Joining a hotel's loyalty program is a must for any traveler--frequent or infrequent. Many hotel brands today offer all members of their loyalty programs, not just the top tier jetsetters, various "bonus" perks like free WiFi, extra mini-bar items, expedited check-in and in some cases, better rates. And if anything goes wrong during your stay, mentioning that you are loyalty program member should give you complaint or request some extra attention.
Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty program for Starwood Hotels & Resorts which counts W Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Aloft Hotels and St. Regis Hotels among their brands, is one of the most comprehensive loyalty programs, with over 1,000 properties participating. The program also gives you a variety of ways to earn points outside of spending ngihts at Starwood Hotels, thanks to partnerships with American Express, Delta Airlines and even Uber. Plus you can redeem your Starpoints for regular retailers such as Amazon, Starbucks and iTunes.
But for families, here's another perk of being SPG Members--The SPG Kids Pass.
This is an all-inclusive dining program created especially for children of SPG members, ages 12 and younger. For a flat daily rate, kids can eat and drink up at a participating Starwood resort's restaurants. Sounds like a great and convenient way to bypass all those pricey resort meals and snacks, right? However, there are some caveats to the pass.
You have to sign up for the pass at check-in and pay the daily rate each day of your stay, since you aren't able to pick and choose. That rate will vary from property to property but can start around $25 a day, plus tax.
Kids will also need to wear a light SPG wristband during their stay which will serve as their physical pass. An adult needs to accompany the child for all food orders, so no sending the kid over to the snack shack by themselves. The pass is also only valid for one kid.
Depending on the price, this is a great program for older children who get hungry and thirsty a lot, especially when playing at the pool, but probably not so much for toddlers who say they want grilled cheese, lemonade and ice cream and then only eat the french fries when the order comes. #myliferightnow
Still interested? Check out the full list of participating Starwood resorts here! (And tell us how it goes!)
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