Starwood’s 35% Off Resort Redemption Promotion Is Back

Starwood is offering 35% off free night redemptions at select resorts for stays through March 5, 2018. This is a promotion they’ve run for several years, and that they’re running again this year. While the promotion has unofficially been available for a while, they’ve finally updated the webpage for it (which is useful, since some of the details have changed compared to last year).

This promotion is very similar to the ones offered by Starwood in 201620152014, and 2013.

Which SPG properties are 35% off?

According to the website, the 35% off promotion is valid at the following properties:

The St. Regis Maldives is a new addition, given that it just opened late last year.

The last three properties are also new additions, though I must be missing something. These aren’t hotels that are subjected to Starwood’s higher award pricing, as they’re all Category 7 properties that can be booked online for 30,000-35,000 Starpoints per night. So I assume this is a glitch.

To make a booking through this offer, simply call Starwood customer service — these 35% off awards can’t be booked online.

This promotion is stackable with fifth night free.

When redeeming Starpoints for free nights, the fifth night of every redemption is free. For example, you could redeem for five nights at the St. Regis Maldives for 234,000 Starpoints, which is an average of 46,800 Starpoints per night.

Wait, why are these hotels so expensive?

For those of you not familiar with these SPG resorts, you might be thinking “damn, those stays are expensive.” And you’d be right, because they don’t really correspond with the SPG free night chart. As a reminder, here’s the free night award chart for SPG:

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Why are these properties largely double the cost (or more) of “standard” hotels in their categories? Because these are all “specialty properties” and don’t have “standard rooms.” Technically the above rates are for redemptions in standard rooms, and by Starwood’s definition, those don’t exist at these resorts.

Therefore you have to redeem at least double points for stays at these properties. That doesn’t totally make sense, since award categories are based on the average daily rate to begin with, so you’re basically getting double penalized. The category a hotel belongs to is based on the rate for the specialty suite, and then they’re doubling the cost on top of that.

But I get Starwood’s struggle here, and I think they recognize these properties are ordinarily overpriced when redeeming Starpoints. And that seems to be why they’re frequently offering these 35% off promotions, which make the cost of redemptions at these properties much more reasonable.

Thoughts on these properties

A couple of years ago I first redeemed Starpoints through this promotion at Al Maha, Starwood’s Luxury Collection resort near Dubai. I had an incredible stay, and thought it was one of the best uses of Starpoints ever. You can find the trip report installments here:

The base rooms here are villas, and the resort was all inclusive, and even included two daily activities, so it was a much better value than you usually get out of hotel redemptions.

The Al Maha Resort in Dubai

If you’re headed to Dubai and can splurge, I highly recommend staying here.

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Unfortunately it looks like the redemption costs at some of the other properties have increased compared to last year. Last year Le Meridien Bora Bora and Vana Belle had standard redemption costs of 40,000 Starpoints, meaning that a discounted redemption cost 26,000 Starpoints. This year they have standard redemption costs of 90,000 Starpoints, meaning that a discounted redemption costs 58,500 Starpoints per night, which isn’t as good of a deal.

Bottom line

I’m excited to see this promotion return. A couple of years ago I redeemed Starpoints through this promotion to stay at Al Maha, and am so happy I did, because I had an incredible stay. Given that it was all inclusive (including activities), I actually found it to represent a great value.

The good news is that the St. Regis Maldives has been added to the list this year. The bad news is that two other properties have become more expensive.

Do you plan on taking advantage of Starwood’s 35% off redemptions promotion at resorts?

(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)

Comments

  1. St. Regis Punta Miya has standard rooms (30k or 35k) – so doesn’t fall into the double point bucket. It looks like they are just discounting if you pre book a suite (which is great because there are so few ‘standard’ rooms).

  2. W Koh Samui is as a joke on this island to those in the know. Zero substance, poor elite recognition, yet priced like the Conrad. Even at 39k it’s a rip-off.

    —JRL

  3. wow just got back St regis puerto rico , paid 30k a night back in april….its now 60k standard award ?!?!?? when was this catagory bump??

  4. @JRL was at w koh samui last year sept, my experience was otherwise…love their sweet spot, nice private beach, had excellent stay at their ocean esacape suite , they even surprise us with chock cake and flower pedals as our 3rd anniversary ..only downside was their famous water landscape was out of order , so a little disappoinment not able see that iconic picture..

  5. Seriously, who the hell has 200–300k Starpoints just sitting around to get to the 5th night free threshold at these valuations?

  6. I managed to book the biggest room that Vana Belle offers for around $550 CAD in February, using SPG’s price match/beat. I can’t imagine using that many miles on their smallest room with no ocean views. Definitely a poor value.

  7. Starpoint redemptions are ridiculous these days. Buying a point costs about 2 cents with promos. Redeeming 90,000 for a night is 1800 USD? If you have that much money lying around to sleep a night, I don’t think you need to bother with points and promos.

  8. @TommyTrash @Bryan If you spend all your time in hotels for work you end up not having much time to use the points or take vacation… I used all my starpoints ~2 years ago and am already back up to ~450k even after using at least 100k this year.

  9. That’s right on StR Punta Mita and Prince de Galles–they aren’t all-suite hotels like the rest and have rooms regularly starting at 30-35K. But this offer gives discounts on their starting standard suites. I had a booking already for 30K/night points for 3 nights at PdG in October…and now have a guaranteed Mosaic Suite for 39K points/night for our 3 nights. That also saves me 3 SNAs. What a steal. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Lucky,

    Do you have a link to the promo page you have shown? I’m not seeing it on the SPG website, and when I called SPG to redeem, the lady had no idea what I was talking about, and she said she’d never heard of a discount on award nights. Tried to redeem for St. Regis Punta Mita. Thanks!

  11. @Jetset +1. 600 nights in a Starwood in the last 5 years produces SPG points for days….the hard way.

  12. I’m with Matt S on this…I cannot find the promo page. We used a similar program last year to stay at the St Regis Bora Bora for 5 nights. We want to go back!

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