So I have to say I'm really loving Starwood! I had a new member promo that gives me 2500 bonus star points (7500 MR) after my 1st stay plus 5000 bonus star points (15000 MR) after my 2nd stay. I logged into the SPG Dashboard to find this. Click here & sign in to SPG Dashboard To see what offers await you. I stayed at the Westin Chicago Northwest last Thurs, paid $126 for a standard room & got upgraded to a deluxe corner king junior suite.
Today, I only paid $106 tax included for a standard room, but got upgraded to the Westin Suite, maybe 800 sq ft, a nice recognition of my platinum status!
Also, they usually give either 500 star points (1500 MR) OR a couple of adult beverages with food at the bar as the platinum arrival gift, but today they gave me BOTH!
Honorable mention goes to their pool, where they reserve a lane for lap swimming!