Giveaway: SPG 50% off rack rate certificates good for up to 5 nights

Christmas may be over (Hanukkah just about), but I’m giving away two Starwood Preferred Guest 50% off RACK rate certificates that are good through December 31, 2013.

a couple of tickets on a carpetAs you probably know, rack rates are definitely more expensive than the cheapest best available room rates, but the use of these certificates on suites can really save money, especially in Europe. The certs are valid for one to five consecutive night stays at participating Starwood hotels or resorts worldwide, subject to availability.

As far as I know, the only way to book a stay using these is by calling SPG reservations, but I have read that people successfully used the online chat feature to check rack rates as they aren’t typically published online.

There are terms and conditions, of course, but most are what you’d expect:

  • Maximum of five consecutive nights
  • Certs may not be applied toward service charges, room tax, food & beverage, parking, gratuities, gift shop purchases or other incidentals and taxes
  • Cert must be presented at check-in
  • Member will receive Starpoints for paid portion of stay only
  • Not combinable with other room rate discounts or specials
  • Good for only one room during the stay
  • Not valid in Hawaii, French Polynesia or at the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel

I’m giving two away, separately, so leave a comment if you’re interested and on Wednesday at 12:00pm PST (December 28, 2011), I’ll use to select two recipients. The only rule is that you can only leave one comment on this post per person/email. Be sure to use your real email address as that’s the way I’ll contact the winners. If your comment gets hung up in moderation, not to worry… I’ll get it approved and posted as soon as possible, definitely before the deadline.

Happy Holidays from me to you!


  1. in before everyone !! πŸ™‚ I am planning on taking my parents visiting me in the US on a trip to Florida and California. I could definitely use a SPG certificate. πŸ™‚

  2. Sometimes 50% off the rack rate is the best rate. A phone agent set me up with one of these when I couldn’t use a free resort night. I had already checked online and the 50% off the rack was several dollars less than the AAA rate, which was the best I could see.

  3. My wife is coming home from Afghanistan and we are planning to travel so these will be a great addition to our plans.

  4. What a wonderful and thoughtful thing to do. I could certainly make use of these certificates in my upcoming stay in South America!
    Thanks for offering them.!

  5. Woo hoo! Lovin’ your giveaways…yes, please!!!!! Hey, did you hear if “Passports with…” notified their prize winners?

  6. Firstl, hope you had a good holiday
    Secondly , I thank you for your generous offer
    Would very much like to win and be able to use the prize in a trip planned for Hawaii.
    Lastly, a happy & successful New Year to you and yours and keep up the great blog .

  7. I had hear of theses certificates a few weeks ago and, i had started to look at the Spg web site. Would be happy to grab theses. A great christmas gift.

  8. Dear Darren
    In my whole life, I’ve never stayed any place that’s called Suite!
    Please! I read your blogs not daily but like 12- hourly! I read it like twice a day, almost everyday!

  9. I’m still learning the ins and outs of hotel programs but would appreciate the opportunity to use a STarwood 50% off certificate.

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