Don’t Forget: Last Day To Book SPG Awards Before Category Increase

A few weeks ago Starwood announced their 2016 hotel category changes, which kick in for bookings as of March 1, 2016. That means today is the last day to book before the prices change. You can make the booking for stays on subsequent dates, as March 1 is the “book by” date and not the “stay by” date.

Every year Starwood has some hotel category adjustments, where they change the categories that some properties belong to. For a bit of context, here are the category changes from recent years:

In other words, Starwood isn’t changing the number of points required per free night redemption at a particular category of hotel, but rather is adjusting which hotels belong to which categories.

As a reminder, Starwood has seven hotel categories, with free night redemptions priced as follows:


In 2016 we’re seeing 282 hotels (~20% of Starwood’s global portfolio) change categories:

  • 168 hotels are going up in price (~12% of Starwood’s global portfolio)
  • 114 hotels are going down in price (~8% of Starwood’s global portfolio)

The Schloss Fuschl, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is increasing to a Category 7

Whether these changes are positive or negative is dependent on your specific travel patterns. If a hotel you frequent goes up or down in category you might be greatly impacted by these changes. If you don’t usually redeem points at any of the properties on the list, then these changes won’t impact you.

The full list of properties increasing in price is as follows:

Africa, Middle East

  • W Doha Hotel & Residences
  • Le Méridien Medina
  • Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers

Asia Pacific

  • Four Points by Sheraton Langfang, Guan
  • Four Points by Sheraton Qingdao, West Coast
  • Le Méridien Yixing
  • Sheraton Guilin Hotel
  • Four Points by Sheraton Hainan, Sanya
  • Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Daning
  • Sheraton Dongguan Hotel
  • Sheraton Fuzhou Hotel
  • Sheraton Shanghai Jiading Hotel
  • Sheraton Xiamen Hotel
  • Sheraton Zhoushan Hotel
  • Le Méridien She Shan Shanghai
  • Sheraton Changbaishan Resort
  • Sheraton Chongqing Hotel
  • Sheraton Grand Guangzhou Huadu Resort
  • Sheraton Guiyang Hotel
  • Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel
  • The Westin Wuhan Wuchang
  • The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian
  • The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai
  • The Westin Zhujiajian Resort, Zhoushan
  • The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central
  • ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jaipur
  • Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi
  • ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
  • ITC Windsor, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru
  • Le Méridien Bangalore
  • The Westin Mumbai Garden City
  • Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa
  • ITC Grand Bharat, a Luxury Collection Resort, Gurgaon, New Delhi Capital Region
  • Sheraton Bandara Hotel
  • Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
  • The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali
  • W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak
  • Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers
  • Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel
  • The St. Regis Osaka
  • The Westin Tokyo
  • Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto
  • W Seoul – Walkerhill
  • The Westin Singapore
  • Four Points by Sheraton Penghu
  • The Westin Tashee Resort, Taoyuan
  • Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15
  • Le Méridien Chiang Mai
  • Le Méridien Bangkok
  • Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Samui Resort
  • The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok


  • Le Méridien Vienna
  • Schloss Fuschl, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Fuschlsee-Salzburg
  • Aloft Stuttgart
  • Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel
  • Aloft Munich
  • Le Méridien Munich
  • Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
  • Sheraton Athlone Hotel
  • Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Center
  • Four Points by Sheraton Milan Center
  • Sheraton Lake Como Hotel
  • The Westin Palace, Milan
  • The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
  • Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center
  • Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa
  • Grand Hotel River Park, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bratislava
  • Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal
  • Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort
  • Le Méridien Barcelona
  • Sheraton Zurich Neues Schloss Hotel
  • Great Northern Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, London
  • The Park Lane Hotel, London

Latin America

  • Sheraton Mendoza Hotel
  • Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village
  • The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Ambassador Hotel
  • Sheraton Chihuahua Soberano
  • Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos
  • Hacienda Uayamon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Uayamon
  • Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mexico City
  • The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa, Cancun
  • W Mexico City

North America

  • Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
  • Four Points by Sheraton Richmond Airport
  • Element Hanover – Lebanon
  • Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park
  • Aloft Phoenix-Airport
  • Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport
  • Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee North Shore
  • Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls
  • Four Points by Sheraton Ontario-Rancho Cucamonga
  • Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Northeast
  • Four Points by Sheraton Portland East
  • Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel
  • Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort
  • Sheraton Lisle Hotel
  • Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe
  • Sheraton Suites Columbus
  • Sheraton Suites Fort Lauderdale at Cypress Creek
  • Aloft Cleveland Downtown
  • Aloft College Station
  • Aloft Durham Downtown
  • Aloft Milwaukee Downtown
  • Aloft Mount Laurel
  • Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station
  • Aloft Tampa Downtown
  • Element Bozeman
  • Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport
  • Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles Westside
  • Four Points by Sheraton Pleasanton
  • Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Airport
  • Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel
  • Sheraton Arlington Hotel
  • Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel
  • Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel
  • Sheraton Denver West Hotel
  • Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center
  • Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
  • Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons
  • Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio
  • Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing
  • Sheraton Iowa City Hotel
  • Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center
  • Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
  • Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
  • The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
  • The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
  • The Westin Mount Laurel
  • The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
  • Aloft Asheville Downtown
  • Aloft Chicago City Center
  • Aloft Denver Downtown
  • Aloft San Francisco Airport
  • Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter
  • Le Méridien Arlington
  • Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph
  • Le Méridien Indianapolis
  • Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel
  • Sheraton San Jose Hotel
  • Sheraton Universal Hotel
  • The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio
  • The Westin Denver Downtown
  • The Westin Los Angeles Airport
  • The Westin Minneapolis
  • The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio
  • The Westin San Diego
  • The Westin Waltham Boston
  • W Minneapolis – The Foshay
  • Walt Disney World Swan
  • Le Méridien San Francisco
  • Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
  • The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont
  • The Park Central San Francisco
  • The Westin Austin Downtown
  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
  • The Westin Copley Place, Boston
  • The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali
  • The Westin New York Grand Central
  • The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
  • The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
  • The Westin St. John Villas
  • W Hoboken
  • W Hollywood
  • W New Orleans – French Quarter
  • W Washington D.C.

Bottom line

Today is the last day to book hotels at the old rates, so if you’re pondering a stay at a property going up in price, you’ll want to lock that in.

If you’re staying at a hotel going down in category, be sure to check back beginning tomorrow as you can hopefully rebook and save points (just remember there still needs to be availability, as doing this requires you to cancel and rebook).

Is anyone planning to redeem points at one of these hotels before the points increase? Which ones?


  1. Just tried to book the Element in Hanover, NH, and it is already showing as a category 4 hotel as of 7:30 PM Eastern Time.

  2. @Mike. Same issue last night – Feb 29th. A few hotels I intended to book showed increased categories before March 1. Thanks SPG for jumping the gun. Guess I’ll book that Hyatt instead….

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