOTAL savings

    Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    18 nights
    01Jan – 19Jan 2013

    Cost
    Points – 28,800 points + $510 (US)
    Paid Rate – 4,692 CNY (4,080 CNY + 612 tax) / night = 84,456 ~ $13265.50 total
    Value for points = 28,800 points = $12, 755.50 (44.29 cents per point)

    Four Points by Sheraton Lianyungang
    1 night – Comfort King
    31Dec 2012 – 01Jan 2013

    Cost
    Points – 1,200 + $25
    Paid Rate – 1,600 CNY ($251.31) total
    Value for point = 1,200 points = $226.31 (18.86 cents per point)

  • marZ

    That would be 5.8 cents per point or $.05825/point.

  • ultraelite

    I would want to see people getting the free points and having to stare at the Great Wall for 18 consecutive nights…

  • Marc W

    Here’s a pretty great cash and points option: The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is a Category 2 Hotel. At a Cash & Points rate of $30 USD and 1600 points, we can get a whopping 18 nights at this property with 30,000 SPG points. I found availability from March 3, 2013 – March 20, 2013. The lowest rate is 5,500 THB which equals approximately $175 USD.

    So for 28,800 SPG points and $540 USD you can get 18 nights in Bangkok!! If you were to pay out of pocket this would total with tax 116,523.00 THB or $3,704.27 USD. After the $540 USD used for cash and points the difference is $3,164.27. That is a return of $0.109/point!!

  • Marc W

    I meant March 3, 2013 – March 21, 2013 (not March 20). Sorry.

  • Ari

    Lots of exciting stuff listed here, but mine is more practical for anyone needing to travel to the Boston area. The Element Hotel in Lexington, Massachusetts, US is very pleasant hotel modeled after the W where rates are never less than $199 during the week and sometimes much higher. It is also 7,000 points for a free night. I stay there for $45 and 2800 points. Using cash and points enables me to extract 5.5 cents per point versus the cash rate, and saves me points that I would otherwise be redeeming at over 93 cents per point if I were to do the 7,000 point redemption.

  • Caldwell4az

    cash & points.
    Paris Westin Vendome at Christmas.
    Dec.22-25.
    3 nights @ 8000SPG pts. + $150/ni.
    cat 6 ($825/ni)…upgraded to one bedroom suite w/ Eiffel Tower view since I’m Platinum
    Go to the Cezanne exhibit at the Musee du Luxembourg &
    stroll the Tuileries Garden just outside the front door.

    donate 3200 to Unicef for providing essential education materials, uniforms to help a female student in Ethiopia thrive.

    purchase a $25 Starbucks card with the remaining 2800 and drinnk a cup of coffee at 26 Avenue de l’Opéra…a chic little shop in the 1st arr. Great people watching!

  • Creativeone87

    where and the heck do you get 84,45 CNY for 18 nights???? Its a little over 1000 CNY/ night in a room that you would get for cash and points. Thats 18,000 CNY, not 84,000.

  • Nazrafel

    St. Regis Mauritius Resort, Check in 1/3/13 Check out 1/10/13 Lowest Standard Rate: $1476 USD per night. C&P $150+ 8000 points for a value of $.16575 per point.

  • Lynn

    Sheraton Pentagon City Arlington, VA 4/8/13 checking out 4/18/13 10 nights 329.65 including taxes rack rate (room only 299.00) cash+ points 2800 points + $45
    329.65×10 = 3296.50 – cash 450.00= 2846.50 /28,000 = .10166

  • Lam91897

    Free night redemption
    W New Orleans 2/10-2/13/13 (Mardi Gras) room 709.00 per night + taxes 803.17 1000 =0 points per night. 803.17×3=2409.51/30000 points =.0803

  • Wildejaso

    Stay 15 nights at the category 1 Le Meridien Dead Sea in Isreal when staying on Friday and Saturday. 7 ½ consecutive Friday/Saturday stays at 4000 points per stay. $331/night rack rate + $52.96 VAT = $383.96/night for a total of $5759.40 = 19.198 cents per point.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6USDBR4WOGZITKEG2A5LDP67CM som

    Cash and Points @ Sheraton Lima, Peru
    Check-in: 1/18/2013
    Check-out: 2/04/2013 Total nights:18
    Room rate @ $174/night
    Cash and Points @ 1600 points and $30/night

    Total: 28,800 points and $540 instead of $3132

  • HansGolden

    Feb. 8-16, 2013
    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    Category 2
    3 weekend nights = 9k
    5 weeknights = 20k
    Total: 29k
    3 + 3 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 3 = 29k
    Cost: 35,880 CNY = $5635.67
    CPM if you’re going with 30k: $0.188
    CPM if you’re going with 29k: $0.194

  • HansGolden

    Not rack. Best available.

  • Carlyogogo

    Competing for all Starpoints itinerary…For a wonderful Thailand escape, I would arrive in Bangkok on September 1st and stay at the Aloft Bangkok (2,000 a night) for 4 days; (8000 points) then travel on September 5th to Chiang Mai and stay at the Le Meridien Chiang Mai (3,000 a night) for 3 days (9,000) then on September 8th go to Le Meridien Chaing Rai Resort and stay there (3,000 a night) for 4 days (12,000). An 11 day Starwood Thailand holiday for 29,000 points!

  • Jon Welch

    What I am about to introduce to this thread should earn me a W9, and I am willing to still move forward despite this. I leave it to TPG to either award me the Cash & Points prize or the Free nights prize, but common sense would tell me that the creativity, pragmatism, and ingenuity that goes into the below entry would make it perfectly understandable for him to just toss both 30,000 point awards my way.

    The signature part of my proposal, I invite you to celebrate New Years with me at the luxurious St. Regis Deer Valley resort.

