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drvannostren Nov 24, 15 8:39 am

Promo : 2,500 bonus Starpoints for one Keyless stay which is paid with Amex
 
Folks, this doesn't appear to be targeted to me other than the fact I've signed up for their emails but here it is. I thought it's pretty great if you've already got a stay either planned or a trip planned where you can involve a stay. Going out of your way to do this...ehh not so much.

http://www.spgpromos.com/amexkeyless...language=en_US

Here's the basics. You've got to have a "registered Amex" AND use Starwood keyless, which means you need to have certain mobile phones. I've recently signed up for Apple Pay in Canada and attached my Starwood Amex (as it only works with Amex and I'm getting rid of my Amex Gold) in Canada. I'm guessing that's why I got targeted, glad I did though because I'll take advantage of this.

Assuming you meet those 2 requisites earn 2,500 Starpoints by registering, booking a stay at Keyless W (I found searching those hard), Aloft or Element (both much easier and cheaper) AND pay using that registered Amex, then it says "use SPG keyless during your stay". I'm not sure that part is compulsory but I wanna try it anyway so that's no biggie. All between Nov 20 - Feb 29.

Reading the T/C the qualifying stays just have to be Starpoint earning stays at those properties, seemingly worldwide (I say no restrictions on where) and it can be as short as 1 night.

May be very easy for you guys in the US, I checked my upcoming trips and found not great coverage by any of these hotels in HKG, Colombia, Japan, Philippines and Chile. I was gonna snag one in NYC for my 10 hour overnight layover, but to go from JFK to manhattan only to go back to JFK didn't seem prudent.

I did however find Aloft Bogota Airport...$43 USD in early Jan. I guess the business hotels in Colombia don't get lots of business during Christmas (makes sense since half the country seems to slow to a crawl) but almost all of Dec-Jan was on offer between $43-60 USD which I thought was pretty good. Just waiting for my plane ticket to get finalized and I'll have my 1 night booked. Pretty easy 2500 points and as you all know with their good transfer values this is better than any Aeroplan promo I've seen come up.

Sorry if this is a repost, I scanned the board and didn't see it, thought us newer iPhone users would find this to be decent. Again it's a fairly specific promo, but even if you don't use the Apple Pay you can just "register" your phone/Amex in the SPG app I believe, if you wanted I'm sure you could just unregister after you get the points as well.

Enjoy!

pbiflyer Nov 24, 15 8:50 am

Thanks, it let me register. Have a couple stays, so this is perfect.

phbl Nov 24, 15 10:52 am

there was a promo like this in mid-sep 2015 that gave 500spg for using keyless for the first time.

either way i was able to register for this. thanks!

JordanYVR Nov 24, 15 10:54 am


Originally Posted by phbl (Post 25765701)
there was a promo like this in mid-sep 2015 that gave 500spg for using keyless for the first time.

either way i was able to register for this. thanks!

Yes, I took advantage of that one as well (although it wasn't tied to Amex). I was also able to register for this one.

I have a stay at a W this weekend but planned to use a US Visa instead of my Canadian AMEX (due to poor conversion). Looks like I'll need to find a different stay to try this out on.

drvannostren Nov 24, 15 2:54 pm

If I may ask, with keyless entry + mobile check in...the idea is to skip the front desk on arrival right? That's my "ultimate" hotel goal. To just know my room number, and breeze right past them. Technology is amazing :). Skipping that line, foregoing the awkward partial English conversation if you're abroad. It all sounds great!

It might be a dumb question, but I ask because last week I checked in online for a Marriott. Pointless. The only thing it did was let them know not to give my room away I suppose. The check-in was super fast, but she still needed my card on file for incidentals, needed to give me a room key, and sign off on the pre-arrival bill cuz I was using points. So I really questioned what the purpose of online check-in was.

PremEx Nov 24, 15 3:30 pm

This offer terms require a "registered American Express® Credit or Charge Card". Just what does "registered" mean? Does it mean I have to load my (non-Starwood) AMEX into my Starwood profile and that registers it?

I ask because I hate storing any of my credit card numbers on any web site these days, preferring to enter them manually each time.

JordanYVR Nov 24, 15 3:42 pm


Originally Posted by drvannostren (Post 25767077)
If I may ask, with keyless entry + mobile check in...the idea is to skip the front desk on arrival right? That's my "ultimate" hotel goal. To just know my room number, and breeze right past them. Technology is amazing :). Skipping that line, foregoing the awkward partial English conversation if you're abroad. It all sounds great!

