Get 500 Starwood Points or $5 Per Night at a Starwood Hotel

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Of course you know that the sign-up bonus on the American Express Starwood credit card has increased to 30,000 points up to September 4, 2012.  But here’s a way to get back 500 points a night when you either pay or redeem points to stay at a Starwood hotel.

Points Unseen reminds me that some Starwood hotels will give you 500 Starwood points or a $5 food and beverage credit for each night you decline housekeeping via the Make a Green Choice initiative.

I’ve experienced this at some Sheraton and Westin hotels, and Googling “Make a Green Choice” suggests that other Starwood brands (W, Le Meridian etc.) are also participating.

You can see participating Sheraton hotels here and Westin hotels here.

Starwoods’ marketing spin suggests that using less water and energy is better for the planet, and that’s certainly true.  But it doesn’t mention that not providing housekeeping also improves the profit margins of the hotels.  Is it really so hard to say “Listen, we save money AND help the planet by not cleaning your room, so here’s a little something from us.”

On the other hand, I don’t know of any other hotel chain which provides an incentive to decline housekeeping and earn points or a hotel credit.

Emily and I have never taken the extra points, because we like bringing back the hotel amenities for care packages to give away in India.

But some of you may prefer the 500 Starwood points or $5 credit.  So look for the green “Make A Green Choice” tag to hang outside your door or call the front desk or housekeeping to find out if the Starwood hotel you’re staying in is participating in the program or not.

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12 responses to “Get 500 Starwood Points or $5 Per Night at a Starwood Hotel

  1. I stayed at a Hilton in san Diego last year that gave out $5 gift cards to target, Starbucks, etc, for skipping housekeeping…not chain-wide, but I definitely took advantage.

  2. I pretty much always go for the 500 points when I’m at an SPG property that offers it.
    I also like getting the hotel amenities to donate to the women’s shelter my friend manages.
    Just because you decline housekeeping doesn’t mean you can’t get the amenities. Usually when I check in, and I know the property offers the 500 points, I’ll talk to the front desk about it. I will confirm that I’d like to get the 500 points AND get extra amenities every day. They’ll usually have one of the housekeeping staff drop by a plastic bag with extra stuff in it after the first night (enough to cover my stay), if I need/want most, I just call the front desk/stop by on my way out of the room in the morning and ask for more to be delivered while I’m out.

  3. most = more in that last post

  4. We stayed at a Sheraton recently that refused to clean our room because of the unaccompanied dog in the room (we left her in there and got lunch at a non-dog friendly restaurant we wanted to try). You think if I call up and say I want the 500 points for non cleaning they’ll give in?

  5. As much as I treasure both Starpoints and our planet, I will not do anything to give a hotel an excuse to cut housekeeping staff , even if it’s presented as a “green” choice. I suspect the only “green” they really care about is the money they can pocket by cutting jobs. So when you and Emily decline the offer, you’re not only helping to provide care packages to India, you’re also helping to keep hardworking people in America off the unemployment lines. Good for you!

  6. I have a question.. when I got my Hilton Card I used my husbands Hilton Number. Can I do this on all Hotel Credit cards? I want to get a SPG Card for my husband but who wants 2 membership numbers? Can I just use the same number for the family?

    • @PSL – Thanks for pointing out the other benefit to not declining housekeeping!

      @Carla – You’re supposed to have your own number for each person who is a member, but sometimes you can use the same number, but I wouldn’t recommend that. Instead, you can use Award Wallet to track your balances across your family. For SPG, you can transfer the points to someone else who stays at the same address as you.

  7. Your link to participating Sheraton Hotels produces a blank page.

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  9. Alfred Vachris

    I recently stayed in Amman Jordan and the staff was not informed of the terms and conditions painful to discuss at checkout