    Check in – Sunday, December 30, 2012
    Check out – Wednesday, January 3rd, 2013

    Rack Rate – $1749/night + tax = $5,855.65 for 3 nights

    Category 6 Property

    Using Cash and Points
    3 nights x 8000 points = 24000 points
    3 nights x 150 = $450

    $5.855.65 – $450 = $5,405.65

    $5,405.65/24000 = $.2252/point

    But wait…..I only used 24000 points and there are 6000 points still remaining. It would be such a shame to head to beautiful Utah and not spend a couple nights taking in Salt Lake City before a luxurious NYE celebration in Deer Valley!!

    Sheraton Salt Lake City – Just finished a $15mm renovation!!

    Check in – Friday, December 28th, 2012
    Check out – Sunday, December 30th, 2012 (check out and get ready for the St. Regis baby!!!)

    Rate $349 + tax = $808.48 for 2 nights

    Category 2 Property

    Using the Free Night Weekends on Category 2 redemption at 3,000/night

    Check in – Friday, December 28th, 2012
    Check out – Sunday, December 30th, 2012

    $808.48/6000 = $.1347/point

    Combined trip point value is net $5405.65 at the St. Regis Deer Valley + $808.48 at the Sheraton Salt Lake = $6214 of rooms for a mere 30000 SPG points at a combined valuation of almost 21 cents/point. Unlike some of the others that have posted here, this is a trip that makes sense and runs the gamut in utilizing Starwood points.

    I hope TPG shares my view that the above itinerary is nothing short of a winner, and that my wife never uncovers precisely how strange the man she married is.

  • Rocky

    My first thought would be to stay at the Cervo Hotel, Costa Smeralda Resort in Perto Cervo Italy. However this category 7 hotel requiring 35,000 points for redemption unless I was until after sept 9th, then the point requirements drop down to only 30,000 points. This makes it a great redemption actually! So I will stay 1 night on Sept 15th for 30,000 points. The going rate then is 795eur (986.67 USD) or 0.0265 cent per point! I don’t think it gets better than this!

  • Rocky

    Better deal yet: 15 nights at the Four Points by Sheraton Taicang, China. Costs 2000 starwoods points a night. Published rate for 15 days in late august/sept. Going rate 650 chinese Yuan a night (102/night) 102X15 = $1530 total for 30K points! That breaks down to 5.1 cents per point!!

  • Mous

    Four nights at Sheraton Iowa City Hotel on 9/14/12 to 9/16/12 at a value of 0.o35

  • Wildejaso

    A more realistic use of the points in Isreal… since I’m not going to stay 7 weekends in a row. 11 nights starting on 11/30/2012. Same Rack Rate for a Superior King room of $331/night + $52.96 VAT = $383.96/night for a total of $4223.56. With a redemption average of 2636 points/night that’s a spectacular redemption of 14.564 cents per point using 29000 points.

  • Wildejaso

    Cash + Points at the category 2 Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center. 1600 points + $30 for 18 nights starting on 11/24 and checking out on 12/12. Rack Rate of $350/night + $35 taxes + $63 VAT = $448/night. $8064 – $540 (for the cash part) = $7524 total. That is a grand total of 25.08 cents per point. Which obviously is a great redemption!

  • Peter

    a funny one hotel president wilson, geneva sept 23 3 nights. 282 use a night.category seven so u can get whole 7 bucks for 15k starponts LOL:)

  • AP

    Interesting but I dont’ see any points availibility on those dates at the Deer VAlley resort

  • MW

    Hotel Bristol Vienna — Cash & Points for 4,800 pts + $90 for rooms normally going for 280 Euros/night. (Example: Sept 8.)

    That’s a fantastic value for Starwood points, giving a value of 5.125 cents per point! Everyone loves Vienna …the food, the sights and this is a beautiful hotel in the middle of the everything.

  • EM

    FREE NIGHT

    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing

    02/08/2013 – 02/16/2012

    4080 CNY/night = 32,640 CNY = $5,125.31

  • EM

    CASH & POINTS

    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing

    02/08/2012 – 02/25/2013

    4080 CNY night

    1,600 points & $30 night

    18 nights = 28,800 points & $540

  • Welcometomarc

    CASH & POINTS

    W South Beach

    Check In
    12/23/2012 – 4:00 PM
    Check Out
    12/25/2012 – 11:00 AM

    Room rate: USD1,209.00
    Taxes: USD157.17
    Estimated total**:USD1,366.17
    Estimated total for your stay**
    1 room(s) for 2 night(s): USD 2,732.34

    30000 Starpoints and $ 550 for Stay

    $2,732.24 – $550 = $2,182.24

    $2,182.24/30,000 = $.07 per point

    POINTS ONLY
    Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea

    Check In
    11/27/2013 – 3:00 PM
    Check Out
    11/29/2013 – 11:00 AM

    Average est. room total per night
    Room rate: USD2,999.00
    Taxes: USD446.15
    Estimated total**:USD3,445.15
    Estimated total for your stay**
    1 room(s) for 2 night(s): USD 6,890.30

    12,000 Starpoints per night

    $6890.30/24,000 = $.29 per point

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  • Linda

    5 nights at Le Méridien Nice (with 4th night free comes out to 9600 points per night)

  • Al32

    It was available when I tried……are you logged in?

  • Grant Thomas

    I would love to go to Alaska this summer, so i would use the SPG points for the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa for 7,000 starpoints per night :)

  • DaninSTL

    I would use the 30,000 in either giveaway option to book 10+ weekend rooms at the Kansas City Airport Four Points. They are 2,000 a night on weekends for straight redeem w/o cash and cheaper with cash of course. My Sister just moved there and this would give me a bunch of weekends between the date you give me the points and next Spring of 2013. Not as interesting as some of the other entries but would yield me 15+ nights depending on how much cash I want to use with the points or just using the points alone.

  • Iolaire

    Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam (Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide), 12,000 points/night for a $229 euro room or 1.9 euro cents per point.

  • Howard123

    2 nights @ St. Regis Singapore. check in Sep 21, 2012; check out Sep. 23, 2012. 40,000 points or $1500 for 2 nights. $0.14 per point

  • James Cox

    I would spend 2 nights at the W in Washington, DC and have 6,000 points left over for a night at the Sheraton Westport in St. Louis. The W is fantastic!

