Back in 2013, I wrote an article encouraging people to sign up for Starwood Preferred Guest even if they had no interest in staying with them in the short term. This was because Starwood had been sending out very generous offers to members who had never stayed with them.
(Starwood Preferred Guest is the loyalty scheme for Sheraton, Westin, W, Luxury Collection, Aloft and St Regis.)
At some point I signed up my Mum. I honestly can’t remember whether it was then or whether it was earlier this year when I knew she had a Starwood stay coming up. That is not helpful for the purposes of this story, I admit!
Last week she received this great offer from Starwood Preferred Guest:
The great thing is that she already has two Starwood stays booked, at a Sheraton and a Westin in Canada.
One of those is currently an award stay but I will be switching it over to a paid night. It was a marginal call as to whether it was worth booking it as a reward night in the first place given the cash cost. I can now put the points towards another night out at the SPG Suite at the O2 instead.
The two stays will generate two free night vouchers, valid until 31st December 2015. They are valid at Category 1-5 Starwood properties. This does restrict the places where they can be used but I am sure I can find some value from them.
I don’t know how often Starwood sends out offers like this and I don’t know how long you need to have had a dormant account in order to get one. It may be worth registering a Starwood account to find out, however, either for yourself (if you are not already a member) or for a family member.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (June 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)