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.

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

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 […]

Bits: SPG / Uber earning rate cut, 80% bonus when you buy Hilton points

News in brief: Uber cuts Starwood earning rate (but it is still points for nothing) For the last two years, I have been earning a steady stream of free Starwood Preferred Guest points via their partnership with Uber. Unfortunately, Starwood has just halved your earning […]

Bits: new SPG Moments O2 tickets, Virgin East Coast sale, Clubcard bonus on HP ink

News in brief: New Starwood SPG Moments concerts at the O2 now bookable Starwood Preferred Guest has released a new batch of O2 concerts. It is fair to say that the list has something for everyone. You can catch (list correct as of yesterday afternoon): […]

Bits: Luxury Travel Diary auctions, Amex Travel cashback deal, a warning from Hilton?!

News in brief: Luxury Travel Diary auctions The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its auctions closing soon. Interesting options closing in the next 48 hours include four nights at the Sofitel in Essaouira, Morrocco and two nights at the Four Seasons Nile […]

Bits: win an LA holiday with hotels.com, 30% off Starwood in the UAE, last day for IHG double base points

News in brief: Win a Los Angeles holiday with hotels.com Hotels.com is giving away a holiday in Los Angeles to promote the new film / musical La La Land. The winner gets two economy (note!) flights to LA, four nights in a four stay hotel, […]

Bits: buy half price SPG points – and use for a Marriott travel package, two Hilton sales now on

News in brief: Last day to buy Starwood points at a possible 50% discount Starwood is offering a very good, but targetted, deal which ends TODAY – a 50% discount when you buy 5,000+ Starwood Preferred Guest points. You need to log in here to […]

Starwood and Marriott launch identical Spring promotions

Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards have announced their first set of promotions since the merger between the two companies was concluded. With both loyalty programmes continuing as separate entities until at least the end of 2017 – although you can now transfer points between […]

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. […]