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Starwood just announced the details of their new summer promotion, Double Take, which will run from May 1 through July 31, 2013. Registration is not open yet, but you can sign up for a text message reminder on their site for when it does (I will also put a reminder post when it does).
Here are the details of the promotion:
-Earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays (doubled points are base, not elite, so you get 4x base points plus any elite/credit card bonuses).
-Earn 500 additional bonus Starpoints for stays booked at through the spg.com mobile site, the SPG App for iPhone or the SPG App for Android.
The double stapoints will be based on stays from May 1 through July 31, 2013. Here’s a list of the non-participating properties (quite a few) for this promotion. However, the booking bonuses are eligible for all Starwood hotels and resorts that participate in the SPG program, regardless of whether or not the hotel is participating in this promotion.
Overall, this is an okay promotion in my book- I’m still going to keep Starwood as my #1 chain because I like the Platinum benefits, like suite upgrades, free breakfast, free internet and YOUR24 ability to check into hotels 24 hours a day. However, I’d consider other chains if any actually launch lucrative promotions, but so far this year things have been pretty boring on the hotel promo front.
Registration: Once registration opens, SPG members will have until June 30, 2013, midnight Eastern Time (ET), to register at spg.com/doubletake. Registered members can earn bonus Starpoints for every eligible stay between May 1, 2013, and July 31, 2013 (the “promotion period”), at more than 1,000 participating Starwood hotels and resorts. A list of non-participating properties can be found at spg.com/doubletake and is subject to change.
Earning: Registered members will earn double Starpoints on eligible stays at participating properties during the promotion period. Members who earn double Starpoints will earn an additional two Starpoints per eligible US$1 spent (for a total of four Starpoints per dollar). Elite-level extra Starpoint earnings and other bonuses will not be doubled. Only the base two-Starpoints-per-dollar earnings are doubled. There is no limit to the number of bonus Starpoints that can be earned during the promotion period.
Bonusing: Bonus Starpoints will post to the registered member’s account within 2–4 weeks after the qualifying stay posts.
Mobile Web/Mobile App Booking Bonuses: Registered members are eligible to receive 500 bonus Starpoints for completed stays during the promotion period that were booked through the spg.com mobile website, any Starwood hotel–branded mobile website, or any SPG mobile app (see the FAQs for a specific listing of eligible mobile web and mobile app channels). Bookings made prior to the promotion period are eligible, but only eligible stays consumed during the promotion period will receive bonuses. Registered members may earn a maximum of 500 bonus Starpoints per booking. Booking bonuses will post to the registered member’s account after the end of the promotion period. Booking bonuses are eligible at all properties that participate in the SPG program, regardless of whether the property is participating in the SPG Double Take promotion.
Eligible Stays: An Eligible Stay is defined as one or more consecutive nights paying an Eligible Rate in the same hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or checkouts that occur and post to the member’s Starwood Preferred Guest account. Eligible Stays with at least one night in the earning period will receive a bonus. An Eligible Rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. A description of SPG-participating hotels, and resorts and of Eligible Stays and Eligible Rates, can be found at spg.com under Terms & Conditions of the SPG program. See Section 1.4 b iii for the complete definition of Eligible Rates, but note that certain prepaid rooms, where the booking is made through a third party (including but not limited to travelocity.com, expedia.com, orbitz.com and delta.com), are not Eligible Rates and do not earn Starpoints or qualify for promotional earnings.
Qualifications and Starwood Terms: All promotions are subject to the Starwood Preferred Guest program terms and conditions, which are subject to change without notice and can be found at spg.com. Offer is applicable to individual members only and not to groups. Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors. Starwood reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time. To update your communication preferences or learn about our privacy practices, view our Privacy Statement on spg.com/privacy, or access our privacy information line by calling 1-877-782-0071 in the U.S. and Canada or +353-21-4930474 in all other countries. Starpoints, SPG, Preferred Guest, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, The Luxury Collection, Le Méridien, Element, Sheraton, St. Regis and their respective logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates. Void where prohibited by law. The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.