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.

American Express removes the minimum income requirement from its cards

I had advance notice on Tuesday that American Express was about to make changes to the minimum income requirements to apply for its cards. To be honest, I assumed that they were going to go up. Instead, Amex has removed minimum income requirements altogether. These […]

Bits: Starbucks / Amex offer, 10% off Emirates via HSBC, Iberia / Groupon issues?,

News in brief: Starbucks cashback offer with American Express Over at Shopper Points today are details of a Starbucks / American Express cashback offer. I am delighted to say that the rules are so badly worded that the combined brain power of Anika and myself has […]

Bits: Hilton / Avios sign-up working, SPG Moments ‘steal’ in Paris ends 2pm, Hyatt Place Heathrow opening

News in brief: Delays in registering for the new Hilton / Avios promotion, now OK Yesterday was meant to be the launch day for the new Hilton / Avios (via Iberia Plus) promotion which I wrote about at the weekend. The registration process was wobbly […]

Bonus Avios offers with Starwood, Melia Hotels and NH Hotels (and The Economist offer returns!)

As well as the Hilton HHonors promotion I trailed yesterday, Iberia Plus is currently running three other Avios special offers with major hotel groups. As Avios can be transferred from an Iberia Plus account into a British Airways Executive Club account – as long as […]

Registration for the new Starwood promo, Triple Up, opens today

Registration opens today, probably in the UK afternoon, for the new Starwood Preferred Guest promotion.  This covers Sheraton, Westin, W, Le Meridien, Aloft, The Luxury Collection, St Regis etc. The registration page should be here. It is called ‘Triple Up’ and there are three ways […]

Bits: BA ‘enhancing’ First Class menus, final call for Azimo £10 Amazon voucher and ‘buy SPG points’ deals

News in brief: British Airways reducing First Class food options According to reports on Flyertalk from a well regarded BA cabin crew member, the ‘tasting menu’ is being withdrawn from First Class on the A380 routes.  It will disappear from Vancouver from tomorrow and from […]

Review of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills – a good LA redemption with no car?

Earlier this month I (Anika, not Rob) spent a week in Los Angeles.  It was my first visit and as I wanted to see as many places as possible – without renting a car, which is virtually a necessity there – I decided to hotel hop. […]

SPG Moments: Review of an evening at the O2 with Muse

When Rob asked me if I wanted to review the SPG Suite at the O2 and I saw that one of the options was Muse, I didn’t think twice.  Muse are one of the best live bands I have ever seen (and I’ve been to many concerts). […]

Marriott Rewards starts to turn into Starwood Preferred Guest with new benefits

Marriott Rewards announced three new features yesterday which do, genuinely, represent improvements to the programme. They are, clearly, cloning some of the most attractive parts of Starwood Preferred Guest.  It is not clear if these ideas were in motion before the Marriott / Starwood merger […]

So, Marriott has bought Starwood …. what should your points strategy be?

Like it or not, and 90% of HFP readers who are impacted would probably choose ‘not’, Marriott has bought Starwood.  Game over. It is time to move on and to start thinking about how you will be impacted by this.  You may already want to start […]

Bits: new BA CEO starts today, 10% off Etihad economy, Jamie Cullum and I

News in brief: New British Airways CEO starts today Today is the first day in the job for Alex Cruz, the new Chief Executive of British Airways, who replaces Keith Williams.  He is obviously easing himself in gently, starting on a Friday! Cruz was previously […]

Bits: new Pullman hotel in Liverpool, Marriott / Starwood takeover latest

News in brief: Accor opens Pullman hotel in Liverpool Accor has opened its upmarket business hotel brand Pullman in Liverpool.  This is a new-build hotel situated next to the Arena & Convention Centre. It is only the 2nd Pullman property in the UK but a […]

Bits: Hilton buy points bonus, 40% discount when you redeem Starwood points in Las Vegas

News in brief: Hilton ‘buy points’ offer with 60% – 80% bonus Hilton is offering another ‘buy points’ bonus until 1st April.  You need to log in at the ‘buy points’ website here to see what bonus you are being offered, usually 60% or 80%. Given […]

Bits: £20 off £400 Opodo flight, Marriott / Starwood off, new book on EU261

News in brief: £20 off a £400 Opodo flight booking Until midnight on Tuesday, Opodo is offering £20 off a £400 flight booking with discount code 642EEXDD. The discount is on the total booking price, not per person.  It is not valid on multi-stop flights (it […]

Bits: BA Gatwick schedule changes for Summer, free night promo with Starwood & Design Hotels

News in brief: Summer schedule changes for British Airways at Gatwick British Airways has announced some relatively short notice changes to its Summer flight schedule from Gatwick.  The news is only bad if you are flying to Bodrum, Algiers or Tirana. This is a summary […]

Bits: quick way to find Hyatt ‘cash and points’ awards, new Sheraton resort in Cascais

News in brief: How to quickly find Hyatt ‘cash and points’ availability Via US blog Will Run For Miles comes an easy way to search for ‘cash and points’ nights using Hyatt Gold Passport points. These have been bookable online for a few months now. […]

Bits: Chinese to break up Marriott’s Starwood bid?, Expedia 72 hour sale, BA drops Baku

News in brief: Chinese threaten to disrupt the Starwood / Marriott merger, frequent flyer community celebrates There was potentially good news for anyone concerned about consolidation in the hotel loyalty space yesterday. A Chinese-led consortium has submitted an all-cash offer for Starwood, the St Regis […]

Bits: Starwood adds 2 Radisson hotels in Paris, images of the BA Cape Town lounge

More news in brief: Starwood adds two Paris hotels rebranding from Radisson Starwood‘s nascent Tribute Porfolio has added two hotels in Paris.  Le Metropolitan and Le Dokhan’s are both dropping their existing Radisson branding.  Previously 70,000 Club Carlson points under Radisson, both are now bookable for […]

25% off Starwood Preferred Guest points means buying airline miles at 1.5p

Starwood is (again) offering a 10%-25% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 15th April. The link to buy points is here. The discount is staggered.  You get 10% off purchases of 5,000 to 9,500 points, 15% off 10,000 to 14,500, 20% off 15,000 to 19,500 and […]