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Starwood Preferred Guest has a handful of great rate promotions going on right now, allowing its members to save a considerable amount of money at many SPG properties, ranging from budget to splurge. Each of these special rates are what Starwood refers to as “ask-for only,” meaning that you must request each one either online via a dedicated promotion code, or by calling that promotion’s particular reservations line. To receive each special rate, you must first make a pre-paid, non-refundable reservation, and your discount will be processed by your hotel’s desk staff in person during either check-in or check-out, as specified. The four best current/ongoing Starwood Preferred Guest promotions are:
Suite Luxury, Legacy Rates: $4 for Second Nights at Select St. Regis Suites. When the first St. Regis hotel opened in 1904, each second night spent in many of its suites could be booked for $4 – and happily, the brand is bringing back this legacy rate for stays booked and completed in select suites between now and December 31, 2014. For every two consecutive nights at participating St. Regis properties (in the US, China, Indonesia, Italy, Mauritius, Mexico, Qatar, Spain, Thailand, and the UAE), when the first night is paid in full at a qualifying rate, the second night will cost a legacy rate of only $4 US (or the local equivalent) plus any local/state taxes. For instance, if you stay four nights in a St. Regis property, you’ll get two of those nights for $4!
This deal is open to the public. A minimum stay of two nights is required, and there’s no maximum stay noted. Consecutive reservations for this offer will be honored, but group bookings will not, and blackout dates may apply. To take advantage of this deal, you’ll have to make advance reservations using the promo code Rate Plan STR1904 at the promo’s landing page or by calling St. Regis Worldwide Reservations at 1-877-787-3447. Your reservation confirmation won’t reflect the discount. Instead, the price adjustment will be made by the hotel at check-out; be sure to bring your special legacy rates booking to the attention of the front desk.
For instance, a sample booking of an Astor Suite at the St. Regis San Francisco for September 12-14, 2014 reflects the full price on the reservation of $1,700 + nightly taxes of $278.29, for a total of $3,956.58. When booked with the promo code, however, a rate description is clearly displayed at the top of the booking, signifying to the hotel desk staff that upon check-out, the full price should be discounted to $2,260.58 – a serious savings of $1,696.
If you’ve got your eye on a special splurge weekend (or longer) away between now and December 31st, this could be a great deal.
Pay Your Birth Year for Your Second or Third Night. With this unique SPG promotion, the last two digits of your birth year represent the price you’ll pay for the second and third nights of your stay at participating SPG properties across the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. For instance , if you’re born in 1970, you’ll pay $70 for the second and third night of your stay. Book online or call 1-877-782-0108 and ask for promo code NBR or the PAY AGE rate, then confirm your specific discounted rate at check-in by presenting a valid ID that displays your birth year.
Most of the properties participating in the Pay Your Birth Year rate require you to pay a full, qualifying rate for the first night of your stay, then your discounted rate for the second and third nights. However, a few properties only offer the lowest flexible or pre-paid rate, such as the Sheraton Red Deer and the Sheraton Cavalier Calgary in Alberta, The Westin Resort & Spa in Whistler, British Columbia, and The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Some higher-end participating properties (particularly Westin, W and Luxury Collection) will add an extra $100 to your birth year rate (e.g., $100 + $70 = $170 for the second and third nights.)
All reservations made with this special rate must be for at least two nights, but the maximum length varies by participating property. Blackout dates and arrival restrictions vary by property as well; for instance, all properties allow an arrival from Thursday through Saturday, but others extend this arrival schedule to Sunday. You must be 18 or older to participate in this promotion, and if your reservation contains multiple rooms, the Pay Your Birth Year rate will be based on the age of the oldest adult staying in each room. Time to take your grandmother on vacation!
Pay Your Birth Rate is an ongoing promotion with no specific end date, entirely dependent on availability. A sample booking for the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino (a property that doesn’t charge the $100 extra per promotional-rate nights and which has plenty of Pay Your Birth Year availability) for October 2-5, 2014 would cost $256.12 per night (including taxes of $54.45 per night), for a total of $768.36 for the three-night stay. With the promo rate of $70, your booking would go from $768.36 to $450.57 (including taxes), a savings of $317.79. And proving that age goes before beauty, the older you are, the more you’ll save with this promotion!
Time, the Ultimate Luxury: One Free Night at St. Regis When you Stay Three Consecutive Nights or More. Purely based on availability, this promotion potentially offers big savings on four-night stays at participating St. Regis properties around the world through December 31, 2014. Basically, you pay in full (at Starwood’s best available unrestricted rate) for a non-refundable three-night stay at a participating property and are given a fourth night there for free. Advance reservations are required, and should either be made via the Worldwide Reservations line at 1-877-787-3447 (be sure to mention “Complimentary Night”) or online using one or the other of two promotion codes: R4R when booking at a resort or R4H when booking at a hotel.
Hotel stays are only available for arrivals on Wednesdays through Saturdays, while all arrival days are available at resorts. If you check out early, you won’t receive credit for your unused nights, blackout dates may apply, and consecutive reservations or group bookings won’t be honored.
I looked at several participating St. Regis properties, including those in New York, Rome, and Washington, D.C., and found availability limited to downright scarce between now and February, 2015. The St. Regis Atlanta, however, has promotional availability throughout much of October and November, and even into December. A sample booking for October 16-20, 2014 in a 2 Queen Superior Room offers a specially discounted base price of $296 per night, plus the fourth night free; the pre-tax, non-refundable total of $1,1,85 must be pre-paid in advance using the R4H code, and the additional $296 will then be credited back to you upon check-in for a pre-tax total of $888. The usual base price for this room is $395, so without this deal, that same four-night stay would cost $1,580 – meaning that booking via this promotion would save you $692.
If your travel dates are flexible over the next several months and you know you’ll want to stay at least four nights in a particular St. Regis property, be sure to look into this promotion before you book.
Better Tomorrows: Stay One Night and the Next is 40% Off. The ongoing Better Tomorrows promotion allows you to get a 40% discount for every other night of a stay with an even number of nights at participating Starwood properties in North America and Latin America. For instance, book four nights and two of those nights will be discounted 40%. To take advantage of this ongoing deal, book online with promo code ZB4, or call 1-877-782-0150 and mention “Better Tomorrows.” As with all of these promotions, booking this promo rate will require a non-refundable advance reservation.
At hotels, a minimum stay of two nights is required, and arrival must be on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. At resorts, both the minimum night requirement and arrival day restrictions vary by property. Blackout dates may apply at both hotels and resorts. Note that the 40% discount stated in the promo actually varies by hotel, and is based on the best available, non-restricted rate.
Many of the participating properties have availability for this promotional rate over the next several months, especially those in the southernmost reaches of Latin America. However, availability for this promotional rate is also high throughout October and November at The Westin Resort & Spa in Los Cabos, Mexico. Booked at the Better Tomorrows rate, four nights (October 16-20, 2014) in a Deluxe Room with a partial ocean view and King bed has a discounted rate of $179, for a four-night total of $716. The 40%-off rate of $71.60 would apply to two of those nights, making this total stay (pre-tax) $572.80. This is already a savings of $143.20, but as the usual nightly rate is $224, for a total of $896 for the four nights, the retail-rate savings through this promotion would actually be $323.20 – which isn’t too shabby.
As with all of these promotions, special rates are based on availability, advance reservations are required, and the potential to save is considerable. Good luck snagging a deal on a Starwood property – and if you manage to book a great one, please let us know about your experience in the comments below! There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.
There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.