My colleague Amy received the following standard email offer this morning for double points for a month or 25% off a Starpoints redemption. Amy was a Gold member who re-qualified for Gold once again after a stay in late August. I’ve blogged about the similar Platinum member offer, but not this Gold one. As an SPG Platinum member, I received an almost identical offer for re-qualifying back in July – double points for a month or 35% off a Starpoints redemption.
Her obvious next question was whether she should take the double points offer or wait to use the redemption certificate. Amy has an upcoming three week Westin stay but was also planning to book a week at the Westin St. John for Christmas week. The St. John property is a category 5 property and there are still some rooms available for 12K points per night. If she uses the fifth night free benefit, then she’d be spending 48K points for 5 nights and would then get 25% back, or 12K off the award for a total of 36K points for a 5 night stay in St. John during xmas week, pretty good considering the pay rates! Now, Amy’s upcoming Westin stay is at a discounted rate of $120/nt for 15 total nights. As a Gold member (without an SPG AMEX…Corporate Card required), Amy surely does better with the discounted award stay than earning double points on this stay. Your choice should of course be based upon a comparison of estimated points from upcoming stays (remember you can only select the calendar month that is two months out from today’s month) and any planned redemptions.
Full details on the 2013 re-qualification gifts in this post by Starwood Lurker on Flyertalk.
Congratulations on your Gold status with the Starwood Preferred Guest® program. Achieving a milestone like this deserves a reward. Start the celebration by choosing an elite gift.
Take your pick. Choose double Starpoints® for an entire month — it’s like a promotion just for you. Or get 25% off a Starpoints redemption at many of our most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world. The choice is yours. Either way, you’re golden. Simply select one of the options to learn more about each reward.
Plus, check out all the Gold benefits you’ve earned at spg.com/gold.
We’re thrilled to have you as an elite member and look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for sharing your travels with us.