Starwood Preferred Guest (Sheraton, Westin)

Starwood Preferred Guest was the loyalty scheme for Westin, Sheraton, aloft, Le Meridien and St Regis hotels amongst others. It merged with Marriott Rewards in August 2018 to form Marriott Bonvoy.

Which hotel chains offer lifetime status? (and the British Airways lifetime status criteria revealed)

Lifetime status is a popular perk among the hotel chains. In general, lifetime status usually requires such a high threshold that you would wonder why such a person would ever want to set foot in another hotel ever again if they did not have to! […]

Your cut-out-and-keep guide to the Marriott Bonvoy free breakfast benefit

There is nothing like simplicity when designing a loyalty scheme, and the free breakfast benefit for Titanium Elite or Platnium Elite members of Marriott Bonvoy is nothing like simple! I put together a guide to what breakfast benefits you will get at each of the […]

BAD NEWS: Amex cuts the earning rate on the SPG Amex as it rebrands as the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card

A few days I wrote a long article on the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card. It seems that this was a partial waste of time (only partial, because we’ve cut and pasted much of it into this article!) because American Express has now announced […]

You now permanently earn 6 Bonvoy points per £1 of Marriott spend on the SPG American Express credit card

The Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card has become the ugly sister of the American Express portfolio.   For a start, there are not that many people who have the foggiest idea why a card earning Marriott Bonvoy points is called the Starwood Preferred Guest card! […]

What American Express sign-up bonuses can you get, based on the cards you have?

This is our beginners guide to whether you qualify for an American Express sign-up bonus or not. It runs through the checklist of which UK American Express cards you can get based on the cards you have. This way I have written it below is, […]

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

I wanted to take another look what is out there in the way of UK Star Alliance credit cards, since access to earning via a credit or charge card is often a key factor in choosing a programme. This article was updated on 26th June 2020. […]

What American Express bonuses can you get, based on the cards you have?

The wave of changes to the UK American Express card portfolio this year now seems to have settled down, although I am still waiting for the Starwood Preferred Guest card to relaunch under the Marriott Bonvoy brand. As it is fairly quiet during August, I […]

What are the top 10 reasons to get the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card?

Why should you get the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card? Today, in our ‘Top 10 Reasons’ series, I want to look at the top 10 reasons to apply for a Starwood Preferred Guest American Express (SPG Amex) credit card. You can see all […]

How to use small orphan amounts of frequent flyer miles and hotel points – Part 1 (Hotels)

I thought it was about time to revise and update the lists I first published in 2012 about the best way to use up small amounts of miles and points. What I want to explore is ‘What is the smallest or most optimum small reward, and […]

What is the cheapest way to buy Avios points? (Avios Redemption University, Lesson 7)

What is the cheapest way of buying Avios points? The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from it.  Click here to see the other “Avios Redemption University” articles. It is inevitable that, at some […]

Marriott Bonvoy launches tomorrow – here are my memories of the Starwood brand

Marriott Bonvoy is the new name for the combined Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programme. The programme will launch tomorrow, 13th February, although it will take a while to update all of the marketing material, credit cards and the like.  I updated […]

Has American Express secretly added a new status benefit to the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card?

On Friday I ran a short article on the fact that Marriott has announced that the two UK credit cards earning Marriott points (the closed Marriott Mastercard and the SPG American Express) were not rebranding despite the programme name changing to Marriott Bonvoy on 13th February. […]

What is happening to the Starwood and Marriott UK credit cards?

Over in the US, a major rebranding of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards has been announced ahead of the launch of Marriott Bonvoy on 13th February. Over here …. nothing. The latest official update on the UK credit cards is: Marriott […]

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