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As a reminder, today is the last day to lock in your Starwood redemptions (for up to a year out) at the current hotel category prices. Tomorrow they’re making their category adjustments for the coming year with 10.49% moving up in category and 11.78% are moving down.
Click here to view the list of changes.
Click here to view existing hotel categories.
You can find all the hotels changing categories in the links in the announcement above, but here is a redemption chart including outright award nights and cash & points stays for reference:
As a reminder, over 10% of hotels are moving up categories. Though the bulk are mid-tier properties going from Category 2 or 3 to 3 or 4, there are also quite a few on the higher end of the spectrum moving from 5 to 6 or 6 to 7. Here are some of the interesting ones to note, and possibly book before they increase.
- St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi from 5 to 6
- W Retreat Koh Samui from 6 to 7
- St. Regis Punta Mita from 6 to 7
- Westin Lagunamar in Cancun from 4 to 5
- Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs from 5 to 6
- Palace Hotel San Francisco from 5 to 6
- The Phoenician from 5 to 6
- The St. Regis San Francisco from 6 to 7
- Westins in Portland, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis moving from 4 to 5
- W San Diego from 4 to 5
With major devaluations from several of the major chains in recent years, I think things could have been much worse. The bulk of the changes seem to be in mid-tier categories where the difference between points prices are just a few thousand points, rather than in the upper tiers where the changes can be more dramatic. For instance, a hotel in Category 5 requires 12,000 points whereas a Category 6 hotel requires 20,000 points per night and Category 7 requires 30,000 points per night, so those jumps can really add up.
Another point to mention, is to look at hotels that are moving from Category 4 to 5 like the Westin Lagunamar in Cancun or the W San Diego since these properties will no longer be eligible for Nights & Flights redemptions (only Category 3 and 4 are). On the plus side, those moving from category 5 to category 4, like the Le Méridien Vienna, will.
Are you planning on locking in any hotel redemptions today, before the category changes go into place?