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: new BA flights with Avios seats to LA and Rio, The Westbury on Bond Street joins SPG

News in brief: New British Airways services announced British Airways announced a number of new services yesterday for the Winter timetable. As usual, what is important here is that the two guaranteed Club World and four World Traveller Avios seats are available on each flight. […]

Two things about Marriott Rewards that I am growing to love

Long-term readers of Head for Points will know that I have not been the greatest fan of Marriott Rewards although I have always acknowledged that people who commit enough to earn top-tier status (75 nights!) are well treated. My main problems have always revolved around: the […]

Bits: Qatar and Etihad UK sales, Starwood New York sale, Ibiza lounge access

News in brief: Qatar Airways and Etihad launch UK sales Both Etihad and Qatar Airways have launched sales from the UK in both economy and business class. Neither of these sales are exceptional but if you have been looking to lock something in for the […]

What you need to know about Starwood’s ‘Hot Escapes’ weekly deals

There has been quite a bit of Starwood coverage on Head for Points over the last few months as the merger with Marriott beds in.  One thing I rarely write about, however, is SPG Hot Escapes, which is a bit slack of me! SPG Hot Escapes […]

‘What credit cards can I get if I already have certain other cards?’ – your questions answered

A reader asked in the comments yesterday if I could write an easy-to-understand guide to how your current credit card portfolio may impact what other cards you can get.  I thought I would put something together to answer some of the points the reader raised and […]

Bits: New Starwood O2 concerts bookable, double PartnerPlusBenefit points to USA

News in brief: Starwood launches more O2 concert tickets Starwood Preferred Guest launched a new batch of O2 concert tickets yesterday. For just 15,000 SPG points (or 45,000 Marriott Rewards points if you convert them across) you can get two tickets for any of the […]

What are the best hotel promos for March?

Our monthly credit card round-up has always been a popular article, so I’ve decided to trial a similar monthly round-up of the best hotel offers from the major chains. All of the information in this article can be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which […]

Bits: up to 30% discount when you buy SPG points, Singapore Airlines drops fuel surcharges

News in brief: Up to 30% discount when you buy Starwood Preferred Guest points Starwood is offering a 10%-30% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 30th April. The link to buy is here. The discount is staggered. You get 10% off purchases of up […]

How is the Marriott / Starwood merger for you? News from Loyalty 2017

As I mentioned yesterday, I am at the Loyalty 2017 conference for three days this week.  The most interesting session from Day 2 was a presentation by the head of Marriott Rewards on the integration between that scheme and Starwood Preferred Guest. Here is a […]

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

(EDIT: there was a mistake in my Starwood calculation which is now fixed, apologies.) Until 8th March, British Airways is offering a 35% bonus if you transfer hotel points from seven major loyalty schemes into Avios – click for my article on that deal. Since most […]

My review of the Element Frankfurt Airport Hotel

Last November I went to Amsterdam to stay at the new Element by Westin Amsterdam, a Starwood property that focuses on sustainability. The parent company owns a second property in Frankfurt – which was actually the first Element hotel to open in Europe – and […]

My review of The Westin Palace hotel, Madrid

Here is my review of The Westin Palace hotel, my second stop in Madrid. The Westin Palace was a short taxi ride from the Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques (my review of that lovely hotel is here) and is located on the other end […]

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. The bonus is usually 25%.  This time, as they did in […]

Join the Automobile Association and save ££££’s on hotels!

I have an Automobile Association (AA, not to be confused with American Airlines!) membership card in a drawer at home. This may not seem surprising, except that I don’t own a car. My AA subscription is still a good investment, however. If you book hotels with the […]

An exceptional SPG / Marriott redemption deal in the Middle East

In the Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah, a modest drive from Dubai, is a luxury tent and villa resort in the desert.  Called Al Wadi Desert (home page here) it used to be run by Banyan Tree which gives you an idea of how upmarket it […]

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 […]