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 Starwood’s Aloft Liverpool hotel – Part 1

This is my review of Starwood’s Aloft hotel in Liverpool. Last weekend I went to Liverpool to take a look at the (fairly) new Aloft hotel.  This is, amazingly, the only Starwood hotel in England outside London. It is also potentially the best Starwood Preferred […]

My review of Starwood’s Aloft Liverpool hotel – Part 2

Here is part 2 of my review of Starwood’s Aloft Liverpool hotel. In part 1 of my Aloft Liverpool review (click here) I looked at my room, gym and meeting spaces.  Part 2 focuses on the restaurant and bar and how you can use Starwood […]

Bits: Finnair to increase Edinburgh and Dublin, Starwood and Hilton Autumn promos revealed

News in brief: Finnair increasing Edinburgh and Dublin services Finnair is clearly happy with the success of its new Edinburgh and Dublin routes as both services are being increased for 2017. Remember that Finnair is British Airways partner so you earn and redeem Avios on […]

Does Marriott regret buying Starwood and is hoping the Chinese kill the deal?

The acquisition of the Starwood hotel group – owner of W, Westin, Sheraton, St Regis, The Luxury Collection, aloft etc – by Marriott is running late.  The cause is Chinese competition clearance, with the Chinese authorities recently stating that they require another two months to […]

Bits: good Accor / Amex cashback deal, other Amex offers, 20% bonus on SPG to AA conversions

News in brief: Accor and Amex launch new cashback deal Accor Hotels, which operates Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, Ibis, M Gallery, Pullman etc, is running a new cashback deal with American Express. There are two variants – £30 back on £250 spend and £50 back on […]

Bits: double Avios with LOVEtheatre, Atlantis The Palm Avios promo, double SPG points at Tribute

News in brief: Double Avios with LOVEtheatre, the new Avios theatre ticketing partner, is offering double Avios points on all tickets booked before 31st August.  It doesn’t matter when the event takes place. Double Avios means 6 Avios per £1 spent.  As well as […]

Holiday Tips 4 – earning Avios and other airline miles from car rentals

This is the final part of our ‘Holiday Tips’ series which I have updated and re-run this week in preparation for the Summer season.  Earlier articles looked at the best credit card to use abroad, the best way to earn miles when ordering foreign currency […]

Bits: £10 cashback at Manchester Airport, double PartnerPlusBenefit points, Dinner In The Sky

News in brief: Travelex offering £10 cashback to spend at Manchester Airport Travelex is offering travellers flying from Manchester Airport an interesting deal over the Summer. If you pre-order £500 of currency from Travelex to collect at the airport, they will reimburse you any purchase you […]

Which is the most generous hotel programme for earning Avios points?

The general view of hotel loyalty programmes is that Starwood Preferred Guest is the only scheme where it is is worthwhile trading your points for airline miles. There are a couple of reasons for this.  The first is that – since the conversion rate for […]

Bits: Starwood / Marriott vs Hilton for luxury, Good To Go – insurance for 65+ and ill travellers

News in brief: Why the combined Starwood and Marriott should be a focus for upmarket travellers My main article today draws on a huge analysis of the major hotel loyalty schemes from Travel Expert. One other interesting nugget from this research work sprang out. Starwood has 750 […]

Bits: Qatar buys 10% LATAM & 49% Meridiana, BA cuts Rio flights, SPG Moments deal TODAY

News in brief: Qatar Airways to buy 10% of LATAM and 49% of Meridiana I mentioned in the Accor article yesterday that the Qatar Investment Authority has now become a shareholder in Accor Hotels by part-funding the acquisition of Fairmont / Raffles / Swissotel. Qatar Airways is […]

My review of the Hotel des Indes, The Hague, Presidential Suite!

This is my review of my Monday night in the Presidential Suite of the Hotel des Indes in The Hague. Even by my standards this was a slightly bizarre way to start the week.  At Christmas, Starwood ran a private charity auction on behalf of UNICEF.  I […]

Bits: BA Gatwick schedule changes, Virgin sale, Starwood’s new ‘Member Exclusive Rates’

News in brief: More BA Gatwick schedule changes British Airways has announced some additional schedule changes for Gatwick this Winter.  None of these are substantial.  The reason I mention them is that, because these flights were only added into the system on Wednesday, there should […]

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 page for the offer can be found here. This year, the bonus is the biggest ever.  It is […]