5 More Excellent Hotels in the US to Splurge on With Starwood Points [OFFER EXPIRED]

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Starwood has lots of amazing hotels all over the world, including the US, where you can book award stays with Starwood points!

The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood card (personal and small business) has increased to 35,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

But you have to sign-up before March 30, 2016, to earn this bonus.  It’s the biggest EVER for these cards!

35,000 Starwood points is enough for an award night at the most luxurious Starwood hotels, like the outstanding St. Regis San Francisco.

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

Stay for Free in San Francisco With Your Starwood Points

I’ve already written about 5 great hotels in the US to splurge on with your Starwood points.  And here are 5 MORE that would make excellent award stays!

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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

Link:   How to Fill Out an American Express Business Card Application

Link:   How to Use Starwood Points

In summers past, the bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards has been as high as 30,000 Starwood points.  That’s 5,000 points more than the usual offer for 25,000 Starwood points.

But if you apply before March 30, 2016, you can earn 35,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

That’s a big deal because 10,000 extra Starwood points is more than enough for 2 weekday nights or 3 weekend nights at Starwood Category 2 hotels.  Or 1 night at a Category 4 hotel.

With 35,000 Starwood points, you could even treat yourself to a night at a luxury Category 7 Starwood hotel!

Starwood hotels include AloftDesign HotelsElementFour PointsLe MeridienSheratonSt RegisThe Luxury CollectionTribute PortfolioWestin and W brand hotels.

I’m not sure if AMEX will continue to issue this card after Starwood’s merger with Marriott.  Or if Starwood is purchased by a new buyer!

And it’s uncertain what will happen to Starwood points after the potential merger.  So if you want to get a terrific sign-up bonus, now is a great time to apply for these cards!

Note:   American Express only allows folks to get the sign-up bonus ONCE per person, per lifetime on ALL their cards.

5 Hotels in the US That Make Fantastic Award Stays

Note that all of the hotels on this list are eligible to get the 5th night free on an award stay because they are Starwood Category 3 to Category 7 hotels.

When searching for an award stay, I like using Hotel Hustle because it shows you if award nights are available and how many points you’ll need for your stay.

I haven’t stayed at these hotels, but they all look terrific and might give you some ideas for your next escape!

1.   The St. Regis San Francisco

The fantastic St. Regis San Francisco is located right next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and is within walking distance to many other popular attractions.

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

The Modern St. Regis San Francisco Is Right in the Heart of the City

It gets almost all 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor.  Folks love its central location, modern design, and top-notch concierge service.

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

A Night Here Is ~$770 After Taxes and Fees or 30,000 Starwood Points

A Category 7 hotel, a night here in July 2016 costs ~$770 after taxes and fees, or 30,000 Starwood points.

It offers wonderful views of the city, a spa, and an infinity pool.  This hotel is a great choice for a special occasion!  And using your Starwood points would save you a lot of money!

2.   The Westin Austin Downtown

Austin is known for its lively music scene and amazing food.  Living here, I can attest to how awesome the restaurants are!

The Westin Austin Downtown gets nearly all 5-stars on TripAdvisor because of its fantastic location and friendly staff.

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

A Beautiful Sunset and the City Lights in Austin. Don’t Forget to Check out the Bats at Dusk at the Congress Avenue Bridge!

Located right in the heart of downtown, you can be close to all of the action!

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

The Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill Is Just 4 Blocks From the Westin Austin Downtown

It’s just a few blocks away from the popular Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy drinks and classic Southern food.  Like chicken fried steak and mac & cheese!  It almost makes me want to start eating meat again! 😉

This Category 6 hotel would cost you 20,000 Starwood points per night or ~$312 in July 2016.

With the Starwood small business card you will have enough points for 2 free nights (40,000 Starwood points) here!

That’s because when you meet the minimum spending requirement of $5,000, you’ll earn at least 5,000 Starwood points.  That’s in addition to the 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus.  For a total of 40,000 Starwood points!

