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The Starwood Preferred guest annual category adjustments kick in tomorrow (March 4th), so today is your last chance to lock in the hotels going up in category before they cost more tomorrow. You can check out this post for full details on the category adjustments, but to save you a little time (and get your brain thinking about vacations on this start of the work week), here are ten hotels to consider locking in today before they cost more points tomorrow. Check the cancellation policies, but you can usually cancel with no penalty until fairly close to the start date of the reservation, so it is often a risk free way to protect yourself for a while from the increased prices.
Sheraton Waikiki (5 to 6)
This hotel will be going from 12,000/16,000 points per night to 20,000/25,000 points per night, so clearly that is a very big jump. SPG properties in Hawaii are almost all pretty expensive on points and that trend is just continuing with some of the increases this year. I would highly recommend locking in one of the Hawaii properties today if they have been on your wish list. Waikiki is not my favorite destination within Hawaii, but you can’t argue with the beautiful water!
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (5 to 6)
This Hawaiian hotel is also going from 12,000/16,000 – 20,000/25,000 points per night starting tomorrow. I haven’t stayed here, but have walked right by on Kaanapali Beach from the nearby Hyatt Regency Maui as I went to snorkel at Black Rock which is literally right in front of this hotel. The grounds seemed nice when I walked through, and the beach in front of the hotel was great.
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapa (5 to 6)
In keeping with the Hawaii trend this hotel is also going from 12,000/16,000 points per night to 20,000/25,000 points. I have also walked right by this ocean-front hotel and remember it having what looked to be a very nice pool complex complete with slides and other kid-friendly additions.
Hotels in downtown Austin can be pretty expensive, and this one is no exception. It is in an ideal location for things like SXSW or for enjoying the lively downtown music, bar, and restaurant scene. It will be jumping from 12,000/16,000 points per night to 20,000/25,000 points per night. Probably too hip of a joint for me, but perfect for those looking for the cool downtown Austin experience.
The St. Regis Rome (6 to 7)
This is a beautiful luxurious historic hotel in Rome that will be going from an already high 20,000/25,000 points per night to an insanely high top tier 30,000/35,000 points per night. This hotel is in a good location for much of what you would likely want to do in Rome, and I would book now if you want to avoid paying 10k more points per night tomorrow.
SPG points are hard to earn with most people getting them either through hotel stays or at one point per dollar spent on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. Since they are so hard to earn, getting the most for them is even more important than with some other types of points that are easier to come across. Don’t accidentally have to pay more valuable SPG points tomorrow because you didn’t get around to booking today. Are there any other properties you are looking to lock in before the category adjustment happens tomorrow?
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