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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, have a dig around in your trash folder.

Last November I wrote about the new Starwood partnership with EmiratesThis allows elite members to double-dip and collect Starwood hotel points with every Emirates flight they take – on top of their usual Emirates Skywards miles.

SPG Gold or Platinum members receive 1 SPG point per $1 spent on Emirates flights.  All Emirates flights count as long as your ticket is under an EK flight code.  This is a very generous deal in my view.

I tend to value SPG points at 1.5p – 2p each. A £3,000 Emirates business class flight would therefore earn you £70 – £95 of free hotel stays. This is on top of your usual Skywards miles.  Remember that you can obtain SPG Gold status for free by signing up for the American Express Platinum charge card – this may be worthwhile for heavy Emirates flyers.

Similarly, Emirates elite members will also earn Emirates Skywards miles with every Starwood hotel stay – on top of their usual SPG points.  There are also crossover privileges for elite members of both pogrammes.

Take-up of this deal must have been slower than anticipated.  Yesterday SPG wrote to a lot of members and offered them 500 or 1,000 SPG points (worth £7.50 – £15 in my book) simply for linking their SPG and Emirates accounts.  No flights or stays are needed.

If you got the email, it is a no-brainer to use the link and register your Emirates details.  For everyone else, it is worth registering anyway if you are an occasional Emirates or Starwood customer – there is no point leaving points on the table.  The registration link on the Emirates site is here.

SPG Moments O2 Arena suite

Half-price offers at the SPG suite at the O2!

I wrote recently about my night at the SPG Suite at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.  If you are quick, Starwood has reduced the cost of three upcoming concerts by 50% – just 10,000 points for two tickets with full hospitality (food and drink) in the SPG Suite, pictured above.

At the time of writing yesterday, the current concerts are reduced to 10,000 points per pair:

Neil Diamond – 16th July and 26th July

Mrs Brown’s Boys – 11th July

50 Cent and G-Unit – 17th July

Roxette – 13th July

You can book via the SPG Moments website here.  There are only a handful of tickets for each so don’t delay if you are interested.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (11)

  • Swanhunter says:

    Only 500 Starpoints on offer to me.

  • Simon says:

    Just my monthly statement offering me 1000 bonus points on stays of 2 nights or more which includes a weekend night.

    • Rob says:

      That is the standard Summer promotion, open to everyone. See our ‘Hotel Promos’ page for more information.

  • Andy says:

    I’m sure that HFP readers will be filling the suite for 50 Cent, surprised it’s not already sold out!

  • David says:

    No sign of any points after signing up, I am afraid.

  • Alan says:

    No email with this mentioned in it received from SPG but have signed up anyway on the off chance of some free points!