It Lives: The Starwood 2014 Q1 Promo is now alive for Registration


Register now at this link ( The Bring On The Nights promotion is now live for Starwood’s 2014 Q1 promo. It adds a new wrinkle because there are no blackout properties which is perhaps a game changer in the hotel promo industry.

A smart traveler might combine this promotion with some early mattress runs to get set for 2015 SPG Gold/Platinum qualification. I know I am leaning on doing this during January 2015 so that I can get a jump start on my qualification.


A little bit more about the promotion…

-From Jan 5, 2014 through Apr 30, 2014


-You receive 2,500 Bonus SPG points for each 5 nights, and 5,000 SPG points when you hit 25 nights during the promotion. This makes the maximum bonus total of 15,000 SPG points if you hit 25 nights.


If you coordinate strategically, you could obtain the bonus and re-qualify as an SPG Platinum member during the promotion. If you did (25) 1-night stays, you would earn the 15,000 Bonus points plus (25) “check-in” points of 250/500 for each stay. This could yield 27,500 SPG points before adding in the SPG points earned for each dollar spent (up to 6 SPG points per dollar).

Regardless of your SPG plans, register today so that you can earn bonus points if you make a stay or two this spring.

Starwood’s 2014 Q1 Promo: No More Blackout Hotels!

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Starwood just announced its new promotion, and there is good news and bad news. First, the good news is that there are no more blackout hotels. This can be a burden when you have to check the list each time you plan to book a hotel. Under the old promotions, many times whole cities (like New York and Boston) would be non-participating properties.

Now onto the bad news… this promotion isn’t as exciting as previous promotions and it continues the downward trend in SPG promotions.

Here are the particulars:

-Runs Jan. 5, 2014 – Apr. 30, 2014

-Earn 2,500 SPG Bonus Points for every 5 Nights (up to 10,000 SPG points for 20 nights)

-If you hit 25 nights, you will get an additional bonus of 5,000 SPG points for a total of 15,000 SPG points for 25 nights.

-Registration opens in 2-4 Weeks.


Keep in mind that you can obtain SPG Platinum status with 25 stays. If you were to complete 25 1-night stays, you could earn Platinum and 15,000 bonus points in the first quarter alone.