Starwood launches new Autumn promo – how does it compare?

The stand-out hotel promotion for Autumn for many people is going to be the IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc) ‘Accelerate’ deal which I covered here.

‘Accelerate’ is based on personalised targets, however, and if yours was totally unsuitable for your travel plans then you will need an alternative.

Hilton HHonors (see here) and Marriott Rewards (see here) have come out with variants on ‘double points’.  Carlson and Hyatt have not launched anything.  Accor has a short-term promotion which is VERY generous but is only for bookings made by 20th September – see here.

That leaves Starwood Preferred Guest, the Westin / Sheraton / Le Meridien / Aloft etc chain.

Whilst you cannot register yet, Starwood has revealed the details of its Autumn offering.

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Called ‘Stay For More’, it will run from October 1st to December 20th.  Registration will not open until September 20th, at which point I will run a reminder.

It is not hugely exciting.  You will earn:

double Starpoints on stays of 2+ nights

an additional 500 points on stays of 4+ nights

There is little to differentiate this from the Hilton and Marriott promotions.  You should obviously sign up if there is a chance you may have some Starwood stays during this period but it is unlikely to persuade anyone to move over an existing booking.

‘Accelerate’ still looks like the one to beat – in my case, 4 IHG nights (as long as they are at the right brands on the right days of the week) would get me £440 of IHG Rewards Club points.  Double SPG points isn’t going to top that!

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Note if the hotel operates Green Choice scheme, there is usually a limitation for consecutive nights, eg, in the UK Sheratons if you stay 4th night, you get 500 points on this promotion but generally loose 500 points on Green Choice or moving to another hotel.

    For comparison, we have a reduced version from SPG each season,

    Sep-Nov 2014
    More For You. Earn TRIPLE Starpoints on eligible stays that include a Friday or Saturday night

    Jan – Apr 2015
    Double Play. Earn double Starpoints on eligible stays of two or more consecutive nights form January 5, 2015 to April 15, 2015

    The 1,000-Starpoints bonus: Registered members are eligible to receive a 1,000-Starpoints bonus for every eligible five nights (the nights were counted from any combination of stays, each 5th night of stay with SPG triggered a bonus).

  2. thesaver79 says:

    Would this apply to reservations that have been made already?

    • Yes, these seasonal promotions for Starwood always (in recent years at least) include existing bookings. Often some hotels are excluded though so check the terms and conditions for a list of excluded hotels when registration opens.

  3. For non-IHG members I’m looking at those free nights.

    I recall reading Will checked-in to a hotel to get status, but didn’t stay for 2+ weeks and at the end rang the hotel to say he couldn’t check out at the front desk.

    Can you consistently do this? It appears that I could spend ~£280 on 8 nights (I.e. 4 nights each for 2 new members) at a holiday inn express and get 4 free premium nights elsewhere.