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The 2015 annual Starwood Preferred Guest category adjustments kick in on March 10th (Tuesday), so I wanted to share a reminder to look over the list of preterites increasing in points price one more time and lock in any properties you think you may want to visit in the next 18 months or so. The booking calendar is open as far as out early September 2016, so you should be able to make speculative bookings that far out at some hotels, though not all properties have their availability loaded that far in advance.
You can view the full list of properties changing category here, and truthfully I think the changes are overall a net win for most of us since some pretty solid properties will be going down in points price. However, there are still some good options getting pricier, so here is a sampling of six properties I recommend locking in ASAP before the points price goes up on Tuesday.
The Westin Austin at The Domain
This property is going from a 4 to a 5 (10,000 to 12,000 – 16,000 points per night). I’ve stayed here many times, and while it isn’t downtown, it is located within walking distance to some shopping and restaurants, and is a preferable location if you want to visit Austin, but don’t want to deal with the craziness of downtown Austin and related parking issues and prices.
Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
This family friendly property is walking distance to Disneyland (there is also a shuttle you can pay for if you don’t want to/can’t walk). It is also a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel and has a dedicated Disney Desk in the hotel. The hotel is going from a Category 3 to a 4 (7,000 to 10,000 points per night).
Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
This iconic hotel is walking distance to San Francisco areas such as Union Square and features the Garden Court’s stained glass dome and many beautiful chandeliers. It is going from a Category 5 to a Category 6 (12,000 – 16,000 points per night to 20,000 – 25,000 points per night).
The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston
This hotel is located in Boston’s Beacon Hill and used to be the Charles Street Jail built in 1851. Now it is 300 room hotel that looks pretty cool to me! The hotel is going from a Category 5 to a 6 (12,000 – 16,000 points a night to 20,000 – 25,000 points per night).
Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach
If you are looking for a family getaway right on the beach in Ft. Walton, then this one may do the trick. It is currently a Category 3, but going to a Category 4 (7,000 points per night to 10,000 points per night).
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
This property is one I really would love to consider for a final family vacation before Baby #2 arrives as it has a pool, activities like “dive in movies”, a splash pad, Kid’s Club, playground, bicycles, and more. They also have lots of Memorial Day Weekend activities planned if you are looking for a getaway that weekend. It is currently a Category 5, but going to a Category 6 (12,000 – 16,000 points per night to 20,000 – 25,000 points per night).
SPG points are not very easy to earn with actual SPG stays and use of the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex being the only viable options for most us to rack up points (plus the new Uber partnership!), so be sure to get these hotels at the lowest points price possible while you still can. Also pay particular attention to hotels going from a Category 4 to a Category 5 as they will no longer be eligible for the valuable Nights + Flights redemption option.
Did you get in any SPG bookings in advance of the March 10th changes?
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