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Starwood has a shockingly small number of properties near the Las Vegas strip, with just a Westin hotel and a Four Points by Sheraton a few blocks away. The company’s Caesars partnership added quite a few properties last year, but with Vegas hotel prices often quite low, those hotels rarely make for good redemptions. Fortunately, today brought some fantastic news on the Vegas front.

The SLS Las Vegas casino.
The SLS Las Vegas casino.

First is the addition of the new 1,324-room SLS to Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio. That property is currently under Hilton’s Curio Collection, but an SPG partnership could help boost points redemptions. Keep in mind, though, that the hotel’s weekday rates start at just $49 per night, plus a $29 resort fee (which also applies to award redemptions), so unless it becomes a Category 1 property, redemptions may only make sense during peak periods or on weekends.

A guest room in SLS' current LUX tower, which will become the W Las Vegas.
A guest room in SLS’ current LUX tower, which will become the W Las Vegas.

Even more exciting is that SLS plans to renovate its LUX tower, which currently has 289 guest rooms. After the renovation, LUX will become a full-blown W Hotel. The new W will be managed by Starwood, and will include a dedicated entry, an Away Spa and — this being Vegas, after all — an “exclusive” WET outdoor pool and bar. The W is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2016.

You’ll be able to redeem Starpoints for stays at both of these hotels. The easiest way to earn Starpoints is through current Amex credit card sign-up bonuses — you can currently earn 25,000 bonus points after meeting minimum-spend requirements with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card.

For more on SPG, see The Award Traveler’s Guide to Starwood Preferred Guest.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
  • 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 and Conditions apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
15.74%-19.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
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