July 1, 2017

The Older You Get, The Cheaper Your Hotel Stay With Starwood Hotels & Resorts

While exploring what hotel programs are available in Miami/South Beach area, I remember Starwood Hotels & Resorts has this on-going promotion called: Starwood Birth Year Promotion. The gist of this promotion is: you pay the regular refundable rate for the first night, and your second and third night rates will be based on the year you were born. Different, right?

So as you grow older, you are not only wiser and richer (hopefully), you get to pay cheaper room rate for hotel stays with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Starwood Preferred Guest rewards program is one of the best rewards program in miles & points industry because you can use those Starpoints not only for hotel stays, but also transfer to several airline miles. Cheap room at a nice hotel in Miami and earn valuable Starpoints? I'm sold!

The Birth Year Promotion is not available for everywhere. You will have to go to the promotion page and see if the Starwood hotels that you are looking to stay at is participating in this promotion. Starwood Hotels & Resorts are: Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W Hotels, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Le Méridien, Element, Aloft and Tribute Portfolio.

For example, the Starwood hotel that I was looking at is the Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach. This hotel is located on the Collins Ave, which is just one block away from the white sandy beach of Miami. Some rooms at the Four Points also provide ocean view. This hotel participates in the Birth Year Promotion, here's their offer:
  • First night at our best available flexible rate
  • Second and third night rates equal to your birth year
  • (Born in 1970? You pay $70.)
  • Valid for arrivals Thursday through Saturday
That works out perfect for the dates that we'll be there and I did verify the availability just to make sure, and indeed the birth year rate is available for the dates that I wanted.

This Four Points property has 3 types of rooms available for the birth year rate: Traditional City View, Deluxe Oceanfront, and Junior Suite Ocean View.

Deluxe King Bed Oceanfront Room
Photo Courtesy of Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach

As a reminder that if you hold Gold status with Starwood program, you can book the traditional room type and request for 'enhanced room' upgrade. Upon check-in, if your preferred room type is available, they may put you in one of those ocean view room types for free. If you do not have status with Starwood program, the price differences between the Traditional and Deluxe room is not that much, so I would consider staying in the Deluxe Room for the view. If you are born in 1970, you will pay for for the first night at the regular rate, and then pay only $70 for your second and third night. That's a good deal! Do note also that, the regular rate is refundable rate, so that means you can book now and decide later! You will also have to pay taxes on the total stay as well.

Tips: Fast Track to Starwood Gold Status:
  1. If you have Gold status with Marriott Rewards Program, you can status match with Starwood Rewards Program
  2. If you hold American Express Platinum Credit Card, you can request to have Starwood Gold Status. 
  3. If you hold American Express Starwood Credit Card, you get Starwood Gold status automatically after putting $30,000 spent on the card each year. 

Each participating property could have different rate rules and dates availability. You will have to check it out (link below). This is a fantastic deal for those that are looking to stay at a nice hotel without having to pay too much out of the pocket. It's time to take your parents and grandparents to travel with you!!!

I have talked about this promotion on this blog before, to learn more about this promotion, you can check out the post that I made on this before here.

Starwood Birth Year Promotion Link


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