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There is good news for SPG Platinum Preferred Guest members as Starwood has made changes to their Suite Night Award Program.
The Suite Night Award given to Platinum members who have 50 nights or more used to expire at the end of the year, but the deadline has now been extended from December 31, 2013, to April 30, 2014.
This is an exciting – and refreshingly positive – development for anyone who didn’t have chance to use their suite stays this year, and you can now even combine them with your 2014 Suite Nights Awards up until the end of April.
With so many amazing properties to choose from such as the Le Meridien Beach Plaza Monaco, the St. Regis Princeville, or the W Chicago – City Center, it is good to know that you have more time in which to take advantage of my favorite VIP perk.
As a quick refresher Starwood offers three tiers of membership – Preferred (regular), Gold and Platinum, though Platinum is further subdivided into members who complete the 25 stays or 50 nights, 50 Night members, 75 Night members and 100+ Night members. Along with a host of perks that include high speed internet access for the entire stay, a complimentary beverage at the restaurant/bar, and the choice of Continental breakfast for the entire length of stay, 500 Starpoints, or a local gift (e.g. wine, olive oil, or artisan piece), in addition, Platinum members who surpass the 50-night mark earn 10 Suite Night Awards. You can use them to confirm certain suites and premium rooms beginning 5 nights prior to arrival, subject to availability. For more information on these awards and how to maximize them, check out this post.
This is probably my favorite top-tier elite perk from Starwood. It is intended to be an upgrade to a suite, but some hotels won’t be able to fulfill it due to capacity, so there will be other options to choose from including oceanfront rooms at some resorts. In some cases, you can even select the exact room you want to be on the list for and will be able to see all options on SPG.com -> My Stays.
The great thing is that this whole process will be automatically done by Starwood so you don’t have to worry about showing up at the hotel and trying to argue your way into a suite at check-in. The automatic system will keep checking for availability up until 2pm the day before arrival and at that point if there’s no suite available, you get the upgrades back and try for an on-site upgrade like every other Platinum. Using these wisely means potentially getting 10 nights a year upgraded to a suite several categories above the room you book, which can be worth thousands of dollars – and you can use these on award stays as well as paid stays, making them super versatile.
Hat-tip to fellow blogger The Mr. Pickles for alerting me to the change in expiration date for the Suite Awards Nights!
For more information on the Starwood Elite perks and why I value Platinum status so much, read this post here.