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.

Bits: Hertz becomes first non-airline SkyTeam member, crazy Avios US surcharges, the Marriott daily play game

News in brief: Hertz to become the first non-airline member of SkyTeam This is, I think, a world exclusive!  I was with Caroline Simmerman, the Hertz Europe partnerships director, at a reception in Amsterdam last night and she told our group that Hertz has just […]

A few thoughts about the St Regis New York hotel and my $2,800 suite

This is my review of the St Regis New York hotel. Except …. it isn’t.  Three weeks ago I wrote a popular article about how I tried to maximise the $50 per day ‘destination fee’ at St Regis New York by incurring as many qualifying […]

Marriott Rewards finally launches its new online game

(EDIT:  There is some confusion about how this works.  It appears that you can only win an instant prize ONCE, irrespective of how many days you play.  This makes no sense, as there are 2 million prizes to be won, but this is how it […]

Bits: TAP one-ways UK to US, more BA Nashville services (with Avios seats), my Clare Smyth lunch

News in brief: Good one-way Business Class fares to the US from London for 2019 A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the excellent TAP Air Portugal one-way (and return) fares to the United States from Dublin.  There were as low as £600 one-way in Business Class. […]

Has ‘£5 back on a £20 Amazon purchase’ appeared on your American Express accounts?

American Express and Amazon have launched another of their occasional offers.  And it is a generous one. If you are targeted, you will receive £5 cashback on your next £20+ purchase on amazon.co.uk made with your American Express card. To see if you are targeted, […]

Bits: British Airways drops Bristol and Birmingham Summer services, great new Marriott O2 concerts

News in brief: British Airways drops Summer 2019 services from Bristol and Birmingham British Airways appears to be pulling back from its Summer regional flights.  In recent years, the airline has been using its Embraer 190 fleet from London City Airport – which has nothing […]

What are the best hotel promos for October?

Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  We didn’t run this feature during September as all of the main chains were switching their offers during the month, but now we have a clear run where you can plan more easily. […]

Why transferring hotel points to a friend is good (but airline miles are bad)

Most frequent flyer schemes allow you to pay to transfer miles to a friend.  It is usually a terrible deal.  The price is often only modestly cheaper than buying miles outright but no new miles are being created – you are paying a high fee simply for […]

EXCLUSIVE Marriott HFP offer – earn 10,000 bonus points for a long weekend in Europe!

Marriott has launched a special promotion exclusively for Head for Points readers! To celebrate the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest into the new (still unnamed!) loyalty programme, Marriott is offering a special points bonus if you book a long weekend in Europe […]

Bits: good London to Oz £1850 fare, new Marriott promo underway, South Africa scraps its crazy kids visa rule

News in brief: Garuda Indonesia selling £1850 Sydney and Perth fares from London Garuda Indonesia is currently selling an excellent £1850 Business Class deal from London Heathrow to Australia (Sydney or Perth) for January to July 2019. The earliest travel date I can find outbound is […]

FREE hotel night for new Marriott Rewards members who do just two stays

With the integration of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest now behind them – although there are still some issues to fix, including the restarting of Amex transfers – Marriott Rewards has launched a generous new offer for anyone who is not currently a member. […]

How I tried to outwit the St Regis New York $50 ‘Daily Destination Fee’

I spent three nights last week at St Regis New York.  Whilst I used 60,000 Marriott Rewards points per night, the hotel was selling for $1,100 + tax per night for a standard room.  This seems to be their normal peak rate looking at busy […]

Which Marriott Rewards hotels should you book before January when Category 8 launches?

In early 2019, Marriott Rewards will add Category 8 to their current reward chart.  This is what you should do before it happens. Selected hotels which have been temporarily placed in Category 7 will be moved up to Category 8.  As you can see from […]

REGISTER NOW: Marriott’s new Autumn bonus points promotion is here

Marriott Rewards (and Starwood Preferred Guest, since they are technically the same programme now) have launched their first ‘bonus points’ promotion since their 18th August merger. You can register here. Here are the key points: The promotion is called ““MegaBonus in More Places” It runs […]

Bits: BA ‘Buy on Board’ coffee goes up!, Iberia rolls out Premium Economy, see a concert in Berlin with Marriott

News in brief: British Airways ‘buy on board’ tea and coffee prices up! British Airways has put through some inflation-busting price increases for its ‘buy on board’ tea and coffee. The new menu is online here.  The January 2017 menu is in this HFP article […]

How to use the SPG American Express card to earn miles with 44 different airlines

One aspect of the Marriott / Starwood Preferred Guest programme merger we haven’t looked at yet is the increased ability to earn airline miles with the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card. Marriott Rewards had some airline partners which Starwood Preferred Guest did not […]

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