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.

Bits: Qatar selling UK-Dubai for £975 in Business, new BA Innsbruck flight launched

News in brief: Qatar Airways launches Dubai in business class for £975 Qatar Airways has launched an exceptionally good fare to Dubai – just £975 return.  I have NEVER seen flights to the Middle East so cheap in business class from a UK starting point. […]

How to use your Starwood status to get perks on Virgin and Delta

With Delta Air Lines now owning 49% of Virgin Atlantic, and offering the ability to earn miles and status by crediting Virgin flights to their SkyMiles programme, I thought it was worth reminding you about the often-ignored ‘Crossover Rewards’ programme. This effectively gives elite members of […]

Is it worth buying hotel points to transfer to Avios for the 35% bonus?

Until 5th July, British Airways is offering a 35% bonus if you transfer hotel points from seven major loyalty schemes into Avios – click for my article from yesterday. Since most of the hotel programmes allow you to buy points – and some currently have special offers – […]

Is a 35% bonus on hotel point transfers to Avios a good deal?

It was due a return and now it is back.  I’m talking about the ‘bonus when you transfer your hotel loyalty points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion. The ba.com page for the offer can be found here. This year, the bonus is the biggest ever.  It is […]

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 […]