Starwood Preferred Guest (Sheraton, Westin)

Starwood Preferred Guest is the loyalty scheme for Westin, Sheraton, aloft, Le Meridien and St Regis hotels amongst others. You earn points which can be used for free nights or transferred into frequent flyer miles including Avios points.

I published an extensive two-part review of Starwood Preferred Guest which can be found here and here. The latest promotions can be found on our 'Hotel Promos' page.

Bits: Bonus miles with Virgin Trains, 25% off SPG points (= cheap miles), Tesco Delivery Saver free trial

News in brief: 50% bonus Virgin Flying Club miles on your next train booking Virgin Trains is running a special promotion when you buy tickets on Virgin West Coast or Virgin East Coast. On your first booking between 9th November and 6th December, you will […]

Marriott to buy Starwood for $12bn – what do I think?

Marriott surprised us all yesterday by emerging as the winner of the auction to acquire the Starwood hotel group.  Of all the names that had been linked to the transaction, Marriott had not been seen as a serious contender. The deal creates the biggest hotel […]

Design Hotels / Starwood partnership now live with full earn and burn details

Two weeks ago I wrote about the new partnership to be launched between Design Hotels (in which Starwood is the majority, but a passive, investor) and Starwood Preferred Guest. The plan was to allow any of the 288 hotels in the Design Hotels portfolio to […]

New American Express statement credit deals launched

A batch of new ‘statement credit’ offers appeared on my American Express online account yesterday. If you have a Gold, Platinum, BA, SPG, Nectar or other Amex-issued Amex card, you should have a look and register for any of those which interest you.  Most have a […]

Design Hotels to become “the 11th Starwood brand” – adds great London options

Design Hotels is a marketing alliance for 280 design-led, modern hotels around the world.  It operates in a similar way to Leading Hotels of the World, allowing independent properties to gain access to a central marketing and reservation system. In the UK, for example, it […]

Bits: IHG’s best sale is coming back, BA launches LHR to Billund, Hyatt to buy Starwood?

News in brief: IHG’s Winter Sale to return on 5th November – rooms from £29? IHG announced yesterday that its Winter sale will be returning on 5th November.  Full details are here. This has, historically, offered excellent deals – as low as £20 per night […]

150 free Starwood Preferred Guest points for everyone!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how you can earn 200 Starwood Preferred Guest points for free by updating your email preferences. This is a different deal – 150 SPG points, which I value at £2 or so, for updating your security details. […]

Bits: new Finnair routes to Asia, SPG bonus in London, Iberia launches lifetime status

News in brief: Finnair launches Fukuoka and Guangzhou in 2016 – new Avios redemption options Finnair is on a bit of a roll at the moment.   They have literally, this week, started receiving their new Airbus A350 long haul aircraft – I am trying […]

200 free Starwood Preferred Guest points for everyone

If you have a Starwood Preferred Guest account, here is a very easy way to pick up 200 free SPG points.  In most hotel programmes 200 points won’t get you far, but I value an SPG point at 1.5p so you looking at £3 of […]

Bits: register for SPG’s ‘Stay For More’, Qatar coming to Sydney?, win a holiday with

News in brief: Registration now open for Starwood’s ‘Stay For More’ promotion You can now register for the latest Starwood Preferred Guest, the Westin / Sheraton / Le Meridien / Aloft etc chain, promotion. I initially ran through this a couple of weeks ago.  Called ‘Stay […]

Bits: See Madonna with Starwood, PartnerPlusBenefit bonuses on Austria and Japan

More news in brief: Starwood opens up Madonna and more I wrote earlier in the year about the concert I attended at the new Starwood Preferred Guest suite at the O2 in London – see photo below. SPG, which is the loyalty scheme for Le Meridien, […]

Are the new SPG and Carlson ‘buy points’ deals any good?

Both Starwood Preferred Guest and Club Carlson have launched new ‘buy points’ deals this week.  The Starwood one is particularly interesting due to the ability to transfer SPG points to a large number of airlines at an attractive rate. 20% bonus Starpoints – when you […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 8 – What is the cheapest way to buy Avios points?

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  Click here to see the other articles. It is inevitable that, at some points, you will need to buy Avios points in order to make […]

Starwood launches new Autumn promo – how does it compare?

The stand-out hotel promotion for Autumn for many people is going to be the IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc) ‘Accelerate’ deal which I covered here. ‘Accelerate’ is based on personalised targets, however, and if yours was totally unsuitable for your travel plans then you […]

Starwood gains a London hotel – and insight into hotel economics

If you are a Starwood Preferred Guest member (the loyalty scheme for Sheraton, Westin, Aloft, W, St Regis, Le Meridien etc) you will be pleased to know that they have added a new London hotel. The Great Northern Hotel in Kings Cross station is joining […]

Win daily prizes with Starwood’s ‘Open The World’ competition

To celebrate its association with the US Open tennis tournament, Starwood Preferred Guest (the Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, St Regis, W etc chain) is running a daily online competition called ‘Open The World’. The website to play is here. The competition is open to UK […]