It’s fairly rare to see refer-a-friend bonuses nowadays for major hotel chains or loyalty programs. Virgin America Elevate is offering one at the moment, but other than that, I haven’t seen one for a while.
Well, it looks like Starwood is offering a refer-a-friend bonus, which can be accessed through the SPG Dashboard (which shows several types of promotions, as well as interesting statistics about your account).
Through this promotion you and a friend can each earn 1,000 bonus Starpoints if you refer a friend to SPG and they make their first stay within 60 days.
The referral has to be made through the SPG Dashboard, where you have to enter your name, your friend’s name, and your friend’s email address. Your friend will then be sent an email inviting them to join, and if they use that link and make a stay within the required timeframe, you’ll both be credited the bonus Starpoints.
The catch is that you can only earn the bonus of 1,000 Starpoints once, so you can’t scale this. That being said, I value Starpoints at ~2.2 cents each, so ~$22 for referring someone to Starwood and having them make their first stay is pretty darn awesome.
Bonus Starpoints should post within 2-4 weeks of the new referred member successfully completing an eligible stay within 60 days of the referral.
View from the St. Regis Doha
This is a win-win, since both you and your friend can earn 1,000 bonus Starpoints after their first stay. Assuming you have any friends left you haven’t yet converted to miles & points, this is a great opportunity. Just check out the SPG Dashboard to take advantage of this.
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)