Starwood has just announced the details of their fall promotion, entitled “Better By the Night.” This promotion runs October 1 through December 20. Through this promotion they’re offering double points on stays of up to two nights, and triple points on stays of at least three nights.
That’s not all that exciting, though the cool part is that you also earn 250 bonus Starpoints per stay booked online, or 500 bonus Starpoints per stay booked using the iPhone app. Unfortunately there is quite a long list of non-participating hotels, which is often the case with Starwood promotions.
Realistically a one night stay that cost you $100 would net you 200 base Starpoints (300 Starpoints if you’re elite), 500 bonus Starpoints if booked via the iPhone app, and 200 bonus Starpoints per this promotion, for a total of 900-1,000 Starpoints for a one night stay. Not bad, though not exciting either.
I’d say Hyatt’s fall promotion is a bit better in most cases. For one, Hyatt doesn’t exclude any hotels from the promotion. But more importantly you’re earning a minimum of 1,000 Gold Passport bonus points per stay, so for a $100 stay you’re looking at a minimum of 1,650 Gold Passport points per night. That being said, the more you stay the more bonus points you proportionally earn. If you round out the promotion with 35 nights you can earn well over 2,000 bonus Gold Passport points per night (in addition to base points).
So yeah, I’d say Hyatt’s promotion is slightly better than Starwood’s, though neither is exciting. It’s gonna be a boring winter on the hotel front!
(Tip of the hat to Gary)