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Every Wednesday Starwood Preferred Guest releases a list of hotels that are available for booking at a discount via SPG Escapes. I don’t usually write about these deals, but sometimes the cash price for the SPG hotels can be better than using valuable SPG points. The deals are valid for the next six weeks, so it really only makes sense to check the list if you have some potential travel coming up in the next six weeks (or you want to be inspired to add a little travel to your life).
Here are a five examples of properties on the list this week that were interesting to me. I’ll list the lowest cash price, as well as the SPG points price so you can see why sometimes it can be worth it to look at this list and save your SPG points for when rates are higher. I like to only use SPG points when I am getting a minimum of 2.0 – 2.5 cents per point in value from them (often much higher). At these cash prices below you are often only getting around 1 cent in value, and thus I would save the SPG points for another day. If you want to keep cash safe in your bank account, you can use points that operate as cash toward travel expenses like those available via the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® to take advantage of the good cash rate and save SPG points.
The St. Regis Rome: from $298 (30,000 – 35,000 SPG points per night)
Westin Grand Central NYC: from $166 (12,000 – 16,000 SPG points per night)
W Montreal: from $151 (12,000 – 16,000 SPG points per night)
Westin Boston Waterfront: from $139 (12,000 – 16,000 SPG points per night)
Westin Resort and Spa Whistler: from $128 (12,000 – 16,000 SPG points per night)
Note that the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are still open for skiing for some of the dates (Whistler until April 21 and Blackcomb until May 19) – check the calendar to find some good deals for late season skiing!
You need to book by Saturday night if you want to make use of this list. Of course, if this list doesn’t work for you then just wait until next Wednesday and see if a property on that SPG Hot Escapes selection suits you better.