Starwood Nice Choice Summer Promotion – More Details (Rumour)

More details on the SPG Nice Choice Summer Promotion are starting to appear. This is from the FlyerTalk board, where LovetoTravel83 has received these (as yet unconfirmed) details from his Ambassador:

Choose your own earning period (You can only choose one)

May- July
June- August
July- September

Choose whatever you want to earn during (You can only choose one)

Starpoints
Awards (Free Nights & Redemption discounts)
Merchandise discounts
Elite Credit

*There is no switching of registration codes or earning periods after registration. No exceptions.
* Registration from May 1- June 30, 2012

Here is a summary of the offers:

Starpoints Offers

Double Points beginning with 2nd stay. No limits.
Every 6 nights, get 3k Starpoints (max of 9k)
Earn 500 bonus Starpoints per night at Sheratons worldwide (no limits). Online-bookings ONLY
Stay 15 nights, get Triple Starpoints on all stays retroactively. No limits.

Awards Offers

10 nights, get 1 Free Weekend Night (cat 1-5). Max of 2 Awards. Weekends are Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun.
Stay 20 nights, get 1 25% percent off redemption Award (cat 1-5). Max of 2 Awards

Merchandise Awards

Stay 4 nights; get US$50 SPG Award Cert (max of 3)
Stay 4 nights; get $50 or EUR50 Westin @ home discount code (max of 3)
Stay 4 nights, get $50 or EUR50 Sheraton @ home discount code (max of 3)

Elite status

Stay 5 nights, earn 1 bonus night toward elite status (max of 3 elite qualifying nights).
Stay 10 nights, earn 3 bonus nights toward elite status (max of 6 nights).

The original post is here and general response from SPG members has been underwhelming, with many people not very excited about the promotion.

SPG Nice Choice Promotion

SPG

Starwood have been tricking out news about their next promotion, starting on May 1st. They are not giving a lot away except we will apparently be able to choose the promotion we want from the following list:

  • Free weekend nights
  • Elite bonus nights towards SPG status
  • Extra Starpoints
  • Starpoint redemption awards
  • Merchandise discounts

We have also been told that we’ll be able to choose fromthree different promotional periods: May/June/July, June/July/August or July/August/September.

There is obviously still a lot more to find out, such as how many nights/stays are needed for a free award, so I guess we’ll have to wait until SPG tell us more or until the promotion is launched on May 1st.

Some more information can be found on the SPG site:

http://spg.com/nicechoice

10,000 Miles via the Amex Starwood Card (UK)

You will already know that there are many ways to earn Avios, directly with BA, Iberia and Avios (formely Airmiles) or with credit and charge cards such as The Platinum Card, The Gold Card or the BA Premium Plus Credit Card.

However, you can also earn points via other credit cards, and then convert those into Avios.

The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Credit Card

The SPG Credit Card is one such mechanism to do this. If you apply and are accepted for this card, and spend £10,000 within the first 3 months, you are given 10,000 SPG bonus points, alongside the standard SPG points you get for spending on the card (£1 for every full £1 spent).

SPG points can then be converted online to Avios, on a 1:1 basis – so, you get 10,000 Avios.

Additionally, if you get your SPG points balance to 20,000 and transfer those to BA, you get 5,000 bonus Avios, making it 25,000 in total. A nice little earner.

You can also convert SPG points to many other airlines. The card comes with a £75 annual fee.

The card can be applied for here:

http://www.amex.co.uk/wow