SPG has a promotional rate available offering a bonus 1,000 Velocity Points for a 2 night stay at SPG properties in selected countries.
The promotion is valid for stays at SPG properties in Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa. The booking restrictions are as follows:
Booking Dates: 20 July to 20th August 2016
Stay Dates: Must Stay by 31 January 2017
Booking Rate: Must book AIRPROVA
On top of the booking restrictions, you will need to ensure that your Velocity number is added to your SPG account in order to get the 1,000 bonus points.
The downside to having to stay on a particular rate (in this case AIRPROVA), you can find that you are paying for the points. As an example, I did some searching for the rate to compare it to the more generally available rate. The following shows the results for a stay at the Four Points by Sheraton in Perth.
As can be seen, the Flexible rate for an SPG member was priced at $185 per night, whilc the rate earning points was $205 per night. For a 2 night stay this adds up to an additional $40 for the benefit of getting 1,000 points. That is, each point is effectively costing 4 cents each. Whether is is worth paying for the points is an individual decision, but it shows that it is always worth checking the full range of available rates to find the most suitable one.