MasterCard credit and debit cardholders
who are members of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and stay on two
separate occasions at any of the participating Starwood hotels in
Asia Pacific between 1 October and 31 December 2009, can earn one
free weekend night’s stay (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). Those
MasterCard cardholders who are not a member of SPG can simply join
online for free.
The free weekend night’s stay promotion is now
in its third year and has been expanded to include additional
redemption locations with participating resorts being included for
the first time. To qualify this year, MasterCard cardholders now
need to stay only two times to earn one free weekend night stay.
This generous offer will be available in many
popular travel destinations in Asia Pacific including Australia,
India, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Fiji and
Maldives, to name a few.
According to findings from a recent MasterCard
survey, 24% of the region’s consumers will be spending on
international personal air travel in the next four months. In
particular, consumers from Kuwait (71%), UAE (51%), New Zealand
(44%) and Hong Kong (42%) are looking forward to holidays abroad.
China (as indicated by 20% of consumers), Thailand and Australia
(18% respectively) rank as favorite destinations among consumers
in Asia Pacific.
Consistent with the MasterCard survey,
Starwood’s data shows that China and Thailand were the most
popular destinations for redemption of free weekends in 2008. The
promotion was well-received last year, and saw a strong increase
in enrollment for SPG, Starwood’s award winning Loyalty Guest
Nagesh Devata, Vice President, Commerce
Development, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard
Worldwide, said, “Travel continues to be an important part of the
lives of consumers in the region, with our research revealing that
close to a quarter of respondents in the region are looking to
spend on international travel. MasterCard seeks to provide our
cardholders with privileges in the areas that matter to them and
we are glad to be bringing back the Starwood free weekend night
promotion. The promotion was strongly received by our cardholders
last year and we are pleased to be once again helping them stretch
their travel dollar with this collaboration with Starwood Hotels &
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