As a reminder, June 30th is the final day to register for Starwood’s summer “Earn Away Get Away” promotion.
The promotion is valid for stays between May 1 and July 31, 2014. Reservations made prior to registering do count for the promotion, but you must register by 11:50PM ET June 30th to be eligible.
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.
Bottom line on Earn Away Get Away
While there’s no limit to the number of bonus points you can earn through the Earn Away Get Away promotion, this isn’t an especially lucrative promotion otherwise.
The list of non-participating properties is a bit off-putting, and even with living in hotels full time I’ve only had five stays at eligible properties during the promotional period, for a total of about 2,400 Starpoints. That’s fewer than 500 bonus points per night, and not even as compelling as the points offered through Make A Green Choice.
So this promotion certainly wouldn’t get me to switch any stays to Starwood, though that being said, it’s better to register than not, as it doesn’t make sense to let bonus points go to waste!
What about you? Has the Earn Away Get Away promotion influenced your travel choices?