"Rewarding Revenue" Q3 Promo
Earn 1 Free Night (good any day of the week) for every 1000 base Starpoints earned at any SPG Hotels and Resorts during the promotional period 8/1/2010-10/31/2010.
FTers will seek out overpriced room packages, will book Romance packages even when traveling alone (leading to a thread about which hotel offers the best sparkling wine with their Romance packages), and will charge extravagant meals in hotels.
Hotels will rejoice at the spike in room service revenue. Hotel restaurant staff will be surprised by a sudden increase in overtipping. SPG Halloween DO's will be coordinated as FTers try to round off their spending to an even thousand points as the promo comes to an end.
The promotion will coincide with an announcement that Starpoints will finally be given for any parking expenses which are charged to the room. Platinum members will complain that they are unfairly penalized as more resorts waive their "resort fees" which include no notable added value for them, but they will quickly be reminded that Starpoints are still not given for resort fees anyway.
Awards are good at any Cat1-6 properties through 5/31/2011, but an unpublished courtesy extension will be offered upon request exclusively to FTers to allow unused awards to be used until 9/30/2011 at Cat1-4 properties. To take full advantage of this "secret" program, "earn-and-burn" FTers will hoard their awards and seek out summertime Cat4 awards.
2 awards may be combined to redeem at Cat7 properties, "all-suites" properties which are normally otherwise excluded, or for confirmed specialty/suite awards (if available).