SPG Announces Details of their 2013 Power Up Promotion

by on December 12, 2012 · 17 comments

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Earlier today, Starwood announced the details of their winter promotion. From January 15 through April 15, 2013, you can earn up to 18,000 bonus Starpoints across all hotels and resorts in the SPG program. You will earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints for every four eligible nights you stay (up to 8,000 bonus Starpoints and 16 nights). Plus, earn an additional 10,000 bonus Starpoints when you hit 20 eligible nights. While not the richest promotion at a max bonus of 900 points per night, it is pretty straight forward and it seems as if every stay at a participating SPG property will be eligible for the bonus points (no big exclusions like we’ve seen in the past).

SPG Announces details of their new promotion beginning in 2013.

SPG Announces details of their new promotion beginning in 2013.

The registration window will begin early January, and you can sign up to receive a text message reminder, and I will be posting a reminder post as well as soon as it is open. Since I will be surpassing 100 nights with Starwood this year, (partially thanks to my 10 elite night credits post from my new Starwood Amex and Business Starwood Amex cards), I’ll be earning a boatload of Starwood points all next year: 4x base for being a 75-night Platinum member, 500 Platinum amenity per stay and 2x additional for paying with my Starwood Amex and this promo will add even more to it.

I plan on leveraging both this and Starwood’s Le Meridien promotion, which runs through February 29, 2013, to earn even more points since you get 1,000 bonus Starpoints on your first eligible stay then 2,000 bonus Starpoints on each following stay at participating properties in North America and French Polynesia, and there is no limit to the number of bonus Starpoints that can be earned during the promotion period.

Here are the rest of the “Power Up” Terms and Conditions:

Earning: Once registration opens, SPG members will have until February 28, 2013, midnight ET to register at Members can earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints® after every four eligible nights, up to a maximum of 8,000 bonus Starpoints after 16 eligible nights. Members can earn an additional 10,000 bonus Starpoints once they have stayed 20 eligible nights. Members may earn a maximum of 18,000 total bonus Starpoints for eligible nights from January 15, 2013, through April 15, 2013 (the “promotion period”).

Bonusing: Bonus Starpoints will post to the registered member’s account within 2–4 weeks after the qualifying stay posts that includes the 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th and 20th eligible night. Bonus Starpoints will be awarded after the complete stay posts, regardless of when the qualifying nights within a given stay occur.

Eligible Nights: An eligible night is a night at any of the over 1,100 SPG-participating hotels and resorts paying an eligible rate during the promotion period. Nights do not have to be consecutive and can be accumulated across multiple stays. 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 stays and eligible rates can be found at 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, and are not eligible rates and do not earn Starpoints or qualify toward promotional earnings.

Qualifications and Starwood Terms: All promotions are subject to the Starwood Preferred Guest program terms and conditions, which are subject to change without notice and can be found at Offer is applicable to individual members only and not to groups. Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors. Starwood reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time. To update your communication preferences or learn about our privacy practices, view our Privacy Statement on, or access our privacy information line by calling 1-877-782-0071 in the U.S. and Canada or +353-21-4930474 in all other countries.

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  • AP

    Another mediocre promotion. Gone are the days of 3 stays for one free night or even one free resort night. *Sigh*

  • Greg

    The possibility of earning up to 900 bonus points per night? Yawn. I don’t find this overly exciting. I don’t think I will bother with the text, I am sure I can remember.
    Hotels seem awfully full these days. I do not think that hotels will need to do too much in 2013 promotion wise, except possibly raise the rates at the hotels.
    Its promotions like this, that I am glad that I decided to not chase the elite status wheel, and focus on value propositions for hotel stays

  • Alexander Onishchenko

    doesnt sound too bad, but when you think that it takes 20 000 points to redeem for one free night at W New York…
    Thanks starwood for a promo, but I’ll wait and see what other chains offer.

  • Alex

    IMO it’s a better promotion than what Starwood is running now until 12/20. With the current one I can get 7pts/$. The new one is 900pts/night bonus which at $150/night rate is 6pts/$ plus 3pts/$ base so the total is 9pts/$.

  • Maryjane

    Why do you say 10 elite ngts? According to the link, it says “You will not receive additional 2 stay or 5 night Elite status credits if you have multiple Card Accounts.” mj1

  • PJ

    no such mistake: I was late to realize 2 SPG accounts with the same address same last name can be merged .
    As of now, my daughter and I are all 1 night sway ( 9 nights) from regaining SPG GOLD status .

  • Fanfoot

    The problem is that 10,000 point bump for the 20th night. If you stay 19 nights for example, you’ll only earn 4 x 2,000 = 8,000 points. That’s only 421 points per night. When you can get 500 points for checking in or booking your stay on an iPhone app, that’s not an impressive number.

  • Eddy

    If I book 2 rooms for a 10 day stay on my spg account, will i get the full bonus as I would now get 20 nights counting towards my elite status as per the new SPG rules ????

  • Mithun


    If i book two rooms for 2 nights, will i get the 2000 points for 4 nights?


  • Adpage

    Wow, this promotion sucks. As someone who lives in starwoods, I’m sure not getting much this quarter

  • thepointsguy

    Agree it isn’t as lucrative.. but they have me hooked after enhancing their elite program this year, so I’ll probably still be focusing on Starwood to retain Platinum for 2014

  • thepointsguy

    Starwood will give you the points if you book and pay for 2 rooms on the same night

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- Starwood allows you to earn elite qualification and regular points for multiple rooms

  • thepointsguy

    Agreed.. it seems like Carlson is the only one pumping the market with points, but sadly I don’t really get excited in staying in many of their properties

  • don

    do the points and cash stays count toward the 20 nights

  • thepointsguy


  • Mohsin Zuberi

    Hey TPG, sorry to spam an old post, but – If I registered for this promotion in Feb, but had a 4 night stay in late January, will those nights count towards the 20 night total?

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