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Free Award Nights Start at 2,000 Points Per Night
There are many reasons that SPG points are valued so highly in my household, but one reason I want to look at today is that you can redeem as few as 2,000 points for a totally free hotel award night. Many other programs require 5,000 – 10,000+ points for an entry level award night, but with SPG a Category 1 property on the weekend is just 2,000 points. That means that the 5,000 point increase in the sign-up bonus can get you two additional award nights if you were to redeem them in that manner – and have 1,000 points left over!
The SPG award chart goes from Category 1 – 7 properties with Category 1 properties starting at 2,000 points per night on the weekends, and Category 7 properties going all the way up to 35,000 points per night. Clearly that means that there is a very wide range of how far your SPG points can take you. While there are some fantastic SPG properties at the upper end of the spectrum, today I want to look at some Category 1 and 2 properties for those who like to stretch their points as far as they can go.
Category 1 and Category 2 SPG Properties
There are currently 67 SPG category 1 properties and they go for 3,000 points per night on weekdays and 2,000 points per night on weekends.
There are currently 197 SPG category 2 properties and they go for 4,000 points per night on weekdays and 3,000 points per night on weekends.
You can also decide to use cash and points to book Category 1 and 2 properties for 1,500 points + $30 or 2,000 points + $35 per night, respectively. You can see the full cash and points award chart below, but for families it is worth highlighting that suites start at just 3,000 points + $75 per night for Category 1 properties. This can be a great way to get more space for a relatively low price!
There are currently only four Category 1 SPG properties in the Untied States, all of which are airport properties. However, there are some more unique looking Category 1 properties around the world in places like Africa, China, Italy, Punta Cana, India, Malaysia, Turkey, and more.
For example, here is the Category 1 ITC Rajpuntana, a Luxury Collection property in India.
If you look at the list of Category 2 properties you will find many more options both in the United States and beyond. One of the Category 2 properties we got huge value out of last year was the Four Points Kansas City Sports Complex that is walking distance to the stadiums for the KC Chiefs and the KC Royals. We used points there during the World Series last year and got a room selling for hundreds of dollars per night for just 4,000 points!
If you want to use points to stay in Las Vegas, you can spend just 3,000 points per weekend night at the The Four Points by Sheraton Las Vegas East Flamingo that is just a couple blocks off the Las Vegas strip. That could be a really budget friendly option on nights when prices in Las Vegas are higher than normal due to big events. For example, you can book for New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas at that property for both 2015 and 2016 for just 3,000 points per night!
If family friendly fun is more your goal, you can spend 3,000 – 4,000 points per night at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort located just a mile from Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Outside of the United States you will find SPG Category 2 properties in places like Cancun, Vancouver, Montreal, Barcelona, Canary Islands, Abu Dhabi, and much more.
Do you have any favorite SPG Category 1 or 2 properties that your family has visited or hopes to visit in the future?!
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