SPG & Delta Crossover Rewards

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Delta announced today the Crossover Rewards that SPG elite members can take advantage of when flying on Delta and Delta Medallion benefits when staying at Starwood hotels. I originally wrote about the Crossover Rewards on January 21 and almost a complete review of the benefits the other day.

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SPG Gold and Platinum Benefits on Delta

February (2013) Hotel Promotions Update

It is starting to get busy in 2013. All major hotel chains besides Wyndham and Hyatt have promotions going on this month. Ritz-Carlton Rewards don’t have anything for Ritz-Carlton, but you can always switch your account to Marriott Rewards and take advantage of Marriott promotions.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here: Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to .

Accor Hotels / Le Club Accorhotels

You can get instants Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status:

SPG Crossover Rewards: SPG Platinum & Gold Benefits on Delta

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Couple of weeks ago, I wrote about SPG Crossover Rewards that were coming this spring. I had an educated guess that it would have something to do with an airline and/or car rental company.

I have now made an updated post about this program after the official launch.

The SPG PLT Delta flight upgrade benefit that was included on the version of the terms and conditions that I had access to, is not not included in the final version.

Edit (09/12): The upgrade benefit for SPG Platinum members has now been included on the program. 

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Now, I have more information about this product. Starwood Preferred Guest Gold and Platinum members will receive certain benefits on Delta marketed and operated flights such as Starpoints based on the spend, upgrades, priority boarding, and waived checked bag fees.

Super Bowl 2014 New York Hotel Award Availability

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Now, it would be the time to book your hotel awards for 2014 Super Bowl weekend in the New York City. I just went through the award availability using Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood points for the weekend of January 31 to February 3, 2014. (This was done 1PM EST)

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Why book using points?

In most cases, the reservations are fully cancellable up until the day before without any penalty. Just make sure that you read the cancellation terms and conditions carefully. All the ones that I checked, allowed cancellations without any penalties.

My Hotel Program Strategy for 2013

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The number of hotel nights that I have stayed at the hotels yearly hasn’t really fluctuated for close to ten years (as I have been living out of them). The hotel chains that I have frequented, however, has changed from year to year.

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At the top tier level, the hotel chains are interchangeable. What matters to me most, are the quality of the promotions that the hotel chain is offering i.e. if someone is running an unlimited free night promotions, I will move all of my stays for the promotional period there.

Starwood Third or Fourth Night Free Rate Promotions for Malaysia & Indonesia

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Starwood has a new third or fourth night free rate promotion for Starwood resorts in Bali, Langkawi and Lombok for stays by May 31, 2013, that are booked by March 31, 2013. You can access the Starwood’s page for this promotion here.

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As always with these rate promotions, you should check ALL the rates that are available for your dates and compare them. The promotion code for the third night free is Z3R and for the fourth night free Z4R.

Top Hotel Promotions for January 2013

It is somewhat slim picking right now. Marriott’s previous MegaBonus has run out and the new one is about to start next month. There is nothing out from Hyatt.

1. SPG Power Up + Le Meridien Bonus (North America) + Air Canada Aeroplan bonus (Canada)

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You can make a bundle with Starwood if you can take advantage of the Power Up and Le Meridien promotions that Starwood is running concurrently. Also, there is additional bonus for Aeroplan miles for stays in Canada. For maximizing these three bonuses, you need to stay at the Le Meridien hotel in Montreal!

SPG Crossover Rewards Coming?

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Starwood is apparently in the process of launching Crossover Rewards that we should learn more in the coming months. Remember, you heard it first on ufc1.

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Hotel programs, airlines, and car rental companies are living in a symbiosis; more air travel means more hotel nights and car rentals etc. Hotels are often doling out status on their respective programs to frequent fliers of various airlines trying win over their business.

Starwood Upping Cash & Points Requirements

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Starwood’s Cash & Points has been very popular redemption option for many that has enabled member to redeem an award room partly using both cash and points.

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Now, Starwood is tinkering with both the cash and point requirements of this award type. The number of required points is going up by 25% and the cash requirement is going up between 17% and 25%. You have until March 5, 2013, to make Cash & Points reservation under the . You can read more about these updated points and cash requirements here.

Up To 6000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles After 10 Nights At Starwood Hotels in Canada

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has a new promotions for Air Canada Aeroplan members that stay at Starwood hotels in Canada. You can earn 3000 bonus Aeroplan miles after five nights and another 3000 bonus nights after five more nights for total of 6000 bonus miles for stays between January 14 and April 14, 2013. You can access this promotion here.

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Note that you do not have to change your SPG earning preference to miles. You can continue to earn Starpoints and take advantage of the current Power Up promotion. These Aeroplan miles are addition to Starpoints. All you need to do is to register your SPG account for this promotion and provide them with your Aeroplan number.

Update on Starwood Vs. Le Parker Meridien & Parker Palm Springs Law Suit

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Yesterday, I wrote about an article on NY Post regarding alleged fabrication of records by both Le Parker Meridien New York and Parker Palm Spring in order to get greater reimbursements from Starwood’s loyalty arm for award nights consumed at these two properties.

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Friend gave me a hint to download the actual suit, which I did. It is a nice read about the ins and outs of the alleged misrepresentation that had been going on.

Le Parker Meridien New York and Parker Palm Springs Forced to Leave Starwood Due to Fraud?

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There was a piece on NY Post few days ago about alleged fraud that the management of Le Parker Meridien and Parker Palm Springs, both owned by the same company, had conducted over three year period and milked SPG out of more than million dollars in unwarranted reimbursements.

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According to the NY Post article about the law suit, the management of the hotels had falsified records and fabricated room reservations in order to boost payments from the Starwood’s loyalty program.

January Hotel Promotions Update

January 2013 has kicked in and all the others have already launched their promotions besides Accor, Hyatt & Ritz-Carlton.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here: Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to .

Accor Hotels / Le Club Accorhotels

There are currently no global promotions for extra Le Club Accorhotels points.

You can get instants Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status:

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Accor A-Club / Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for New Accounts (and Old Ones Too)

Registration Open for SPG’s Power Up Promotion

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The registration for SPG’s Power Up promotion (that I originally wrote about on December 12) is now open and required by February 28. 2013. You can earn maximum of 18K bonus Starpoints for 20 nights during the promotion period from January 15 to April 15, 2013. You can access Starwood’s website for this promotion here.

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You will earn 2000 bonus Starpoints for every four nights (4/8/12/16) you stay during the promotion period for up to 8000 bonus points after 16 nights. You will receive 10000 additional bonus points for staying 20 nights during the promotional period. You will not receive bonuses for more than 20 nights.

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