Starwood Earn Away Get Away Summer Promotion

Starwood has just announced the details of their global 2014 summer promotion, entitled Earn Away Get Away.

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Starwood Earn Away Get Away promotion dates

The promotion is valid for stays between May 1 and July 31, 2014. Starwood’s current Bring On The Nights promotion runs through April 30, 2014, so it’s nice that there will be no “gap” between promotions.

Starwood Earn Away Get Away promotion details

Through this promotion, Starwood is offering double base Starpoints on stays at eligible properties, and triple base Starpoints for stays that include a Sunday night (Saturday night in the Middle East).

So this basically means you earn four base Starpoints per dollar spent at eligible properties on stays that don’t include a Sunday (Saturday in the Middle East), while you earn six base Starpoints at eligible properties on stays that do include a Sunday (Saturday in the Middle East).

As usual, as a Starwood Gold or Platinum member you would earn one bonus Starpoint per dollar spent, and you can earn additional bonus points for paying with your Starwood American Express Card.

Starwood Earn Away Get Away promotion non-participating properties

There’s a hefty list of non-participating hotels which have chosen to opt out of this promotion. By my math, there are about 140 hotels on the list. It’s fascinating how in some cities (like New York and Seattle) almost all hotels have chosen to opt out.

Starwood Earn Away Get Away promotion registration

Registration is already open and is required by June 30, 2014, in order to take part in this promotion. Reservations booked prior to registration still qualify for the promotion.

Comparing this promotion to others

Starwood is the first major hotel chain to announce a summer promotion, so we can’t really compare it to other hotel chains.

That being said, lets compare it to the Bring On The Nights promotion they’re running through April 30, 2014. Through that promotion Starwood is offering 2,500 bonus Starpoints for every five eligible nights you stay, up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints and 20 eligible nights. You also get an additional 5,000 bonus Starpoints when you hit 25 eligible nights. So basically if you max out that promotion and stay 25 nights you’d earn a total of 15,000 bonus Starpoints, which comes out to an average of 600 bonus Starpoints per night.

In order to earn the same number of bonus points through the Earn Away Get Away promotion you’d have to spend an average of $300 per night for a stay not including weekends, or $200 per night for a stay including weekends.

The major difference otherwise is that there’s no limit to the number of bonus points you can earn through the Earn Away Get Away promotion, while the Bring On The Nights promotion is capped at 25 nights.

Bottom line on Earn Away Get Away

This isn’t an especially lucrative promotion, and certainly wouldn’t get me to switch any stays to Starwood. Beyond that, it’s always rather frustrating how many hotels opt-out of these promotions.

That being said, no other hotels have announced their global summer promotions yet, so it’s too early to judge for sure.

What do you think of Starwood’s Earn Away Get Away promotion?

Comments

  1. It’s ok but nothing to go out of my way for. I’ve only got two stays booked for the period and both are eligible so at least that’s something positive. After being a SPG Plat 50 last year I doubt if I will requalify. 2014 is the year of making decisions based on cost rather than blowing dough just to get status. Think my thought process has been influenced by lack lustre stays an pathetic breakfast at US properties. Might get my mojo back when I venture back to Europe and Asia where they treat Platinums in the right manner.

  2. I think you mean “six base starpoints at eligible properties that do include a Sunday?”

    Will be taking advantage of this, glad the Westin I booked is eligible while several other SPG hotels nearby aren’t.

  3. Not hugely impressive without any bonuses but, at least, this will stack with SPG’s Hear The Music promo for booking using their iPhone/iPad/Android apps.

  4. @ Justin — My guess is yes, given the T&Cs say ” An Eligible Rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest program” and cash and points should otherwise be eligible rates.

  5. @Justin @lucky — But see the FAQs which say cash & points stays are not eligible for this promotion even though paid of the stay is paid.

  6. SPG Cash & Points stays do not earn any points (outside of the amenity bonuses) so do not count towards any SPG promotions even though they count towards annual elite stay/night requirements.

  7. Are SPG point transfers considered “activity” for the purposes of point expiration? My wife has the SPG card and almost all of the SPG points in the family (I am planning on canceling her card and applying for one in my name in the summer when the 30K signup hopefully returns). I was thinking of transferring some of her points over to my account. I wouldn’t want to do that if the points would then be subject to expiration.

  8. @ Grover’s Bathtub — That’s a great question. Not positive, but I would guess so. If you do it, please report back on your experience!

  9. I just purchased 60,000 SPG points through my household’s 3 accounts to convert to 75K KF miles, enough to top off my account for a SIN-JFK Suites award.

    Seemed like an okay deal to buy a Suites ticket one-way for about $1,600 plus the $450 or so in taxes. Can’t help but think I might have been better off trying to buy Alaska Airlines miles for an EK award though.

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