That's what it is supposed to do. You receive a push notification on the day of arrival with your room key, and then go straight to the room and use your phone to open the door.

It didn't work for me (aLoft Denver) as I never received the push notification. I had to check-in, then update the app, and then I could use my phone to open the door.

Patius Nov 24, 15 5:36 pm


Originally Posted by PremEx (Post 25767274)
This offer terms require a "registered American Express® Credit or Charge Card". Just what does "registered" mean? Does it mean I have to load my (non-Starwood) AMEX into my Starwood profile and that registers it?

I ask because I hate storing any of my credit card numbers on any web site these days, preferring to enter them manually each time.

yeap, it means the credit card on file

TravelinSperry Nov 24, 15 8:16 pm

Unlikely to find one of these keyless locations... but registered just in case. thanks!

tfong007 Nov 24, 15 8:43 pm

Thank you for this. I have just the hotel to use this at.

okrogius Nov 25, 15 12:53 am

https://www.spgpromos.com/keyless/?a...sPromo_Ann_ENG has a list of supported hotels.

Great promo :).

solewalker Nov 25, 15 3:28 am

Thanks, OP! Great find!

Lappe Nov 25, 15 6:24 am

Thanks drvannostren! I did not receive the email, but was able to register - and have a stay in a regular Keyless property during the period!

BTW: the Aloft Bogota hotel shuttle runs from departures level - take the escalator up right after exiting customs and you should be at about the right spot.

drvannostren Nov 25, 15 8:56 am


Originally Posted by Lappe (Post 25769754)
Thanks drvannostren! I did not receive the email, but was able to register - and have a stay in a regular Keyless property during the period!

BTW: the Aloft Bogota hotel shuttle runs from departures level - take the escalator up right after exiting customs and you should be at about the right spot.

Brilliant! Thanks bud. I'm sure I would've found it, but this saves me the effort :) I ended up paying a bit more than I though, I always forget taxes aren't included in the room rate and I THINK they've charged me the 16% Colombia VAT which I think is only for residents, but still $53.59 USD isn't bad at all. Now that's like double what I'd usually pay for a hotel in Colombia (I stay at cheeeeeeeeap places) but this is totally reasonable and I only need to complete 1 night.


Originally Posted by okrogius (Post 25769025)
https://www.spgpromos.com/keyless/?a...sPromo_Ann_ENG has a list of supported hotels.

Great promo :).

Awesome, I never saw there was this list.


Originally Posted by TravelinSperry (Post 25768314)
Unlikely to find one of these keyless locations... but registered just in case. thanks!

See above for the list if you haven't yet...that being said, in the promo from what I read it seemed ANY Aloft or ANY Element hotel applied, or a Keyless W. Did I read that wrong and just get lucky? That list doesn't seem like a complete list of Alofts or maybe I'm just skimming it too fast.

Also thanks to the mods, this title is way better haha.

pageboy Nov 25, 15 7:21 pm

Thanks for the heads up. Saw this thread while at the Aloft Dallas/ Las Colinas, and was able to sign up on the spot. I had already used the keyless (it worked BTW) and checked out with my stored SPG Amex. Basically, $60 free.:)

username Nov 25, 15 11:49 pm

Oh gee...I am 1 night short of Platinum 75 so I was going to use 3000 points to do an award stay.

Now, the same hotel can be had for about US$100 after taxes. So, US$100 for about 3000 points (+ saving 3000 points). That is worth it, right?

Kay_nyc Nov 26, 15 11:25 am

Hmm... I make take advantage of this on an upcoming work trip. Do you all think bookings made via concur would be eligible? I see nothing in the the t&c's that says the books has to be made at spg.com.

xxxxx Nov 26, 15 12:09 pm

Promo : 2,500 bonus Starpoints for one Keyless stay which is paid with Amex
 
I have a booking checking in on 26th Feb and checking out 1st March. Would this be eligible for this bonus considering the T&C state that the promo ends on 29th Feb.

If this is the case, I can check out on 29th Feb and make another reservation for the last night.

Oxon Flyer Nov 26, 15 2:21 pm


Originally Posted by Kay_nyc (Post 25775821)
Hmm... I make take advantage of this on an upcoming work trip. Do you all think bookings made via concur would be eligible? I see nothing in the the t&c's that says the books has to be made at spg.com.

The T&Cs say, as they normally do, that you must pay an 'Eligible Rate' in order to qualify for the promotion. That usually means that bookings made through 3rd party sites are excluded, however, there are exceptions for corporate booking systems such as Amex and Concur. You should be able to take advantage of this promo.

