It's almost September and the fall hotel promotions are beginning to trickle in.
First up for review is the following offer from Starwood.
Between September 8 and December 15, Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn double points for up to nine qualifying nights, and triple points for 10 or more nights, including the first nine.
Starwood mentions that the offer is good for stays at "more than 850 participating hotels." But the Starwood portfolio includes almost 1,000 properties, including Sheraton, Four Points, St. Regis, Luxury Collection, Le Meridien, W, Westin, aloft, and element hotels, so travelers will want to confirm that any particular hotel is bonus-eligible before booking.
There's no limit to the number of points that can be earned during the promotion period.
Registration is required, between September 8 and October 31.
According to the FAQ, this promotion is combinable with other Starwood offers, so the bonus can be combined with the free night offer for stays at aloft and element hotels through September 30.
Deal or No Deal
Starwood has dubbed this offer Every Night Counts. Indeed, that's one of the promotion's strong points—you earn something extra beginning with the very first night. (The fall Hyatt promotion that I'll be reviewing in the next few days requires five nights to earn a bonus, and the new Marriott MegaBonus requires two stays.)
On the downside, double points is hardly a stellar bonus, and the triple points don't kick in until the tenth night is completed.
Overall, this is a decent offer but hardly a spectacular one. Before committing, I'd suggest waiting to see whether the bonuses from other major hotel chains offer better value for fall stays.
Reader Reality Check
Are you looking at bonus opportunities for fall hotel stays? How does this Starwood offer compare?
This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.