Starwood Hotels started the Pay-Your-Birth-Year promo a few years ago and it was so popular that they bring it back annually. It’s easy to understand the popularity, as using the promo rate allows you to potentially save hundreds of dollars on a two or three night SPG hotel stay.
When the promo was announced (this year in February) you might have read about it on a blog or two, received a promotional email, or even seen it in an advertisement. Then the hype went away and we might have forgotten it existed. It is still around however; this year’s promo runs through the end of the year.
It works like this: Pay a special PAYAGE promo rate for the first night of your stay and your second and third nights are calculated using your birth year. For example, if you were born in 1962 you may pay $179 for the first night and the second and third nights are $62.
Here’s how to book it:
Go to the promo page and select the geographic area you want to stay in. The promotion is good at participating hotels in the United States, Canada, Caribbean, Netherlands Antilles (Aruba), and the Dominican Republic. Read the details of the rate as some hotels only allow the PAYAGE rate for a second night only versus second and third nights.
Select the hotel, and then the room and rate, making sure you have clicked on the PAYAGE promo rate.
Your total for the two or three nights will be displayed without the discount as it will be applied when you check in. Just be sure you have chosen the Birth Year Promo rate – it will state this during the rate selection.
I worked out a couple of examples to determine the savings:
The Westin Cape Coral Resort in Florida had a lowest standard rate of $189 for a one bedroom suite. If you stayed three nights, your total would be $567 before taxes/fees. With the PAYAGE promo, the one bedroom suite rate was $329 the first night and if you were born in 1962, $62 for each additional night for a total of $453.
Another example of the savings is the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica, CA. The lowest standard rate was $314. If you stayed three nights, your total would be $942 before taxes/fees. If you use the PAYAGE promo rate your first night would be $473 but your second and third nights would be $62 each (born in 1962) for a total of $597.
Hotels that allow the PAYAGE rate for two additional nights obviously result in more savings than those allowing just one additional night. Also, the PAYAGE rate does not always result in overall savings, so be sure to compare with other rates such as the lowest standard rate, AARP and Senior Rate, corporate rate codes, and AAA. In some cases the PAYAGE rate works very well for savings on premium rooms such as a suite or ocean view room but each hotel offering is different, not all hotels offer premium room selections on the PAYAGE promo.
For terms and conditions on the promo, click here.
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Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases