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Starwood Preferred Guest (Sheraton, Westin)

Starwood Preferred Guest is the loyalty scheme for Westin, Sheraton, aloft, Le Meridien and St Regis hotels amongst others.  It merged with Marriott Rewards in August 2018.  You earn points which can be used for free nights or transferred into frequent flyer miles including Avios points.

I published an extensive two-part review of Starwood Preferred Guest which can be found here and here. The latest promotions can be found on our 'Hotel Promos' page.

What are the best hotel promos for December?

Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  This has run slightly later than usual this month, but it does not make major difference as most of the offers featured are continuing from November. All of the information in this article […]

Bits: Avios invests in Monese, No 1 Lounges / Virgin Atlantic deal, new O2 concerts for Marriott points

News in brief: Avios invests in Monese On Monday I published a mini-rant about the bloated state of the UK credit card industry.  As part of that, I asked why investors were pouring vast sums into online current account start-ups (Monzo, Revolut, Starling etc) when […]

Should you do a Marriott Gold or Platinum status challenge now the targets are tougher?

Regular Head for Points readers will know that I did a Marriott status challenge in the run up to the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest in August.  Via my Starwood Gold I had been gifted a period of Gold status in the […]

Bits: BA improves On Business, Virgin pilots strike, Hilton Mallorca and Hotel des Indes leaving

News in brief: A change to British Airways On Business On Business is the small business loyalty scheme run by British Airways.  Whilst hugely devalued a couple of years ago, there is no reason NOT to sign-up if you are a VAT-registered company as you […]

Marriott reveals 500 million Starwood Preferred Guest accounts hacked – dating back to 2014

Marriott revealed this morning that it has identified a major breach of security at Starwood Preferred Guest, which Marriott inherited with its 2016 acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Astonishingly, the breach has been in place since 2014.  This means 500 million guest records are […]

What are the best hotel promos for November?

Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  This has run slightly later than usual this month, but it does not make major difference as most of the offers featured continue into December. All of the information in this article can […]

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?

If you have been following our series of UK credit card reviews over the last couple of weeks, we are now up to ‘M’ in the alphabet.  The next article will be on the new Miles & More charge cards, recently launched with Diners Club […]

Bits: Virgin / Tesco bonus confirmed, Argentina v Barbarians with SPG, Hilton downtime, World of Hyatt changes

News in brief: Tesco Clubcard to Virgin Flying Club bonus confirmed Yesterday I wrote about a 10% bonus on Tesco Clubcard transfers to Virgin Flying Club which I had been emailed about.  The article is here. The offer did not appear on the Virgin or Tesco […]

The Marriott MegaBonus adds two new targets to spice it up

Marriott Rewards (and Starwood Preferred Guest, since they are technically the same programme now) are currently running their first ‘bonus points’ promotion since their 18th August merger. You can register here. The company has recently added a new twist to the promotion and finally launched its […]

Why The Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach in Ras Al Khaimah is an exceptional Marriott Rewards redemption (Part 1)

This is my review of The Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach hotel resort in Ras Al Khaimah. Long term readers may remember that I visited The Ritz-Carlton’s desert resort in Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi, last year and reviewed it here.  If you are looking for […]

Why The Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach in Ras Al Khaimah is an exceptional Marriott Rewards redemption (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my review of The Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach Ras Al Khaimah hotel resort.  You can find Part 1 here. The next picture shows the view from our villa looking right.  As the resort is L-shaped the villas are curving around […]

Bits: the Marriott Daily Win game now lets you win daily!, random musings from my trip, Hilton in Kitzbuhel

News in brief: The saga of the Marriott daily win game is resolved! A few days ago, after an unexpected delay, Marriott Rewards launched its ‘daily play’ game ’29 Ways to Stay’. Click here to play. The good news is that daily play now means […]

Bits: Hertz becomes first non-airline SkyTeam member, crazy Avios US surcharges, the Marriott daily play game

News in brief: Hertz to become the first non-airline member of SkyTeam This is, I think, a world exclusive!  I was with Caroline Simmerman, the Hertz Europe partnerships director, at a reception in Amsterdam last night and she told our group that Hertz has just […]

A few thoughts about the St Regis New York hotel and my $2,800 suite

This is my review of the St Regis New York hotel. Except …. it isn’t.  Three weeks ago I wrote a popular article about how I tried to maximise the $50 per day ‘destination fee’ at St Regis New York by incurring as many qualifying […]

Marriott Rewards finally launches its new online game

(EDIT:  There is some confusion about how this works.  It appears that you can only win an instant prize ONCE, irrespective of how many days you play.  This makes no sense, as there are 2 million prizes to be won, but this is how it […]

Bits: TAP one-ways UK to US, more BA Nashville services (with Avios seats), my Clare Smyth lunch

News in brief: Good one-way Business Class fares to the US from London for 2019 A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the excellent TAP Air Portugal one-way (and return) fares to the United States from Dublin.  There were as low as £600 one-way in Business Class. […]

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