I was excited to see yet another promotion email from SPG today. This one was titled “Spice it Up With Double Starpoints and More.” Double points – yes, please. I clicked in and found that the double points are earned at select restaurants on Starwood Properties. Just spend $10 and you earn 2 points per dollar spent.
Not great, but something that may work for some. Before my office moved, 18 months ago, we were right next to the Weston Michigan Avenue and we’d pop over to The Grille for lunch from time to time…or more frequently the bar for several glasses of vodka before heading home for the night.
I went to register for this promotion and I saw that 94 restaurants in the US participating. That seems like a decent number at first. Only two of those 94 are in Chicago, which is nice…I guess. Both are at the recently renovates W Lakeshore. I haven’t been by this hotel since the reno, so this may just entice me to pay them a visit. Looks like SPG is getting what they want from this promo – driving traffic to locations that need it. Plus I get something too – visit a spot that has been on my list, plus getting extra points too.
I never remember to show SPG card when dining at an SPG restaurant – god only know how many points I’ve given up. Truth be told, I don’t usually eat at hotel restaurants in general. Don’t forget, you don’t have to be staying at the property to earn points for your dining either. Keep that in mind. To get these bonus points, you’ll need to register for this promotion – do that here.
How often do you actually remember to earn points while dining at an SPG restaurant? Better question, how often do you really dine at an SPG Restaurant? Does your City have great SPG dining options? Chicago doesn’t really have anything I’d like to visit regularly.