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 is the best hotel loyalty scheme? – an introduction

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Starting tomorrow and continuing over Easter, I am running updated versions of our overviews of the major hotel loyalty schemes. Each programme will be covered in two posts on consecutive days: The first will look at ‘the facts’, such as the number of nights required […]

Bits: 60% bonus on IHG point purchases, triple Heathrow Rewards, Liverpool SPG hotel deal

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More news in brief: 60% bonus on IHG Rewards Club points purchases IHG Rewards Club is offering a 60% bonus when you buy 5,000 points or more before March 29th. This is not, in itself, a fantastic deal. At its very cheapest, you are paying […]

Why transferring hotel points to a friend or partner is good (but airline miles are bad)

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Most frequent flyer schemes allow you to pay to transfer miles to a friend.  It is usually a terrible deal.  The price is often only modestly cheaper than buying miles outright but no new miles are being created – you are paying a high fee simply for […]

Hilton to offer free wi-fi to everyone – and how it compares with the competition

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Hilton HHonors became the last major international hotel group this week to announce that it will begin offering free wi-fi to all guests.  Well, almost all guests …. From August, wi-fi in all Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc properties will be free if you are a […]

Europe is the big winner in the Starwood Preferred Guest category changes

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Starwood Preferred Guest has announced its annual category changes, This PDF document contains a list of all the changes. Most are straight one category moves and, to be fair to Starwood, there are as many properties going up as are going down. Don’t underestimate the size […]

In London? Win 15,000 Starwood points (worth £225 or 15,000 Avios) and a free Uber ride TOMORROW

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(EDIT, March 2015: The latest Uber sign-up code can be found in this article.) Yesterday I outlined the new partnership between Starwood Preferred Guest and Uber.   You can now earn 1 SPG point for every $1 or equivalent you spend with Uber anywhere in […]

New – earn Starwood Preferred Guest points with every Uber ride!

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(EDIT, March 2015: The latest £10 Uber sign-up code can be found in this article.) This one certainly came out of nowhere.  It is a very decent offer, especially if you are concerned about SPG points expiring due to lack of activity. Full details can […]

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over my last year of redemptions

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Valuing miles and points is a thankless task. I wrote this long piece on valuing Avios points but all it does is show you how complex it can be.  I also tend to throw out valuations of hotel points in articles – 0.5p for IHG, […]

Hilton lifetime status launched – how does it compare?

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In December I told you that Hilton had been dropping hints that ‘Lifetime Diamond’ status would soon be available.  Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood already have lifetime status schemes of their own so it was not surprising that Hilton chose to follow. The scheme has now […]

The ‘rogue’ Starwood resorts in Dubai finally join Starwood Preferred Guest

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On paper, Dubai should have been the ideal place to redeem Starwood Preferred Guest points for a beach holiday.  The group has four beach resorts in the Emirate: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina […]

Starwood launches ‘Double Play’ promo for January to April stays

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Starwood Preferred Guest, the Sheraton / Westin / St Regis / aloft / Luxury Collection hotel group, has launched its Spring promotion. Called ‘Double Play’, it will run until April 15th. Full details and registration can be found here. The promotion is very similar to […]

Which hotel chains offer lifetime status? Hilton joins the list in 2015

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Hilton HHonors has confirmed that it will be offering lifetime Diamond status to members from 2015.  The criteria have not yet been revealed but are likely to require such a high threshold that you would wonder why such a person would ever want to set […]

Hyatt launches free wi-fi for all, Starwood does it with a catch

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I recently wrote about how Marriott will be offering free internet to members of Marriott Rewards who book direct from January 15th.  Hyatt and Starwood, owner of the Sheraton, W, Westin, St Regis, Luxury Collection and aloft brands, have both decided that they likes this idea and are […]

500 bonus SPG points per stay when you book a hotel via their mobile app

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Starwood Preferred Guest is keen to get you to book via their mobile phone app, and is willing to bribe you with SPG points to try it! You will receive 500 bonus SPG points per stay up to a maximum of three stays.  You MUST […]

25% bonus when you buy SPG points – a way of buying cheap(ish) airline miles

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Starwood is (again) offering a 10%-25% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 31st December. The link to buy is here, scroll down to the SPG logo. The discount is staggered. You get 10% off purchases of up to 9500 points, 15% off 10000 to […]

Now earn SPG points flying Emirates and get Emirates status benefits at SPG hotels!

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Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty scheme for Westin, Sheraton, W, St Regis etc, has launched an interesting tie-up with Emirates. It is called ‘Your World Rewards’ and is designed to encourage Emirates flyers to stay at SPG hotels and vice versa.  The bottom line is […]