Your SPG Starpoints could be worth a lot more (or less) from 01 March 2016! In case you haven't heard, Starwood will be implementing some changes to the 2016 Award Category for hotel room night redemption.
|Hotel||Old Category||New Category|
|Increase in Category|
|The Westin Singapore||5||6|
|W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak||6||7|
|The St. Regis Osaka||5||6|
|Sheraton Samui Resort||3||4|
|Decrease in Category|
|Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane||4||3|
|Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran||4||3|
|The St. Regis Bangkok||6||5|
Here are some properties to take note with the upcoming changes (especially if you have plans to redeem for room nights). Within Singapore, The Westin Singapore will move from Category 5 to Category 6, making it a bad idea to redeem for room nights since it is relatively affordable on weekends. The redemption for Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane is a good move however since room rates in Brisbane may fluctuate quite a bit depending on occupancy.
The new changes do not seem like a good move to us folks in the Asia-Pacific region especially with the uncertainty that lurks with the SPG programme now that Marriott has acquired the company.
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