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Starwood Preferred Guest 2018 Category Changes

It is that time of the year when most hotel chains change their categories. Some hotels go up, some go down. Today’s post is regarding the changes with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. There are 276 hotels that are affected, of which in Canada, there are 13 increasing by at least 1 category, while 2 are decreasing.

You can find the worldwide complete list here.

The changes will take effect on March 6, 2018. If you are looking at a reward redemption of a hotel that is going up in category, you may want to book it as soon as possible. However, if it is a hotel that is going down in category, then wait until after March 6, 2018 to book it.

Reward Categories

Below is a recap of the number of points required for a free hotel night in each category.

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

Canadian hotels going UP

The hotels are ranked from highest to lowest categories.

HOTEL

PROVINCE CITY 2017 CATEGORY

2018 CATEGORY

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler BC WHISTLER

5

6

Element Vancouver Metrotown BC BURNABY

4

5

Element Vaughan Southwest ON VAUGHAN 3 4
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel BC SURREY 3 4
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites ON RICHMOND HILL 3 4
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel BC RICHMOND 3 4
Aloft Montreal Airport QC MONTREAL 3 4
Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport ON MISSISSAUGA 3 4
Four Points by Sheraton Kingston ON KINGSTON 3 4
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel ON HAMILTON 3 4
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre Gatineau-Ottawa QC GATINEAU 3 4
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview ON NIAGARA FALLS 2 4
Four Points by Sheraton Cambridge Kitchener, Ontario ON CAMBRIDGE 2 3

Canadian hotels going DOWN

The hotels are ranked from highest to lowest categories.

HOTEL

PROVINCE CITY 2017 CATEGORY

2018 CATEGORY

Four Points by Sheraton Sherwood Park AB SHERWOOD PARK 4 3
Four Points by Sheraton Grande Prairie AB GRANDE PRAIRIE 4 3

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