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Update: Reading through comments here and on Twitter and Facebook, this promo is clearly targeted. About a quarter of us got the free night offer, a quarter are getting 2k or 4k points per stay, and half are getting nothing. Try your luck, and leave a comment, tweet, or facebook comment.

Reader Daniel tipped me off about an incredible Starwood Preferred Guest promotion called Bonus Beginnings. He told me to go to and type in my SPG account number.

I am now signed up for a free weekend night at any Category 1-6 SPG hotel after one paid night at any SPG property.

I typed in my number, and I got an email saying I had registered and what I had registered for.

The email says that if I book and make one paid stay at any SPG property by February 28, 2013, I can get a free weekend night at any category 1-6 SPG property worldwide between now and February 28, 2014.

Conveniently the email included some terms and conditions because I couldn’t find any anywhere else online.

The free night can be any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night. The terms and conditions imply there may be some non-participating properties, but again, I can’t find the list.

The last part of the terms and conditions says that registration closes today, so head over and register RIGHT NOW.

The rest of the paragraph confuses me. It talks about a “member [choosing] his or her offer.” I wasn’t given a choice. By googling “SPG Bonus Beginnings,” I do see that promotions were run under the Bonus Beginning name in 2012 that did involve some choice of your bonus, but I don’t think I had any choice in this promotion.

Is Bonus Beginnings Targeted

I don’t see anything saying it is, and I’ve searched all my email inboxes without finding any emails about the promotion. That tells me I wasn’t targeted, and I am enrolled. The best thing for you to do is type in your number and see if you are enrolled.

My Plan

Daniel reported success signing up his account and a family member’s. He also said that in one account, he had already made a cheap stay for about $60 and that his free night award has already been deposited into his account.

I have signed up already, so I beat the registration deadline, now I have to beat the stay deadline of February 28. I think I may book a hotel for one night on my mid-Atlantic swing next week. If I can find a hotel for under $100, I can get one good night sleep now and one aspirational redemption in the next year. That’s an incredible return for $100.

The last deadline to hit is to redeem for a stay before 2/28/14. I can redeem for up to a category 6 hotel–full list. Category 6 is the second-highest category, and free nights go for up to 25,000 Starpoints normally. Does anyone have any suggestions for a great Category 6 hotel? I’d probably use my free night this summer in Europe to save myself hundreds of euros.


Did you register successfully? Did you get an email confirmation?


  • Today is the deadline to sign up for SPG’s Bonus Beginnings promotion. Sign up for the promo today at
  • You should receive a confirmation email with the terms and conditions.
  • Stay one paid night at any Starwood property by February 28, 2013.
  • Receive one free night at any Starwood Category 1-6 property between now and February 28, 2014.

Tip Policy

Please send any tips you have for incredible promotions, redemptions, fares, or anything else. If you ask me to keep the tip secret, I will. Daniel told me about this deal on Saturday right before the MileValue dinner in Los Angeles and asked me to keep it secret. I didn’t blog it or tell anyone at dinner. He then reconsidered and told me I could share the promotion, and here it is. If you have any tips, let me know.

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