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As I mentioned, the annual SPG hotel category changes kicked in yesterday, and most of the adjustments were implemented as announced. However, as SPG warned may happen, there were a few changes that occurred that weren’t announced ahead of time that I wanted to share in case they impact your travel planning.
The Royal Palm Miami increasing from a Category 5 to a Category 6
Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa increasing from a Category 2 to a Category 3
W Bangkok remaining a Category 4 (not sure what it was reported to be changing to initially)
Le Méridien Taipei remaining Category 6 instead of falling to a Category 5 as initially reported
Aloft Buffalo Airport dropping from a Category 3 to a Category 2
Aloft Tampa Downtown dropping from a Category 4 to a Category 3
I plan to post tomorrow about some of the new really good deals at select SPG hotels thanks to the category decrease and what to do in case you have a reservation at a SPG hotel that has gone down in points cost.
Have you noticed any other SPG category changes that weren’t on the initial list?