  • Toddreg

    Count me in

  • Toddreg

    Count me in

  • AP

    Is it one entry per person? Basically if you find a better offer after you put yours in can you add a new one?

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  • Ket

    I like 1 nite at St Regis in Rome ( US 525.oo a nite )

  • Martin

    Hi “the points guy”,
    could you do me a favor and explain again the actual goal of your competition?!
    Is it to find the lowest “cent per point” ratio, or the highest? … either I’m not good in maths or in English, but it looks like all participants were hunting for the lowest ratio?

    The smaller the costs/night, the lower will the ratio be, but the less each point is worth…?!

    Thanks, Martin

  • SPG contest winner

    FREE NIGHT REDEMPTION for 30 000 points :

    - 20 000 points for 1 night for 2 adults at the St Regis Mauritius (check-in December 31th 2012 ; check-out January 1th 2013). Equivalent of 1513 USD excluding tax.

    - 10 000 points for 1 night for 2 adults at the W Atlanta Buckhead (check-in December 31th 2012 ; check-out January 1th 2013). Equivalent of 449 USD excluding tax.

    In summary : free night redemption for 30 000 points with equivalent of 1962 USD.

  • Rbarr24

    Pretty cool! Doesn’t seem to be available for points anymore on NYE but the same trip works if you move it a few weeks back. Still very slick.

  • Xavier Sagaert

    CASH & POINT REDEMPTION for 30 000 points and spent among 3 continents :

    - MAURITIUS : 24 000 points & 450 USD for 3 night for 2 adults at the St Regis Mauritius (check-in December 31th 2012 ; check-out January 3th 2013). Equivalent of 4539 USD excluding tax.

    - CHINA : 4 800 points & 120 USD for 3 night for 2 adults at the Sheraton Great Wall (check-in February 8th 2012 ; check-out February 11th 2013). Equivalent of 1923 USD excluding tax.

    - USA : 1 200 points & 25 USD for 1 night at the Aloft Jacksonville Airport (check-in December 12th 2012 ; check-out December 13th 2013). Equivalent of 94 USD excluding tax.

    In summary : cash & point redemption for 30 000 points and 595 USD = equivalent of 6556 USD.

  • Ludmilagenis

    Cash and Points for Sheraton Lima, Peru
    Check in: 1/16/2013
    Check out: 2/1/2013 Total nights:16
    Room rate $174/night
    Cash and Points will be 1600 points and $30/night

    Total will be 25,600 points and $480 instead of $2784

  • sogosh

    Friend- you plagarized the post I left. Literally word for word. You know these are time-stamped, right?

  • TPG Intern Ryan

    We will be going through these all making sure they are original. Thanks

  • sogosh

    Thanks, Ryan — appreciate you being all over it.

  • Flamingo

    Wow, it is packed & I hope I am not too late to post for the best “free-night redemptions” ideas for 30K SPG points.

    Per SPG site, Le Méridien Dead Sea (Cat 1) will have the best value for the weekend stay (2000 SPG points per night). Therefore, I will propose to stay in Le Méridien Dead Sea for 8 times:

    11/2-11/4 (2 nights for 4000 points)
    11/9-11/11 (2 nights for 4000 points)
    11/16-11/18 (2 nights for 4000 points)
    11/23-11/25 (2 nights for 4000 points)
    11/30-12/2 (2 nights for 4000 points)
    12/7-12/9 (2 nights for 4000 points)
    12/14-12/16 (2 nights for 4000 points)
    12/23-12/24 (1 night for 2000 points)

    Totally 15 weekend nights for 30K SG with the totak rack rate value (+ 16% tax) of $5,759.4 ($0.192 per point).

    I will have a super nice 2012 Thanksgiving & Christmas holiday in Israel!!!

  • P_hsu

    How do you come out 37,536 CNY for 8 Oct, FREE nights in The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing? Per SG site, the rate rate + tax is only 4255 CNY/day.

  • sogosh

    Iterating on my earlier entry, I decided to de-couple the Beijing stays into weekend-only stays (to take advantage of a 3,000 SPG point weeekend rate, as opposed to a 4,000 weekday SPG rate). That gave me 2000 more SPG points to spend, which I could use for a stay at the LeM Dead Sea.

    Free Nights:

    - The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2/8/13-2/10/13: 6,000 SPG points, or $1411.20

    - The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2/15/13-2/17/13: 6,000 SPG points, or $1411.20

    - Le Parker Meridien, Palm Springs
    4/14/13-4/15/13: 16,000 SPG points, or $4101.05

    Le Meridien Dead Sea
    11/2/12-11/3/12: 2,000 SPG points, or $383.96

    Total: $7307.41, or 30,000 SPG points or .24358/cents per SPG point

    Thanks again for running this, Points Guy. This has been a lot of fun.

    OH, and related: the reason the Parker is so expensive is that it’s Coachella that weekend. My all-time best reward was nailing down the Parker over Coachella weekend a couple years back on Cash/Points. 14,400 SPG points + $270 for what would have then cost me well over $9,000. Talk about an insane redemption rate…. :-)

  • Lee

    6 nights at the new Westin Snowmass (4800 points + $90/night) for Dec 15-20

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  • SC9457

    From October 12 to October 22, 2012, I am spending 10 nights at the Le Meridien Angkor in Cambodia. Category 2 hotel at 3,000 points and lowest available rate is $150 per night.

  • David G

    I would spend 5 days at the westin virginia beach town center. (4 nights and the 5th night free) for 28000 starpoints.

