My best Starwood hotel redemption ever is non-aspirational!

My best Starwood hotel redemption ever is non-aspirational!

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Last night I redeemed my Starpoints efficiently and non-aspirationally!

4,000 Starpoints vs. $343.65. One of the few hotel redemptions I’ve made lately that was a complete no brainer. Not factoring in promotions, that’s ~8.5 cents per Starpoint (or 2.83 cents per Marriott point), which I think is the highest value (at least on paper) that I’ve gotten on my Starpoints.

For the bonus round, can anyone guess the hotel? It’s downright shocking this hotel can get away with charging $300+ per night (or $150+ per night, for that matter).

Yes, I’m ashamed to admit that my best Starwood redemption ever isn’t even for an “aspirational” property.

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  1. julian Guest

    @lucky for better or worse I thought of you during my shower thinking you would hate how low the shower head is...

  2. Dan Guest

    lucky,

    Best redemption I have ever done was Sheraton Krabi during Xmas 2010. Hotel was charging RACK, but was allowing C&P bookings. Rack was around $450 USD.

  3. lucky OMAAT

    @ matt -- It would generally, though I was booking within 24 hours so it was non-refundable regardless.

    @ julian -- Agreed, though unfortunately the shower heads are at most four feet tall!

  4. xavier Guest

    I can't wait for a four points hotel review !!!

  5. Simon Member

    SFO Four Points - my wife and I did the same redemption in June (after HKG-SFO in SQ F!).

    +1 @Julian on the water pressure!

  6. UAPhil Member

    I had a deal almost as good at 4 Points SFO a month or two ago. Book on a weekend for 3,000 points - better than 12 cents/point for refundable rate :-).

  7. gomike Guest

    @Nick, only on weekends.

  8. Mike in SC Guest

    The Knoxville, TN Four Points can go this high on Tennessee Vol Home Game Days.

  9. dbeach Member

    Not quite that lucrative, but I got 5.7 cents/point at the Sheraton in Iowa City. For Iowa home games they charge $400 a night, and it's a SPG category 3, so 7000 points. Pretty good, though hardly aspirational.

  10. Grant Guest

    You said star"points" several times in the intro, so like everyone else, I'm guessing Four Points

  11. matt Guest

    Wouldn't the true cents per point value start with the refundable rate and also account for points you would have earned?

    Also, aren't most of the best-value Starwood redemptions on the non-aspirational side of things?

    Cash and points at the St. Regis Deer Valley is in a similar range in paper value, but beyond that it's a lot easier to get gaudy cpp values at nice but not full-on aspirational sorts of places.

  12. Nick Guest

    The SFO four points that is only 3K points.

  13. Frequent Flyer University Guest

    I once stayed at the Four Points in Peoria, IL. It wasn't anything special but it was only 3,000 for a free night. Can't beat that!

  14. julian Guest

    I was just there on Monday. Checked in 4 times in 24 hours on four square... We'll see how that worked out. On that note: the water pressure in the shower is excellent, so is the temp control! ;)

  15. James Guest

    The four comport bed was a dead giveaway to the hotel type!

  16. Steve Guest

    San Francisco is going to be CRAZY this weekend:
    http://www.cyclelicio.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/san-fra-500x333.jpg

    Add to that the A's making the playoffs and playing right across the bay

  17. ds Guest

    Best SPG redemptions are generally at the Le Meridien Dead Sea in Israel. 2,000-3,000 points via $350+ in the winter

  18. jessica Guest

    I did a redemption like that last year in Indianapolis at the Sheraton. It was the Big Ten Championship for football so room rates were crazy high but the points stay the same!

  19. MS Guest

    @Kevin thanks for the article. It says the West Bay is maxed out, where is that?

  20. Thomas van Bracht Guest

    ah yuck, I hate that hotel!

  21. gomike Guest

    Yep it is the 4 points SFO, at least you will get a two story suite if you are into that kind of thing :-)

  22. Sarah C Guest

    Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Suites San Francisco Airport??

  23. Kevin Guest

    Four Points SFO. The city is packed this week with events not to mention Oracle has taken over San Francisco.

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-braces-for-weekend-of-busy-events-3914297.php

  24. lucky OMAAT

    @ mwg25 -- It sure is!

  25. mark Guest

    Show us pictures of the toilet or water glasses as a hint.

  26. mwg25 Guest

    Well, I'm guessing it's a Four Points. Give us a hint - is it in the USA?

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julian Guest

@lucky for better or worse I thought of you during my shower thinking you would hate how low the shower head is...

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Dan Guest

lucky, Best redemption I have ever done was Sheraton Krabi during Xmas 2010. Hotel was charging RACK, but was allowing C&P bookings. Rack was around $450 USD.

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lucky OMAAT

@ matt -- It would generally, though I was booking within 24 hours so it was non-refundable regardless. @ julian -- Agreed, though unfortunately the shower heads are at most four feet tall!

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