Starwood’s winter promotion is out and it’s pretty weak sauce. Registration required.
Between January 11 and April 30 you can earn double points of stays 2 nights or longer, and you can earn 250 points “in popular destinations.” Here are the participating hotels for the 250 point bonus (which is per night and doesn’t require a two night stay).
For the winter Starwood offered double points plus 500 points for stays of 3 nights or more.
Lobby of the W Union Square
For winter the promotion is substantially weaker (which is surprising) — it takes a 2 night stay to earn double points rather than applying to all stays, and the ‘kicker’ is only 250 points a night but crucially only at participating hotels (but without the minimum stay length requirement).
Spa at the Andaman
I love Starwood points but I’m not going to make any extra effort for double points nor for 250 extra points. Call that kicker $6 per night, it’s unfortunate that by my count the program could only get 258 hotels (or just over 20% of Starwood properties) to opt into that. (And seems like something so modest could have been funded at the program level.)
Register anyway, of course, because earning double points if you happen to stay 2 nights at a Starwood hotel during the promotion period — or at a 250 bonus point participating hotel — is better than not earning those points.