    SPG Free Nights
    No penalty for changes/cancellations until 08/28/2012
    No deposit required
    Eligible ID required at check in
    Average Rate Per Night
    5,600 Starpoints

    Reserve

    Terms & Details
    5th Night Free!
    + Show Night-By-Night

  • KJM

    The Andaman, Langkawi
    11/13 check-in and 11/19 check-out (6 nights)
    USD $172.00 * 6 = $1,032 (incl charges & taxes)
    Cash & Points = USD $90 * 6 + 4,800 points * 6 = USD $540 + 28,800 points (incl charges & taxes)

    = $0.017083/point

  • http://twitter.com/liverpoolaustin Austin Lau

    Free Nights

    Stay: The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    Check In: Dec 30, 2012
    Check Out: Jan 4, 2013
    Lowest Standard Rate: $613/night
    SPG Free Nights: 4000/night
    Points Utilized: 24,000

    Value/Point: $0.122

    Stay: Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand
    Check In: Jan 5, 2013
    Check Out: Jan 7, 2013
    Lowest Standard Rate: $206/night
    SPG Free Nights: 3000/night
    Points Utilized: 6,000

    Value/Point: $0.0687

    Final Total Value/Point: $0.1912

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  • naresh

    I would use for my upcoming thailand vacation , The St. Regis Bangkok hotel.

  • Steve

    Four Points by Sheraton Midtown at Times Square
    12/22/2013 – 12/23/2013
    $3029 + 450.01 taxes = $3749.01
    or 12,000 Points

    31.24 cents/pt

  • Kstopden

    I’d like to spend 3 nights with my wife at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • xraymutant

    This is probably not the highest value C&P redemption, but I just want to add one more hotel here.

    A vacation in mysterious Tibet

    Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa
    08/19/12-08/26/12

    Rate: 2180 CNY/day or 343 USD/day
    SPG Category 3

    2800 starpoint + 45 USD

    (343-45)/2800=$0.1064/starpoint

  • Chirag Lal

    Hi TPG,

    This has been super fun, and a little time consuming at the same time! I would like to say that this has been my favorite contest of all the other SPG contests, and I am sure a lot of other people will agree. It truly made me realize the value of each SPG point. I used to think a great redemption was one that gave you anywhere from .05-.10 cents/point. I am happy to say that that was the old me. Here is my entry for the contest (although shy of the best already posted):

    Cash & Points Entry:
    Hotel: Le Méridien Ile Maurice – SPG Category 3 – Mauritius
    Dates: 12/22/2012 – 01/01/2013 (10 nights) @ (2800+$45)/night
    Room: Nirvana with sea view: King Bed
    Details: Adults only, Balcony with amazing view
    Rack Rate (Refundable Rate – Equivalent to an Award Booking): 671 EUR/night for 2 people
    10 days @ 6710 EUR, Today’s exchange rate 1.2297 = 10 days @ $8251.29
    10 days cash component = $450
    Net = $7801.29 for 28000 points
    Value per point = 7801.29/28000 = .28

    10 nights in Mauritius for 28,000 points & $450 is an amazing Honeymoon waiting to happen, do you guys agree?

    Thanks,
    Chirag

  • Marcy

    1. Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel (Wisconsin) ($143.68) 10/21 1 night- 1600 points +$30- 1 night
    2. The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center (Chicago IL) ($1327.56) 10/22-10/25 2800 points +$45-3 nights
    3. The Westin Kansas City (MO) at Crown Center ( $531.21) 10/25-10/27 2800 points + $45.00- 2 nights
    4. W Dallas Texas – Victory ($1033.88 ) 10/27-10/30 4800 points +$90.00- 3 nights

    Total points: 30,000
    $3,036.33
    0.083 per point

    This may not be the most extravagant trip but its an actual trip I’m taking. I’m taking my daughters on a 10 day trip to go to Justin Bieber concerts (Ya Ya Ya, I know) but it is what it is :)

    With southwest points and SPG points its costing me next to nothing so off we go!

    Thanks for the contest.

  • PJ

    I might be the best among last class travellers:

    I got 2 weekend nights for end weekend each month from July to Dec 2012 to stay at LAX Sheraton Gateway for 3K each night before the upgrade. The property has been since upgraded to 7K per night ; this honest list price for SPG members cash option is a modest 142 per night before tax. 10 nights cost 30K all together and they came on the 30K signon bonus + 10 K referral bonus and same spend 5000/6months

  • Shari

    Cash and Points for Sheraton Lima, Peru
    Check in: 1/16/2013
    Check out: 2/1/2013 Total nights:16
    Room rate $174/night
    Cash and Points will be 1600 points and $30/night

    Total will be 25,600 points and $480 instead of $2784

  • Lindsey

    W South Beach

    Check In
    12/23/2012 – 4:00 PM
    Check Out
    12/25/2012 – 11:00 AM

    Room rate: USD1,209.00
    Taxes: USD157.17
    Estimated total**:USD1,366.17
    Estimated total for your stay**
    1 room(s) for 2 night(s): USD 2,732.34

    30000 Starpoints and $ 550 for Stay

    $2,732.24 – $550 = $2,182.24

    $2,182.24/30,000 = $.07 per poi

  • PJ

    cash and point redemption my real experience in RIO and Iguazzu Falls Argentina in 2012

    April 18-22,2012 Sheraton Hotel and Resort , Rio 4.8K plus $87 with tax ROOM RATE with Tax 404.25
    April 22-24 SHeraton Hotel Iguazzu Fall Park 4.8 K plus $91 with tax Room Rate with Tax 435.60
    28.8K points spend to save 1958 a very conservative estimate @6.8 cents per point

  • David Lau

    Points:

    Stay at the Le Meridien Pyramids and Spa in Egypt for the following weekends:

    1/5/13 – 1/6/13 , 1/12/13 – 1/13/13, 1/19/13 – 1/20/13, 1/26/13 – 1/27/13, 2/2/13 – 2/3/13, 2/9/13 – 2/10/13, 2/16/13 – 2/17/13, 2/23/13 – 2/24/13, 3/2/13 – 3/3/13, 3/9/13 – 3/10/13

    Each of these 1 night stays costs $241.13 USD as the lowest standard rate for a redeemable room, which normally costs 3000 points.

    10 1-night stays at 30000 points would normally cost $2411.3, so the amount spent is a very generous $0.08/point.

    Cash and Points:

    This is a bit more simple.

