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[HOTEL] 2016 Reward Chart Changes with Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood Preferred Guest has announced its 2016 hotel category changes, which will come into effect on March 1, 2016. But first, here is a quick recap on the number of points required for a reward night for each category:

  • Category 1 = 2,000 – 3,000
  • Category 2 = 3,000 – 4,000
  • Category 3 = 7,000
  • Category 4 = 10,000
  • Category 5 = 12,000 – 16,000
  • Category 6 = 20,000 – 25,000
  • Category 7 = 30,000 – 35,000

Overall, there are:

  • 282 hotels changing categories
  • 168 hotels are going up at least one category
  • 114 hotels are going down at least one category

That is relatively even. Though, only 1 Canadian hotel is actually increasing its category.

Hotel Name Province City 2015 Category

2016 Category

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel British Columbia Richmond 2 3

While there are 13 Canadian hotels that are decreasing their category. This is looking pretty sweet for people travelling within and to Canada. The weak Canadian dollar is really having an effect on the tourism industry.

Hotel Name Province City 2015 Category

2016 Category

Aloft Calgary University Alberta Calgary 4 3
Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel Alberta Calgary 4 3
Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton International Airport Alberta Nisku 3 2
Four Points by Sheraton Kamloops British Columbia Kamloops 3 2
Four Points by Sheraton Prince George British Columbia Prince George 4 3
Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport Manitoba Winnipeg 4 3
Four Points by Sheraton Moncton New Brunswick Moncton 3 2
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax Nova Scotia Halifax 3 2
Four Points by Sheraton Cambridge Kitchener, Ontario Ontario Cambridge 3 2
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview Ontario Niagara Falls 3 2
The Westin Prince, Toronto Ontario Toronto 4 3
The Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport Ontario Toronto 3 2
Four Points by Sheraton Waterloo – Kitchener Hotel & Suites Ontario Waterloo 3 2

These are much more significant changes than in 2015 and 2014.

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