News in brief:
Registration now open for Starwood’s ‘Stay For More’ promotion
You can now register for the latest Starwood Preferred Guest, the Westin / Sheraton / Le Meridien / Aloft etc chain, promotion.
I initially ran through this a couple of weeks ago. Called ‘Stay For More’, it will run from October 1st to December 20th.
It is not hugely exciting. You will earn double Starpoints on stays of 2+ nights and an additional 500 points on stays of 4+ nights.
There is little to differentiate this from the Hilton and Marriott promotions. You should obviously sign up if there is a chance you may have some Starwood stays during this period but it is unlikely to persuade anyone to move over an existing booking.
Qatar Airways to begin services to Sydney
Whilst Qatar Airways flies to Melbourne and Perth, the lack of a direct service to Sydney has always been an obvious gap.
The good news is that the airline agreed a deal with the Australian Government recently which will see services starting in the medium term. This will offer another Avios redemption option to Sydney as well as, hopefully, cheap business class fares in the regular Qatar Airways sales.
Win an LA holiday with hotels.com
Finally, hotels.com emailed me about a new competition they are running in conjunction with the film Hotel Transylvania 2.
The prize is OK but not life-changing – economy flights for four people to LA together with a four star hotel for three nights. However, the interesting bit is that you get a tour of the Sony Pictures Animation studios included.
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