Starwood Powerup Promotion (Jan. 15 – Apr. 15) – Earn 18,000 Points

Today marks the kickoff of the Starwood Powerup Promotion. This is Starwood’s spring promotion, and if you play it right, you could walk away with a bonus of 900 additional points per night. While not as lucrative as previous promotions that award Free Nights, free Starpoints are free Starpoints and should never be thrown away.

Here are the Benefits:


Here are the Terms and Conditions:

SPU Terms

You’ll notice very quickly that you can maximize this deal with 18,000 bonus points if you hit the 20-night threshold. This would create a 900 pt/night bonus. This is not a bad deal for some free extra points. My recommendation is to combine this promotion with a Starwood American Express card (for 2x points per dollar spend at Starwood properties). Moreover, if you can do your Starwood Platinum Challenge (as discussed here) during this period, you can extract even more value.

In addition, it is possible to combine this promotion with the Le Méridien promotion that runs through February 28, 2013. It can be quite lucrative if you target your stays at Le Méridien properties.

The terms:

Unlock limitless earnings with Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts across North America and French Polynesia

Register now to discover your earning potential with Le Méridien in North America and French Polynesia and earn more Starpoints® the more you stay.

  • 1,000 Starpoints on 1st eligible stay
  • 2,000 Starpoints on each following stay

Register between December 3, 2012 and January 15, 2013 and stay through February 28, 2013, to earn unlimited Starpoints at Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts throughout North America and French Polynesia.



Now that we’ve discussed the various promotions, let’s run through a hypothetical that combines the Le Méridien promotion with the Powerup promotion.

Assumptions are as follows (conservative and not maximized):

  1. You stay at a Le Méridien property for all 20 nights.
  2. These 20 nights are spread across 5 stays.

With these assumptions, we can conservatively net 27,000 Starpoints:

Stay Cumulative Nights Powerup Bonus Le Méridien Bonus Total Bonus Points Cumulative Bonus Points
1 4 2,000 1,000 3,000 3,000
2 8 2,000 2,000 4,000 7,000
3 12 2,000 2,000 4,000 11,000
4 16 2,000 2,000 4,000 15,000
5 20 10,000 2,000 12,000 27,000
27,000 27,000


Quick Points

-Earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints for every four eligible nights you stay (up to 8,000 bonus points over 16 nights).

-When you hit the 20th Night, you will be awarded a 10,000 Starpoint bonus.

-Note: These are accumulated per four-night period, and that each stay does not have to be four nights to earn the bonus.

-Note: You must be registered at and registration is free.


Don’t forget to sign up today!