There has been quite a bit of Starwood coverage on Head for Points over the last few months as the merger with Marriott beds in. One thing I rarely write about, however, is SPG Hot Escapes, which is a bit slack of me.
SPG Hot Escapes is a series of discounted offers for Starwood hotels across the globe for the next six weeks. This covers all of their brands – Westin, W, Sheraton, Aloft, Le Meridien, St Regis, Luxury Collection, Element etc.
A new list of discounts goes live at 11am GMT every Wednesday (ie today) at this website. You have until the following Saturday to book. The site then locks down until the following Wednesday when a new list appears.
There are generally at least 100 hotels included each week.
Savings are generally around 20% but can go higher. If you are a Starwood Preferred Guest member (a link to join is here) you save an additional 5%. This means that the minimum saving will be 25%.
All hotels are priced in US$ which is a little odd and means you will incur a foreign exchange charge on your credit card if you book a property in the UK. These deals must be prepaid.
As I wrote this article yesterday, I don’t have any typical pricing to show you – as I said, the website shuts down between Sunday and 11am GMT Wednesday. The deals are generally good and represent real savings on the main Starwood website.
The Hot Escapes website is here if you want to take a look later this morning. There is also a link on our ‘Hotel Offers‘ page so it will jog your memory next time you visit that page to compare current promotions.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
You can apply here.
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.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), 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.)