The competition is heating up as Loyalty Programs begin to encourage more stays, Marriott led the way with it's extra night free promotions but others are following suit.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., is encouraging and rewarding travel with the launch of SPG Free Weekends. Both existing and new members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program (SPG) who stay two times at any of Starwood’s hotels between May 1 and July 31, 2009, can earn one free weekend night (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). There are no limits to the number of free weekend nights that can be earned, and earned nights can be combined to make a longer weekend stay. The nights are redeemable without blackout dates through the end of September.
"SPG Free Weekends marks the return of the most popular promotion in Starwood’s history, but this time around we have ratcheted up the rewards and made it even richer and more accessible for our guests," says Mark Vondrasek, SVP, Distribution, Loyalty & Partnerships for Starwood. "With today’s challenges, it is even more important that we reward consumers around the world with an easy, hassle-free opportunity to get away for much needed rest and relaxation. It’s like our own ’travel stimulus’ program." The promotion allows guests to earn and redeem reward nights at any combination of more than 875 hotels around the world within the company’s portfolio of nine brands—including Westin, Sheraton, Aloft, St. Regis, and more.
Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Starwood is also offering pay the first night and the second and third nights cost the year of your birth, e.g., born in 1948 then pay $48 for 2nd and 3rd nights...
Hey, how does our good pal SS post if his account is disabled. I was all set to drop him a note and celebrate his return, only to find, no can do.
I'm in Florida eating ice cream and sno-cones, but this whole Discussions realignment has given me far more brain freezes. This is like that ancient commercial, is it Memorex or is it real or more current, like Facebook using photos for unsolicited testimonials, what next ads?