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The Starwood Preferred Guest promotion for early 2013 has now been announced. They are calling it the “Power Up” promotion and from January 15 through April 15, 2013, you can earn up to 18,000 bonus Starpoints across all hotels and resorts in the SPG program.
- Earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints for every four eligible nights you stay (up to 8,000 bonus Starpoints and 16 nights).
- Plus, earn an additional 10,000 bonus Starpoints when you hit 20 eligible nights.
The registration window will begin early January. In the meantime you can visit spg.com/powerup to learn more, and to sign up for a text message reminder alerting you when registration begins (available for U.S. and U.K. members). I’ll post more details about the first quarter hotel promotions (even though most chains don’t officially have promotions by quarters) soon. This promotion is not very lucrative unless you hit 20 nights, but I am happy to see all SPG hotels are participating and something is always better than nothing.
Here are some of the nitty gritty details:
Earning: Once registration opens, SPG members will have until February 28, 2013, midnight ET to register at spg.com/powerup. Members can earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints® after every four eligible nights, up to a maximum of 8,000 bonus Starpoints after 16 eligible nights. Members can earn an additional 10,000 bonus Starpoints once they have stayed 20 eligible nights. Members may earn a maximum of 18,000 total bonus Starpoints for eligible nights from January 15, 2013, through April 15, 2013 (the “promotion period”).
Bonusing: Bonus Starpoints will post to the registered member’s account within 2–4 weeks after the qualifying stay posts that includes the 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th and 20th eligible night. Bonus Starpoints will be awarded after the complete stay posts, regardless of when the qualifying nights within a given stay occur.
Eligible Nights: An eligible night is a night at any of the over 1,100 SPG-participating hotels and resorts paying an eligible rate during the promotion period. Nights do not have to be consecutive and can be accumulated across multiple stays. An eligible rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest® program. SPG-participating hotels and resorts and a description of eligible stays and eligible rates can be found at spg.com under program terms and conditions. See Section 1.4 for the complete definition of eligible rates, but note that certain prepaid rooms where the booking is made through a third party (including but not limited to travelocity.com, expedia.com and orbitz.com) are not eligible rates and do not earn Starpoints or qualify toward promotional earnings.