Keyser Nov 27, 15 1:31 am

damn....i wish i saw this thread yesterday....just checked into an aloft last night & could have used spg keyless had i known this earlier....

have another stay at an element property next month so i should still be able to make use of this promo....thanks for posting op....

Davidrb90 Nov 27, 15 11:52 am

Thanks
 
Just saw this, will be using this for my stay in Detroit for the Auto Show!

Thanks for the free points sir, I would have missed this.

mikeef Nov 28, 15 12:43 pm


Originally Posted by Davidrb90 (Post 25779426)
Just saw this, will be using this for my stay in Detroit for the Auto Show!

Thanks for the free points sir, I would have missed this.

Alas, I'm missing it this year. Let me know how it is!

Mike

Palermo123 Nov 29, 15 1:58 pm


Originally Posted by Oxon Flyer (Post 25776362)
The T&Cs say, as they normally do, that you must pay an 'Eligible Rate' in order to qualify for the promotion. That usually means that bookings made through 3rd party sites are excluded, however, there are exceptions for corporate booking systems such as Amex and Concur. You should be able to take advantage of this promo.

Is award stay eligible for this promotion if I incur some room charges for the award stay?

Oxon Flyer Nov 30, 15 5:44 am


Originally Posted by Palermo123 (Post 25786891)
Is award stay eligible for this promotion if I incur some room charges for the award stay?

Sadly, no. Charging incidentals to an award stay doesn't make it an Eligible rate for the purposes of the promotion.

incidentally, anyone wishing to check this is directed by the T&Cs :


Originally Posted by This promo T&Cs
An Eligible Rate is any rate that is eligible to earn Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. A description of SPG-participating hotels and resorts and of Eligible Stays and Eligible Rates can be found at spg.com under Terms & Conditions of the SPG program. See Section 1.4 b iii for the complete definition of Eligible Rates.

... but that's not the correct location. Do Marriott employ better proofreaders ? :D

craigthemif Dec 1, 15 4:45 pm

Lurkers, do you HAVE to use the device as your key to get the 2,500 points? I've got the app on my tablet and it registered fine, but I don't actually want to carry it around to access my room...

Starwood Lurker Dec 1, 15 5:15 pm


Originally Posted by craigthemif (Post 25798093)
Lurkers, do you HAVE to use the device as your key to get the 2,500 points?...

Yes, you do.

"Earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints® between November 20 and February 29, 2016, when you book and pay for a stay using your registered American Express® Card and use SPG KeylessTM during that stay."

Best regards,

William R. Sanders
Social Media Specialist
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

[email protected]

lcpteck Dec 1, 15 6:47 pm

I wonder when my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (SM-G928I) will be compatible.

craigthemif Dec 3, 15 2:27 pm


Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker (Post 25798186)
Yes, you do.

"Earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints® between November 20 and February 29, 2016, when you book and pay for a stay using your registered American Express® Card and use SPG KeylessTM during that stay."

Best regards,

William R. Sanders
Social Media Specialist
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

[email protected]

Thanks. I did pick that up. I was more curious about a couple of scenarios.

1. You do everything properly to check in via the app but "technical difficulties" at the hotel mean you have to check in normally. No points? Annoying if you've gone out of your way to stay at an Aloft...
2. You do everything properly to check in via the app but after a day or two you ask for a regular key because you prefer it, or your phone has lost power. No points?

chops Dec 3, 15 2:43 pm

would this stack with the insider 2015 points promo for december??

Starwood Lurker Dec 3, 15 3:13 pm


Originally Posted by craigthemif (Post 25808854)
1. You do everything properly to check in via the app but "technical difficulties" at the hotel mean you have to check in normally. No points? Annoying if you've gone out of your way to stay at an Aloft...

That would be a one-off scenario which would be handled on a case-by-case basis.



2. You do everything properly to check in via the app but after a day or two you ask for a regular key because you prefer it, or your phone has lost power. No points?
Maybe I missed a nuance on this one? You used the app. Asking for a key later in the stay would not change this. :confused:

Best regards,

William R. Sanders
Social Media Specialist
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

[email protected]

Starwood Lurker Dec 3, 15 3:16 pm


Originally Posted by chops (Post 25808934)
would this stack with the insider 2015 points promo for december??

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/25809093-post76.html

Best regards,

William R. Sanders
Social Media Specialist
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

[email protected]

yule_boy Dec 3, 15 3:17 pm


Originally Posted by lcpteck (Post 25798470)
I wonder when my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (SM-G928I) will be compatible.

