I just received the strangest offer from Starwood Preferred Guest. I’m offered double elite qualifying credit ‘between April 1 and June 30’.
The offer is apparently targeted. Find out here is you’re eligible.
There are three strange things about it.
St. Regis Abu Dhabi
First, the targeting criteria. I’m actually tracking ahead of last year in qualifying. This isn’t a ‘re-activation’ offer.
Second, they’re sending this to me now even though the offer was apparently available April 1 through 15 — and stays prior to registration don’t count. That means my April 1 through 15 stays cannot be doubled, because they didn’t tell me to register, even though the terms say they’d have allowed it. Is it bad for me to not simply be grateful for the offer, and a little bit frustrated I didn’t know that four nights earlier this month could have doubled?
Selected eligible members must register by June 1, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST. Member will earn double elite qualifying nights and stays at any of the more than 1,300 SPG® participating properties between April 1, 2016, and June 30, 2016, but only after registration occurs. Promotion is not retroactive for nights/stays completed before registration.
Third, I click register on the first screen…
… and I’m taken to a screen that reveals the offer. There I have to click register again. (If I had simply clicked register on the first page I would not have been registered. Oops. Glad I caught that!)
I guess this means I need to think about whether I want to be a Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum 75 member (24 hour check-in subject to availability, an extra Starpoint per dollar) or 100 night member (Ambassador status) for 2017. And despite the Marriott acquisition, SPG will remain a separate program in 2017.
St. Regis Bangkok