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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.

My review of the fully restored art deco Sheraton Grand London Park Lane – Part 1

This is my review of the newly refurbished Sheraton Grand London Park Lane hotel. Despite living in London I certainly don’t mind swapping my flat for a hotel room every once in a while. Especially when I’m in the middle of moving house and I have […]

My review of the fully restored art deco Sheraton Grand London Park Lane – Part 2

Here is part two of my review of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel in London, which has just been extensively refurbished and is now back to its 1920’s art deco glory. Part one of my Sheraton Grand London review – click here – looks […]

Bits: good SPG auction ends today, third runway to destroy BA HQ, new Gatwick route

News in brief: Good SPG Moments auction ending today There is an attractive SPG Moments auction ending today which, so far, has attracted very little interest.  It is one of those auctions where the headline used to sell it vastly undersells the value of what […]

The Element Amsterdam hotel reviewed – a new Starwood brand hits Europe (Part 1)

This is my review of the new Element Amsterdam hotel. The amount of new hotel concepts today is overwhelming and, in order to stand out, hotels need to find their niche. Element By Westin is an extended stay hotel brand focusing on the environment by working […]

I review the Element Amsterdam hotel – a new Starwood brand hits Europe (Part 2)

Here is part two of my review of the Element Amsterdam hotel, the second European outpost – after Frankfurt – of Starwood’s new eco-friendly ‘extended stay’ hotel brand.  You can read Part 1 of my Element Amsterdam review here. Click to enlarge any of the pictures below. […]

Use your Marriott or SPG status on United Airlines (and vice versa) via RewardsPlus

The merger between Starwood and Marriott – and the fact that you can now status match between the two chains – means that members also have access to a couple of interesting airline tie-in deals. In 2013 the Starwood hotel group and Delta Airways announced a […]

Cheap airline miles, including Avios, via half-price Starwood points

Starwood is offering an exceptional, but targetted, deal at the moment – a 50% discount when you buy 5,000+ Starwood Preferred Guest points. You need to log in here to see what discount is offered to you.  I got the full 50% off.  I have […]

How to earn Marriott or SPG points with every Uber ride!

If you are a Marriott Rewards member,  you may not know that you can – via their partnership with Starwood Preferred Guest – now earn points with every Uber ride you take. Full details can be found here. You earn 1 Starwood Preferred Guest point […]

Which hotel chains offer lifetime status? (and the BA criteria revealed too)

Lifetime status is a popular perk among the hotel chains.  Hilton HHonors was the latest to jump on the bandwagon last year. In general, lifetime status usually requires such a high threshold that you would wonder why such a person would ever want to set foot […]

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

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 – 0.4p-0.5p for IHG, […]

How to convert Marriott or SPG points into Hilton or IHG points

Because most frequent traveller currencies can either be converted into a different one, or can be earned by converting something else, there are always odd opportunities that get thrown up. Sometimes you can do a conversion which you logically would not expect to be possible. […]

How to use SPG and Marriott points for a cheap African holiday

If you are a Starwood Preferred Guest member who now finds that they can convert their points into Marriott Rewards, you might not be aware of the great value deals that Marriott has in Africa.  Even some Marriott Rewards members may not know about the […]

CANCELLED AT THE LAST MINUTE: Bonkers Wyndham / SPG hotel promo, should you bite?

Wyndham Rewards cancelled this promotion at the last minute – see here for details.  I have left the original article intact below but do NOT do anything with your Starwood points! (EDIT 1: Wyndham has changed the email address for this offer. The address is […]

Amex Platinum now gets you Marriott Rewards Gold status and earns Marriott points

As I have written another article today about a new indirect benefit of having the American Express Platinum charge card (ie Star Alliance Silver status), I thought it was worth flagging up another key benefit. I wrote last week about the status match that has […]

Another benefit for Marriott members joining Starwood – dining discounts

If you are a Marriott Rewards members who has just signed up with Starwood Preferred Guest in order to benefit from status matching and points transfer, you may not know about this deal. Starwood runs a range of dining discounts for its members under the title of ‘SPG Cravings‘. […]

How to get a 30% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro has been to destroy, pretty much, the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International Dollar Card. In the past with Sterling at $1.60, […]

Why Marriott Travel Packages are exceptional for Avios if you have lots of SPG points

In my discussion of the implications of Marriott’s decision to transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points into Marriott Rewards at the ratio of 1:3, I said that Marriott Travel Packages looked a very good deal. Today I want to go into this in more detail. Marriott […]