Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Starwood Preferred Guest 2013 Category Adjustments

Hot on the heels of the big Hilton news comes an announcement from Starwood Preferred Guest on their annual hotel award category adjustments. Perhaps SPG is hoping their announcement will be drowned out by the HHonors devaluation. Unlike Marriott, Hilton, or Priority Club, SPG is not introducing new categories but the announcement on tells us about the individual hotel movements in point requirements coming on March 5th.  Overall 47 properties will move down a category while at least 20% of all of Starwood's hotels will be moving up in categories including one of my perennial favourites, the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas.

SPG Award Night Starpoint Requirements

Overall SPG's changes aren't as drastic as the other main hotel reward programs but with over 200 hotels going up it still isn't good news for SPG members.

Luckily enough, SPG has provided a list of the hotel changes which you can download here (PDF). If you have any planned redemptions coming up you can consult this list to see if you should redeem your Starpoints before March 5 or wait until after.

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