I always like to see hotel chains announce their promos early. While I generally don’t change my travel patterns based on the promos, lots of travelers do. More time to plan for those that need to do so is never a bad thing.
That’s why I was happy to see Starwood Preferred Guest announce their next promo this morning on Milepoint. It’s called Double Take, offering double points for all stays from May 1st to July 31st, 2013.
Unfortunately, there’s a list of properties that aren’t participating in double points (though all properties are participating in the mobile bonus). For the United States, the list is comprised of 76 properties, or just over 10% of the US total. They’re spread throughout the country with higher concentrations in the major metro areas.
In comparison to Hilton’s recently announced promo, I see pluses and minuses. If you book through a mobile device, I think the combination of double points and the mobile bonus would outweigh the Hilton bonus, even on weekends. If you can’t/won’t book through the SPG apps, then a weekend stay at Hilton (yielding 2,000 bonus points a nigh) is probably plus or minus even with what SPG offers, though I value my SPG points significantly higher than Hilton (roughly 2 cents for a Starpoint versus half a cent for HiltonHHonors).
You can’t sign up for the promo yet, but you can ask them to remind you when it’s time to do so.