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50% of Starwood hotel stays are free nights with points — here’s why

by on Fri March 23, 2012 • No Comment

Starwood, the hotel chain that includes Westin, Sheraton, W, Four Points, Aloft, and other hotels, recently surveyed frequent travelers about how much they value points.

The answer – a lot, in particular hotel points.

  • 50% think hotel points are most important, followed by just 19% for credit card based points, and 13% for airline miles
  • 65% are more afraid of losing hotel elite status than losing their luggage (12%) or missing a flight (11%)
  • 73% would rather take their hotel status benefits on a trip with them than their spouse (15%) or luggage (11%)
But most striking…
  • 50% of all bookings at Starwood hotels use points for free or highly discounted nights
  • That’s up from about 33% just five years ago
That’s right, even in these business friendly hotels most people are staying for free using their points.
And why not…hotel points are among the best bargains in free travel. You can regularly find expensive $200+ hotel nights for just 10,000 points using Starwood points. And…
  • There are no change fees for hotel point rewards
  • Capacity restrictions don’t exist – if there is a standard room available for sale in cash you can book it with points
  • It’s a lot easier to find a hotel or room to fit your family while traveling than four mileage seats on one flight
  • You don’t need as many points for a valuable reward — free nights start at 3,000 points vs 25,000 points or more for free airline flights with miles
We know a lot of you are new to miles and points. And this is part of why we as seasoned travelers speak so highly of hotel points as a reward option, especially for novices.
Now, there is only one way to earn full value Starwood Preferred Guest points with a credit card. And that’s through the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express.
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