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Being a busy mom means that sometimes chasing points doesn’t fit into daily life. As I mentioned here, this was the case on my last trip to a Starwood Preferred Guest hotel. What I am talking about is a promotion going on with FourSquare that allows you to get 250 bonus points per stay if you “check in” using FourSquare while you are staying at the hotel. I’ll admit right up front that this may be too much of a pain to mess with for some people. But, if you have a few minutes to spare to learn a new tool then keep reading! It’s really not that bad.
If you are asking yourself, “What in the world is FourSquare?” It’s basically a social networking application (kinda like Facebook) that is location-based and created for mobile devices, such as Iphones. It uses GPS to tell where you are and then display your location, or places nearby, that you can “check in” to by pushing a button on your phone. This allows others to tell where you are. Checking in to some places, such as a Starwood Hotel, gets you special deals. In this case 250 points. You can also view what places around you are running “specials”. In some cases restaurants give you 50% off an appetizer, $2 off a sandwich, etc….
If you read my previous post on this topic you know that my old school Iphone hasn’t had a software upgrade……ever. So, it was not current enough to install the Foursquare app. Thankfully, The Man helped me get my phone all nice and updated before my most recent trip to a stay at a Westin hotel. Thanks! So this time, the points were mine.
Here’s how it works………….
1. Make sure you have a mobile device that is up-to-date enough to download the FourSquare app.
2. Download the FourSquare app.
3. Go to this website to start the process of linking your SPG and FourSquare accounts.
4. It will then require you to sign-in using your SPG account number and password. If you don’t have one, sign-up.
5. You can then choose to select your SPG Account to Foursquare.
6. You can also choose to allow it to connect your SPG account to Facebook from the same page.
7. You have to allow SPG to have access to your Foursquare and/or Facebook info. I’m not overly thrilled about this, but I decided it was worth it for the points.
8. Once you have successfully linked your accounts, you will get a screen that tells you you were successful. Good job!
Now that you have FourSquare installed and your SPG account linked you can start earning bonus points each time you have a “qualifed” stay at a participating SPG (W, Westin, Aloft, Sheraton, etc…) hotel. After you are officially checked into your room, you can “check in” using the FourSquare app on your phone. This should unlock the 250 points bonus. You should see a screen similar to the one shown below on your phone once you have correctly “checked in” using FourSquare.
Reports on Flyertalk seem to indicate that it takes on average 3-7 days for the points to post to your account, if the system is working correctly. However, technically they have up to 21 days to post. If you don’t see your FourSquare points within 3 weeks contact SPG for them to manually credit you the points. I mentioned that you can also link your SPG account to Facebook. From July 15-30 SPG is also giving away 250 points for each Facebook check-in with linked accounts per qualifying stay. I will try that one out on my next up-coming trip. 500 points per stay for checking in using both FourSquare and Facebook is pretty nice! Both end on July 30, so be sure to use them quickly on any up-coming trips!
I’ll let you know how the Facebook check in goes soon and I’ll also let you know long it takes for my points to post on my most recent trip!