Thanks to the new partnership between Starwood Preferred Guest and the Caesars Entertainment group, as of today (January 9th) you can now use your SPG points to book at over 15 participating hotels in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe, and more. These hotels include:
Bally’s Atlantic City, NJ, Bally’s Las Vegas, NV, Caesars Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV, Flamingo Las Vegas, NV, Harrah’s Atlantic City, NJ, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, NV, Harrah’s Las Vegas, NV, Harrah’s New Orleans, LA, Harrah’s Reno, NV, Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, NV, Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, NV, Paris Las Vegas, NV, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, NV, The Quad Las Vegas, NV, Rio Las Vegas, NV, and Showboat Atlantic City, NJ
I love Vegas, and I love the SPG program, so I have been very interested in this particular partnership. The Hyatt and MLife partnership is one that I think has been very rewarding for Hyatt Gold Passport members, and I hoped to see the same from this partnership for SPG members.
Earn SPG Points:
As of today, registered SPG members can earn 2 Starpoints for every eligible $1 charged to their hotel folio at Caesars Entertainment hotels. Plus, registered SPG members earn credit toward SPG elite qualification for redeemed and paid Caesars Entertainment stays, up to 10 nights per calendar year. You can register now to link your Total Rewards and SPG accounts. You will need a Total Rewards number to register.
Redeem SPG Points:
As of today, you can also redeem SPG points for stays at participating Caesar’s Hotels. The award chart for redemptions was not available until today, and frankly I don’t think there is an award chart. Likely that is because the points price is variable based on the current room rates at the Caesars Participating Hotel on the applicable dates. Ugh. You can search for hotel dates to see the points prices on this site. The points prices seem often on the high side, if you value SPG points at somewhere between 2 – 2.5 cents each as many people do.
Here are a few examples of sample points prices:
Rio All Suites Hotel: Wednesday January 22, 2014 4,500 SPG points
Caesar’s Palace: Thursday January 30, 2014 12,500 SPG points
Planet Hollywood: Wednesday June 18, 2014 12,500 SPG points
Harvey’s Lake Tahoe: Saturday January 25, 2014 15,500 SPG points
Nobu: Wednesday March 3, 2014 72,000 SPG points
The prices seriously are all over the place, but I think generally they will not be a good value for my family given the searches I ran today. The exception of course would be if you just want to use points to conserve cash regardless of the return on your points you are getting. The rate does include taxes, but not resort fees. Of course, I’m glad to have more ways to earn SPG points while in some of these cities, and perhaps there will be some good redemptions on specific dates. Some of the SPG Moments Caesear’s opportunities have also been pretty interesting. I’ve actually booked one myself for next month that I look forward to sharing.
There are a number of questions answered in the FAQs, so I recommend giving it a read if you think you may redeem points in this manner as it does not operate exactly the same as a standard SPG redemption.
What have your searches turned up? Do you think you will likely use SPG points to stay at some of these properties based on what you found?
Thanks to this FT thread for sharing the news that the property search site was now live.