SPG mattress run - nights or stay?

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  1. SFOPeter
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    I need 3 stays or 7 nights to make Plat. My usual mattress run hotel is $75/night all in, right next to Dulles where I will fly in for the xmas holidays. Should I pay $225 to make Plat, or make it $525 for 7 nights to get the 10 suite awards? I used 6 of the 10 this year. What do you guys think?

    Also if I go for 3 stays, can I book 3 different rooms in 1 night so I don't have to go back there 3 times? I think they started allowing this but can't remember.

    Thanks!!!

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  2. ballardFlyer

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    Yes 3 rooms for 1 night on your SPG number equals 3 stays
     
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  3. Mike Reed

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    I found PLT worthwhile but suite upgrades otherwise useless when in needed them.

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    I am also facing year end with five stays short of qualification. I assume any five stays, on either points or cash, by the end of Dec will get me Platinum for next year. My convenient location shows only 7000 point choices. I see several LAX and SFO 4000 point properties. It is tempting to book five single nights spread over a variety of these locations with no intention to actually stay at any of them. Do you think if I call "the day of" and tell the front desk my plans have changed and I cannot make the stay but please go ahead and check me in and out...I will get the credits I seek for the Platinum qualification? Seems to me to be a good value for 20,000 points at this juncture (the same five nights for cash would exceed $600).

    I am assuming with no phone call to the desk, it is pretty safe there will be no credit for the stay but rather it will be just treated as a no-show and a forfeiture of the points?

    I appreciate the advice....I have no experience with this good hearted "manipulating" of the program.
     
  5. okrogius

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    No show actually incurs a monetary penalty on your card. (Although you can email spg and choose to forfeit your points in exchange for a refund of the cash penalty.)

    Do note that the front desk is certainly not obligated to check you in and out (and in fact would be going against their policies by doing that). So your mileage may vary on whether they will do this for you.
     
  6. jmickey

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    Is there a different approach with cash booked rooms...in that case does a no-show get the stay credit? Does it still require the check-in process from a willing front desk clerk?

    Thanks for the insight....I have not been in this shortfall position in the past.
     
  7. SPG Champion
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    No-shows on revenue stays do not earn stay/night credit; however, you can receive Starpoints for the money lost, less taxes.

    Best regards,

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

    spgchampion@starwoodhotels.com
     
  8. SFOPeter
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    I had a prepaid noncancellable rate at property in asia over the summer that I had to cancel. I first asked them if I could get a credit with the hotel as I would be coming later, and they (understandably) said no. I then asked them if I could at least get a stay credit, which they obliged. :) YMMV.
     

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