Europe is the big winner in the Starwood Preferred Guest category changes

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Starwood Preferred Guest has announced its annual category changes, This PDF document contains a list of all the changes. Most are straight one category moves and, to be fair to Starwood, there are as many properties going up as are going down. Don’t underestimate the size […]

In London? Win 15,000 Starwood points (worth £225 or 15,000 Avios) and a free Uber ride TOMORROW

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Yesterday I outlined the new partnership between Starwood Preferred Guest and Uber.   You can now earn 1 SPG point for every $1 or equivalent you spend with Uber anywhere in the world – as long as you have had a paid Starwood stay so […]

New – earn Starwood Preferred Guest points with every Uber ride!

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This one certainly came out of nowhere.  It is a very decent offer, especially if you are concerned about SPG points expiring due to lack of activity. (There is also an amazing SPG competition – not a HFP competition – on Saturday which I will mention […]

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over my last year of redemptions

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Valuing miles and points is a thankless task. I wrote this long piece on valuing Avios points but all it does is show you how complex it can be.  I also tend to throw out valuations of hotel points in articles – 0.5p for IHG, […]

Hilton lifetime status launched – how does it compare?

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In December I told you that Hilton had been dropping hints that ‘Lifetime Diamond’ status would soon be available.  Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood already have lifetime status schemes of their own so it was not surprising that Hilton chose to follow. The scheme has now […]

The ‘rogue’ Starwood resorts in Dubai finally join Starwood Preferred Guest

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On paper, Dubai should have been the ideal place to redeem Starwood Preferred Guest points for a beach holiday.  The group has four beach resorts in the Emirate: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina […]

Starwood launches ‘Double Play’ promo for January to April stays

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Starwood Preferred Guest, the Sheraton / Westin / St Regis / aloft / Luxury Collection hotel group, has launched its Spring promotion. Called ‘Double Play’, it will run until April 15th. Full details and registration can be found here. The promotion is very similar to […]

Which hotel chains offer lifetime status? Hilton joins the list in 2015

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Hilton HHonors has confirmed that it will be offering lifetime Diamond status to members from 2015.  The criteria have not yet been revealed but are likely to require such a high threshold that you would wonder why such a person would ever want to set […]

Hyatt launches free wi-fi for all, Starwood does it with a catch

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I recently wrote about how Marriott will be offering free internet to members of Marriott Rewards who book direct from January 15th.  Hyatt and Starwood, owner of the Sheraton, W, Westin, St Regis, Luxury Collection and aloft brands, have both decided that they likes this idea and are […]

500 bonus SPG points per stay when you book a hotel via their mobile app

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Starwood Preferred Guest is keen to get you to book via their mobile phone app, and is willing to bribe you with SPG points to try it! You will receive 500 bonus SPG points per stay up to a maximum of three stays.  You MUST […]

25% bonus when you buy SPG points – a way of buying cheap(ish) airline miles

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Starwood is (again) offering a 10%-25% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 31st December. The link to buy is here, scroll down to the SPG logo. The discount is staggered. You get 10% off purchases of up to 9500 points, 15% off 10000 to […]

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

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Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty scheme for Westin, Sheraton, W, St Regis etc, has launched an interesting tie-up with Emirates. It is called ‘Your World Rewards’ and is designed to encourage Emirates flyers to stay at SPG hotels and vice versa.  The bottom line is […]

500 free Starwood Preferred Guest points for everyone

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Back in September I wrote about the Starwood promotion for mid September to mid December called ‘More For You’. Starwood, the Westin / Sheraton / W / aloft / Luxury Collection etc hotel group, was offering: double Starpoints on every SPG stay of two nights […]

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 2: on-going earning rates)

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Yesterday I did my best to begin answering the question commonly asked by beginners to this hobby – ‘What is the best credit card for earning Avios points?’. Because you can earn Avios points both directly and indirectly (eg via Tesco Clubcard or Amex Membership Rewards), the […]

Four good things and seven bad things about St Regis Doha

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Whilst I was in Doha two weeks ago, I stayed at the new St Regis.  This is arguably the most luxurious hotel in Qatar – or at least the one that promotes itself as the most luxurious.  This is my review of the St Regis […]

40% discount redeeming SPG points in Las Vegas – a decent deal?

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In January, Starwood Preferred Guest – the W, Westin, Sheraton, Luxury Collection, St Regis etc hotel group – announced a partnership with Las Vegas hotel group Caesars. Caesars runs the following resorts in Las Vegas and Atlantic City: Bally’s Atlantic City, NJ Bally’s Las Vegas, […]