Sheraton Free Weekends Promotion Terms Published

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.

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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.

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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

Keeping in mind that this promotion is in addition to Starwood’s “Make It Count” promotion, as well as Starwood’s targeted summer promotions, I’d say this is an extremely generous promotion.

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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.

Bottom line

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?

Comments

  1. I find I am not a big fan of any promo that gives free nights with a time limit on them as many times for regular travellers that involves taking travel you weren’t planning to make. I’ve had so many free nights expire because the time frame just does not work.

    The 2-4 week delay is a bummer as well. I have travel in the earning period and figure I could do the 15 nights but it would be prefereable if as I earnt the free night I could burn it.

  2. I currently have a 5 night stay reserved at the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort during the eligible redemption period for this promotion. I check in on a Wednesday and out on a Monday.

    After the certificates post to my account, will I need to call and make a new 3 night reservation (referencing the given code) for the Friday-Mon portion of my stay (and of course create a separate, paid reservation for the first two nights), OR do I simply call and apply my three free night certificates to the existing reservation?

  3. The promo is very generous, but strictly from a face value standpoint. The 12/15 deadline to use the free nights is IMO a deal killer for the average traveler, or at least for me. Most people who are taking that “dream trip” at “aspirational” properties before 12/31 already have their hotels booked, and I don’t see myself going out of my way to spend 15 revenue nights and changing plans just to use 3 free ones, regardless of how good the promotion is. I think for you specifically the promo is definitely the best there is though!

  4. Just a datapoint. I had a targeted offer for 1 free night cert after each stay up to 3. The free night cert posted the same time as my stay points. Usually about 48 hours after the stay. 2-4 weeks might be a CYA on their part. I would expect them much sooner.

  5. I just requalified for Hyatt Diamond; a bit earlier in the year than I thought I would. I I may book more stays with SPG properties in the second half of the year and see whether I can make Platinum for next year. I’ve always had Gold via my SPG business card, but Platinum would be nice, especially for overseas visits.

  6. Does the Dolphin Hotel @ Walt Disney World count? I thought that hotel was considered a Sheraton (and the Swan a Westin), but as it isn’t called a Sheraton I’m not sure.

  7. Eliza (if you manage to check back) – I just booked the Dolphin. The CSR was very helpful and found out that a special code had to be entered for that property. Resort fee and taxes are not part of the promotion and they totaled 31.75. Cancellation is 5 days prior to check in. Inside 5 days is pretty steep – 449 plus tax (for my dates at least) so I guess it would be better to no show or change the name and give it to someone else. I made the reservation for a friend and it was no problem putting their name in the reservation.

  8. @Lucky Four Points isn’t on the exception list. Can you please share where you obtained knowledge on Four Points not counting for this promotion?

  9. @ James — Sheraton and Four Points are completely different brands, even though both are under the SPG umbrella. Four Points wouldn’t count any more than say, Westin, unfortunately.

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