    Stay at the Le Meridien Ile Maurice in Mauritius from 12/21/11 – 12/31/11.

    The amount spent is 2800 points and $45 per night, so for 10 nights, you spend 28000 points and $450. A nirvana room with sea view can be redeemed at that price which normally costs $809.95 per night. Therefore, you spend 28000 points and $450 for what would normally be $8099.5. At that rate, the amount spent is $0.273/point.

  • [email protected]

    We were absolutely blowm away by the absolutely amazimgly architecture at the spectacular Tambo del Incas Resort & Spka in the Valle Sagarado in Preu. At 10,000oimts per night, double, joyed a huge, inventive, luxury suite,
    & were escorted onto a private train $ station with guides with us all the way up to the ancient peaks of Machu Pichu!!

  • DrRZ

    My family would enjoy St. Regis Florence.

  • gladys ng

    Points:

    Le Meridien Dead Sea for the following nights:
    2000 points each: 11/17/12 – 11/18/12, 11/3/12 – 11/4/12, 11/10/12 – 11/11/12, 12/1/12 – 12/2/12, 12/8/12 – 12/9/12, 12/15/12 – 12/16/12, 12/22/12 – 12/23/12, 10/27/12 – 10/28/12, 10/20/12 – 10/21/12, 10/13/12 – 10/14/12
    3000 points each: 10/7/12 – 10/8/12, 10/18/12 – 10/19/12, 10/25/12 – 10/26/12, 11/15/12 – 11/16/12.

    Normal rate for all nights for the redeemable room – $331.

    Total spent is $4634 for 30000 points, points valued at $0.145/point.

    Cash and Points:

    Great Wall Sheraton Beijing:
    3000 points each night: 1/5/13 – 1/6/13, 1/12/13 – 1/13/13, 1/19/13 – 1/20/13, 1/26/13 – 1/27/13, 2/2/13 – 2/3/13, 2/9/13 – 2/10/13, 2/16/13 – 2/17/13, 2/23/13 – 2/24/13, 3/2/13 – 3/3/13, 3/9/13 – 3/10/13

    Normal rate each night for redeemable room – $612.97.

    Total value is $0.364/point.

  • sogosh

    Hi Pointsguy,

    Are we allowed to iterate on our own earlier entries? If so, I had hoped to revise mine to the following:

    Free Nights:
    - The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2/8/13-2/10/13: 6,000 SPG points, or $1411.20

    - The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2/15/13-2/17/13: 6,000 SPG points, or $1411.20

    - Le Parker Meridien, Palm Springs
    4/14/13-4/15/13: 16,000 SPG points, or $4101.05

    Le Meridien Dead Sea
    11/2/12-11/3/12: 2,000 SPG points, or $383.96

    Total: $7307.41, or 30,000 SPG points or .24358/cents per SPG point.

    Best,
    sogosh

  • Sherpa

    I have always wanted to visit Buenos Aires and was surprised by the point+cash options is the city. I couldn’t believe how inexpensive it was.

    11/20 check-in and 11/23 check-out (3 nights – who doesn’t want to spend Thanksgiving in sunny South America?)

    USD $177 @ 3 nights = $531 + charges & taxes ($642.51 total)
    Cash & Points = USD $45 @3 nights + 2,800 points per

    USD $135 + 8,400 points (excluding taxes & charges) = $0.047/point

  • Alan Wstley

    St. Regis Singapore, 2 nights (Sep 20-22, 2012). 40 000 points / $1500. $0.14 per point

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

    Straight redemption, no cash and points: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney Australia. 12/30 – 1/4/13 (5 nights). AUD605 per night, used 9600 points per night for total of 48000 (using one free night discount offered for 5th night). Including the hotel fees, in US $, total $3640.13. 7.6 cents value per Starpoint.

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  • Michael

    One of the great gems on Kauai is the Sheraton Kauai Resort — it is the best beach hotel in Poipu (better than the Grand Hyatt) and is walking distance to some cool funky town dining spots. It’s also less pretentious than some of the resorts but the beach and fact that you feel at the edge fo the earth make it worthwhile.

    PLUS — they offer room rates for 4800 points and $90. So with my 30,000 Starpoints budget, I’d book a week, Dec 3 -10 this year for 29,600 starpoints and $560.

  • Rbfcoupon

    Free Night:

    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2/3/13 – 2/13/13 (10 Nights)

    Total: CNY 44,850 (including taxes)

    Total in USD: $7,035.17 (including taxes)

    Redemption of 3000 points/night over 10 Nights: 30,000 points

    Final Calculation: $7,035.17/30,000 points = $.234506/point

  • Abe

    So my wife got an SPG card about 45 days ago….what are the chances they will bump her for the new promotion?

  • Rafet Ducic

    Free Nights:

    - Le Parker Meridien
    16,000 SPG points, or $4101.05

    These is my pick!

  • DavidR

    Hotel: Le Méridien Ile Maurice – SPG Category 3 – Mauritius
    Dates: 12/22/2012 – 01/01/2013 (10 nights) @ (2800+$45)/night
    Room: Nirvana with sea view: King Bed
    Details: Adults only, Balcony with amazing view
    Rack Rate (Refundable Rate – Equivalent to an Award Booking): 671 EUR/night for 2 people
    10 days @ 6710 EUR, Today’s exchange rate 1.2297 = 10 days @ $8251.29
    10 days cash component = $450
    Net = $7801.29 for 28000 points
    Value per point = 7801.29/28000 = .28

  • Mjm

    its the law and I’m happy you are staying out of jail for us. You have shared so many great ideas.

  • Aarif

    I think I found a good one for cash and points: Le Méridien Medina, from Oct 22, 2012 to Oct 28, 2012, 6 nights at 1400 SAR /night, total $2239.87. Cash and points is only $45 + 2800 points, so $270 plus 16800 starpoints for the stay. Value of points: 11.7 cents / point.

  • AL

    4 Nights cash and points in May 2012 – Prince de Galles, Paris! (of course would need 2000 extra points, but that’s easy).

