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Hot on the heels of the big Hilton news comes an announcement from
Starwood Preferred Guest on their annual hotel award category
adjustments. Perhaps SPG is hoping their announcement will be drowned
out by the HHonors devaluation. Unlike Marriott, Hilton, or Priority
Club, SPG is not introducing new categories but the announcement on Milepoint.com
tells us about the individual hotel movements in point requirements
coming on March 5th. Overall 47 properties will move down a category
while at least 20% of all of Starwood’s hotels will be moving up in
categories including one of my perennial favorites, the Westin
Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.
|SPG Award Night Starpoint Requirements
Overall SPG’s changes aren’t as drastic as the other main hotel
reward programs but with over 200 hotels going up it still isn’t good
news for SPG members.
Luckily enough, SPG has provided a list of the hotel changes which you can download here
(PDF). If you have any planned redemptions coming up you can consult
this list to see if you should redeem your Starpoints before March 5 or
wait until after.