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‘Pay Your Birth Year’ – an attractive Starwood promo for our older readers

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A couple of years ago I was over in Canada, chaperoning my Mum to a family wedding.  The event was at the, frankly underwhelming, Westin in Edmonton (picture below), part of Starwood Preferred Guest.

I had been playing around with different deals for this hotel for a while, because we needed five nights between the two of us.  I finally found the best option – Pay Your Birth Year – which is a little-known Starwood promotion which pays dividends for older guests.

‘Pay Your Birth Year’ is a Starwood promotion which only runs in the USA, Caribbean and Canada.  You will find rates for participating Sheraton, Le Meridien, St Regis, Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Aloft etc properties.

The home page for the deal is here.

Westin Edmonton

This is how it works:

You pay the standard Best Flexible Rate for your first night – which means you are overpaying compared to booking a prepaid rate

You pay your birth year for the second night (C$70 for me, C$43 for my Mum)

Some hotels let you add a third night at the same rate – the Westin Edmonton is one of these.  This means that Mum got two nights for C$43 each.

Some luxury hotel add C$100 to the 2nd and 3rd nights, which would mean Mum paying C$143 and not C$43.  This is not the case in Edmonton.

If you want to stay longer than 3 nights, you CANNOT back-to-back this offer.  You would need to check out for a night and move back in the next day.

By booking this rate, I undercut the group rate negotiated for the wedding for my own room.  My Mum substantially undercut the group rate by getting her second and third nights for just C$43.

This is one of those little known deals which is worth adding to your inventory of tricks.  Even an 18 year old staying a hotel which charges the $100 supplement would only pay $197 for the 2nd and 3rd nights, which is a good deal in cities such as New York.

The rate is only available via this link.  It does not come up on a standard Starwood search.


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 2022)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

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You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

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EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

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

Comments (17)

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  • Nathan says:

    I wonder if the reason it doesn’t work in the UK or Europe is because it breaches the discrimination legislation? It is literally discriminating against people based on age which is a protected characteristic! Would be interesting to see what they’d say if someone went down that route with them!

    • Callum says:

      People are regularly discriminated by age in the UK… Child tickets, young person and OAP discounts immediately spring to mind.

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        The ability to buy a house is another

        (lights fuse and stands back).

  • Paul says:

    I guess they’ll have to stop this next year anyway once 18 year olds start being born in 2000 🙂

    • Wally1976 says:

      True although they have got the $100 supplement option (which they could increase of course).

  • Phillip says:

    The only thing that concerns me is the statement that this is confirmed at check in only. That way you are risking missing out on a better deal if they don’t confirm as you expect!

    • Rob says:

      I think that means they confirm the rate when you confirm via photo ID your age.

    • Barry cutters says:

      No – it means they check your age at check in. As long as you are not lying about your age you will get the discount

  • Lew says:

    Combine with Citi prestige fourth night free offer.

  • Susan says:

    On the back to back – if you are staying as a couple could you do two consecutive bookings, one in each name.

  • JohnT says:

    Drat – apparently no availability in New Orleans for end September!

  • Meyers says:

    …..only valid for arrivals Thursday – Saturday (NYC bookings anyway). What a shame – we’re arriving Mon, dep. Fri. 🙁

  • RTS says:

    what happens if you were born in the 2000… What do you pay then?!

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