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.

What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on […]

Bits: BA ‘Upgrade to First’ back, SPG / Marriott merger clue, IC Ambassador 5k bonus goes

News in brief: British Airways brings back ‘Upgrade To First’ BA has brought back its regular ‘Upgrade To First’ promotion. This offer is only suitable for people travelling for business, as you are required to book a flexible or semi-flexible Club World ticket (in R, […]

Bits: earn Avios at Rolling Luggage, register for new SPG promo, Good To Go Parking sale

News in brief: Earn Avios with Rolling Luggage EDIT: the rules of this promo have now changed. A £100 purchase is required to earn 1,000 Avios. Avios has launched a new partnership with luggage retailer Rolling Luggage. At present it is only valid online via […]

Bits: visit the McLaren factory with Hilton, SPG to American 30% bonus, Vueling sale

News in brief: Visit the McLaren-Honda factory with Hilton Honors On Monday, Hilton Honors ran another of its occasional ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the McLaren-Honda factory at the Norman Foster-designed McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. A photo from the day is below.  Amusingly, at least half […]

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off

One of the lesser known features of the American Express Membership Rewards programme is the ability to buy up to 10,000 Membership Rewards points per year for 1.5p each. This facility is mentioned on the Amex website here although it does not mention the price. […]

What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on […]

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 1 (Hotels)

I thought it was about time to revise and update the lists I first published in 2012 about the best way to use up small amounts of miles and points. What I want to explore is ‘What is the smallest or most optimum small reward, and […]

Which hotel at Heathrow has the best swimming pool?

You may well have spent many hours awake at night wondering which Heathrow Airport hotel has the best swimming pool.  Good news – I’ve done the work for you! For reasons too complex to explain, we decided to spend Friday at a hotel at the […]

Why 2 people + 2 Starwood Amex cards = 25,000 Avios or other miles

Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty scheme for Sheraton, Westin, W, aloft etc – is an oddity amongst hotel programmes.  Whilst it works in the same way as other schemes, with different tier levels and an earnings rate based on spending, it is a standout programme for […]

Bits: new low tax Toronto Avios redemptions on airberlin, Pine Cliffs with SPG Moments

News in brief: airberlin launches new Toronto service As I wrote in this long article, airberlin offers an excellent way to fly to North America with Avios without paying much in the way of taxes and charges. When Anika flew from New York to Berlin […]

What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on […]

Bits: 35% SPG points discount extended, Heathrow to open a gym, Europcar flash sale

News in brief: 35% discount when you buy Starwood Preferred Guest points extended I had this written as a ‘last chance to buy’ piece.  And then, at 10pm, Starwood went and extended the deal until 14th July! So, in that case, I only need to […]

My review of the Trump Turnberry hotel and resort in Scotland

This is my review of the Trump Turnberry golf hotel and resort in Scotland. A few weeks ago I received an email from Trump Turnberry – A Luxury Collection Resort, the luxury golf resort in Scotland which is part of the Starwood ‘Luxury Collection’, asking if […]

My review of the Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland (Part Two)

This is part two of my review of Trump Turnberry, Starwood’s Luxury Collection Resort in Scotland.  In part one, click here, I looked at the different rooms and accommodations.  Part two focuses on food, activities and the spa.  Part 1 also includes a short video […]

When your Starwood Preferred Guest points expire, and how to stop it

I receive regular emails from readers asking ‘How can I stop my Starwood Preferred Guest points from expiring?’ or ‘When do my Starwood Preferred Guest points expire?’. This new series looks at the major hotel loyalty programmes and shows you how to keep valuable points intact. SPG […]