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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.

Bits: what can we learn from Vueling’s new French Avios credit card?, 35% off SPG points, Tesco Premium IS dead

News in brief: Vueling launches an Avios credit card in France – but is it any good? In an interesting move, Vueling – IAG’s low cost short-haul carrier – has launched an Avios Visa credit card in France.  This is, I think, only the second […]

Which hotel chains offer lifetime status? (and the BA criteria revealed too)

Lifetime status is a popular perk among the hotel chains.  Hilton Honors was the latest to jump on the bandwagon in 2015. In general, lifetime status usually requires such a high threshold that you would wonder why such a person would ever want to set foot […]

Why Marriott Travel Packages are a great use of Marriott or SPG points – but what happens after August?

Ever since Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts, we have spent a lot more time talking about Marriott Travel Packages than we did previously. Today I wanted to go back to basics for the benefits of readers who have seen our comments on these but […]

How to get a 35% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro since the Brexit vote has been to destroy much – but not all – of the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International […]

Bits: last chance for a discount on SPG and IHG points, £20 Best Western gift card on your next stay

News in brief: Last chance to get a 35% discount buying Starwood points Tomorrow, 31st May, is your last chance to pick up Starwood Preferred Guest points at a discount. You can currently buy Starwood Preferred Guest points at 35% off in a new offer – the link […]

What are the best hotel promos for June?

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 […]

Which is the most generous hotel programme for earning Avios points?

The general consensus about hotel loyalty programmes is that Starwood Preferred Guest is the only scheme where it is is worthwhile trading your points for airline miles. There are a couple of reasons for this.  The first is that – since the conversion rate for most […]

Bits: generous Virgin gesture to a reader, earn Marriott and SPG points with Hertz, £25 off SWISS to Geneva

News in brief: A generous gesture from Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money A HFP reader dropped us a note last week to say that she had been the unexpected winner of a competition she never knew existed! Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money had quietly decided […]

How to earn SPG or Marriott points when you fly Delta, Emirates and China Eastern

One thing that is going to be lost when the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest completes is the ability to earn Starwood Preferred Guest hotel points when you fly three airlines. This is an underappreciated benefit of Starwood Preferred Guest.  Unfortunately, as […]

Is Marriott backtracking on 5-months of Platinum status for Amex Platinum cardholders?

The upcoming merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest is, frankly, turning out better than most people hoped.  Marriott is genuinely taking the best of the two existing programmes.  If anything, I think they may have overdone it as the new scheme will be […]

Comparing the 11 Avios credit cards that can earn you points!

What is the best Avios credit card?  With the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card now closed to new applicants, I wanted to take another look at the other remaining options for earning Avios points from a UK credit card and suggest your best strategy. If […]

Bits: more 02 concerts for SPG and Marriott points, preview of the new IHG PointBreaks list for Monday

News in brief: New O2 concerts available in the SPG suite! Another batch of concerts has been added to the SPG Moments and Marriott Moments sites. These are a good use of points – the box, whilst a long way from the stage, is very […]

What are the best hotel promos for May?

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 […]

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 […]