  • Aarif

    Looks like I should have looked at more recent posts… oh well, at least I have an entry.

  • AdamB

    Forgot my dates for the Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing!!
    2 nights 12/06/13-12/08/13

    Also if taxes should be included my entry would change to the following
    Night 1 – 3039+452.06=3491.06/nt
    Night 2 – 3039+452.06=3491.06/nt
    Night 3 – 612+91=703/nt
    Night 4 – 612+91=703/nt

    Total=8388.12 or .2796 per point

  • David Medalie

    Hi TPG,

    I find this to be a nifty contest. Good luck with the adjudication, as most of the posts below are not following your proposed reply format. You have quite a hodge-podge of comments. In any case:

    SPG location – St. Regis Florence
    Free night – Sep. 1, 2012 @ $543 and 30,000 points, valuation $.0181 per point
    Cash and points night – no availability ever! points ??? valuation – infinite

  • dancheng1

    Hotel Name: W Taipei
    Category: 5
    Check In: 2/18/2013
    Check Out: 2/21/2013

    Retail Rate = 9300 CNY/night = $311/night x 3 nights = $932
    Starpoints ONLY Option = 16,000 Starpoints/night x 3 nights = 48,000 Starpoints

    Cash & Points Option = 4,800 Starpoints plus $90 per night.
    This means I am buying 11,200 Starpoints for $90 = (0.008 PER POINT!!!)
    For three nights, I will have used 14,400 Starpoints and $270.

    Great value in Cash and Points!!!

  • YM

    SPG, Here I come! My first stay with you will be through these points!

  • naresh

    I would go to St Regis Princeville.

  • naresh

    I would go to St Regis Princeville.

  • Chirag Lal

    Hi barelyelite:
    I was checking the stay to confirm your rates, and it turns out that you may have miscalculated the point value. The total rate after taxes for your stay should be 3479.28, not 3749 (maybe a fat-fingering error). If you go by 3479 per night, then the point value per night falls to 28.99 ~ 29 cents/point. The same holds for other dates including 12/31/2013-01/01/2014.

    Hi TPG,
    Please take this as my entry for the same hotel, but for the dates mentioned above. Everything else remains the same.

    Thanks,
    Chirag lal

  • Jgray

    Free night award:

    Four points Los angeles westside 8/11 – 8/19.

    3625 points 29000 total

    Lowest standard rate $199, total with taxes and fees $1825.23. Per point value 6.29 cents, using all 30000 points still 6.08 cents

  • Monique

    Cash & Points:

    Four Points by Sheraton Kuching, Malaysia
    12/23/2012-1/17/2013 (25 nights)

    Standard room costs for 25 nights= $4200 – 30K points and $625 = .119 value per point.

  • PratipB

    W retreat at Maldives is the place to redeem the 50,000 points!

  • D. Wang

    Many of the eye-whopping valuations are based on presumptuous hotel stays; I doubt they will really take the stay.

    I like the comment from Marcy (the Justin Bieber fan’s parent) who showed his/her actual trip using points. That is more realistic.

    Here is my actual trip.

    Sheraton Madison Hotel (Category 2). 8/16-8/20, 3 nights, (1,600 pts + $30) x 3 for a Club Floor, 1 king-bed room. Lowest flexible rate: $172/night; AAA Hot Deal rate: $130/night.

    So for me, $0.10/pts at Best Available Rate and $0.07/pts at AAA Hot Deal Rate.

  • Matt R

    The best value for cash and points or free nights redemptions is the Tambo del Inka in the Sacred Valley, Peru. This almost brand new hotel is undervalued by SPG as a Category 4 – ranked top 10 worldwide by tripadvisor, and I’m sure it will jump at least one category in the near future.

    With cash and points, you can stay a full 7 nights at this hotel for only 28,000 points and $420 (4,000 points + $60/night). This is plenty of time to enjoy the Sacred Valley and make it up to Machu Picchu. Sample available dates: 8/20-8/27 for a Superior Room (even the basic Superior Rooms are stunning and BIG).

    Free nights here start at 10k/night, so you can get 3 nights with 30k points (sample available dates: 8/20-23). Note also that if you’ve got more points and can stay a full week, SPG will allow an advance prepaid rate of less than 10k points per night! From 8/20-8/25, for example, the free night rate is discounted from the usual 10k points to only 8k points per night!

  • Levi

    W South Beach. 1/1-1/2. Room rate $9500, redeem for 30k points. Value of $.32pp.

  • PerkMeister

    So I may have gone against the conventional wisdom with Category 1 Free stays, as follows:

    13,000 Starpoints will get me a Superior Room, King Bed for five nights (Buy 4, get 1 Free) at Le Méridien Dead Sea in Israel (Category 1) for 11/1 – 11/6/2012. Rate is $368.00 per night for a subtotal of $1,840.00.

    13,000 Starpoints will get me a another (Hmmm, I hope I like it) Superior Room, King Bed for five nights (Buy 4, get 1 Free) at Le Méridien Dead Sea in Israel (Category 1) for the 11/7 -11/12/2012. Rate is $368.00 per night for a subtotal of $1,840.00.

    4,000 Starpoints will get two nights at the Four Points by Sheraton Tucson Airport (Category 1) from 2/15 to 2/17/2013. Room rate is $169 per night for a subtotal of $238.00.

    Not like the Chinese hotel values… but may be fun!

    TOTAL VALUE OF REWARDS : $4,018.00 (Plus savings on taxes, of course)

  • http://twitter.com/zaidee13 Stewart Sheinfeld

    St Regis NYC Sep 5 1night 30,000 pts 895.00

  • JB

    Hotel Imperial, Vienna
    Check in: 10/16/12 Check out: 10/19/12

    SPG Cash & Points
    From 8000 Starpoints + USD 150

    Regular room rates are at EUR 419 or USD $516 per nite. Three nites at a Luxury Collection Hotel in Vienna which is rated #6 at Trip Advisor. This is a great deal with 6,000 points leftover to boot.

