SPG Double Take: Starwood’s Summer 2013 Promotion

Starwood’s summer promotion has just been announced. Here is the landing page for the SPG Double Take.

  • Earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays from May 1 through July 31, 2013
  • Get 500 bonus Starpoints for each eligible booking made through our spg.com mobile site, the SPG® App for iPhone® or the SPG App for Android™

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Registration isn’t live yet, but you can get a text reminder from them by texting DBLT to 44264 in the US.

Overall, it’s a big SNOOZE. Double points and a long list of hotels that aren’t participating is pretty boring as far as hotel promotions go.

I guess it’s OK if you already have stays planned. If not, definitely don’t go out of your way to take advantage of this promo.

Starwood’s Better By The Night Promotion

What’s the deal???

From October 1 – December 20, 2012, Starwood Preferred Guest is offering double or triple Starpoints for stays as their 4th quarter promotion.

Registration just opened up so click here and register! You must register by November 30 to be eligible for this promotion.

Promotion Details 

  • Double Starpoints for stays of 1-2 nights
  • Triple Starpoints for stays of 3 or more nights

Bonus

  • 250 bonus Starpoints for eligible stays booked at spg.com
  • 500 bonus Starpoints for eligible stays booked at SPG app for iPhone (sorry Android users!)

Is it a good deal?

Yup. It’s a great way to pad your balance if you’re planning on a stay longer than two nights.

Normally, you receive 2 points per dollar at Starwood hotels.

With this promo, double points means 4 points per dollar. Triple points means 6 points per dollar.

Additionally, if you are a Gold or Platinum elite, you always get an extra 1 point per dollar spent.

Also, if you have the American Express SPG credit card, you always earn 2 points per dollar spent at Starwood hotels.

Other Notes

As always, there are some hotels that don’t participate.

Here is the link to the FAQ and terms & conditions.

Wrap-Up

It’s definitely not an out-of-this-world kind of promo, but I like it. It’s straight forward with no hidden tricks.

Last year, SPG had a similar triple points promotion that I took advantage of and it really bumped up my Starpoint balance. If I have a chance, I’ll be trying to stay at a Starwood hotel for at least a 3 night weekend this Fall.

Hawaii 219: St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kaua’i

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We boarded the Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 717 for the 35 minute flight to Lihue Airport on Kaua’i. Soon enough we landed, gathered our luggage, and took the National shuttle once again. National on Kaua’i does not have a great selection. There was no Executive Aisle and not much choice overall. Remembering what The Points Guy had said about a 4WD, we decided to take the Jeep Wrangler with removable hard top. It had under 10k miles on it and was in great cosmetic shape. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought the car was a piece of junk. So much plastic and it didn’t drive well either. It would prove to be just fine since the 4WD came in handy a few times during our trip.

At least it looked nice!

We drove about an hour north from the airport to the town of Princeville where the St. Regis is located. Within that hour, it was easy to see how vastly different Kaua’i was from Oahu. Everything was much less developed and seemed a lot more laid back. In fact, the building code of Kaua’i states that no building can be higher than the tallest coconut tree. It really makes the island feel more personal than the rest.

The resort itself is 2 miles past this entrance

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Vancouver: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

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After a good night’s sleep, we woke up [late] and meandered around Richmond, where Joann’s cousins live, and then headed in Vancouver to our next destination, the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. It’s located inside One Wall Centre, a pretty amazing building in the center of Vancouver. As per Wikipedia:

One Wall Centre is 48 storeys tall with a total height of 491 feet[1] (150 m). The first 27 floors of the building are the 4 Diamond Sheraton Hotel. Floors 28, 29, and 30 are the Club Intrawest Resort floors; which are operated independent of Sheraton. The remaining 17 floors are residential condominiums. The One Wall Centre tower part of the Wall Centre complex owned by Wall Financial Corporation and was largely the vision of Peter Wall.

Sheraton Wall Centre

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