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35% Off Select Starwood Redemptions Through Paradise is Closer Promotion

by on July 19, 2013 · 9 comments

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Starwood announced that several of their exclusive resort properties will be offering a 35% discount off a free night redemption for stays now through March 1, 2014. The resorts that are participating in this offer are: W Retreat and Spa MaldivesLe Meridien Bora BoraMystique, Santorini GreeceAl Maha, Dubai, UAE, W Retreat Koh SamuiPine Cliffs Residence, Portugal and Vana Belle, Koh Samui, Thailand.

Over water bungalows at the W Maldives.

Over water bungalows at the W Maldives.

According to this Milepoint post:

“We are excited to announce that seven of our most luxurious resorts can now be redeemed for 35% fewer Starpoints. From bookings made now until March 1, 2014, the seven resorts listed below will offer Free Night redemption for 35% less. Due to the type of rooms these resorts have, they must be redeemed by calling one of our SPG customer contact centers and cannot be booked online. The redemption savings are taken at the time of booking and no registration is required. Furthermore, our 5th Night Free benefit applies to these lower redemption rates. More information at complete terms are at spg.com/paradiseiscloser.”

Save 35% off an award redemption at any of these properties.

Save 35% off an award redemption at any of these properties.

All these resorts are considered to have limited participation in the Starwood Preferred Guest program since these hotels only have suites or villas and therefore, Starpoint Award reservations must be booked at a higher Starpoint rate.

W Retreat and Spa Maldives – Now 58,500 Starpoints a night (previous 90,000)
Le Meridien Bora Bora – Now 39,000 Starpoints a night (previous 60,000)
Mystique, Santorini Greece – Now 39,000 Starpoints a night (previous 60,000)
Al Maha, Dubai, UAE – Now 39,000 Starpoints a night (previous 60,000)
W Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand – Now 26,000 Starpoints a night (previous 40,000)
Pine Cliffs Residence, Portugal – Now 26,000 Starpoints a night (previous 40,000)
Vana Belle, Koh Samui, Thailand – Now 26,000 Starpoints a night (previous 40,000)

These discounted rates are combinable with Starwood’s 5th night free award redemption promotion, so to really maximize on this offer consider booking one of these for 5 nights.

Le Meridien Bora Bora.

The Le Meridien Bora Bora goes for over $900 per night.

I wanted to see what type of value I would be getting out of my Starpoints if I were to book one of these. I looked at the Le Meridien Bora Bora which was running 79,900 XPF  ($900) per night or XPF 399,500.00 ($4,500) for 5 nights. If I were to take advantage of this offer, I would be redeeming 39,000 per night or or 156,000 for 5 nights, since the 5th night would be free. That would give me a 2.3 cents per point value if I was to stay less than 5 nights, or a 2.88 cents per  point value if I was to do the 5 nights. While these are decent redemption rates, they are nothing spectacular. I try to get at least 2.5 cents out of my Starpoints, but valuation is always a difficult thing because I wouldn’t necessary pay $900 a night to stay at Le Meridien Bora Bora. That being said, if you already have a stay booked, you might as well call and see if you can rebook at the lower rates.

As a reminder, one of the options for the SPG Platinum gift this year is a 35% discount on one award stay, which can be used at any Category 1-6 hotels for stays up to a five-night stay, and since those properties require less Starpoints to begin with, you would be more likely to get a better redemption value that way if you are a Platinum member.

I wish the list of properties was more extensive, but considering how quiet hotel promotions have been this year, I’ll take some discounted stays at nice properties. I haven’t been to any of these resorts, but feel free to share your experience if you have!

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  • Kevin

    I know this is completely off topic, but I’m staying at The Westin Resort & Casino in Aruba over New Years and was confirmed a premium, ocean view room for the entire stay. With tax and resort fees, it would be $782 per night and I got the rooms for 10k points for all nights but one! I’m staying seven nights (paying for 6 with the 5th night free) and it only cost me 61k points, which would have cost me $5,475 if I were to pay in cash. That’s almost 9 cents per point! This is by far the best deal I’ve received using points. Thanks for all your tips!

  • Jonathan

    I’m staying in Geneva, Switzerland for 2 nights, Oct 1st and 2nd. I only found a hotel option through SPG, valued at 1.3 CPP (when booked through expedia you get cheaper rates then SPG website offers). Is there a better redemption option for Geneva through other hotel chains (that I can use points at)?

  • clayd333

    I had an extra day in Koh Samui this Thanksgiving. I am there to burn my Hilton pts. at the Conrad. 35% @ the W made it close enough in value for me to pull the trigger and see another property. They wont let you use a suite upgrade (because they are all villas) but I will work it and see what I can get… I checked availability at the LM Bora Bora and W Maldives for giggles, they were both wide open in January. The W was a beach villa..

  • bradsteven

    Wish I had known about this a month or so ago…would have considered spending a few extra days of my Asia trip in Koh Samui!! The properties there seem amazing.

  • thepointsguy

    Awesome deal indeed!!

  • thepointsguy

    Yea- Koh Samui is on my to-do list for sure

  • Andrew

    What kind of deal is this? I get the paying for 6 nights with SPG Points and get one free. So 50K SPG Points for 6 nights. So where’s the 61K total come from and the additional 11K SPG Points? What’s the additional 11K Points from? You said you got the rooms for 10K all nights except 1 – I’m assuming your just paying the standard rate for the night you’re not using points. .Sorry just confused.

  • Kevin

    The first night was not available for 10k points, so I was upgraded by using 11k points. The hotel then confirmed me with the upgraded room for the remainder of the stay.

  • Andrew

    Oh ok Gotcha. So you paid cash, then upgraded using SPG points. It’s a good hotel, nothing great. The best are the Hyatt and a Marriott Stelaris and Marriott Clubs. The F&B is lousy at the Westin but for 10K over New Years you can’t beat it

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