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Starwood Preferred Guest is offering a great little side bonus this fall: between September 10 and December 9, 2012 you can get 3,000 Aeroplan miles when you stay 3 nights at any SPG hotel, 5,000 miles for 5 nights and if you stay at a Canadian SPG hotel for 3 of those nights you get an extra 3,000 points, for a total bonus of us to 8,000 Aeroplan miles. Nights do not need to be consecutive, so three different one-night stays will trigger the 3,000 mile bonus, for example. You can register here for this bonus.
You can earn this promotion in addition to their upcoming Better By The Night promotion (Oct 1- Dec 20) and you don’t need to change your earning preference to Aeroplan. Simply register here and provide your Aeroplan number (if you don’t have one, you can sign-up here and you’ll even get 1,000 free miles after you take an Air Canada flight) ).
I really like this promotion because stays at all 1,100+ hotels that participate in the SPG program are eligible for this promotion- plus it is retroactive so you just need to sign-up by the time the promotion ends and it will count all paid (not award or cash & points) since September 10, 2012.
Basically, there is no reason you wouldn’t want to sign-up for these free Aeroplan miles. Even if you don’t think you’ll have 3 stays, you might as well register, because you never know if your plans might change. Aeroplan isn’t the best frequent flyer program in the world, but it’s got some great redemptions, like 90,000 miles for business class roundtrip from North America to Western Europe. They do charge fuel surcharges on many Star Alliance partners, but their routing rules are extremely generous and you can often cobble “round-the-world” itineraries for the price of a normal award (for example going to Asia via Europe and then coming home over the Pacific).
-Aeroplan Bonus Miles are offered to eligible Aeroplan members who stay a minimum of three to five nights paying an Eligible Rate at participating Starwood properties during the promotional period. Advance reservations are required and bookings are based on availability. Black out dates may apply . Offer not applicable to groups. Reservations must be made directly with Starwood (by phone, www.starwoodhotels.com, or specific Starwood property website) or via a travel agent. Bookings via third-party online retailers and other wholesalers are not eligible for this bonus offer promotion. You must be a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest Program and have registered for this promotion. Membership in the SPG program is free. Please visit www.spg.com. All Starwood Preferred Guest terms and conditions apply. Please allow six to eight weeks after the promotion ends for Aeroplan Miles to be posted to your Aeroplan account.
-An Eligible Rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. SPG-participating hotels and resorts and a description of Eligible Rates can be found at SPG.com under program terms and conditions. See Section 1.4 for the complete definition of Eligible Rates, but note that certain prepaid rooms where the booking is made through a third party (including but not limited to travelocity.com, expedia.com and orbitz.com) are not Eligible Rates and do not earn Starpoints or qualify toward promotional earnings.