Save Money and Earn Starpoints by Dining with SPG Cravings

Apr 2, 2018

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Even putting room service aside, dining at hotels typically costs a pretty penny. However, whether it be for convenience or simply a tasty selection, people often still choose to do so. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to score great savings when dining at Starwood food and beverage outlets, and you’ll even earn Starpoints while doing so.

With SPG Cravings, you can get up to 30% off and also earn Starpoints when dining with SPG at over 1,500 restaurants and bars around the globe. The only major restrictions on the discount are that it only applies to food purchases (not beverages) and excludes breakfast.

It’s fairly easy to take advantage of this offer and you don’t even need to be staying at the hotel to do so. Here’s how:

1. Join Starwood Preferred Guest

To begin saving with SPG Cravings, you need to be a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program. If you’re already a member then you’re all set — there’s no additional registration for this program. If you’re not a member of SPG, then you should be, just as you should sign up for all the major airline and hotel loyalty programs.

2. Bon Appétit

With SPG Cravings, you can save 10% at the restaurant Tres. Photo courtesy of the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills.

Next, enjoy a meal at a participating restaurant or bar. Not all food and beverage outlets located at Starwood properties participate in the program, and the percentage discount varies by location and sometimes even by your SPG elite level. So you might want to review the SPG Cravings directory before going out.

3. Provide your SPG Number

When it’s time to settle the bill, you’ll need to request the SPG Cravings discount from your server and provide your Starwood Preferred Guest membership number. Even if you’re a guest at the hotel and plan to apply the charge to your room, you’ll need to request the discount while you’re in the restaurant — it can’t be applied at the front desk during check-out. While I’ve never had to in my experiences, you may need to explain the discount to your server when requesting it, given how under-the-radar this benefit is.

In addition to the savings, you’ll earn Starpoints per dollar spent at the same rate you would with paid stays — 2x for SPG Preferred and Preferred Plus members, 3x for Gold and Platinum elites and 4x for SPG 75-night and 100-night Platinums. Based on TPG’s valuation of Starpoints at 2.7 cents per point, that’s a return of another 5.4%, 8.1% and 10.8%, respectively.

Photo by Matt Dutile / Getty Images
Photo by Matt Dutile / Getty Images

Bottom Line

While it might not be worth going out of your way to dine at an eligible Starwood restaurant or bar solely because of this offer, it’s a phenomenal deal for those who’d be doing so anyway. Plus, you can stack SPG Cravings with other dining rewards programs like Seated. Just remember to use a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which provides bonus points for dining purchases to maximize your rewards. For instance, with the CSR, your dining purchase would earn you 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar (a 6.3% return based on our valuations) on top of the discount and Starpoints earned through SPG Cravings.

Featured photo of Pinea courtesy of the W Washington D.C.

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