SPG Getaway Free

Discussion in 'Starwood | Preferred Guest' started by SPG Champion, Apr 15, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. NJUPINTHEAIR
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    NJUPINTHEAIR Silver Member

    Thank God us folks in the North East and Middle Atlantic states have some places to use these free nights without going too far!

    By that I mean, those spectacular "resorts" in Pennsylvania! :eek:

    Overall, a good promotion, though! Thanks, SPG and for the notice, Champ William!
  2. spddemn
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    spddemn Active Member

    Yes I did :confused: Insert FOOT now. That is what happens when you do 3 things at once and don't read.
  3. SPG Champion
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    SPG Champion Official Representative

    LOL. No worries. ;)

    Everything should be good to go now.

    Best regards,

    William R. Sanders
    Social Media Specialist
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

    guest.forum@starwoodhotels.com
  4. lili
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    lili Gold Member

    Thanks, William! It's a very good promo for me - already have 10 nights booked through May, guess I better book two more before July 31 :). Don't think I've ever spent four nights in the same hotel, but for the right resort I'll force myself.

    To be clear, stays at any SPG property count for the 3 nights? And are there blackout dates or limited rooms available at the resorts?

    Starwood's been good to me and it just keeps getting better.
  5. SC Flier
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    SC Flier Gold Member

    Isn't Florida a northern state?
  6. Simon
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    Simon Milepoint Guide

    I'm pretty happy with this promo and cannot wait to use it. It's a shame they don't have some bridging program between the middle of April to start of May thus I didn't both to stay with them until this new promo starts. I wonder how many other people do the same thing and how much they lose by not bridging these promos back to back.

    That being said, great promo and seems like it has a lot of flexibility and good value for money.
  7. danimal
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    danimal Gold Member

    Thanks to SPG Champion for the great post and information. I was able to register with no issues.
  8. Wurm
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    Wurm Silver Member

    I was hoping for a eligible property on the resort-like Isle of Man-hattan :D
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  9. Jenny & Curt
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    Jenny & Curt Gold Member

    Do you mean in May? 'Cause stays before May (believe it or not, I have 9 stays booked before the end of April --boo hoo) don't count. :( Also not in the T&C that this promo is stay, rather than night, based.
  10. Simon
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    Simon Milepoint Guide

    Without wanting to sound rule, isn't it implied? Stay 3 and get 1 night free at a resort. You could stay for as many nights as you want but it's based on stays.
  11. Jenny & Curt
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    Jenny & Curt Gold Member

    Yes, of course, but the OP (lili) said, "already have 10 nights booked through May," and I just thought she might not have noted that this promo is stay-based -- so maybe her 10 nights would get her only one credit.
    And, I just noticed that when I typed the post you refer to, I left off an "e," so "also note in the T&C" became, "also not in the T&C" which makes me seem like a real dunce. But, alas, I'm really not. My failure (in this case) is more of dexterity than of intelligence.:)
  12. lili
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    lili Gold Member

    Thanks for the concern. I have two stays, one night each, booked in April that I know don't count. Then I have 10 stays, each one night, booked in May. I have two Hilton points stays booked in June which I will probably change to very high-priced SPG properties but have to do the math on that.
  13. mattsteg
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    mattsteg Gold Member

    Nice promo. Booked 3 nights so far for the first week in May, and will look to add to that.
  14. Jenny & Curt
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    Jenny & Curt Gold Member

    We talked it over, and this seems like the perfect promo to work backwards: 1) Where might we want to go for the redemption, 2) For how many nights (and therefore how many groups of 3 stays will we need), 3) How much spend is that worth to us 4) What is the best way to meet all of those goals?
  15. craz
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    craz Silver Member

    This IMO is the best approach , and when I did it myself I found only maybe 3 places 1 for max of 2 nights the others too many other Hotels within 30 min drive that arent expensive and Id rather rack up the Stay credits and pts (non-SPG Hotels) then do 3 for 1s. Some others I KOed due to thier Resort fees they charge which as a Plat I should get those benefits anyway for $0

    But if by chance the *W Hotel where I will be is the cheapest that would be something else, but thats not usually the case. So paying more 3x has to be included in the equation as well, in the past yrs it was worth alittle extra since cashing in was for Florence or Rome or Venice or Vienna @ Cat 5s or 6s , here I will be going to a resort where I usually wouldnt end up and far from the likes of those Cities I mentioned above or any other ones Im interested in visiting

    But for those who just want to hit a resort and stay put this probably will be a great promo in as much as its not limited only to Weekends as the past yrs were. For those like me who prefer European or Asian citys this will fall very short
  16. SPG Champion
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    SPG Champion Official Representative

    Eligible stays at any SPG-participating property worldwide during the earning period will count towards this. As long as there is a standard room available, there are no black-out dates.

