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

News in brief: Double Avios with LOVEtheatre lovetheatre.com, 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 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 […]