SPG 2015 Changes Are in Effect in Two Days — A Deeper Look into Good Changes: Asia, Africa and the Middle East

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If you haven’t read my previous post, please find it here, if only to understand my philosophy about redeeming points for SPG hotels (I know, say what???) Here is the first part:

SPG 2015 Changes Are in Effect in Two Days — A Deeper Look into Good Changes: EUROPE

Just a reminder!

The ideal length of stay at SPG hotels is as follows:

  • 5 nights at Category 3 and higher hotels (fifth night free applies)
  • A weekend at Category 1 and 2 hotels (fifth night free doesn’t apply)

Category/Points

1 3,000 (weekends 2,000)
2 4,000 (weekends 3,000)
3 7,000
4 10,000
5 12,000-16,000
6 20,000-25,000
7 30,000-35,000

 

Since staying two days at a hotel is not really a vacation, let’s bring all these redemptions to the common 5-night stay denominator. See, I’m not interested in anything beyond the first three lines.

  • Category One: 13,000 points (if you utilize weekends)
  • Category Two: 18,000 points (if you utilize weekends)
  • Category Three: 28,000 points

So without further ado…

ASIA

China

There are 15 hotels in China that are going down an 11 that are going up. Among those that are going down, 14 will remain within the first three categories, and among the hotels that are going up, most are staying within the first three categories, as well. Here are the 14 properties going down.

  • Four Points by Sheraton Bijie ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA GUIZHOU BIJIE FOUR POINTS 2 -> 1
  • Four Points by Sheraton Hainan, Sanya ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA HAINAN SANYA BAY FOUR POINTS 3 -> 2
  • Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Daning ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA SHANGHAI SHANGHAI FOUR POINTS 3 -> 2

 

Sheraton Shanghai Daning

SPG 2015 Changes –Sheraton Shanghai Daning

  • Sheraton Changsha Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA HUNAN CHANGSHA SHERATON 4 -> 3
  • Sheraton Changzhou Wujin Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA JIANGSU CHANGZHOU SHERATON 2 -> 1
  • Sheraton Chongqing Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA CHONGQING CHONGQING SHERATON 4 -> 3

 

Sheraton Chongqing Hotel

SPG 2015 Changes –Sheraton Chongqing Hotel

  • Sheraton Dongguan Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA GUANGDONG DONGGUAN SHERATON 3 -> 2
  • Sheraton Guilin Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA GUANGXI GUILIN SHERATON 2 -> 1

 

Sheraton Guilin Hotel

SPG 2015 Changes — Sheraton Guilin Hotel

  • Sheraton Guiyang Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA GUIZHOU GUIYANG SHERATON 4 -> 3
  • Sheraton Langfang Chaobai River Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA HEBEI LANGFANG SHERATON 2 -> 1
  • Sheraton Shenyang South City Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA LIAONING SHENYANG SHERATON 2 -> 1
  • Sheraton Xiamen Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA FUJIAN XIAMEN SHERATON 3 -> 2
  • Sheraton Zhengzhou Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA HENAN ZHENGZHOU SHERATON 3 -> 2
  • The Westin Nanjing ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA JIANGSU NANJING WESTIN 4 -> 3

 

The Westin Nanjing

SPG 2015 Changes — The Westin Nanjing

And what about the hotels coming up? Well, like I said, most are still not getting out of your (well, my) league. Here are the properties that will have stayed within the first three categories.

