Category Changes for 2012

 
Old Feb 16, 12, 2:11 pm
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Category Changes for 2012

We’re making our annual hotel Category adjustments for 2012 and would like to provide you with an advance look at the preliminary list of changes. We want to be sure you are able to maximize the use of your Starpoints, so please review the information to decide if it makes sense to redeem before or after the changes take place on March 1, 2012.

While our Categories remain the same, individual hotels may move between Categories each year. You can click here to see each Category’s Starpoints requirements.

This year we have a few more hotels going up than down, but the majority are staying within the same Category. To view a list of the upcoming changes, please visit http://www.spgpromos.com/2012categorychange. Please note that a select number of additional hotels may be added to the list prior to March 1st.

When you’re ready to book, visit spg.com or contact one of our Customer Contact Centers. Thank you for sharing your travels with us.


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Old Feb 16, 12, 2:21 pm
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While I'm sure some of our more erudite members will soon post the %'s up, down this year, year on year, etc etc, all I wanted to say is thanks William for the heads up. ^
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Old Feb 16, 12, 2:28 pm
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More ups than downs.

The Manhattan going up from a 4 to a 5? I see most of the Manhattan properties rising, but this one?

Ouch!
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Old Feb 16, 12, 2:53 pm
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My initial impressions after a quick glance:

1. A lot of properties that were downgraded during/after the recession (i.e. Manhattan properties that went from 6 to 5 and San Francisco properties that went from 5 to 4) are now back to what they were before the downgrade. In the case of these two locations, most Manhattan full service (non luxury) properties are now 6 again, and for San Francisco, 5.

2. Cat 5 seems to be the new Cat 4. A significant number of Cat 4 properties have moved to Cat 5.
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Grosvenor house Dubai went down..
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Old Feb 16, 12, 3:05 pm
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Grosvenor house Dubai went down..
Love the hotel but would have never "paid" using points there.
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Old Feb 16, 12, 3:07 pm
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I also agree that The Manhattan is disgusting, I can't believe they went UP one category for that dump. In other news...pretty cool that Sheraton Nassau resort went down! W South beach is a Cat 7 now?? OUCH Also, Chatwal New York went up too? Jeeze, too many going UP!
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Old Feb 16, 12, 3:09 pm
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Everything around me is going down, but everywhere I wanted to go in 2013 is going up (Costa Rica, Panama, Chile). Maybe I'll go earlier in the 2013 and book now.

Thanks for the heads up!
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Old Feb 16, 12, 3:12 pm
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The LM's in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are good value. They are nice too. Not a surprise that the Royal Orchid went down. Aloft at cat 1 is ok too.

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers ASIA/PACIFIC Thailand SHERATON 3 2
Le Méridien Chiang Mai ASIA/PACIFIC Thailand LE MERIDIEN 2 1
W Retreat Koh Samui ASIA/PACIFIC Thailand W HOTELS 7 6
Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand ASIA/PACIFIC Thailand LE MERIDIEN 2 1
Aloft Bangkok - Sukhumvit 11 ASIA/PACIFIC Thailand ALOFT 2 1
The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket ASIA/PACIFIC Thailand WESTIN 4
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Old Feb 16, 12, 3:16 pm
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Sheraton Singapore as a Cat 5, lol. SR Singapore was a Cat 5 not too long ago.
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Old Feb 16, 12, 3:17 pm
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Thailand

Thailand, which has some really fantastic properties, appears to have been badly hurt, revenue-wise, by the flooding this past year. As a result, we can take our hard-earned currencies there and get properties like Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai at Category 1. Hope folks will take advantage of this and bring the much-needed tourist revenue back to Thailand!
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Old Feb 16, 12, 3:18 pm
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More of the hotels I frequent are going up, while most of the hotels going down are outside of my travel pattern. But this won't affect me much since most of stays are paid.

Curious note: Le Meridien Bora Bora is in North America according to SPG.

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Old Feb 16, 12, 3:20 pm
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I am on mobile and cannot open the link, can anyone please tell me what the situation is with the LM Dead sea in Israel, and Sheraton Tel Aviv in Israel? Thanks alot!
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Old Feb 16, 12, 3:20 pm
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...Curious note: Le Meridien Bora Bora is in North America according to SPG.
Bora Bora falls within the North American Division as far as corporate directives are concerned. IIRC, proximity to the corporate office in Hawaii is what determined that.

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Old Feb 16, 12, 3:25 pm
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Thanks for the info. William!
We've been waiting for it to book our trip to Maui this summer.
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