Don’t forget to check your favorite hotel loyalty program for new promotions as the winter quarter begins. Starwood Preferred Guest is already letting members register for its 2018 winter promo, called “Great Weeks, Grand Weekends,” that runs from January 16 to April 15.
Benefits include double Starpoints and an additional 500 Starpoints when your stay includes a weekend night (typically Friday or Saturday in most countries, and Saturday or Sunday in the Middle East). The key restriction here is that the double points kick in on the second stay. I have some expensive stays planned for a trip to Italy during the promotional period, including the newly renovated St. Regis Rome. It would make sense to book an inexpensive stay before that trip so that the double points kick in when they count most.
An “eligible stay” is almost any stay of one night or more as long as the reservation would normally earn points. Be sure to read the complete Terms & Conditions and register before you stay! Even though the promotion runs until April 15, registration closes on March 31.