3.   The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki

You can stay at The Royal Hawaiian in Hawaii, a Starwood Category 6 hotel, for 20,000 to 25,000 Starwood points per night, depending on the season.

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

The Royal Hawaiian is Known For its Tropical Pink Walls! It’s Often Referred to as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific”

It gets excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.  And it’s centrally located on Waikiki Beach where you can enjoy 1 of the hotel’s famous Mai Tai’s or learn to surf!

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

Enjoy a Beautiful Sunset From the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach

Nights here in July 2016, during the peak season, cost ~$482 or 25,000 Starwood points.  So using your Starwood points here is a great way to get an expensive room for free!

4.   Aloft Chicago City Center

Chicago is a terrific spot for a weekend getaway.  It’s known for its amazing art museums, restaurants, and great sporting events.

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

The Conveniently Located Aloft Chicago City Center

The Category 5 Aloft Chicago City Center is walking distance from the iO Chicago Theater, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Children’s Museum, and Cloud Gate (aka The Bean)!

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

Stay in Chicago With Your Starwood Points and Visit the Bean!

I found nights in July 2016 for ~$290 or 12,000 Starwood points per night.

So the personal AMEX Starwood card sign-up bonus would be enough for 3 free nights (36,000 Starwood points)!

That’s because when you meet the minimum spending requirement of $3,000, you’ll earn at least 3,000 Starwood points.  That’s in addition to the 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus.  For a total of 38,000 Starwood points.

And that’s getting Big Travel with Small Money!

5.   The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland

The Nines in Portland gets outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor.  Located next to Pioneer Courthouse Square, it’s within walking distance to many attractions in downtown Portland.  

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

The Nines Hotel Is Centrally Located in Downtown Portland

A Category 5 hotel, free nights here in July 2016 cost 16,000 Starwood points.  So either the personal or small business AMEX Starwood card sign-up bonus would be enough for 2 free nights (32,000 Starwood points)!

If you paid cash, it would cost ~$365 per night.  So using your AMEX Starwood card bonus could save you over $700!

5 More Excellent Hotels In The US To Splurge On With Starwood Points

Majestic Mt. Hood in Oregon

You could take a trip to nearby Mt. Hood with the savings!  The skiing there is great in the winter!

Bottom Line

There are many Starwood hotels in the US where you can get Big Travel with Small Money!

Use your Starwood points at hotels like the The Royal HawaiianSt. Regis San Francisco, or Westin Austin Downtown which can cost hundreds of dollars per night!

The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood card (personal and small business) is usually 25,000 Starwood points, so you’ll get an extra 10,000 Starwood points with the current 35,000 point sign-up bonus.  Extra points are valuable because Starwood points are so hard to earn!

This offer expires March 30, 2016, and the sign-up bonus has never been this high.  So this is a great time to apply, especially if you’re considering a trip to any of these wonderful cities in the US!

Do you have a favorite Starwood hotel in the US that you would add to this list?  

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4 responses to “5 More Excellent Hotels in the US to Splurge on With Starwood Points [OFFER EXPIRED]

  1. If I applied for the SPG business card and use it to pay my taxes, can I then balance transfer to another card (chase freedom) so I have time to pay my taxes off, Will that still count as the meeting the minimum spend on the new SPG card?
    I know its not ideal but im stuck with a large tax bill and Im ether going to be I paying the IRS 3% interest or I try to spin it and at least get some free travel out of it..

  2. How about ranking the top five Category 1’s? For those readers that like to stretch their points as far as possible.

  3. @Heather try the Chase Slate if you are within 5/24 rules no transfer fees no interest for 24 months

    Yes the payment to IRS agents with 1.87~% fees is meeting spend ; what else I tried 500ish with Citi THank you card no pasa nada 🙂

  4. @Heather – That could work!

    @Mike – Great idea! I’ll see what I can do! 🙂

    @PJ – Thanks for adding the tip!

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