Last Minute Unannounced SPG Category Changes

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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.

This may not be an exhaustive list, but as shared by Starwood Lucker on Flyertalk, these changes (or lack of changes) occurred in addition to the ones on the initial list.

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

Royal Palm Miami increased to a Category 6

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?

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  1. I haven’t noticed any cat changes — but unless I’m losing my mind, the ability to book the Caesars properties in Vegas using SPG points online has disappeared.

  2. This is so upsetting! I was going to book Miami for a weekend in Oct. Wonder if they would do anything If I called them?

    • Pay the extra points. You can call but they won’t do anything based on the fact you were going to book. If you don’t book a hotel and the rates go up do they honor the older rates?

  3. Redemption rates for points are really no different than a hotel raising or lowering prices based on demand or other factors. Overall SPG is pretty good about these things and they are easy to book rooms with points. Hyatt for example has all sorts of properties blocking rooms or calling crtain rooms not a standard room which prevents booking on points.

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