  • JMC

    For cash and points:

    Early Valentines Day 2013 with my wife at THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN WAIKIKI, checking in on February 10 and checking out on February 12 for three nights: 8,000 points for each night and $150.00; so, all in all, it would 24,000 points and $450.00

    For free-night redemptions:

    Three nights at the NEW SHERATON MADRID MIRASIERRA HOTEL AND SPA for 10,000 SPG points per day.

  • sogosh

    That looks insane… but only the penthouse suite is available. Which means it’d be double the points, if they even let you do it.

  • Bob S.

    W South Beach

    Check In
    12/23/2012 – 4:00 PM
    Check Out
    12/25/2012 – 11:00 AM

    Room rate: USD1,209.00
    Taxes: USD157.17
    Estimated total**:USD1,366.17
    Estimated total for your stay**
    1 room(s) for 2 night(s): USD 2,732.34

    30000 Starpoints and $ 550 for Stay

    $2,732.24 – $550 = $2,182.24

    $2,182.24/30,000 = $.07 per poi

  • RachelDAvenport

    I’d stay at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki beach for 6 nights at 4,800 points and $90 per night.

  • RachelDavenport

    Whoops missed the dates. December 11 to 18, 2012.
    Rack rates at the Moana Surfrider is $270 per night at this category 5 hotel for a total of $1620 for those six days or $1890 with tax. This is worth 6.3 cents per SPG point.

  • eagertraveler

    Sweet Prize

  • Josh McLin

    Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing

    Nights: Cost for weekend in USD: Starpoints:
    2/1-2/3 $1410.3083 3000
    2/8-2/10 $1410.3083 3000
    2/15-2/17 $1410.3083 3000
    2/22-2/24 $1410.3083 3000
    3/1-3/3 $1410.3083 3000
    3/8-3/10 $1410.3083 3000
    3/15-3/17 $1410.3083 3000
    3/22-3/24 $1410.3083 3000
    3/29-3/31 $1410.3083 3000
    4/5-4/7 $1410.3083 3000

    10 nights $14103.083 30000

    Rate of $.47/point

  • Karen Fraser

    Please choose me! I could use those points sooo bad. I love your posts and your email!
    I save soo much money and get more points because of you.

    I think the funniest thing I have done lately is that Holiday Inn promotion where you were going to their Japanese website and answering questions…I got a LOT of points. Thanks again.

    Karen Fraser

  • Amy

    CASH & POINTS

    Use at Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel for 18.75 cents per point

    Dates: Stay 18 nights (February 1, 2013 to February 19, 2013) for 28,800 points + $540 cash instead of $5939.04 (lowest rate)
    save $5939.04-$540=$5399.04
    $5399.04/28800=18.75 cents per point

    (Each night Cash & Points= 1600+$30 per night instead of
    paying the lowest rate rate (prepaid as well as rack rate): $299 per room/night + charges & taxes= $329.95)

  • contactgm

    I suggest “The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing”
    over Chinese New Year weekend (Feb 8th to 10th), with friends and family:
    5 rooms, *two* adults per room
    4080 CNY + 15% service charge = 4692 CNY per room / night
    10 room nights = 46920 CNY = $7377.01 (at 1 USD = 6.3603 CNY)

    30,000 points (10 room nights at 3000 SPG points per room night for a Category 2 weekend
    night) delivering value of $7377.01 results in a unit SPG point value of 24.59 cents!

  • KathInJax

    Free Night Redemption:

    Savannah, Ga

    Four Points by Sheraton Historic Savannah

    3/15/13 – 3/18/13. $450/night + tax = $1,528.50 per Room.

    I would book three rooms, to take family and friends. The total cash price would be $4,585.50

    The points are 10,000 points per room (3,000 fri & sat + 4,000 on Sunday)

    Three rooms would be 30,000 points

    Cost per point 15.85

  • Ace21

    TPG -

    Brand new St Regis Mauritius, Dec 3 – Dec 6,

    Cash + points is available for 8k + $150 = 24k + $450,

    while the corporate rate = 1,190 Euro/night x 3 nights = 3,570 Euro = $4388.60 (w/tax)

    I’d use the remaining 6k SPG pts at the Le Meridien Barabarons, in Seychelles on Dec 2.

    Cash + pts is available for 4800 pts + $90, leaving me a hefty 1200 Starpoints available for an amenity or something…:) Rack rate w/ tax on that night = 278.30 Euro = $342.11

    Total outlay in USD = $4,730.71 vs. 28,800 Starpoints + $540 using C+P.

    $4,730.71 – $540 = $4,190.71

    $4,190.71/28,800 Starpoints = 0.1455

    $0.146/pt my final answer!

    Ace

  • Aeroman380

    Le Meridian Chiang Mai

    Christmas and New Year!

    December 23, 2012 to January 2, 2013 10 DAYS! YAHOO!

    1600 points + 30USD per night. Plus you have some points left over for another jaunt!

    Or you can go on the same dates to:

    Four Points by Sheraton Perth

    December 25, 2012 to January 2, 2013 10 DAYS! YAHOO!

    4000 + 60USD per night.

  • Aeroman380

    Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15 Thailand

    For Free Night = 4000 points per night for 7 nights.

  • MikeW

    First off, kudos to you Points Guy and TPG Intern Ryan for having such a cool contest. The other ones seem to be about padding their twitter stats and getting new followers, where you actually made it a real contest with some thinking required. Onto the contest:

    POINTS AND CASH
    VENUE-The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    DATES- Check In March 13-2013/Check Out Mar. 31-2013 (18 nights)

    ***IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THE JUDGES WHEN YOU CHECK THE RATES- Since I will be traveling with my girlfriend as this would be her birthday present and we would be going to see her sister who is in Beijing studying abroad, I of course need to select “2 ADULTS/ROOM” when booking in the reservation menu instead of “1 ADULT/ROOM”. And THIS is SIGNIFICANT because it is going to change the rate from 3900 CNY/nt to 4080 CNY/nt, making this stay an even more bang for my buck booking, than if you looked at the rate for just one. (It would go up even more if you add 3 guests to your room but since Cash and Points only allow 2 people in the room for that award stay, the most you could have in the room is of course 2)

    RATE- So instead of the lowest rack rate of 3900 CNY/nt rate ( after including the tax), that many are posting at this hotel, my lowest rack rate since I have 2 people in the room is actually 4,080 CNY/nt (4692 CNY/nt after tax). So for the 18 nights this room will cost me (using 28,800 SPG points + $540 USD), a total of 84,456 CNY.