Or my Moto X :(

fakeman Dec 4, 15 11:08 am

It says "using registered AMEX card", so now my account has no credit card, if I do not add any card to my account, but still pay with AMEX during check out (or using AMEX for the online prepaid rooms), is this eligible?

PointWeasel Dec 4, 15 12:31 pm

OK, my verdict on SPG Keyless.


The Aloft Bogota took about 10 mins to set up after all the passport scanning and data entry that seems to occur every stay. But...when it finally worked, all good. Except for a key card is need to activate the power in the room. Grrr. Back down to the desk.

Now on a weekend stay at the W Bogota and it had been over an hour since check-in at the desk with the passport scan, etc, etc and the app still shows 'Stop By Front Desk'. :td:

Granted, I have fulfilled the promo requirements and paid with Amex as usual, but not quite sure how this saves time at the non-US/Canada properties?! :confused:

mattp1987 Dec 4, 15 1:13 pm


Originally Posted by fakeman (Post 25813509)
It says "using registered AMEX card", so now my account has no credit card, if I do not add any card to my account, but still pay with AMEX during check out (or using AMEX for the online prepaid rooms), is this eligible?

I'm also curious what exactly a "registered AMEX card" is. Could one of the Lurkers clarify? I assume having it saved to my account info would be sufficient, but I want to be sure. TIA.

Starwood Lurker IV Dec 4, 15 1:47 pm


Originally Posted by fakeman (Post 25813509)
It says "using registered AMEX card", so now my account has no credit card, if I do not add any card to my account, but still pay with AMEX during check out (or using AMEX for the online prepaid rooms), is this eligible?


Originally Posted by mattp1987 (Post 25814181)
I'm also curious what exactly a "registered AMEX card" is. Could one of the Lurkers clarify? I assume having it saved to my account info would be sufficient, but I want to be sure. TIA.

Hello fakeman and mattp1987,

We are seeking clarification and will get back to you as soon as we can confirm.

Kind regards,

Alexandra Baker
Specialist, Social Media
Starwood Hotels and Resorts

[email protected]

ihdihd Dec 4, 15 2:36 pm

My experience thus far (stay yesterday):

1. I registered for the promo
2. I made a reservation with an SPG Amex on the account
3. I checked in using the keyless, it didn't work, so manual intervention was necessary at front desk to finally get it to work (never got a physical key).
4. Checked out and paid with corporate card (Visa)

Normal points posted, but not the promo bonus points yet. Will update with status.

Starwood Lurker IV Dec 4, 15 2:45 pm


Originally Posted by ihdihd (Post 25814642)
My experience thus far (stay yesterday):

1. I registered for the promo
2. I made a reservation with an SPG Amex on the account
3. I checked in using the keyless, it didn't work, so manual intervention was necessary at front desk to finally get it to work (never got a physical key).
4. Checked out and paid with corporate card (Visa)

Normal points posted, but not the promo bonus points yet. Will update with status.

Hi ihdihd,

Bonus Starpoints should post within 2–4 weeks after the qualifying stay posts. As your stay was only yesterday, it may be the first week of January before the bonus appears on your account.

Kind regards,

Alexandra Baker
Specialist, Social Media
Starwood Hotels and Resorts

[email protected]

Starwood Lurker IV Dec 4, 15 2:54 pm


Originally Posted by fakeman (Post 25813509)
It says "using registered AMEX card", so now my account has no credit card, if I do not add any card to my account, but still pay with AMEX during check out (or using AMEX for the online prepaid rooms), is this eligible?


Originally Posted by mattp1987 (Post 25814181)
I'm also curious what exactly a "registered AMEX card" is. Could one of the Lurkers clarify? I assume having it saved to my account info would be sufficient, but I want to be sure. TIA.

Hello fakeman and mattp1987,

Thanks for your patience. We have some clarification. Guests need to register their card as part of registering for the promotion, but do not need to save the card to their SPG profile/account.

Your bonus Starpoints await:
– Register: November 20 through February 29 (https://www.spg.com/amexkeyless)
– Book: Guests must book with any American Express Card
– Stay:November 20 through February 29
– Earn: One-time 2500 bonus Starpoints for one eligible stay

Hope this helps!

Kind regards,

Alexandra Baker
Specialist, Social Media
Starwood Hotels and Resorts

[email protected]

username Dec 4, 15 8:09 pm


Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker IV (Post 25814738)
Hello fakeman and mattp1987,

Thanks for your patience. We have some clarification. Guests need to register their card as part of registering for the promotion, but do not need to save the card to their SPG profile/account.

The promotion registration process only asks me for my SPG# and e-mail, not credit card number....


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