As it does every year, Starwood has reviewed its entire portfolio of hotels and, based on some combination of average daily rates and occupancy levels, adjusted the award prices of approximately 220 of its 1,000-plus hotels.
The new rates take effect on March 1.
According to my count, award prices at around 180 hotels are increasing, versus decreases at only approximately 140 hotels.
Of course, what matters most is the price change at hotels where you plan to stay. Helpfully, Starwood has published a list of hotels affected by the changes, both positively and negatively.
Making the Best of the Changes
If you’re a Starwood Preferred Guest member planning to redeem points for award stays after March 1, review the list and proceed as follows:
- If your stay is at a hotel whose price will increase, book the stay at the current lower rate, before March 1.
- If your stay is at a hotel whose price will decrease, wait until the new lower rate takes effect on March 1 to book the stay.
The clock is ticking … don’t miss the chance to lock in the lower rate if your hotel’s rate is set to increase.
This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.