Now there’s all the more reason to room hop for those extra nights! SPG is offering free Internet service to Platinum members:
“As a Platinum member, you have access to our highest level of benefits, which now includes complimentary in-room Internet access. Now when you travel with SPG you’ll enjoy in-room Internet access — on us — at any of our more than 940 participating properties worldwide.”
In addition to the free Internet access, you can get double, triple, and quadruple Starwood points between now and March 31, 2010. Check out my previous post in case you have missed it. Enjoy!
A heads up to anyone with rewards reservations at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, as of last week they are no longer part of the Starwood (SPG) brand and will refuse you at reception. No word yet on whether SPG is providing compensation to those with reservations, but it doesn’t look good.
“The Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino, A Sheraton Resort will be leaving the Starwood system on January 15, 2010. Reservations for dates on or after January 15, 2010, will not be eligible for Starwood Preferred Guest membership benefits, award redemption or accrual.” - SPG
Perhaps it’s the right time for SPG to step it up and broker a deal with the Bellagio!
How much is 10,000 United miles worth to you?
Are you willing to sacrifice three stays toward status at your favorite hotels (Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, etc.)? Are you willing to forgo your free weekend nights at Starwood or free golf club offers from Crowne Plaza? Are you willing to experience a motel for business travel (ghetto it up!)? If so, here’s a deal for you!
Wyndham Hotel is offering 10,000 United miles in exchange for three stays at three of their hotels. You will need to register or enroll (link to registration page) for a Wyndham account. After you have enrolled/registered, you must choose to earn United miles for your Wyndham stays. To get the 10,000 United miles, you will need to complete THREE stays at THREE DIFFERENT Wyndham branded properties. This means you cannot have all three stays at a Wyndham. Below is a list of the Wyndham family of hotels for you to choose wisely:
You will have to complete your three stays at three different brands between May 15, 2009 to September 10, 2009. Unlike the Crowne Plaza offer which doesn’t allow you to have Priority Club points for your free nights, Wyndham will allow you to earn normal United miles for the three stays. You should see your 10,000 bonus United miles in November or early December (6 to 8 weeks after the end of the promotion).
Aside from the Wyndham (which I have stayed at 2 to 3 times), all of the hotels on the list are like motels at best. I am not sure if I would stay there for business - maybe Ramada (and that’s a stretch). I have stayed at a Knights Inn and Travelodge when I was traveling as a college intern but that was years and years ago. You might get lucky with Hawthorn Suites. I have driven by a few and they looked new, especially the one’s near the airports.