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Through December 30, 2014, Starwood is offering bonus Starpoints on weekday dines at participating restaurants.
The promotion has quite a few terms and restrictions, but if you do the math it can work out pretty nicely.
The basics of the promotion are as follows:
- Valid for dines through December 30, 2014
- Not eligible on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day
- Registration required by November 30, 2014
- Must dine Monday through Thursday (Friday through Sunday dines aren’t eligible)
- Must spend $50 or more per dine
- Valid whether you’re a registered guest at the hotel or not
- Only valid at participating restaurants
Through this promotion you basically earn four bonus Starpoints per dollar spent on dining in addition to the two Starpoints you usually earn, for a total of six Starpoints per dollar spent.
If you’re not staying at a hotel you can still earn bonus points for dining on top of that by paying with your Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card to earn double Ultimate Rewards points or by paying with your Citi ThankYou® Premier Card to earn triple ThankYou points.
If you are staying at a hotel, you should be able to charge the total to your folio and can then pay with your Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. That way you earn two Starpoints per dollar spent, and if you’re at least an SPG Gold member you an earn an additional Starpoint, for a total of nine Starpoints per dollar spent. I value Starpoints at ~2.2 cents each, so that’s like a return of ~20% on dining, which is pretty darn good.
Now, there are tons of hotel restaurants not participating and it’s not worth eating an overpriced or bad meal just to earn bonus points (at least not usually). But if you were going to eat at a participating Starwood restaurant anyway, this is a very nice added bonus…