Starwood Increases Cash and Points Required for Cash and Points Awards
Starting March 5th, Starwood is increasing the requirements for Cash & Points awards. You can see the old and new rates below – they’ve increased required points and cash by roughly 10-20%. Not a huge deal, but still. That said, cash and points are a great option (I generally redeem them over full points when available).
On a positive note, they’re allowing cash and points for upgraded rooms and suites. I think my biggest surprise is that Category 1 hotels offer suites. On the category 4-5 hotels, the cash and points option for a suite is pretty reasonable in many cases because it will allow many families to get 1 room instead of 2 so the kids can fit.
|Category 1||Category 2||Category 3||Category 4||Category 5||Category 6||Category 7|
|Current Prices||1,200 points + $25||1,600 points + $30||2,800 points + $45||4,000 points + $60||4,800 points + $90||8,000 points + $150||15,000 points + $275|
|New Prices for Standard Room||1,500 points + $30||2,000 points + $35||3,500 points + $55||5,000 points + $75||6,000 points + $110||10,000 points + $180||15,000 points + $275|
|Prices for Upgraded Room||2,000-2,250 points + $50-60||2,500-2,750 points + $55-65||4000-4,250 points + $75-85||5,500-5,750 points + $95-105||6750 - 7250 points + $135-150||10,750 - 11,250 points + $210-230||15,750 - 16,250 points + $290-315|
|Prices for Suites||3,000 points + $75||4,000 points + $95||7,000 points + $125||10,000 points + $175||12,000 points +$275||20,000 points + $450||30,000 points + $625|
(Thanks to reader XF for the heads up)
Date: January 18th, 2013 @ 11:26
Categories: Independent Travel