Starwood’s “Redeem & Reward” promotion offers discount on award redemptions at select properties

Starwood is offering a promotion entitled “Redeem & Reward” for stays between October 21, 2012 and December 20, 2012 (bookings made prior to October 21 qualify as well).

Through this promotion you can get a partial refund of points at select properties within 4-6 weeks of the stay.

When I first saw this promotion I immediately assumed the properties would suck or be totally off season, like the Four Points Topeka or St. Regis Greenland in winter. However, that’s not the case, and there are actually some amazing properties on the list, as follows:

50% savings:
• The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Colorado, USA
• The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico, USA
• The St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
• The St. Regis Monarch Beach, Dana Point, California, USA
• The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
• W South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
• The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, USA

40% savings:
• W Retreat & Spa — Vieques, Puerto Rico, USA
• The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada
• The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, Virgin Islands, USA
• The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, USA
• The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, Cayman Islands
• The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
• Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino, Bahamas

30% savings:
• Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA
• Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Chandler, Arizona, USA
• The St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah, USA
• The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
• The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas, USA
• The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Georgia, USA
• The Westin Whistler Resort & Spa, British Columbia, Canada

Registration is required by November 30, 2012.

This is an AMAZING promotion, and frankly quite puzzling. Look at some of the hotels on the 50% off list — St. Regis Aspen, St. Regis Bal Harbour, and W South Beach — all of which can we had for 50% off when redeeming points during their busy season!

Also keep in mind that Starwood offers the fifth night free on points, so during this promotion you can basically pay the “standard” price for two nights, and get what amounts to three nights free once all is said and done (“cash & points” redemptions are not eligible, by the way).

Take the St. Regis Aspen from December 15-20, for example. The standard flexible rate is $759 per night plus 11% tax, for a total of ~$843 per night. A night usually costs 30,000 Starpoints, so through this promotion you’d pay 15,000 Starpoints for the first four nights, and the fifth night would be free. That’s an average of 12,000 Starpoints per night for the St. Regis Aspen during their peak ski season.

The value is similarly excellent at the other properties. Totally don’t get the logic behind this promotion, though I’m certainly not complaining! The funniest part of it all has to be that Starwood recently introduced “cash & points” for many category seven properties for 15,000 Starpoints plus $275 per night, and through this promotion you end up paying just 15,000 points at most, minus the $275 co-pay.

Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Comments

  1. Not only a great promo, but also a rare sighting of the word “bonus” being used as a verb. Little gift from Starwood to the grammar geeks I suppose…

  2. Wow….thanks for posting! I’m planning a trip to Arizona in November, and this will make for a GREAT redemption at the Phoenecian!

  3. @Rich – do the calculation, but generally, I would say YES (especially with the 20% discount on purchased points).

  4. While the deal itself is good, the hotels included are not all that puzzling. This is “shoulder season” for most of these resorts, so they’re probably not very full in the first place (notice all the resorts in AZ/FL on the list). Good luck skiing in Aspen come Thanksgiving!

  5. I agree with Z – this is low season for all these properties. Most ski properties are empty until a few days before Christmas because snow isn’t reliable yet and people are busy preparing for Christmas and not taveling. Ditto for other resorts – people are doing to Holiday parties, shopping, and otherwise not traveling in December.

  6. Thanks Lucky for posting this promo! What makes this even better is this can be combined with the 5th night free promo. Cat 5’s like the St. John’s Resort/Phoenician for 4.8k per night, that’s insane value!

    I just booked a night at the St. Regis Bahia in Puerto Rico for 15k. I never would have justified going there without this promo!

  7. nice sales. Figures that it comes along right after I missed the 30K spg signup for the amex card. I had to sit it out to do a refi. Now this adds some more sting to that. Oh well maybe next year.

  8. I can say with confidence that December 15 is NOT the peak of Aspen’s ski season. At least half the mountain is still closed.

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