Just the other day, Uber and SPG announced a partnership, similar to Delta’s Crossover Rewards, where you’ll be able to earn Starwood points for every dollar spent on Uber. To me, this offer is next to useless, as it will cost me more money to participate than just buying what I need out-right.
Here’s the one caveat for non SPG elites or frequent stayers — you need to stay one night at an SPG hotel prior to you being able to earn the crossover points.
I’m an SPG Gold (via having the American Express Platinum card), but only stay in SPG hotels if I absolutely have to, since I value Hyatt Diamond and Kimpton Inner Circle status much more. So, for someone that hasn’t stayed in an SPG hotel this year and doesn’t plan to, this promotion may not make sense. Here’s why:
Let’s stay it costs $50 to do a one-night stay in a cheap SPG branded hotel (this is conservative, but you may be able to find a good deal). Once you’ve completed that, you’ll be eligible to then beginning earning Starpoints for using Uber. Staying free in a Category 1 hotel requires 3,000 Starpoints, which would require $3,000 spent on Uber as a non elite, $1500 as a Preferred, $1000 as a Platinum or Gold, and $750 as a Platinum 75+. I don’t know about you, but I don’t come close to spending any of those amounts on Uber during the year. Taking into account the one-night I’d need to get out of the way first, that’s another $50 I’d need to take into account for the calculation.
That’s my take. So, for me, this offer really isn’t beneficial, though I’ve signed up just in case I complete an SPG stay, since it never hurts to sign up for promotions regardless of whether you complete them or not.
Is the new SPG and Uber partnership beneficial for you?
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