    Best regards,

    William R. Sanders
    Social Media Specialist
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

    guest.forum@starwoodhotels.com
  17. viguera
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    viguera Gold Member

    Yeah depending on where you are you can try to work it out with some throw-away nights at a cheap-o Starwood property. There are a handful of Westins or Sheratons in the NY tri-state area for $79-89 night (less than $100 ai) that people nearby can try to churn and turn into a nice getaway.
  18. sdcarver
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    sdcarver Silver Member

  19. NJUPINTHEAIR
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    NJUPINTHEAIR Silver Member

    How, true! The more South you go, the more North you get!
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  20. SuzanneSLO
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    SuzanneSLO Silver Member

    I have 2 stays booked for May, with no other plans to stay before the end of the earning period for the free resort nights. But, I will be passing through the 4 Points LAX after I park my car and before I catch a flight. Without using the 24 hour check-in option, what are the chances I can check in for the night about 6:30 AM on a Sunday morning? If no room is ready until later in the day (when I will have already left the area), does that mean no stay credit?

    If I use the 24 hour checkin option, will that be a problem if I am already staying at another SPG hotel the night before? I live in the boonies, hours from a decent SPG property, so I am not used to doing a mattress run. Thanks -- Suzanne
  21. SPG Champion
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    SPG Champion Official Representative

    I'm not sure I understand what the 24-hour check-in option would have to do with earning a night credit. Even a day rate earns night credit, so it shouldn't make any difference when you check in and check out, but watch the way the stay is posted by the property and let SPG know if it causes any problems.

    It is possible to use a day rate and a paid rate to stay at different hotels on the same day, so that should not draw any special attention either. If it does for some reason, I'm sure you will be able to explain the situation to their satisfaction.

    Best regards,

    William R. Sanders
    Social Media Specialist
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

    guest.forum@starwoodhotels.com
  22. Flews
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    Flews Silver Member

    I'm always curious about folks who base their stays on promos.

    Personally, I choose my loyalty programs - and airlines/hotel chains - that best serve my travel patterns, and consider the promos to be a bonus on top of that. I couldn't imagine bypassing my preferred SPG property - one that knows me and that I know will treats me well - just because there is a two week "gap" in promotions.

    To each their own I guess. I know some on MP/FT obsess about this, but I really wonder how many "promo chasers" there are out there in the "real" world. I think most "normal" folks do shop around when they do their bookings, and for those doing this in May the *wood promo will win *wood some extra business.

    My bet the amount *wood "loses" by not bridging these promos is miniscule. Certainly offset by the "gain" from the promo itself.

    Cheers,
  23. viguera
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    viguera Gold Member

    Well I agree to an extent, but I think when you think about it, they could have structured this in a much better way to get even more business. A free night (or 4, or 6) in a Starwood resort is nice, but unlike regular hotels, they should know that the real money will come from incidentals... you go to a resort on vacation and will hit the bar or put a ton of charges on your room, and that's more money for them -- as opposed to a regular hotel stay in a city center where you're more likely to spend money locally if you have to, outside of the hotel (mostly because there's just more stuff to do nearby).

    With that said, if they had organized this in a way that people had a chance to plan a bit better, and offer a longer redemption window, I think it would have made everybody happier. I understand they can't shoot themselves in the foot and reveal promos too far ahead of time, but they could have at least given a little longer of a booking window (to make it worth your while to actually try to move trips around) and maybe make redemption until May 2012 or something like that.

    I would have gladly spent some time trying to work the promotion to get the free resort nights, but that would have meant changing plans short notice and perhaps a bunch of stays that I wasn't planning to take all to get a few nights that I'd have to redeem before the end of the year -- presumably in a far, far away land which maybe I wasn't planning to visit at the time.
  24. MSPeconomist
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    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Thinking back to my last free weekend night, I somewhat deliberately decided not only to have dinner in the hotel but also to order a quite nice bottle of wine, partly in appreciation of my upgrade to an extremely nice (not standard select AFAIK) suite. I rarely order room service when I travel, but it's tempting in a nice suite.
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  25. SC Flier
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    SC Flier Gold Member

    Even if they kept a blackout on Christmas and New Years, it would seem almost sensible to extend the redemption period into January -- a month that typically has very few vacationers. (OTOH, I'd hate to set a precedent for blackout dates.)
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