In late-January I wrote about how this year Starwood Preferred Guest will be introducing an alternative to Suite Night Awards for Platinum members.
The Suite Night Awards are a relatively new addition as it is. They were added as a Platinum perk back in 2012, as part of a suite of new benefits for elite members. They were designed to make Platinum members stay more, since they’re only given to Platinum members with 50 elite qualifying nights (as opposed to those qualifying based on 25 stays).
SLS Hotel Beverly Hills Studio Suite
Starwood Platinum Suite Night Award alternatives
It looks like Starwood has finally announced the perks that Platinum members can choose in lieu of 10 Suite Night Awards. Via View from the Wing, starting March 9, 2015, Platinum members who reach the 50 night threshold will have the option between the following:
- 10 Suite Night Awards
- Four free rides with Uber up to $25 each
- Gift Gold status to a friend or family member
- TSA PreCheck fee waiver
- $100 Amazon gift card
- Donate $100 to UNICEF
St. Regis Deer Valley Deluxe Suite
How valuable are Suite Night Awards?
As a reminder, the basic terms of Suite Night Awards are as follows:
- Each can be used to upgrade a one night stay, be it a revenue or award stay
- Suite Night Awards only confirm at most five days out, so these aren’t upgrades that are confirmed at the time of booking (like Hyatt)
I’ve had reasonably good luck getting Suite Night Awards to clear (then again, I’m not usually traveling to Europe in summer or to Australia over New Years), so continuing to select them is a no brainer.
The only thing above that’s potentially worth more than $100 is Starwood Gold status, and even that isn’t worth all that much anymore given that as of this year all SPG members receive complimentary internet.
St. Regis Singapore Caroline Astor Suite
It’s nice to have options, though none of the alternatives are even remotely interesting to me. And I guess that’s a blessing, because as I explained in the last post, I suck at making minor decisions.
Business as usual for me!
Does anyone plan on choosing one of the above alternatives in lieu of Suite Night Awards?