Aloft Property questions

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  1. Gaucho
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    Just realized that Aloft is a new brand of Starwood hotels.... these seem to be lower level properties, so do they still earn SPG stay credit and Starpoints just like all the others...?

    Also, do these hotels qualify for the upcoming 3x and 2x points promotion....??

    Thanks
    Alex
     
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    Indeed they do. If you are a platinum, you get 250 points as the Platinum amenity (instead of 500). Stays at Alofts will qualify for the promotion (as long as the property is participating in the promotion).
     
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    Thanks !!! Im afraid Im a no status nobody.... but Im going to have a few hotel stays during this next trip and want to try to maximize my points... ;)
     
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    One stay at a time, and Platinum should soon be within reach ;)
     
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    Im afraid not.... not this year at least, unless there is some shortcut via a magic promo, I may not even get Gold. I had a long 13 night stay at a Starwood Resort in February of this year... dont know if that will help any...
     
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    SPG has typically run a stays/ nights count double promotion in the last quarter for the last couple of years. There is still hope!
     
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    Then Alofts are a good fit in some ways for a non-elite. Aloft and Element hotels do not offer upgrade perks for elite members and offer only 250 Starpoints as the Platinum welcome amenity. (Most Aloft properties only have standard rooms.)

    Gaucho, if you have any way to get Gold status, that would get you an extra Starpoint per dollar. If the 4pm late checkout benefit would be good for you, perhaps there is some way to get you Preferred Plus status. It doesn't appear that SPG has any South American auto clubs on their list (one of several ways to qualify for Preferred Plus), but you might can somehow get that perk anyway. It can't hurt to simply ask with a quick phone call or online chat.
     
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    Thanks... my account already shows Preferred Plus status... is this some intermediate status that I was not aware of...???
     
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    If you are a Preferred Plus Member, here are some of the related benefits :

    1. Guaranteed 4PM late check out(subject to avail at Resorts and Conference locations)
    2. Upgrade to Preferred Room(same category as booked room) based upon availability at check in
     
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    Alex-

    They're like W-lite hotels. Same sort of ambience but more of the lower end/smaller town market. I've liked them when I've stayed at them - certainly way better than a Courtyard or Hampton Inn across the street.

    Preferred Plus I thought was what you got if you had a corporate account?
     
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    It's basically everything that Gold provides except for the 50% elite bonus points.
     
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    Thanks for the information on Preferred Plus. We just added it to my Mother's account (AAA). It took a little pushing but they finally added it. She doesn't have enough stays to get to gold, so this is great for her.
     
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    Great. Completely OT but would you mind sharing where your profile pic is from? Looks amazing!
     
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    Those benefits are also given out under the corporate preferred program, which is from employers that have a relationship with Starwood. Preferred Plus is the same program, but for other organizations.
     
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    Thanks - it is from Longwood Gardens outside of Philadelphia. It is the Canopy Cathedral treehouse that is near the Italian Water garden.
     
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    thanks!
     
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    Some alofts do go above and beyond to recognize plats. I've had little surprise F & B gifts, such as a packaged Starbucks cold beverage or a small snack and more recently, I was invited to use the lobby self-serve espresso machine whenever I wanted for free. Sometimes there's also a handwritten note from the front desk staff welcoming you to their property.
     
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    Great info.... thanks to all that have posted here.... Ive looked at my schedule and there is no chance I will make the Plat Challenge stay..... is there a Gold Challenge that I can look into...???
     
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    Wow... this would be great.... but now that they have announced the triple up.... I wonder if they will still offer this other promotion... perhaps William can comment...?
     
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    It was announced early Oct last year and lasted from Oct 1 - Dec 31 if I remember correctly. And I think it was valid only on Aloft Element and Four Points properties. I believe they had a simultaneous points promotion (across all brands) running at the same time.
     
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    Well... we can still hope..... and I have a few stays Oct 1 to Oct 4 so I hope hope hope this happens.... :D
     
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    It is doubtful that there will be a Stays/Nights Count Double offer this year. That could change, of course, but it has not been discussed at all.

    Best regards,

    William R. Sanders
    Social Media Specialist
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

    spgchampion@starwoodhotels.com
     
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