One of the cool perks of being a 50 night Platinum with Starwood is that you get 10 Suite Night Awards.
Each can be used to confirm a one night upgrade to a suite five days before arrival.
As I wrote about a few days ago, I have several of these left.
Last year Starwood actually extended the expiration of Suite Night Awards through April 30 as a courtesy. Usually they expire on December 31, meaning they have to redeemed for stays prior to then.
This year we didn’t really hear one way or another whether they’d be extended.
View from the Wing did have a post in November saying that Starwood was “considering” extending Suite Night Awards. I hadn’t heard anything about it, so decided to check FlyerTalk to see if anyone had an update.
Well, it looks like on December 18 Starwood Lurker officially confirmed that SNAs won’t be extended this year:
It is confirmed that SPG will not be extending SNA expiration this year, but we are continuing to work on benefit enhancements for Platinum 50 members in 2015.
So if you have any Suite Night Awards remaining, you have about a week left to redeem them.
For comparison, the way Hyatt Diamond Suite Upgrades work is that you have to redeem them by February of the following year, though you can redeem them for a stay on a subsequent date, assuming upgrade space is available (they let you confirm upgrades at the time of booking, as opposed to only five days out). So they do have a more generous policy for their expiration.
While Starwood was of course under no obligation to extend the life of Suite Night Awards, I do wish they had said earlier that they wouldn’t be extended. While it’s not reasonable to expect they would follow last year’s policy, saying they were still “considering it” suggested to me that they would probably do so, but didn’t want people to hoard them with that expectation in mind.
So yeah, I have four Suite Night Awards remaining, with no stays on which to use them anymore. Oops.
Were you able to use all your Starwood Platinum Suite Night Awards this year?