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It’s a sad fact that on the whole your miles and points only devalue over time. On average, an award flight or hotel room will cost you more points today than it did five years ago, and probably costs fewer points today than it will five years from now. Of course there are always exceptions to every rule, but for the most part travel award redemptions only trend upwards in price.
However, individual hotel properties can sometimes buck that trend and become fewer points overnight when loyalty programs do their annual category adjustments. The SPG and Marriott annual category changes kicked in yesterday, and while that means some properties unfortunately went up in points cost, some very solid properties also went down and became better values on SPG points today than they were just a couple of days ago.
To give you some ideas as to how and where you can spend your SPG points, such as those from the temporarily increased 35,000 point sign-up bonuses via the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, here are ten different SPG properties from around the world that now cost fewer points!
Ten SPG Hotels That Now Cost Fewer Points
The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel in San Antonio has dropped from a Category 5 to Category 4 hotel that is now just 10,000 points per night and is eligible for a Nights and Flights package! This hotel is recently renovated, but still historic and within walking distance of much that San Antonio has to offer.
The Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas have been a Category 6 SPG property while the attached Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel was a Category 5, however they are now both Category 5 properties that go for as low as 12,000 SPG points per night, which is a steal during peak ski season since this is a ski-out location!
The W New Orleans French Quarter has dropped from a Category 6 to Category 5 property, thus bringing it back into the realm of a realistic redemption. We actually stayed here for our second wedding anniversary several years ago and the courtyard pool was very quaint and adorable!
The Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort has become a steal as a new Category 2 property that goes for as few as 3,000 SPG points per night! To get your family near Disney World from just 3,000 points per night is something to take note of for sure. This is a big drop from the 7,000 points per night the property cost earlier this week!
The Westin Copley Place in Boston is walking distance to lots that Boston has to offer, but it is usually a pretty expensive place to stay on cash. Thankfully, it is now fewer points since it dropped from a Category 6 to a Category 5 SPG property.
Heading internationally, The Westin Palace Milan has also dropped from a Category 6 to Category 5 property, which is a pretty decent fall in the SPG program since a Category 6 can cost as many as 25,000 points per night and Category 5 properties can be as few as 12,000 points per night.
If Russia is in your future, know that The St. Regis Moscow has dropped from a Category 5 to a Category 4 property that rings in at just 10,000 SPG points per night. This is a pretty low category ranking for a St. Regis!
If you want to stay near the snow covered mountains, the Nira Alpina, Silvaplana, in Switzerland is now much more attainable than before at as few as 12,000 points per night, which is much better than 300+ CHF per night paid rates that are common!
The Great Northern Hotel is a boutique hotel in London that has also dropped from a Category 6 to Category 5 and is now as few as 12,000 SPG points per night.
The W Mexico City rounds out the standout list of international options that have dropped from a SPG Category 6 to a Category 5 and can now be had for as few as 12,000 points per night.
Remember that you can also use your Marriott points to book SPG properties by transferring them in from Marriott to SPG at a 3:1 ratio, so a 10,000 point SPG property would essentially cost you 30,000 Marriott Reward points. Did any of the Starwood properties on your radar drop in category this week?
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