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Some Starwood Hotels Changing Price Tomorrow – Find Out How You Can Save Points!

Some Starwood Hotels Changing Price Tomorrow – Find Out How You Can Save Points!

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The Starwood Hotel program is changing the number of points for some hotels from March 4, 2014.

Some Starwood hotels will cost you fewer points and others will cost you more.  But if you book before Tuesday (tomorrow) you can lock-in the lower price on the hotels which will be increasing in price.

Some Starwood Hotels Changing Price Tomorrow - Find Out How You Can Save Points
Some Starwood Hotels Change Price From Tomorrow

Starwood includes: St. RegisThe Luxury CollectionW HotelsLe MeridianSheratonAloft, and Four Points.

The award chart will stay the same.  But hotels will be moving among categories i.e. some hotels could cost more or less points.

Some Starwood Hotels Changing Price Tomorrow - Find Out How You Can Save Points
Each Starwood Category Will Still Cost the Same Amount of Points, But Some Hotels Will Move to New Categories

See the full list of the hotel changes on Starwood’s website.

Hotels That Will Cost More Points

Some Starwood hotels are moving to a higher category, which will cost you more points.  Book these hotels before March 4, 2014, to avoid paying more points!  You can usually cancel the booking a few days before arrival and get the points back (but check the cancellation policy before booking).  Unfortunately, many of the hotels increasing in price are in the US or Europe!

Starwood has 3 hotels in Hawaii that are all moving from Category 5 to Category 6.  The Sheraton Waikiki, the Sheraton Maui, and the Westin Maui.  These hotels used to cost 12,000 to 16,000 Starwood points and now will cost 20,000 to 25,000 points.  That is a ~56% to ~67% increase!

Some Starwood Hotels Changing Price Tomorrow - Find Out How You Can Save Points
The Sheraton Waikiki and 2 Other Hawaiian Hotels Will Cost 8,000 to 9,000 More Points per Night

Some Hotels Moving Up

Hotels That Will Cost Fewer Points

The good news is that many hotels are moving down as well.  However, many of these hotels are in Asia.  So if you were planning on staying at one of these hotels, you will save Starwood points if you book AFTER March 4, 2014.

One Luxury Collection Hotel, the Laguna at Nusa Dua in Bali is moving from category 5 to category 4.  This hotel currently costs 12,000 to 16,000 points per night.  But starting next month it will cost 10,000 points per night!

Some Starwood Hotels Changing Price Tomorrow - Find Out How You Can Save Points
Save Up to 6,000 Points per Night If You Book the Laguna Nusa Dua, Bali After March 4, 2014

Some Hotels Moving Down

If you’ve already booked a hotel that is moving down a category, you could cancel your reservation and re-book after March 4, 2014, to get the lower rate.  However, be careful because hotel rooms may not be available when you go to re-book!

What Is NOT Changing

Most Starwood hotels will cost the same amount of points as they do now.

For example, the Sheraton at Iguazu Falls where Emily and I stayed in Argentina, will still cost 12,000 to 16,000 points per night.

Some Starwood Hotels Changing Price Tomorrow - Find Out How You Can Save Points
We Used Points to Stay at the Sheraton Iguazu Falls, Which Will Still Cost The Same Amount of Points

Bottom Line

Most Starwood hotels are not changing categories.  But some hotels will charge more points and some will charge fewer points.

See the full list of changes to see if there are any hotels on the list which you’ve booked or are thinking of booking.

You could wait until after the changes to book a “Moving Down” hotel to save points.  If you’re planning on staying at a hotel that is moving up, book your award stay before March 4, 2014 to avoid paying more points!

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Wow you weren’t kidding! The dump in Ft Lauderdale known as the Sheraton Suites Plantation bumped up from 3,000 points to 7,000 points. What were they smoking when they did that?

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@Ray – If you can book a standard room for cash, you should be able to book it for points. I’d call SPG to book the room.

@Billy D – I’ve had good luck calling Starwood to make cash and points reservations when it doesn’t show up online!

As a primarily US traveler, these changes are terribly inequitable and the “we lowered more hotels than we raised” feels disingenuous. 70+ hotels increased in the US, vs ~20 being lowered. None of the hotels I tend to frequent are on the drop list, and most of the ones I frequent are on the increase list.

*Sigh* I guess this is how the game is played but I’m definitely feeling frustrated in my 4th year of Platinum loyalty to these guys…

I’ll tell you one thing I noticed the past 12 months. The lack of Cash & Points option at every Starwood Hotel. It used to make the entire program so desirable but it’s becoming extinct.

Not to pick just on them because Hilton Hhonors is just as bad with Cash & points.

Daraius, would these hotels rather their hotels go empty instead of offering this option a day or two before they know the hotel will be almost completely dark once in a while? Or do they think if they do that, people will get in the habit of waiting until the last second and look for exactly for that pattern and option?

Thanks Daraius, It looks like SPG Free Nights at Laguna Nusa Dua are not bookable online. It says

“If the Lowest Standard Rate is available for your dates and Free Nights are not, please contact us to book Free Nights.”

Is that common for SPG?

Last time I applied for a Starwood credit card through your link, I received 25,000 bonus points. I then sold those points to rewards2cash for $387.50

http://rewards2cash.com/SPG?tracking=4f8fb6a3e7219

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