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Starwood has interesting hotels all over the world, including Central and South America. And you can book award stays with Starwood points!
The sign-up bonus on the Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express card (personal and small business) has increased to 30,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements.
I’ll show you 5 top hotels for award stays with Starwood points!
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About the AMEX Starwood Card
Link: Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Link: Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood card (personal and small business) is usually 25,000 Starwood points after after meeting minimum spending requirements.
But for a limited time, you can earn 30,000 Starwood points. That’s a big deal because with 5,000 extra Starwood points you can get:
- 2 weekend nights at a Category 1 hotel
- 1 night at a Category 2 hotel
- 1 night at a Category 4 hotel when you add $75 using Cash & Points (This includes hotels like the The Westin Grand Vancouver and Walt Disney World Swan!)
30,000 Starwood points is more than enough to get started with award stays at Starwood hotels! Or treat yourself to a luxury night at a top-tier hotel!
5 Starwood Hotels in Central and South America That Make Great Award Stays
Note: The prices in these examples are based on travel in October 2015.
I like using Hotel Hustle to find hotels because it shows you how many points you’ll need for your specific travel dates, and show you if award nights are available!
Another option is AwardMapper. It shows similar information, but it’s not specific to travel dates and won’t search for available award rooms.
I haven’t personally stayed at these hotels, but they have great reviews and I’ve added them to my wish list!
1. The Westin Playa Bonita Panama
The Westin Playa Bonita Panama is located ~20 minutes outside of Panama City, on Playa Bonita beach.
A Category 4 hotel, a night here costs ~$144 or 10,000 Starwood points.
There’s plenty to do here! Choose from 3 pools (or the beach), 6 restaurants, and lots of places to soak up the sun.
The hotel also has a kids club and a spa, so you can stay busy or relax while you’re here.
2. Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
A Category 4 hotel, Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco is a great base for exploring Peru.
You’ll be directly across from the Koricancha (important Inca ruins), and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets, and restaurants.
Machu Picchu is ~45 miles away, and accessible by train from Cusco.
A 3-night stay here costs ~$825, or 30,000 Starwood points.
Peru has a rich culture and history, so there is plenty to do (and eat!). Guests love this hotel!
3. Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa, Argentina
The Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa is special because it’s located inside of a national park in Argentina!
Emily and I stayed at this hotel, and it’s 1 of our most memorable hotel experiences!
You can see Iguazu Falls from the lobby, swimming pool, and even some rooms.
Because of its jungle location, you might see monkeys, toucans, and other wildlife right outside your window! Hiking, boat rides, and waterfall viewings are a 10-minute walk away.
A Category 5 hotel, the nightly rate in October is ~$264, or 16,000 Starwood points. You’ll have a private balcony, and a buffet breakfast is included in the room rate.
Iguazu Falls is a ~1 hour flight from Buenos Aires, and is on the Argentina-Brazil border. This hotel is prime for adventure!
4. W Santiago
Located in Chile’s capital, the W Santiago is in El Golf, a neighborhood known for its shopping and nightlife.
While you’re out and about in Santiago, check out the art museums and the fish market, or dine on steaks with wine from nearby vineyards.
The nightly rate at this Category 5 hotel is ~$275 or 16,000 Starwood points.
You can also take a bus to Valparaiso, a town near the ocean, for a day trip to the beach!
5. Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires
I’ve been wanting to go to Buenos Aires for a long time. I probably won’t tango, but I’d definitely love to try their world-renowned steak!
And if (no, when!) I go, I’ll consider using Cash & Points to stay at the Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel. It’s a Starwood Category 5 hotel, which means it costs 16,000 Starwood points per night if you only use points.
There are 2 swimming pools, a gym, and a restaurant within the hotel.
The nightly rate in October is ~$269 or 16,000 Starwood points.
With nearly all 4 or 5-star reviews, guests love the location and service here!
There are several unique Starwood hotels in Central and South America where you can get award nights with Starwood points.
Through September 14, 2015, you can earn 30,000 Starwood points when you open an AMEX Starwood card (personal and small business). That’s valuable because Starwood points can be used for memorable award stays, and they’re hard to earn.
In past years, this bonus has only been offered for a few weeks each summer, so it’s unlikely to get any higher than this!
Which Starwood hotels would you add to my list?
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