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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.
The award chart will stay the same. But hotels will be moving among categories i.e. some hotels could cost more or less points.
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 Hotels Moving Up
- The St. Regis Rome, Category 6 to 7
Arion Astir Palace, Athens, Category 5 to 6
- The Westin Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Category 4 to 5
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 Hotels Moving Down
- Wildwood Snowmass, Colorado, Category 5 to 4
- Four Points Studio City, Orlando, Category 2 to 1
- Four Points Puntacana Villlage, Dominican Republic, Category 2 to 1
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.
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!