In early June I posted about the Sheraton Free Weekends promotion which Starwood will roll out next month. It has the potential to be one of the most generous promotions of the summer.
Terms of Sheraton Free Weekends promotion
At the time that I wrote the original post, Starwood hadn’t yet published the official terms of the promotion, which a lot of people had been asking about. Well, the details of the Sheraton Free Weekends promotion have now officially been published.
Here are the basic terms of the promotion:
- Nights can be earned at any Sheraton hotel between July 9–September 30, 2015; regardless of when you book.
- Book your Sheraton stay via any Starpoint eligible channel to earn your nights and Starpoints.
- Add up any five Sheraton nights — they don’t need to be consecutive — to earn your free weekend nights.
- Earn up to three Sheraton Free Weekend Night Awards.
- Award nights can be used separately or combined and redeemed for any Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights through December 13, 2015, at all Sheraton hotels and resorts.
- All Sheraton hotel and resorts are available for free night redemption. Choose from New York, Milan, Maui, Los Cabos, Bali, London and more.
Furthermore, here are the full terms of the Sheraton Free Weekends promotion:
Eligible member must register by September 15, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Members can earn one (1) Sheraton® Free Weekend Night Award to be used at participating Sheraton hotels on a weekend night after they book and complete five (5) eligible nights at participating Sheraton hotels between July 9 and September 30, 2015 (the “promotion period”). Members can earn this Award up to three (3) times for up to three (3) Sheraton Free Weekend Night Awards. This promotion is not transferable. Bookings made prior to the promotion period are eligible, but only eligible stays consumed during the promotion period will earn the promotional Award.
An eligible night is a stay with at least one (1) eligible paid night at any participating Sheraton hotel paying an eligible paid rate during the promotion period. Sheraton properties not participating in this promotion include Sheraton Addis, a Luxury Collection Hotel; Sheraton Algarve, a Luxury Collection Hotel; Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel; Sheraton Kuwait, a Luxury Collection Hotel, and Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas. An eligible rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints® in the Starwood Preferred Guest® program. Free Night Awards and Cash & Points Award nights are not eligible toward promotional free night earnings. A listing of SPG®-participating hotels and resorts and a description of eligible stays and eligible rates can be found at spg.com under the program terms and conditions. See Section 1.4 for the complete definition of eligible rates, but note that stays must be booked via spg.com, the SPG apps or hotel sites, and certain prepaid rooms where the booking is made through a third party (including but not limited to travelocity.com, expedia.com and booking.com) are not eligible rates and do not earn Starpoints or qualify toward promotional earnings.
Sheraton Free Weekend Night Awards will be credited to the member’s account within 2–4 weeks of the eligible stay posting to the member’s Starwood Preferred Guest account. Sheraton Free Weekend Night Awards can be redeemed for any participating Sheraton Category 1–7 hotel for a standard room for any weekend night (Friday, Saturday, Sunday except in the Middle East, where it is Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Sheraton Free Weekend Night Awards must be redeemed for stays consumed by December 13, 2015. Members should call SPG customer service and mention Award ID F1WFN to redeem. Awards are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash or Starpoints. Unused Awards will be forfeited. Sheraton Free Weekend Night Award stay(s) and night(s) will count toward elite earning qualification. Sheraton Free Weekend Night Award(s) are combinable and may be added to existing paid or Award stays.
This promotion may be combined with other Starpoints or Free Night promotions in market during the same time; however, earnings are exclusive of each other.
My thoughts on Sheraton Free Weekends promotion
My only concern with the promotion is the limited redemption window. The promotion runs through September 15, 2015, and the terms state that it can take 2-4 weeks for the free weekend night certificates to post to eligible accounts.
That means if you earn them towards the end of the promotion, it could be October before you get your certificates, and you have to redeem them for stays by December 13, 2015. Personally I won’t have any issues with redeeming in that timeframe, though it is something to be aware of if you have limited time to travel.
The Sheraton Free Weekends promotion will certainly cause me to spend 15 nights during the promotion period with Sheraton, assuming I can find reasonably priced ones in the cities I’m traveling to.
I’ll be posting again once the promotion launches and registration is open.
Do you plan on taking advantage of Sheraton’s Free Weekends promotion?