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Starwood is offering a third night free at select hotels and resorts in the Asia Pacific region. The promotion is valid for bookings made before February 14, 2016, and valid for check-ins through April 3, 2016.
To take advantage of this rate you have to book with a MasterCard (I recommend paying with a card like the Citi Prestige® Card or Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, as they offer triple points on hotel stays and no foreign transaction fees). Here’s the full list of hotels participating in the promotion.
To take advantage of this deal you can either go through the promotion’s landing page, or use a promo code — use M3C to find the special rate only for a room, or M3B for the special rate including breakfast.
These types of promotions are rarely as straightforward as they seem, though there are definitely some good values to be had here. The “catch” is that stays booked through this promotion are non-refundable, though they’re basing the third night free rate on the flexible rate.
To give an example, the promotional rate at the Aloft Bangkok is 2500THB, which is based on a flexible rate of 3,750THB (which translates to a third night free).
If you search the rate at the hotel without the promotion, you’ll see the flexible rate is 3,750THB (as expected), but there’s also a promotional non-refundable rate of 3,000THB per night. So the promotion still represents a nice savings, but it’s not quite as good as one third off, given that you’re paying the flexible rate but getting a non-refundable rate.
Still, there are plenty of instances where this represents very nice savings. Starwood has a lot of fantastic properties in Asia, which are among my favorite to stay at, given that it’s one of the best regions for elite benefits.
Among properties on the list, I’ve reviewed Le Meridien Taipei, St. Regis Bali, St. Regis Beijing, St. Regis Singapore, W Hotel Beijing Chang’an, W Hotel Sentosa Cove Singapore , W Hotel Guangzhou, Westin Singapore, and more.
Before booking through this promotion, keep in mind there are some other ways to score free nights as well. For example, the Citi Prestige® Card offers a fourth night free hotel benefit, which is as “no strings attached” as they get.
American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts also frequently has third or fourth night free offers, which you can book if you have The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.
This promotion has the potential to save quite a bit of money on upcoming stays in the Asia Pacific region, though do be aware that these stays are non-refundable. Since the savings are based on the flexible rate, you typically won’t actually be saving ~33%, but in most cases you will come out substantially ahead using this promotion on three night stays.
Do you plan on taking advantage of Starwood’s third night free Asia Pacific offer?
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)