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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.
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.
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.