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.

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and 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? – Avios Redemption University – Lesson 7

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. What is the cheapest way of buying Avios points? It is inevitable that, at some […]

Marriott Bonvoy launches tomorrow – and 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 Amex 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. […]

Bits: the future of the SPG / Marriott credit cards, Virgin Hotels San Francisco offer, cheap Avios via Groupon

News in brief: 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 […]

Does the falling £ make Marriott’s flight ticket redemptions a good deal?

Back in 2013 Rob wrote about SPG Flights, the Starwood Preferred Guest redemption option where you exchange your Starwood points for a flight ticket. Whilst SPG is now effectively dead, it is still possible to redeem your Marriott Rewards points (which your SPG points have […]

Marriott Bonvoy officially launches on 13th February!

It’s official – the new name for the combined Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest is, as we revealed a few weeks ago, Marriott Bonvoy. The programme will launch on 13th February although it will clearly take a while to update all of […]

Bits: England v France rugby tickets, Hilton’s LXR brand hits London, Four Seasons Hampshire update

News in brief: See England v France at Twickenham with Marriott Rewards Marriott Rewards has put two packages to watch England v France at Twickenham on 10th February up for auction. Each package is for two tickets.  It includes: Tickets to watch the England vs. […]

Bits: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer devaluation, Thistle / Guoman / Amba sale, new Marriott Bonvoy logo

News in brief: Singapore Airlines announces a mild KrisFlyer devaluation Singapore Airlines announced a modest devaluation of its KrisFlyer loyalty scheme yesterday. This is relevant because KrisFlyer is a transfer partner with American Express Membership Rewards, HSBC Premier and Heathrow Rewards.  Singapore Airlines also restricts […]

Time running out to register for the Marriott MegaBonus

Time is running out to register for the current Marriott MegaBonus promotion.  As it’s Christmas Eve and there isn’t much else going on, I’d thought I’d run through it again. In what is a slightly annoying Marriott habit, registration for MegaBonus closes on 7th January […]

Marriott delays the new Category 8 until March 2019 – you get three more months to save!

I had been planning to run an article this week on “Marriott Rewards hotels in Category 7 which you should book NOW before Category 8 launches in January“. It seems that I don’t need to bother. Marriott Rewards has added a new line to the […]

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 […]

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