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Starwood Preferred Guest occasionally offers members multiple points per dollar for dining at participating hotel restaurants. The latest such promotion is called “Spice It Up,” and SPG members can now earn double Starpoints at certain restaurants through July 31, 2015.
Here’s how it works:
- Earn double Starpoints on dining, even when you’re not traveling.
- You’ll qualify every time you spend $10 or more at participating restaurants from May 1 to July 31.
- Get an additional 250 Starpoints every time you spend $200 or more.
- Register by July 15.
Sounds simple enough, right? However, there’s one major condition:
Offer is valid for Starwood Preferred Guest Members making eligible food and beverage purchases at participating restaurants when the member has not booked to stay at the Starwood Hotel or Resort where the restaurant resides during the same date. (Offer is applicable for non-stay related food and beverage transactions only.)
Apparently, you can’t earn bonus points for dining/drinking while you’re actually staying at a hotel … which, of course, is when most folks would be likely to spend money at a given property in the first place.
The other thing to look out for is the list of participating properties – just so you don’t go making reservations and spending money at certain restaurants only to find out later that you won’t earn the bonus. For instance, only three New York City restaurants are participating (all at the Westin Times Square), and none in Los Angeles.
You’ll earn double points only on the base points you would earn as an SPG member, so just add two points to however many you’d normally earn based on your elite status and whether you use your Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express, which earns 2x points per $1 on SPG purchases.
While this isn’t the most lucrative bonus, I think Starpoints are the most valuable loyalty currency out there, so every extra point counts. I wouldn’t go too far out of my way to take advantage of the bonus, but it’s worth registering and paying attention to whether there are participating restaurants in your area.
Which Credit Card to Use?
Keep in mind that you earn double Starpoints no matter which credit card you use, so you can boost your earnings even further with a Starwood Amex, but you have other good options that earn restaurant category spending bonuses. Check out this post on How to Maximize Rewards and Discounts for Dining, and consider using one of the following credit cards.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card 3x First Friday — While the Chase Sapphire Preferred normally earns 2x Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent on dining, Chase has partnered with OpenTable to offer 3x points per $1 on the first Friday of each month.
Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard — While the Arrival Plus card earns 2x miles per dollar spent on all purchases, the no-annual-fee Arrival card earns 2x miles per $1 on travel and dining specifically.
Citi Prestige — This premium card in the ThankYou Rewards program offers 2x points on dining.
Hilton HHonors Surpass from American Express — This card offers 6x HHonors points per dollar spent at U.S. restaurants.
Hilton HHonors Card from American Express — This card offers 5x HHonors points per dollar at U.S. restaurants.
Hyatt Visa — Earn 2x Gold Passport points per dollar spent at restaurants.
IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card from Chase — Offers 2x points at restaurants.
Ink Business Cash Credit Card from Chase — Earns 2% cash back on the first $25,000 spent annually at gas stations and restaurants each year.
Marriott Rewards Premier Card — Earns 2x points per dollar at restaurants.
United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card — Offers 2x miles at restaurants. 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.