Originally Posted by RichardKopf
Let's say I spend an average of $150 before taxes, per night. it's probably more, but better to count low, than high. 69 nights that I average, per year at Starwood would earn an extra 10350 points, or about $200 worth of points. It would cost me 12000 in a Cat 1 to get to the extra level.
Well, yes, that's one way to look at it. Here's another. 10,350 points is good for 10 SPG50 certificates, which get you discounted (50% off rack) rates for 50 nights. At a certain hotel which I happen to know that you quite enjoy, the regular long stay rate is USD $208.33 including tax and service. The SPG50 rate is USD $144.71, also including tax and service. That's a savings of USD $63.62/night, or USD $3,151 for the 50 nights. I'll take that 4th point any day.