Westin Starwood timeshare reservations procedures and policies have recently changed. You can now make reservations on line by going to MyStarCentral.com.
Following you will find out how the new reservations procedures have changed:
Reservations for your home resort
You have priority in making reservations at your home resort 12 – 8 months in advance. You can go on line at 12 midnight, Florida time or if you live on the West Coast you can make that reservation at 9pm the night prior and you would use the Beta search tool to make your reservations. All reservations are date and time stamped.
For reservations less than 8 months in advance, you are in the StarOption time frame and you can check-in or check-out any day, and use your time in any villa, in any size unit, at any resort in the Starwood Vacation Villa Network.
You can borrow StarOptions from the following year but your annual maintenance fees would have to be paid. Certain minimum nightly requirements or restrictions may apply.
Fixed week owners
You now have to reconfirm your reservations 12 – 10 months in advance of your fixed week date, otherwise it will go into the floating week pool.
If you cancel your reservations more than 60 days in advance there is no penalty and you can reschedule your booking. If you cancel your reservation less than 60 days to 8 days in advance there is a $50 fee that you pay and now you can only make those reservations within a 60 day time frame. If you cancel your reservation 7 days or less in advance there is a $75 fee that you pay and you can still make a reservation within a 60 day time frame.
You can bank your StarOptions if you are a 3 or a 4 Starwood member, you can bank your StarOptions by October 1st of that use year and there is a $79 fee.
If you are an Elite Member you can bank your StarOptions by December 31st of that year and there is no fee. For all other members there is a $99 fee and you have to bank your StarOptions by July 1st of that year and you have two full years to use your StarOptions and in fact have until December 31st of the second year to use your banked StarOptions.
You can only use your banked StarOptions by making reservations 8 months in advance.
When you sell your timeshare and you have banked StarOptions and you’re selling or transferring ownership to another family member, your banked StarOptions do transfer on resale. However, if you sell to an outside party your banked StarOptions expire on resale.
The difference between StarOptions and StarPoints
If you have StarOptions you can use your StarOptions at any Starwood Vacation Villa.
StarPoints has to do with converting your week into hotel points (StarPoints) which you can use at any Starwood hotels, to purchase airline tickets or any other travel benefits that Starwood extends.
The difference between StarOptions and StarPoints is that when you purchase a resale in a mandatory resort you do get StarOption benefits, whereas you do not get StarPoints benefits because they do not transfer on resale.
There are 6 mandatory resorts WestinKa’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas North, Westin Kierland Villas, Harborside Resort at Atlantis, Westin St. John Resort Villas and Sheraton Vistana Villages (Bella and Key West phases only).