Earn 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles Per Stay With Starwood Preferred Guest — But By When and Where?!?

You can earn 1,000 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles per stay at participating hotel and resort properties of Starwood Hotels and Resorts — but you must be a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest program to take advantage of this offer; and you must mention rate plan AIRPRO when you book your reservation via:

  • The Internet
  • Your travel professional
  • Telephone by calling 1-877-782-0108

Earn 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles Per Stay With Starwood Preferred Guest — But By When and Where?!?

What should be a simple and straightforward offer is actually confusing because the official Internet web site of this offer claims that you can “Book your stay in exciting destinations worldwide” and the e-mail message which I received earlier today pertaining to this offer claimed that “Now through September 30, 2017, earn 1,000 bonus miles per stay at hotels and resorts in the Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) program, including Westin, Sheraton, W and more. Lock in best available rates at participating hotels in popular destinations across the U.S., including Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Washington, D.C.”…

…but the terms and conditions of this promotion specifically state that this “Offer is valid at participating Starwood Hotels & Resorts in North and Latin America” and that this “Offer is valid for stays booked by December 31, 2017.”

Also, the official Internet web site of this offer claims that the minimum stay is “two nights or more at participating hotels”; but the terms and conditions of this promotion specifically state that “An eligible stay is defined as one or more consecutive nights paying a qualifying rate in the same hotel regardless of the number of check-in or check-outs that occur.”

Huh?!?

Select Terms and Conditions

Rates are per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy and availability at time of reservation; and do not include additional charges per room per night which may be imposed, or state taxes or local taxes.

This offer cannot to be combined with other offers or promotions; and it is subject to change. A limited number of rooms may be available with regard to this offer. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. This offer is not applicable to groups and is void where prohibited by law.

To receive miles in lieu of Starpoints, you must participate in the Airline Direct Deposit portion of the Starwood Preferred Guest program. With Airline Direct Deposit, Starpoints earned from eligible hotel stays and select bonus offers will be converted automatically into miles, will be credited to your AAdvantage account and may not be transferred back to your SPG account. If recipient does not participate in Airline Direct Deposit, Starpoints will be earned in the Starwood Preferred Guest program.

Other terms and conditions apply.

Summary

Someone at Starwood Preferred Guest did not do a good job in ensuring that the terms and conditions of this offer match the marketing jargon…

…but assuming the more restrictive terms of this offer are in place, the opportunity to earn 1,000 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles for something you would do anyway is better than nothing; so there is no disadvantage to registering for this promotion — other than the few seconds of time you would consume in the process…

Sheraton is one of the brands of Starwood Hotels and Resorts which is participating in this offer. Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

6 thoughts on “Earn 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles Per Stay With Starwood Preferred Guest — But By When and Where?!?”

  1. Glenn says:

    Well this post is just as confusing. It appears the link you posted goes to a page where you can book your hotel. There is no registration page. Also it appears you have to stay WEEKEND nights. Which you didn’t mention. I mean the landing page is called American-weekends after all. Pass.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      …so the recipient of the e-mail message who reads the verbiage on the Internet web site — both of which includes no mention pertaining to weekend nights — should go by the title of where he or she lands?

      Perhaps I am naïve; but if a company — or, in this case, a partnership — announces a promotion through which they are attempting to offer me an incentive, I expect the terms to be reasonably clear throughout the process.

      No registration is required with this promotion, Glenn, as all you need to do is include the code AIRPRO when booking your reservation. That part — to me, anyway — is one clear aspect to this promotion.

  2. ptahcha says:

    The key for the promotion is this line: Book online, or call 877-782-0108 and ask for rate plan AIRPRO.

    So it’s a rate-driven promotion, where you need to use a specific rate code to trigger the bonus. Presumably, the rate will not appear unless you book a minimum of 2 nights. The other “stay” definition is standard SPG template definition of a stay for elite qualification purpose.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I prefer to know what will happen when I book a reservation before starting the process, ptahcha. Members should not have to go through the trouble of first entering the rate plan code to find out if the minimum stay is one night or two nights — or a weekend night, for that matter.

      The stay definition may be standard template definition for elite qualification purposes; but if that is the case with this promotion, it can be misleading. Here is an example of a Starwood promotion from last year which includes the following condition of an eligible stay:

      “An eligible stay is defined as two or more consecutive nights paying an eligible rate in the same hotel or resort property — regardless of the number of times you check in or check out — and posting to your Starwood Preferred Guest account.”

      http://thegate.boardingarea.com/register-today-for-starwood-preferred-guest-triple-up-promotion/

      Changing the verbiage of the definition of an eligible stay with Starwood for a particular promotion is precedented — and it should have been done here as well for this particular promotion if it indeed applies.

      1. ptahcha says:

        Oh I definitely agree. Not well planned out with the hunt-and-peck strategy. Then again, would I really want to give up SPG points for 1000 AA miles? Probably not.

        1. Brian Cohen says:

          I cannot argue with you there, ptahcha.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *