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Starwood Increases Cash and Points Required for Cash and Points Awards

Starting March 5th, Starwood is increasing the requirements for Cash & Points awards. You can see the old and new rates below – they’ve increased required points and cash by roughly 10-20%. Not a huge deal, but still. That said, cash and points are a great option (I generally redeem them over full points when available).

On a positive note, they’re allowing cash and points for upgraded rooms and suites. I think my biggest surprise is that Category 1 hotels offer suites. On the category 4-5 hotels, the cash and points option for a suite is pretty reasonable in many cases because it will allow many families to get 1 room instead of 2 so the kids can fit.

Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5 Category 6 Category 7
Current Prices 1,200 points + $25 1,600 points + $30 2,800 points + $45 4,000 points + $60 4,800 points + $90 8,000 points + $150 15,000 points + $275
New Prices for Standard Room 1,500 points + $30 2,000 points + $35 3,500 points + $55 5,000 points + $75 6,000 points + $110 10,000 points + $180 15,000 points + $275
Prices for Upgraded Room 2,000-2,250 points + $50-60 2,500-2,750 points + $55-65 4000-4,250 points + $75-85 5,500-5,750 points + $95-105 6750 - 7250 points + $135-150 10,750 - 11,250 points + $210-230 15,750 - 16,250 points + $290-315
Prices for Suites 3,000 points + $75 4,000 points + $95 7,000 points + $125 10,000 points + $175 12,000 points +$275 20,000 points + $450 30,000 points + $625

(Thanks to reader XF for the heads up)

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  1. Aw, one of the best travel deals in the world just got a little worse. Still one of the better deals, but it will probably cause me to reduce my use of the SPG program slightly. 6000 points and $110 is becoming real money, and since SPG is chinzy on things like free breakfast for mid-tier elites, there may likely be better sale prices at other hotels.

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