Starwood Preferred Guest (Sheraton, Westin)

Starwood Preferred Guest is the loyalty scheme for Westin, Sheraton, aloft, Le Meridien and St Regis hotels amongst others. 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.

Should I do a Marriott Platinum Challenge to lock in the new benefits?

Marriott Rewards has an unpublished ‘Platinum Challenge’.  It is not written down anywhere but, if you call or email them, you can sign up.  There are only two caveats: You must already be a Marriott Gold member (comps from Starwood Preferred Guest Golds status are […]

An exceptional new Middle East beach redemption using Marriott Rewards or SPG points

Long-term readers of Head for Points will remember that last year I visited The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi desert resort in Ras Al-Khaimah about 60 minutes drive from Dubai International Airport. The standard ‘room’ at Al Wadi Desert is the 1,700 square foot Al Rimal villa.  This […]

Bits: Good Etihad fare to Oz for Christmas, 100% bonus buying Hilton points, F1 and tennis with SPG/Marriott

News in brief: Good Etihad fare to Australia for Christmas I’ve had a few emails recently asking about cheap cash flights to Australia over Christmas.   As this is a non-starter for Avios – and anyway is terrible value given the taxes – you need to […]

Bits: Heathrow exhibition opens, new Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City opens (20k points), 35% off SPG points

News in brief: New exhibition on Heathrow Airport launched “Heathrow: The Journey”, a new free exhibition focusing on the history of the airport, has opened at the University of West London’s campus in St Mary’s Road, Ealing.   It features a wealth of never-before-seen items from […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Facts

This is the sixth of our overview series of the main hotel loyalty schemes. Each scheme will be covered over two posts on consecutive days. One will list the basic facts of the scheme, the other will be my subjective view of what is of […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Opinion

In my other article today, I outlined ‘the facts’ of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty scheme. This article is my personal opinion, highlighting areas where I think you might want to focus. This article now has little long-term value given that the programme will cease […]

Bits: Who won our Premium Economy competition?, Accor APAC offer, Starwood article update

News in brief: Who won the two flights to New York in Premium Economy? Earlier this month we ran another competition giving away flights to New York. This time in Premium Economy. And the winner is: Helen F. We’ve already been in touch with the […]

From August … a 5-month window to redeem the BEST Starwood hotels at 40% off

We have spent a lot of time this week discussing the new (and still nameless) merged Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty scheme. If you missed it, this article here is a good place to start. There is one positive aspect […]

The Amex Plat / Marriott status answer and what else I learned at the Marriott press briefing yesterday

Loyalty press conferences in the UK are a funny old thing, because there aren’t actually that many people to invite!  Thus it was that four usual suspects – plus a mysterious woman who I didn’t even notice until the end, who didn’t speak and I […]

All (?) you need to know about the new merged Marriott and Starwood programme

Last night Marriott held a major event in New York to outline the first steps of the integration of Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. This is what was announced, along with some other information supplied to me in advance.  It covers […]

British and Monaco Grand Prix tickets available NOW via Marriott Moments (direct redemption, no auction)

If you are sitting on some Marriott Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest points, this is a unique chance to see the British or Monaco Grand Prix for a very affordable (points) price. These packages appeared on Marriott Moments on Monday.  They will NOT last long […]

Bits: the future of Marriott Rewards and SPG revealed tonight, €11 BA fares, 787 engine issues get worse

News in brief: The future of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest is revealed tonight At 4.30pm EST (9.30pm in the UK) on Monday, Marriott will be hosting an event to reveal the replacement loyalty scheme for Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred […]

What are the best credit card deals for April? – plus a news round-up

It is time for our regular round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. Finally, after a few relatively dull months, we have had some exciting developments in the last couple of […]

Why the ‘Sheraton Family Package’ can be a deal when travelling with children

I surprised myself the other day when I realised that I had never written about the Sheraton Family Package.  This is despite booking them in the past and being about to book another in Milan.  Let me correct that today. One problem with having a […]

REGISTER NOW for the new Marriott and Starwood promotions starting next week

Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (now under the same ownership, of course) have unveiled their promotions for Quarter 2. Starwood and Marriott offers have become closer in recent quarters and now we have reached peak merger – the two offers are identical! The Marriott […]