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.

Last minute Marriott Travel Package panic – and other things to do today and tomorrow

Today, Friday 17th, is the last day to book hotels using the old Marriott and Starwood reward charts. After a period of downtime, hotels will become bookable under the new charts from some point late on Saturday or on Sunday. Here is the link to […]

What you need to know from a leaked version of the new Marriott / SPG scheme rules

There is still quite a bit we don’t know about the new merged Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest programme which launches next Saturday. A leaked copy of the new terms and conditions has appeared online (click here) which was apparently extracted from the Marriott […]

Bits: Businessweek on SPG / Marriott, Turkish Airlines new LEGO safety video is awesome!, Primera Air drops Birmingham

News in brief: Businessweek article on the Starwood / Marriott merger There is a good article in Businessweek this week on the merger of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty schemes. It accurately conveys the cult-like loyalty that many Starwood regulars had towards […]

Bits: new BA champagnes, Mandarin Oriental coming to Lake Como, more SPG Amex news

News in brief: New British Airways champagne range launched British Airways has launched a new range of champagnes for its Galleries First lounges and long-haul cabins.  The lounge champagnes were already in place last Wednesday when I flew to Madrid.  The boat is not being […]

Bits: changes to HFP for August, have lunch with Clare Smyth, BAEC drops Atlantis / One & Only

News in brief: Changes to Head for Points posting for August As is now traditional, Head for Points will be dropping the ‘three posts per day’ schedule for August. History shows that there isn’t a great deal of news about this month.  If there are […]

The Starwood Amex free night is now valid ANY day of the week – but is it worth getting?

Whilst the merger of Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards does not happen until 18th August, the changes to the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card take place today. I had thought there were only two changes: The earning rate will move from 1 SPG […]

For the brave, potentially cheap airline miles via Marriott Travel Package arbitrage

In my article yesterday on the latest announcements concerning the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, I reported what Marriott’s big chief of loyalty, David Flueck, had told me on the ‘phone on Wednesday: that Marriott is thinking of voiding non-redeemed Marriott Travel […]

Here’s the August date for the full Marriott / SPG merger – and news on Travel Packages

I spoke to David Flueck, the big cheese at Marriott Rewards (his business card says something more prosaic) yesterday.  He filled me in on the timeline for the merger of the SPG and Marriott programmes. This is what we already knew: During August there is […]

Bits: Amazon Prime Day starts today, new luxury Starwood / Marriott hotel opens in Paris

News in brief: Amazon Prime Day – big discounts from noon today and all day tomorrow Amazon Prime Day has returned for the fourth time. What started as a one off event for Amazon’s 20th birthday three years ago, is now an established annual event […]

What are the best hotel promos for July?

Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  Apologies that this edition is a little later than usual. All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the […]

Bits: £973 oneworld deal to Rio for August, Etihad F1 packages, Starwood loses four Dubai hotels

News in brief: LATAM launches a £973 business class deal to Rio for August travel LATAM has launched a very attractive business class fare to Rio, from just £973 in Business Class. In theory this fare can be booked out of Madrid, Barcelona, Frankfurt and […]

Bits: new Amex hotel cashback deals, 500 Accor points and cocktails at MGallery, 3000 IHG points with Hertz

News in brief: New American Express hotel cashback deals Some new Amex cashback offers have launched.  Some, all or none of these deals may be available for sign-up on the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement page.  Remember that you need to check for each […]

Bits: HFP Summer party, new SPG / Marriott O2 concerts, double Radisson Rewards points to 31 August

News in brief: Party …. Thank you to everyone who came to the HFP Summer party last night.  It was amazing to see over 200 people in one space, all sharing stories – see the photo below (click to enlarge) taken during the raffle draw.  […]

Holiday Tips 1 – earning Avios and other airline miles from car rentals

The sun is out, so  I thought it was a good time to update our ‘Holiday Tips’ series in preparation for the Summer season.   Future articles will look at earning miles from credit cards abroad, from foreign currency and when booking airport car parking. For […]

Bits: Hilton competition winner, Kimpton De Witt exclusive offer reminder, 35% off SPG points

News in brief: Hilton California Road Trip competition winner Last month we ran an exclusive competition with Hilton to promote their California Road Trip package. We were giving away two Be My Guest certificates to one lucky winner who could use the certificates at any […]

There are now 48 UK hotels (up from 4!) who take your SPG Amex free night voucher – but is it a good deal?

American Express has announced two changes to the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card in the run up to the merger of SPG and Marriott Rewards next month. One change is a statement of the obvious – the earning rate will move from 1 SPG […]