Earn Double SPG Points on Dining Through July 31

May 7, 2015

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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 Card 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.

Earn double points with Starwood’s Spice It Up offer.

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.

Chase Freedom — (No longer open to new applicants) This card’s 5x bonus category for the second quarter of 2015 (April 1- June 30) includes extra rewards on up to $1,500 spent at restaurants.

Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard — While the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard 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 Premier® Card — This card now offers 2x points on dining, which can can be transferred to airline and hotel partners.

Citi Prestige — This premium card in the ThankYou Rewards program offers 2x points on dining.

Citi ThankYou Preferred Card — This card now offers 2x points per $1 on dining, and those points can later be transferred to airline and hotel partners if you have the ThankYou Premier or Prestige.

Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express — This card offers 6x Honors points per dollar spent at U.S. restaurants. Terms apply.

Hilton Honors Card from American Express — This card offers 5x Honors points per dollar at U.S. restaurants. Terms apply.

Hyatt Credit Card — Earn 2x bonus 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 Credit Card — Earns 2x points per dollar at restaurants.

United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card — Offers 2x miles at restaurants.

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