Aloft Beijing, Haidian ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA BEIJING BEIJING ALOFT 1 -> 2

  • Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Haidian Hotel & Serviced Apartments ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA BEIJING BEIJING FOUR POINTS 2 -> 3
  • Four Points by Sheraton Hangzhou, Binjiang ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA ZHEJIANG HANGZHOU FOUR POINTS 1 -> 2
  • Four Points by Sheraton Taizhou, Yuhuan ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA ZHEJIANG TAIZHOU FOUR POINTS 1 -> 2
  • Sheraton Hefei Xinzhan Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA ANHUI HEFEI SHERATON 1 -> 2
  • Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA SHANGHAI SHANGHAI SHERATON 1 -> 2
  • Sheraton Shantou Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA GUANGDONG SHANTOU SHERATON 2 -> 3
  • The Westin Ningbo ASIA/PACIFIC CHINA ZHEJIANG NINGBO WESTIN 2 -> 3

India

13 hotels in India are going down, while 4 are going up. Out of the 14 that are going down, 13 will be in the first three categories. Using SPG points in India can often land you in 5-star hotels and bring you 3X value and more — if you are planning on traveling to India, you should definitely consider point redemptions.

  • Four Points by Sheraton Bengaluru, Whitefield ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA Karnataka BENGALURU FOUR POINTS 2 -> 1
  • Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI FOUR POINTS 3 -> 2
  • ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA Karnataka BENGALURU LUXURY COLLECTION 4 -> 3
  • ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA TAMIL NADU CHENNAI LUXURY COLLECTION 3 -> 2
ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai

SPG 2015 Changes — ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel,
Chennai

  • ITC Maurya, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New Delhi ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA NEW DELHI NEW DELHI LUXURY COLLECTION 4 -> 3

 

ITC Maurya, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New Delhi

SPG 2015 Changes — ITC Maurya, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New
Delhi

  • ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jaipur ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA RAJASTHAN JAIPUR LUXURY COLLECTION 2 -> 1

 

ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Ja ipur

SPG 2015 Changes — ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Ja
ipur

  • ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA WEST BENGAL KOLKATA LUXURY COLLECTION 3 -> 2

 

ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata

SPG 2015 Changes — ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata

  • ITC Windsor, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA Karnataka BENGALURU LUXURY COLLECTION 3 -> 2
  • Le Méridien Bangalore ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA Karnataka BENGALURU LE MERIDIEN 3 -> 2
  • Le Méridien Coimbatore ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA TAMIL NADU COIMBATORE LE MERIDIEN 2 -> 1
  • Le Royal Méridien Chennai ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA TAMIL NADU CHENNAI LE MERIDIEN 2 -> 1
  • Sheraton New Delhi Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC INDIA NEW DELHI NEW DELHI SHERATON 3 -> 2

 

Sheraton New Delhi Hotel

SPG 2015 Changes — Sheraton New Delhi Hotel

Japan

This hotel is located next to the train station, and the train can take you to Tokyo in 30 minutes. This is a very good addition at 7,000 points per night.

  • Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers ASIA/PACIFIC JAPAN KANAGAWA YOKOHAMA SHERATON 4 -> 3

 

Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers

SPG 2015 Changes — Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers

Malaysia

  • Four Points by Sheraton Puchong ASIA/PACIFIC MALAYSIA PUCHONG FOUR POINTS 2 -> 1
  • Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort ASIA/PACIFIC MALAYSIA LANGKAWI SHERATON 4 -> 3

Taiwan

  • Sheraton Hsinchu Hotel ASIA/PACIFIC TAIWAN ZHUBEI CITY SHERATON 4 -> 3

AFRICA and the MIDDLE EAST

Tunisia

Sheraton Tunis Hotel AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST TUNISIA TUNIS CARTHAGE CEDEX SHERATON 4 3

Egypt

  • Le Méridien Cairo Airport AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST EGYPT CAIRO LE MERIDIEN 3 2
  • Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST EGYPT CAIRO SHERATON 4 2

Mauritius

  • Le Méridien Ile Maurice AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST MAURITIUS PAMPLEMOUSSES LE MERIDIEN 3 2
Le Méridien Ile Maurice

SPG 2015 Changes — Le Méridien Ile Maurice

South Africa

  • Sheraton Pretoria Hotel AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST SOUTH AFRICA PRETORIA SHERATON 4 3

My next and final post is about the SPG changes in the Americas. Stay tuned.

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