Registration is now open for Starwood Preferred Guest’s fall promotion. A quick refresher on the promo itself:
With SPG Stay for More, members can earn double Starpoints® on eligible stays of two or more nights — plus 500 bonus Starpoints when eligible stays include three or more nights. For example, if your stay is two nights you will receive double Starpoints. If your stay is four nights you will receive double Starpoints plus 500 bonus Starpoints for that stay.
Registration is from September 23 through December 6, 2015, and earning is from October 1 through December 20, 2015. There is no limit to the number of bonus Starpoints that Members can earn. Promotional terms and conditions, FAQs, and a list of non-participating Starwood hotels and resorts will be available on September 23, 2015.
The downside? A whole bunch of properties not participating. Over 60 in the US and well over 100 worldwide, or about 10% of the brand. If my memory serves me right, this isn’t the most that have not participated in a past promo. But, it stinks when systemwide promos have this many properties excluded.
In case you’re wondering how this stacks up to recent promos, here’s the math I ran to compare this to the promo from this past summer:
- Double points on stays of 2 nights or more. When you compare this to the summer promo where you earned 1,000 points for any stay 2 nights or longer, this promo looks worse for the average 2-night stay. I’m assuming the double Starpoints is on the base spend, so that means an extra 2 points per dollar. Under the current promo, you’d need to average $250 in base hotel rate on a 2-night stay to earn an extra 1,000 points on a 2-night stay. So, anything under that rate (which is likely for a good number of travelers) would earn less than the summer promo. Assuming, you know, I can do math right today.
- 500 bonus starpoints on stays of 3 nights or more. If we take a 3-night stay under the summer promo, it’s a straight 1,000 points. Here, you’re earning double points and you get the 500 bonus points. So, an average rate of about $167 for the 3-night stay would net out the same. That means stays of 3 nights or more are likely to be more lucrative with the fall promo.
As always, I recommend registering for all the hotel promos, even if you don’t have a stay planned during the promo period. Plans change and it’s free to sign up.