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.

The top 9 UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

Assuming that my pneumonia clears up, on Wednesday I am giving a ‘state of the nation’ speech – from the customer perspective –  to the key players in the UK co-brand credit card industry. I will try to do an article later in the week […]

Marriott’s annual devaluation shows that SPG members should remain on alert

As the story (as told by Marriott’s CEO) goes, the company was very surprised by the lack of overlap between its existing customer base and the customers it acquired when it bought Starwood Hotels. Admittedly the average W / Aloft customer is unlikely to spend […]

Bits: odd “Virgin miles from Virgin Trains” rule, earn SPG points with Hertz, 80% bonus buying Hilton points

News in brief: Odd quirk when earning Virgin miles from Virgin Trains When you travel with Virgin Trains West Coast, you can choose to earn either Nectar points or Virgin Flying Club miles, assuming you book directly on the Virgin Trains website. Following changes last […]

Bits: save 35% buying SPG points, Etihad changes baggage allowances, On Business changes

News in brief: Buy Starwood points for 35% off (= cheap airline miles) Starwood is again offering a 35% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 16th March. The link to buy is here. The good news is that the discount is not staggered.  As long […]

What are the best hotel promos currently available?

Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currentlyrunning, back after a Christmas and New Year break. All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together […]

Bits: Lady Gaga tickets, buy Avios for 1.1p via Iberia, 3000 Avios or €60 of Accor vouchers with Europcar

News in brief: See Lady Gaga with Starwood or Marriott Rewards Tickets to see Lady Gaga at the O2 in London on 4th February turned up on the Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards websites yesterday. The pricing feels very toppy to me.  The price […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 7 – What is the cheapest way to buy Avios?

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

FINAL WEEK: Exclusive Billhop discount for HfP readers – pay (almost) any bill with your Amex card

Back in September we first wrote about Billhop, a Swedish company that lets you pay almost ANY bill with a credit or charge card – including American Express cards. You can probably imagine how this situation could be useful in your points collecting …. If […]

Bits: Hilton boost Waldorf status benefits, £100 Amex / Royal Lancaster offer, Waldorf and Mandarin expand in London

News in brief: Hilton Honors improves Gold and Diamond benefits at Waldorf Astoria hotels Hilton Honors has announced a small but welcome improvement to their programme which removes one of the anomalies. From Monday, all Waldorf Astoria properties will offer complimentary continental breakfast or an […]

Bits: booking a hotel this week?, 80% bonus buying Hilton points, 35% discount on SPG points

News in brief: Booking a hotel this week? There was a spike in readership to our hotel pages yesterday so it seems that people are looking to get some bookings in place during this quiet(er) time between Christmas and New Year. As a reminder, here […]

REGISTER NOW for Starwood’s new Spring 2018 promotion

Three days ago we looked at the new Marriott Rewards promotion, Megabonus, for Spring 2018 (click here).  This offers 2,000 bonus points per stay, or 3,000 points at weekends. Starwood has now launched its own Spring promotion.  With Starwood now owned by Marriott, the promotion […]

Bits: EXCELLENT £994 Club World fare to California, the Starwood Amex may not be on its last legs ….

News in brief: British Airways selling Oakland for £994 in Club World British Airways has quietly started selling tickets to Oakland in California for £994 return for travel in January or February. (EDIT: This fare appears to have been withdrawn early despite the 14th December […]

Why the Starwood Amex credit card is a mess – and why you should get it!

If you have never considered getting the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card, there are some good reasons why you should. Before I explain why, here is some background. Hotel credit cards in the UK are currently on a bit of a roll.  I […]

What are the best hotel promos currently available? (registrations close today)

Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on […]

Your Black Friday deals special – our pick of the hotel offers

Black Friday is here again!  With an overwhelming amount of travel-related Black Friday deals, we’ve decided to put all the exciting ones – or at least the ones we were told about – together to save you time whilst also saving money. Over at Shopper Points, […]