Friday, January 18, 2013

How Starwood Ruined My Cash and Points Analysis!

Come on Starwood, I JUST shared tips on how to use high school algebra to figure out your best redemption option - and now you go ahead and update the entire chart!

Yes, Starwood is revising their Cash+Points award chart, effective March 5th. All existing options will require more cash and more points, but they've also added category 1 and category 2 properties, as well as upgraded rooms and suites to the pool.

New Starwood Cash and Points chart
The new Cash+Points redemption chart

They also talk about the "intention of expanded availability" for standard rooms. That's the key for me - Cash+Points availability has always been pretty limited in my experience. A great score when I can find it, but not something I really expect to be available. If availability does indeed increase noticeably, I could certainly be on board with this.

What do you think about the changes?

Complete details available on the SPG website

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