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SPG has been slowly announcing information related to the next Starwood Preferred Guest promo via social media and miles and points message boards. The concept is pretty cool – you choose the months you want to earn the bonus awards and you choose which bonus award to earn. However, the big question has been – will the bonuses be any good? If what LovetoTravel83 posted on Flyertalk is correct and the comments section of this post on Very Good Points, the answer for many of us is, not really. Some of this has been formally announced by Starwood Preferred Guest, but much of this has not been confirmed (especially the individual bonus award options), so I can’t guarantee it is accurate, but what better to do on a Saturday morning than play around with SPG rumors? 😉
Choose your own earning period (You can only choose one):
Choose whatever you want to earn during (You can only choose one):
Awards (Free Nights & Redemption discounts)
*There is no switching of registration codes or earning periods after registration. No exceptions.
* Registration from May 1- June 30, 2012
Here is a summary of the offers:
Double Points beginning with 2nd stay. No limits.
Every 6 nights, get 3k Starpoints (max of 9k)
Earn 500 bonus Starpoints per night at Sheratons worldwide (no limits). Online-bookings ONLY
Stay 15 nights, get Triple Starpoints on all stays retroactively. No limits.
Free Night Awards Offers:
10 nights, get 1 Free Weekend Night (cat 1-5). Max of 2 Awards. Weekends are Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun.
Stay 20 nights, get 1 25% percent off redemption Award (cat 1-5). Max of 2 Awards
Stay 4 nights; get US$50 SPG Award Cert (max of 3)
Stay 4 nights; get $50 or EUR50 Westin @ home discount code (max of 3)
Stay 4 nights, get $50 or EUR50 Sheraton @ home discount code (max of 3)
Stay 5 nights, earn 1 bonus night toward elite status (max of 3 elite qualifying nights).
Stay 10 nights, earn 3 bonus nights toward elite status (max of 6 nights).
I am let-down after reading these options. My husband may be doing a SPG Platinum challenge this summer, so triple points for 15 nights may work out well for him, but for those of us who don’t have lots of nights planned during this promo, I’m not so thrilled. Ten nights before you get one free weekend night at a Cat 1-5? Eek. Twenty nights to get a 25% off redemption award? Ugh. Sheraton and Westin home discount codes? No thank you. The elite status options were initially interesting to me, but not if it is elite nights. I am qualifying on stays, so nights won’t do anything for me. Without doing too much analysis, I will most likely be best off with double points beginning with the second stay, but I’ll wait until I know more of my summer plans before doing a full analysis. Of course, this info isn’t verified, so this may change…..or perhaps that is wishful thinking on my part.
What do you think? If this info is confirmed, what option would you pick?