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Many people don’t realize that with several hotel loyalty programs, you can earn bonus points for dining at hotel restaurants even when you’re not staying at a hotel. Generally people don’t associate hotels with destination restaurants (in other words, I doubt anyone is craving a Sheraton lobby bar burger), but there are plenty of destination restaurants which are now located inside hotels. It’s certainly a trend we’re seeing more of lately.
If you happen to want to eat at a hotel restaurant, Starwood is out with a new promotion offering bonus points for doing just that.
The promotion is called SPG Twice As Nice, and it offers up to double Starpoints for dining at one of their participating hotel restaurants through June 15, 2016. The promotion is valid at 1,650+ participating restaurants and bars around the world, and you need to spend at least $10 per transaction to be eligible.
The catch is that you only earn double Starpoints on dining when you’re not booked to stay at the hotel at the same time. It’s not often hotels penalize you for staying at their hotels, but this promotion is one of those instances.
Through this promotion you’ll earn two bonus Starpoints per dollar spent at participating restaurants, on top of the points you usually earn. Be sure you check out the list of participating restaurants, because not all Starwood dining outlets qualify. For example, not a single restaurant in Los Angeles is participating, and only one restaurant in New York is participating.
The earnings rate for dining at Starwood properties is the same as it would be if you were staying at a hotel. So for dining you ordinarily earn:
- 2 Starpoints per dollar spent as an SPG member
- 3 Starpoints per dollar spent as an SPG Gold or Platinum member
- 4 Starpoints per dollar spent as an SPG Platinum 75 Night member
In other words, as a Platinum member who spends 100+ nights per year with Starwood, I’d earn six Starpoints per dollar spent at a participating restaurant, assuming I’m not staying at the hotel. That’s on top of the points I earn for credit card spend — for example, on all these cards I’d earn extra points on dining:
When you dine at a participating Starwood restaurant, just tell your server you’d like to earn Starpoints for your meal, and you’ll be able to write your SPG number on the receipt, and should automatically be credited the points (though I’d recommend hanging onto the receipt just in case).
I’m writing about this promotion because I assume some people will be able to take advantage of this for purchases they’ve already made. I do wish the promotion were a bit less restrictive. You’re limited to earning bonus Starpoints for properties you’re not staying at, and on top of that only some restaurants are participating.
So I wouldn’t dine at a Starwood restaurant just because of this promotion, but if you’re going to anyway, you might as well take advantage of this offer.
Earn double Starpoints for dining at Brasserie Les Saveurs at St. Regis Singapore
Do you ever dine at hotel restaurants when not staying at a hotel?