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.

How to use SPG and Marriott points for a cheap African holiday

If you are a Starwood Preferred Guest member who now finds that they can convert their points into Marriott Rewards, you might not be aware of the great value deals that Marriott has in Africa.  Even some Marriott Rewards members may not know about the […]

CANCELLED AT THE LAST MINUTE: Bonkers Wyndham / SPG hotel promo, should you bite?

Wyndham Rewards cancelled this promotion at the last minute – see here for details.  I have left the original article intact below but do NOT do anything with your Starwood points! (EDIT 1: Wyndham has changed the email address for this offer. The address is […]

Amex Platinum now gets you Marriott Rewards Gold status and earns Marriott points

As I have written another article today about a new indirect benefit of having the American Express Platinum charge card (ie Star Alliance Silver status), I thought it was worth flagging up another key benefit. I wrote last week about the status match that has […]

Another benefit for Marriott members joining Starwood – dining discounts

If you are a Marriott Rewards members who has just signed up with Starwood Preferred Guest in order to benefit from status matching and points transfer, you may not know about this deal. Starwood runs a range of dining discounts for its members under the title of ‘SPG Cravings‘. […]

How to get a 30% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro has been to destroy, pretty much, the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International Dollar Card. In the past with Sterling at $1.60, […]

Why Marriott Travel Packages are exceptional for Avios if you have lots of SPG points

In my discussion of the implications of Marriott’s decision to transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points into Marriott Rewards at the ratio of 1:3, I said that Marriott Travel Packages looked a very good deal. Today I want to go into this in more detail. Marriott […]

Has the Starwood to Marriott conversion ratio been leaked?

I thought I’d drop this in during the afternoon as something to think about …. This morning a Mandarin-speaking reader, who I know fairly well via previous emails, sent me a document which has been doing the rounds on Chinese frequent flyer sites today. It appears […]

Bits: new SPG Moments O2 tickets available, Marriott & Starwood merger completes, 1000 free Air Canada miles

News in brief: New Starwood SPG Moments concerts at the O2 now bookable Starwood Preferred Guest released a new batch of O2 concerts yesterday.  The list, it is fair to say, has something for everyone.  You can catch: Justin Bieber (25,000 points for two) Rod […]

How to earn SPG points flying Emirates and get Emirates status benefits at SPG hotels!

Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty scheme for Westin, Sheraton, W, St Regis etc, has an interesting tie-up with Emirates which a lot of people don’t know about. It is called ‘Your World Rewards’ and is designed to encourage Emirates flyers to stay at SPG hotels and […]

Bits: new Amex cashback deals, new Virgin Clubhouse access rules, IHG to United bonus

News in brief: American Express launches new cashback deals A new wave of Amex cashback offers launched this week. Some, all or none of these will be available for registration under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement. Offers marked ‘Connect’ appear on the Amex […]

Win prizes with three free competitions from IHG, Starwood and Accor!

As it is a Bank Holiday weekend, news is thin and time is plentiful, I thought it was worth highlighting a few competitions currently running which have the potential to be rewarding: Win daily prizes with Starwood Preferred Guest In the run up to the […]

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 […]