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Now through January 31, 2013, the first 5,000 Starwood Preferred Guest members that add a wish to the Travel Wish map will earn 100 Starpoints. I just did this as of 8:20am Monday (today) and it confirmed I’d get the points within 6 weeks, so it appears they haven’t hit the cap.
Previously some of the offers to get free SPG points required connecting to Facebook or checking in on FourSquare, however this offer doesn’t require either of those, and it takes less than a minute to do, so you might as well do it and get some free points.
When you head to the site, it asks you to choose your Travel Wish. You can select from Sun N’ Surf, Majestic Mountains, City Capers, Total Tranquility or a Golf Getaway. I decided to go with the Majestic Mountains, then you choose a location, an SPG hotel, what you wish you could do there and who you want to go with. If anyone was wondering My Travel Wish, I chose the St. Regis Aspen.
Each Starwood Preferred Guest can only earn the bonus once. While 100 points isn’t going to get you close to an award stay, it’s a great way to keep your points active. Every point counts and who knows, maybe there will be more options to earn even more points as well. Even though it says the first 5,000 wishes will earn the 100 free Starpoints, my wish was #11,000 and it still let me enter my info for the points, so perhaps people are making multiple wishes or SPG is letting everyone who participates eligible.
Starwood is also offering a 40% discount on every second night at participating properties in North and South America. Reservations have to be booked through Starwood and the discount varies by hotel and is based on the best available, non-restricted rate. So you have to play around with the search function a little bit to find dates where the discount applies to properties you’re interested in, but there seems to be a fair amount of availability, so this could be a good way to save on some stays as you work your way toward elite status for 2013. Use the promo code ZB4 when you book online. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.