    VALUATION- At the end of market close Friday, 84,456 CNY equals $13,273.44 US Dollars. So $13,273.44 USD -$540 USD for the cash value of this = $12,733.44, and once divided by 28,800 points = a value of .44213/point or in layman’s terms, just a shade over 44.2 cents per point. A nice value, and one that I think is the absolute highest that one can get in the SPG system as of right now for a cash + points booking.

    So final answer, just a shade over 44.2 cents/point, using 28,800 points and staying 18 nights…FOR TWO PEOPLE in one room.

    I hope Points Guy that you can take some pride if I win this, in my creativity in using the accurate rate, and showing the rate difference for having the 2nd person in the room (which falls within the rules) that increases the value of the booking, and it shows as you said “being able to demonstrate they can pull the most value from each point wins”, because that sounds like something you would think of! and I probably wouldn’t have if I didn’t always read daily all of the great content on your site, and those of a few other great bloggers who really help all of us maximize our travel. Thanks guys again for having this contest, its been a blast!

  • lala

    The contest is for the best point value using all of the 30K points, not 12K, or 24K, which your post does not provide the full details or 30K usage and should therefore be null. The details state: “I’ll give the second 30,000 points away to the reader who finds the best value out of those 30,000 points for free-night redemptions.”

  • Walton

    30,000 points for 1 night for 2 adults at the W South Beach (check-in December 15th 2012 ; check-out December 16th 2012). Equivalent of 6500 USD excluding tax.

    In summary : free night redemption for 30 000 points with equivalent of 6500 USD

  • MS

    6 nights from August 24th to August 29th at Sheraton Singapore Scott Road

  • Walton

    15,000 points plus $275 for 1 night for 2 adults at the W South Beach (check-in December 15th 2012 ; check-out December 16th 2012). Equivalent of 6500 USD excluding tax.

    In summary : points + cash redemption for 15,000 points with equivalent of 6225 USD

  • lala

    12/20/13-12/21/13
    Four Points by Sheraton Midtown – Times Square
    2 dbl beds

    12K 1 night $3479.28

    12/22/13-12/23/13
    Four Points by Sheraton Midtown – Times Square
    2 dbl beds

    12K 1 night $3479.28

    02/15/13-02/17/13
    The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing
    2 single beds 2 adults

    2 nights @3K per night – 6K $9150 CNY with taxes or $1517 USD

    Grand total $8475.56, 0.2891 per point

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  • http://twitter.com/hehehe2 Gee K.

    Last minute Cash&Points entry ~

    Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel
    1/1/13 – 1/10/13 = 9 nights = 37260 CNY = 5858.20 USD

    The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
    1/10/13- 1/11/13 = 1 night = 4025 CNY = 632.8306 USD

    Total = 6491.03 USD – 405 USD – 90 USD = 5996.03 USD / 30000 points = .1998

  • lala

    Wow, well done and great catch on the “2 adults”.

  • http://twitter.com/hehehe2 Gee K.

    Just FYI, even though it’s past the deadline, if you consider 2 people staying at The Westin vs 1, which is what I calculated, then the value is actually .2011 cents per point.

  • Walton

    Free Night:
    W South Beach
    SPG Category 7
    Check in 12/27/2012
    Check out 12/28/2012
    9,500 USD/Night
    10,735 USD/Night including taxes, for 30K points

    Value of Starpoints: $0.358 / point

  • Matty

    Never mentioned the 8. of october, it is the 10.2. (february) around that time it’s the chinese new year that’s probably the reason why they charge the Rack Rate!

  • Matty

    The day I posted it, that was the final bill I would have to pay for those 18 nights. If you don’t believe it just leave your mail here and I’ll send you the screenshot!

  • Matty

    That’s true, normally you should add one more category 1 property to max out the 30K and then get the correct valuation for the points (in this case yours wouldn’t be correct as well since the final bill increases) but I thought it is already such an amazing value you can generate with the points you don’t have to be that picky

  • Lisa

    St Regis Deer Valley

  • James

    W in Washington

  • karma

    I’d like to spend 3 nights with my wife at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok Thailand!

    SPG Cash & Points

    4,000 Starpoints + USD 60

    No penalty for changes/cancellations until 01/10/2013
    No deposit required
    Eligible ID required at check in

  • Chirag Lal

    Dear Lala,

    The T&C also state that you do not need to use all of your points. The entry is valid as long as you do not exceed 30K points.

    Thanks,
    Chirag

  • Chirag Lal

    Hey DavidR,

    You literally copy and pasted my entry!

    Chirag

  • TPG Intern Ryan

    Awesome job

  • TPG Intern Ryan

    I’m looking at the time stamps of who posted the actual nights of the hotels first. If tax wasn’t added, I will add it in when calculating this.

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  • naresh

    The St. Regis Bangkok

  • http://www.frequentflyeruniversity.com/ Frequent Flyer University

    The chance is 0% if you don’t try, so I’d suggest giving AMEX a call and asking politely if they can bump her up. Worst they can say is no.

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  • tenielle

    Maldives Sheraton Full Moon Spa and Resort
    Dec 1-5 (5 nights)

    Rack rate $482.98/night
    total rack rate with taxes and fees = 1,931.93

    Points + Cash = 8000 points + $150.00
    Total points = 30 000
    Total price= $750.00

    1931.93-750.00=1181.93
    1181.93/30 000= 0.039

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