Tomorrow is SPG’s turn to change award categories with many of their hotels around the world. There are some going up, some going down. For those that are going up tomorrow, take a good look at the hotels listed to see if you want to book them today to lock in the current award pricing.
On the flip side, some of the hotels are going down in categories, including some that just went up in the previous category changes. For these hotels, you will want to wait until after the changes occur, which will happen tomorrow, March 10.
So, check the list of changing hotels to see what you may want to lock in today with Starpoints or as a Cash & Points option at the current category levels. While most of the hotels are simply changing by a single category level, there are a few hotels that will change two categories.
Here are the stats and info as reported by SPG on Milepoint:
Just over 22% of hotels are changing category; of these, 10.49% are moving up and 11.78% are moving down including some favorites such as The St. Regis Rome, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Maui, W Paris – Opera, and others. We’re not adding new categories or changing category pricing at this time. Here’s a look at the preliminary list of changes to help you maximize your Starpoints. Please review the changes to decide if you’d like to redeem your Starpoints prior to – or after – the changes take place on March 10, 2015.
Important Hotels For Runners
There is one hotel that I wanted to highlight for marathoners that will be attending the Boston Marathon this year. One of the most upscale, convenient hotels in the area of the finish line in Boston (within a mile away) is the Liberty. This is a highly rated hotel and is currently a category 5 that requires 12,000-16,000 per night. Starting tomorrow, it will go to a category 6 and require 20,000 – 25,000 points per night. The same is true for the W Boston.
That is a major increase in points! If you want to lock in one of these fabulous hotels for the Boston Marathon, do it today!