SPG Category Change News & Rebook For Fewer Points


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As we previously posted, Starwood‘s category changes went into effect on March 10, 2015. Now is your chance to book the hotels that went down in category including the The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, Beaver Creek Mountain, W Paris – Opera, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas and the St. Regis Rome.

SPG Category Change News & Rebook For Fewer Points

SPG Category Change News & Rebook For Fewer Points

St. Regis Rome went down in category

Starwoods announcement also included the following statement, “Please note that Category adjustments are always subject to change. While we make every attempt to provide you the latest, most accurate information, adjustments may be made before or after the category change date, March 10, 2015.”

As posted by MommyPoints, there are a few hotels that were not originally listed before the change that were last minute unannounced category changes:

The Royal Palm Miami increasing from a Category 5 to a Category 6
Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa increasing from a Category 2 to a Category 3
W Bangkok remaining a Category 4 (not sure what it was reported to be changing to initially)
Le Méridien Taipei remaining Category 6 instead of falling to a Category 5 as initially reported
Aloft Buffalo Airport dropping from a Category 3 to a Category 2
Aloft Tampa Downtown dropping from a Category 4 to a Category 3

Click here to view the original list of changes.

Click here to view previous hotel categories.

Here are a few more popular hotels that went down in category for you to consider booking:

  • Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg
  • The Westin Grand Frankfurt
  • Le Méridien Budapest
  • The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali
  • Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas, Avon / Vail Valley
  • Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas

Bottom Line

While this SPG change has already happened, now you have the opportunity to book at the lower rate for hotels that went down in category. If you already had a reservation at the higher rate, make sure to call and cancel and rebook your reservation if you have to to get your points back.

Related Posts:

Overview of Starwood Gold Status

New American Express Platinum Card Benefits Announced 

Keeping SPG Gold Status With American Express Platinum Card

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