American Express, Starwood

Did you know? SPG Cash & Points works for Suites and Upgraded Rooms too

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Starwood’s Cash & Points feature has long been a favorite of mine because it allows you to stretch your Starpoints. As long as it’s not a 5 night stay (where the 5th night is then free), I find it to be a great deal – especially on category 3 or lower. It lets you effectively “buy” Starpoints at under 2 cents a point and I value SPG points at around 2.5 cents.

This is the chart for Cash and Points (July 2017)

But did you know you can use cash + points for upgraded rooms and suites?

This can be an excellent way to use your Starpoints.

For the “upgraded rooms” there are two categories (you’d want to refer an agent to look what Specialty Select rooms are available for points). This might be a club level room or a junior suite and each property decides IF they want to offer Specialty Select awards.

There is no standard for this and each property decides if they want to participate in offering upgraded rooms and suites – as well as their availability. But I recall one of my favorite redemptions ever. It was at the Le Meridien in Monte Carlo, Monaco and I used just 1,500 points per night over the normal redemption rate to get, instead of a standard room, a Junior Suite with butler service, free parking (worth over 50 Euro a day) and free buffet breakfast for two (worth over 80 Euro a day) included in the rate.  The room rate exceeded 1,000 Euro a night!

So it’s always worth asking,

Here are the charts:

Now you won’t be able to book or even research availability on SPG.com. You’ll have to call in or use the Live Chat on SPG.com.

You can learn more about all the redemption offers at the SPG Redemption page.

Also, remember that until the SPG credit cards go away (if they do, I expect that to be in 2016), you can still apply for either SPG credit card you don’t already have – personal or business flavors. They currently have 25,000 point signup bonuses each. You can get the bonus once in a lifetime, so you may as well get one or both while you still can. Even once the SPG program fully merges with Marriott’s, they should remain vary valuable points.

Do you use your Starpoints for Cash and Points awards? Let me know in the comments or chat with me on the MilesTalk Facebook group.