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 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. At the moment, there is a special sign-up […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 2018?

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 […]

New O2 concerts available for Marriott Rewards points

Marriott Rewards has added a new batch of O2 concert tickets to its website.  These are for the Starwood Preferred Guest suite, which comes with full catering and free drinks all night.  Here is a review of a Muse concert from the suite, and I […]

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 […]

Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca and Hotel des Indes going independent

Two interesting branded hotels which we have reviewed in the last couple of years have both announced that they are leaving their respective brands. This is probably not a total coincidence.  When we review an existing hotel – as opposed to a new opening – […]

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