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Starwood Preferred Guest just opened registration for their new first quarter promotion of 2015 which is SPG Double Play, where SPG members will earn double Starpoints on eligible stays (those that earn Starpoints, i.e. paid nights) of two or more consecutive nights. This is for stays between January 5-April 15, 2015.

Registration is now open for the new SPG promotion, Double Take.
Registration is now open for the new SPG promotion, Double Play.

Only base Starpoints – so 2x points per $1 – are doubled. Not elite-level bonus points or those earned by paying with a Starwood co-branded credit card.

Here’s where the double play part comes in: registered members are also eligible to receive a 1,000-Starpoint bonus for every eligible five nights between January 5-April 15, and these nights do not need to be consecutive.

The two possible bonuses are:

-Double Starpoints calculated on base Starpoints earned on eligible stays of two or more consecutive nights

-1,000 bonus Starpoints for every five eligible nights up to 4,000 maximum

There is no limit to the number of double bonus points you can earn during this period, but you can only earn those incremental 1,000-point bonuses up to a maximum of four times (so beyond staying 20 nights, you will not earn any more of them).

Note: there is a list of about 100 non-participating hotels so before you book any stays, be sure to reference this list to see if you will indeed earn bonus points.

The W South Beach is one of the many participating properties in Double Take.
The W South Beach is one of the many participating properties in Double Play.

Worth It?

This promo doesn’t blow me away, and is not much different from Starwood’s recent More For You double/triple points promo. The difference here is that instead of earning 3x points on stays that include a Friday/Saturday night, you get 1,000 bonus points for every 5 nights of stays.

To be honest, I was more excited about SPG’s two one-off promos where you can earn 500 points per stay up to three stays for booking through the SPG app now through March 31; and the 500 points you could have earned for updating your SPG profile preferences this fall.

However, earning a base of 4 Starpoints per dollar is a pretty decent return on your spending. I value Starpoints at about 2.4 cents apiece, so that is like getting at least a 4.8% return on your spending.

As a 100+ night Platinum elite myself, I could be earning up to 8x Starpoints per dollar myself with the 4x from this promo, plus 2x more bonus points per $1 with my status and another 2x points per dollar when using my Starwood Amex, which is enough to keep me interested.

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The best sign-up bonus we've ever seen from the SPG Amex is here, for a limited time only. Earn up to 35,000 Starpoints which can be used for hotel redemption around the globe, transferred to over 30 airline partners, and even transfer from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Limited Time Offer- Earn an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints® after you make an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. Offer ends 4/5.
  • Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms Apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
15.74%-19.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
3.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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