Reminder: last day to book Starwood award stays before category changes

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Starwood’s annual hotel category adjustments. Not surprisingly a lot more hotels went up in cost than down, so this is the last day to book stays before some hotels change their categories. You can see which hotels go up a category and which hotels go down a category here.

While the categories for some hotels change tomorrow, keep in mind that this is all based on when you book and not when you stay. So if you have a future stay planned, check to see whether your hotel goes up a category or not, so you can lock in a booking if it does. Conversely, if your hotel goes down a category tomorrow, you should be able to rebook to save some points.

I locked in a stay at the W Santiago for September for 10,000 points per night, given that the cost goes up to 12,000 points per night tomorrow.

Is anyone else making any last minute bookings in anticipation of the changes?

Comments

  1. I made bookings at W Taiepi for 10,000 points before it jumps to 12,000-16,000.

    Hey have you noticed far less Cash + Points availability recently? This part sucks at least as much as the category hikes!

  2. @ Carberrie — I’ve never found cash and points availability to be very good, though it does seem a bit worse than usual.

  3. Thanks for the reminder Ben.

    I called SPG and changed an upcoming booking from points only to cash and points for a property going cat 4-5. That was not available when I originally booked.

    I haven’t had much luck with C&P in the past, but I’m very happy it worked today. I’ve had a few instances where there was no availability online, but the agents via phone or online chat were able to book C&P. YMMV.

  4. Thanks Ben,
    I tried to book the W Hong Kong but the agent told me that the category change already happened because it’s the 1st there already. After a long conversation they told me they would honor the original point level before the category change. Please warn your readers to be persistent.

  5. Ditto. I had the same experience while trying to book the W at Hong Kong. Eventually managed to get the agent to honor the original point rate.

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