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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IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49