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: Virgin East Coast sale, double Avios at Bicester, One Direction with SPG, HotelPronto 8% code

Virgin East Coast

News in brief: Virgin East Coast seat sale now on! Virgin East Coast is running a sale on all of its routes until midnight tomorrow in both Standard and First Class.  Headline prices to Edinburgh, each way, are £20 and £40 respectively.  Travel between September […]

20% bonus on SPG transfers to American extended to 31st

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American Airlines has extended its promotion with Starwood Preferred Guest by another three weeks.  Until August 31st, you will receive a 20% bonus on conversions of Starwood Preferred Guest (Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, W etc) hotel points to American Airlines. AA still awards 100% of miles […]

A quick visit to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Toronto International Airport

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This article is a quick review of the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson International Airport, where I spent Sunday evening. My Mum and I are in Canada this week, where I am chaperoning her to a family wedding and visiting Niagara […]

SPG MasterCard ‘3 for 2′ deal extended for 2015

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Back in 2014, Starwood (owners of St Regis, Le Meridien, Westin, W, Sheraton, Aloft etc) ran a ‘3 for 2′ promotion in the Middle East in association with MasterCard.  I took advantage of it when I was in Doha last year. The promotion is back […]

How and why to transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points to another person for free

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Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty scheme for Sheraton, Westin, W, aloft etc – is an oddity amongst hotel programmes.  Whilst it works in the same way as other schemes, with different tier levels and an earnings rate based on spending, it is a standout programme for […]

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 1 (Hotels)

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I thought it was about time to revise and update the lists I first published in 2012 about the best way to use up small amounts of miles and points. What I want to explore is ‘What is the smallest or most optimum small reward, and […]

Transferring hotel points to airline miles … when is it worth it?


The American Airlines promotion offering a 20% bonus on transfers from Starwood Preferred Guest is still running until August 7th.   Partly inspired by this deal, and partly by my article yesterday on the value of a Hilton HHonors point, I wanted to consider if it ever […]

‘Pay Your Birth Year’ – an attractive Starwood promo for our older readers!

Westin Edmonton

I am over in Canada in a few weeks, chaperoning my Mum to a family wedding.  The event is based at the Westin in Edmonton (picture below), part of Starwood Preferred Guest. I have been playing around with different deals for this hotel for a […]

Bits: 1000 free SPG points, IHG Spire problems, £5 Amazon voucher per SPG night

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News in brief: 1,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points for registering (just registering) for SPG Keyless If you received an email from Starwood Preferred Guest yesterday, entited ‘1,000 Reasons To Use Keyless’, dig it out of your trash! Starwood is rolling out a new keyless door […]

When your Starwood Preferred Guest points expire, and how to stop it

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This article is the final part of my new series of reference pieces for the site, focussing on hotel expiry policies.  They will be permanently linked from our ‘Hotel Promos’ page.  Links to the previous six articles can already be found there. I receive regular […]

Bits: BA Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur go 787, £30 off Air New Zealand to LA, my night with Daniel Boulud

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News in brief: More British Airways routes go 787 – check your bookings I got a notification yesterday via the My Flights app that my British Airways booking to Abu Dhabi next Easter had changed.  When I took a look, the flight had moved to […]

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

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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. For many of us, the only time in the whole year when we may find ourselves looking to hire a car […]

One free Sheraton weekend night for staying five Sheraton nights this Summer

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the relaunch of the Sheraton brand.  Generally seen as dull and uninspiring outside Asia – where there are some very impressive hotels – Starwood has embarked on a relaunch.  This involves refurbishments, new hotels and a new sub-brand […]

20% bonus on Starwood Preferred Guest conversions to American Airlines

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There are two good reasons why you may be considering building up some American Airlines miles at the moment: The free UK credit card has a 15,000 mile sign-up bonus AA still awards 100% of miles flown when you credit economy BA flights, compared to […]

Starwood: 500-1000 free SPG points and 50% off SPG Suite redemptions at the O2

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Two bits of Starwood news: 500 or 1,000 totally free Starwood Preferred Guest points If you received an email from Starwood Preferred Guest yesterday – the loyalty scheme for Sheraton, Le Meridien, Westin, Luxury Collection, aloft, W, St Regis etc – and deleted it without opening it, […]

Bits: BA using Titan planes at Gatwick, Hyde Park festivals via Starwood, Iberia sale, Millennium Hotels sale

Titan Airways

News in brief: British Airways subcontracting at Gatwick British Airways has ‘wet leased’ an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 757 to work at Gatwick during July.  These will come from Titan Airways and, as it is a ‘wet lease’, Titan will be providing the flight […]