Starwood Birth Year Promotion: The Older You Are The Less You Pay

Update: Some offers noted below may have changed or have been discontinued.

Happy Birth Year promotionHere at Point Savvy we talk about the aging process more than we would like to admit. But with the Starwood Birth Year Promotion we are happy to shout how old we are from the rooftop of any 5 star hotel under the Starwood umbrella.

If you’re not quite sure where your next quick getaway may be, this program may help you to narrow your search while saving you some real money on your hotel stay. It’s pretty simple. First, you plan to spend the best available flexible rate for the first night of a stay, and for the second and (sometimes) third nights, you pay only the last two digits of your birth year. And what’s more, it can be any member of your party’s birth year. So if your Great Aunt Gertie is tagging along on your next adventure – you’re really in luck. You could end up paying less than $50 per night for up to two nights in a sweet hotel. Just make sure that your aunt brings along her ID for verification upon arrival.

Getting Older landing page

It’s an incentive to travel with someone that was born yesterday.

That said, no matter when you were born, your savings can be substantial, especially at some of Starwood’s higher-end properties. Geographically select properties in the US, Canada and the Caribbean are participating, and in some cases some hotels include premium rooms, and some even offer suites.

We do admit that navigating the booking process can be a little challenging, but that’s why you have us. Point Savvy will make sure that you have an easy understanding of what to do. But we’ll get to that a little later. First, let’s check out some of the great deals available.

If sunny San Diego is your idea of a great escape you can check in to the Sheraton Hotel in La Jolla in early December where you’ll pay $249 for King Deluxe Room that has a pull out couch for Aunt Gertie (born 1945,) and the next two nights will cost you $45 each if she’s 71 years young at the time of your stay.

Birth Year Offer on website

Proof of age required upon check-in to reduce 2nd and 3rd night booking. Born in 1960 would save you $189 a night.

If you would rather spend a weekend in French Canada, you can book a room at Le Westin Montreal where you can take advantage of all that this wonderful Quebec city has to offer while paying $430 for your first night, and then Aunt Gertie’s $45 rate for the next two. That’s a pretty substantial savings of $770 for the weekend.

Le Westin Montreal page

Now, in order to book these great rates visit the SPG Birthday page and search the available hotels. Then choose the birthday rate option before selecting from the available dates for your chosen hotel. In some cases, $100 additional nightly fee will apply. So, your aunt’s $45 rate becomes $145 – look carefully such as in the case of the Le Parker Méridian in swanky New York City. In addition, most participating hotels have check-in days limited to Thursday – Saturday so a midweek vacation is probably not in the mix.

Le Parker Meridien offer

On the bright side, if you’re a SPG member, you will still earn points for your stay, and if you use the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express you’ll earn a free vacation before you get any older.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

SPC American Express Card

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  • Earn 25,000 Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Get free nights at over 1,300 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries with no blackout dates. Some hotels may have mandatory service and resort charges.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on international purchases.
  • Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
  • Enjoy complimentary, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices at more than 1,000,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide. Enrollment required.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Visit our credit card partner’s site in order to learn more and securely apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

25,000 Starpoints

Intro APR

Ongoing APR
15.49%-19.49% variable

Annual Fee
$0 first year, then $95

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