Starwood has sent Gold and Platinum elite members a $25 award certificate to use on anything that can be charged to the room. I only discovered this when I was searching for an old SPG statement, and noticed there was an email I hadn't even opened. So in case you too don't always get to all your Starwood emails, take advantage of this $25 certificate (you must fill in your details first, then it will be mailed to you)
While not a lot, $25 is better than nothing, especially given the recent Starwood Cash and Points Devaluation, and also better, in my view, than a 3 month subscription to Hulu Plus, which although it costs roughly the same ($7.99/month, so ~$24 for 3 months) I'd never use. Plus, note that the Hulu Plus offer is for new subscribers only, and that you need to use a credit card that will then authorize Hulu to auto renew your subscription unless you cancel by the end of the 3 month period.
If you're SPG Gold and Platinum and haven't received the email, try going to this page, entering your SPG number, and seeing if the following page comes up:
Key Terms to Note
I haven't yet earmarked my $25 award certificate for a particular stay, but would prefer to use it at a U.S. property if I have a domestic stay, due to the notoriously bad conversion rates at most hotels (not just Starwood) abroad. Time to lock in my SPG cash and points award stays for the year, before the award chart devaluation!
Here are the full Terms and Conditions:
Once the gift option is selected and submitted, it cannot be changed. Offer is nontransferable and offer is not valid for employees of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., and its affiliated entities. SPG Member must register for this offer online only within 30 days after the email is delivered.
Hulu three-month subscription: Offer only available to new Hulu Plus subscribers. 3-month free subscription is for the Hulu Plus regular monthly fee and is inclusive of applicable tax. Credit card required. If you do not cancel your Hulu Plus subscriptions at the end of the 3-month period, you authorize Hulu to charge you by your payment method each month for the Hulu Plus regular monthly subscription fee plus applicable tax until you cancel such Hulu Plus subscription. The Hulu Plus subscription can't be redeemed for cash, resold, or combined with any other special or free offers. Please read the Hulu Plus subscription terms and conditions at hulu.com/terms for more details on activating and using the 3-month free subscription.
SPG® Award Certificate: If you choose this gift option, you will receive one (1) US$25 SPG Award Certificate within 4–6 weeks of registration. The SPG Award certificate will be mailed to the name and address as indicated on your SPG member profile. Certificate is valid one year from month issued and may be used toward any goods or services that are charged to your folio at a Starwood Preferred Guest participating hotel by the expiration date. Upon checkout, the face value of the certificate will be applied to your folio. Certificates are not redeemable for cash. No cash or credit will be given for any unused portion of any certificate surrendered. When certificate is redeemed outside of the United States, currency conversion rates of the day will be utilized and confirmed by the hotel. Certificate must be surrendered to the hotel at time of use. Certificate is not transferable and cannot be resold. Use by any person other than the recipient named is invalid and void. Certificates may not be duplicated, may not be accepted if altered in any way, and may not be replaced if lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.
Have you received a Starwood $25 award certificate, and if so, how do you plan to spend it?
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