I receive compensation for content and many links on this blog. Citibank is an advertising partner of this site, as is American Express, Chase, Barclays and Capital One. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by my advertising partners. I do not write about all credit cards that are available -- instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). Terms apply to the offers and benefits listed on this page.
I’m not sure I’ve ever made a redemption with a value of 40 cents per point before.
There’s a hotel I wanted to stay at in about 3 weeks where the lowest cancellable rate is $450 a night. There’s a 10% discount for a prepaid rate, and I really hate prepaid rates. I also hate spending $400 per night on a hotel room so I wasn’t likely to be able to stay where I really wanted to.
The property’s rack rate is $500 per night. And Starwood has a trick — redeem 1000 Starpoints for 50% off rack rate on a hotel stay up to 5 nights. That brought my rate down to $250 per night, a savings of $200 per night off the best cancellable rate. So $400 less for my two night stay. (It’s even better than this because hotel taxes are proportionately reduced, too.)
The ‘SPG50’ rate plan is subject to availability and bookable by phone (online chat should also work). The rate isn’t valid in Hawaii.
While the rules say that the 50% off award can’t be used in conjunction with ‘upgrade certificates’ I’ve had no problem using Suite Night Awards on SPG50 rates.
Perhaps as importantly though many hotels will allow SPG50 redemptions for suites. It can be the best way to actually book the suite you want at the best price. That’s because pricing on suites is often closer to rack rate for the room type to begin with. At times it brings suites down to the otherwise-best price for a regular room.
W Times Square
Now the SPG50 rate may not always be better than the best otherwise-available rate at a property. Or it may offer only miniscule savings. And when a hotel’s rates are high they may not have SPG50 availability. That means this is a niche play, but it’s one to remember to keep in the toolkit.
Years ago the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express used to come with a paper SPG50 certificate each year, but that was discontinued. I suspect members were frustrated by the certificates because they didn’t understand them. They’d call up thinking it was 50% off whatever the lowest room rate on the website was and would be disappointed.
Instead these are a strategic play for those in the know since you cannot see these rates online.
Terms and conditions:
50% Off Award is subject to availability; advance reservations required. Callers must advise they are using a 50% Off Award and request Rate Plan ID: SPG50 when making reservations. The number and type of rooms offered may be limited and black-out dates may apply. 50% Off Award may not apply to suites at all hotels.
50% Off Award is valid for a maximum of up to five consecutive nights at SPG50 participating hotels worldwide. Using the 50% Off Award for less than five nights, forfeits any unused nights, and the 50% Off Award is no longer valid for use in connection with any other stay.
Most, but not all, Starwood Preferred Guest participating hotels participate in the 50% Off Award. 50% Off Awards are NOT valid in Hawaii or at the Bahrain Sheraton Hotel.
At Sheraton Vacation Resorts and Westin Vacation Resorts, the 50% Off Award length of stay requirements may vary. Please call for specific requirements. However, only one certificate is required regardless of how many nights a guest is eligible to stay at Vacation Resorts.
50% Off Award is valid on regular (RACK) room rates based upon availability of the SPG50 Rate Plan.
50% Off Award may not be applied toward service charges, room tax, food and beverages, parking, gratuities, gift shop purchases, or other incidental charges and taxes.
Starwood Preferred Guest Members are eligible to receive Starpoints for the paid portion of the stay only. Starpoints cannot be earned on any paid portion of the SPG50 Rate Plan at Sheraton Vacation Resorts or Westin Vacation Resorts.
50% Off Award reservations are commissionable to Travel Agents.
Standard Guarantee and Deposit Policy applies and varies by hotel.
50% Off Award is not combinable with other room or rate promotional discounts or special programs, including Upgrade Certificates.
50% off Award is good for only one room during the stay.
50% Off Award has no cash value.
For reservations: In the United States, please call 1-800-521-9672, or contact your nearest Starwood Customer Contact Center.