• Travellers take measure of the Marriott-Starwood merger

    For their honeymoon, Alex Diacre and his wife, Sarah, traveled halfway around the world, from New York to the Maldives, a chain of atolls in the Indian Ocean. The breakfast menu at their hotel, the St. Regis, was a journey unto itself. Each morning they’d find a table looking out over the ...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2018 9 Comments

  • Revised American Express points transfer rate for SPG, Marriott

    With the imminent merger of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs, American Express is revising the conversion rate for transferring American Express Membership Rewards credit card points into the new combined hotel loyalty scheme. The revamped rates kick in from August...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2018 15 Comments

  • Winners and losers from Starwood SPG in Marriott's new program

    With the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program winding down in August, SPG members will soon be moved across to a new, giant loyalty program under the Marriott banner, bringing with it a fresh set of rules, benefits and status levels, as one of the final stages of the Marriott+SPG merger. For a...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2018 11 Comments

  • Marriott downgrades elite status for SPG Gold members

    Starwood Preferred Guest Gold members hoping to nab Platinum Elite status under Marriott’s new combined hotel loyalty program will be disappointed, with the chain now confirming that these travellers will only be matched to Gold Elite under the new scheme – not Platinum Elit...

    POSTED 11 May, 2018 28 Comments

  • Five things you need to know about Marriott’s new loyalty program

    UPDATE | Earlier advice and commentary provided by Marriott International to Australian Business Traveller has proven to be incorrect. Specifically, this relates to a statement from the company that SPG Gold members would be granted Platinum Elite status under the new program by way of their link...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 18 Comments

  • Fast-track to Starwood Preferred Guest Gold, Platinum status

    Gold or Platinum status in the Starwood Preferred Guest hotel loyalty program normally comes as a reward for spending 25 or 50 nights in hotels each year, but there’s a sneaky way to fast-track that process and Go for Gold (or Platinum) in less than half the time. It’s done by regist...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2018 4 Comments

  • Best credit cards for earning Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints

    Only a handful of Australian credit cards allow customers to earn Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints, but it’s a great option to have for advanced, points-savvy spenders, as it opens the door to a host of global frequent flyer programs and even comes with bonus points every time you ...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2017 5 Comments

  • Hilton, IHG tighten booking cancellation policy

    Hilton and IHG are following Marriott-Starwood in tightening the rules over booking cancellations in a growing trend to disallow same-day notice when guests cancel their reservation. Hilton-owned properties will this week begin enforcing a new cancellation policy which will see travellers requir...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • How to get Marriott Gold Elite status from just one hotel stay

    Gold Elite status in the Marriott Rewards program usually comes in return for spending at least 50 nights a year at hotels like Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton and Autograph Collection – but thanks to a crafty partnership between Marriott, Starwood and MasterCard, there’s a wa...

    POSTED 11 May, 2017 6 Comments

  • New W Melbourne hotel set for Collins Street in 2020

    Marriott International will open a new W Melbourne hotel by 2020, nestled on Collins Street in the city’s bustling CBD as part of a $1 billion mixed-use luxury development. The hotel itself will feature 294 guestrooms including 40 suites and an ‘Extreme Wow Suite’ – the b...

    POSTED 2 Feb, 2017 11 Comments

  • Deciphering the 31 hotel brands of Marriott-Starwood

    Having trouble working out the difference between the eight luxury hotel brands of Marriott and Starwood? How about trying to place the funky boutique properties alongside their more conventional five-star siblings? You're not alone. The combined Marriott-Starwood portfolio spans some 31 brands,...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • Taipei gets second Aloft hotel with Aloft Taipei Beitou

    Looking for a little escape on your next business trip to Taipei? There's plenty of good things to be said for Beitou, the mountainous northern district known for its expansive green spaces and hot mineral springs. From January 2017 Beitou will have another drawcard: an Aloft hotel from the...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • Starwood brings The Luxury Collection to Singapore in 2017

    Starwood and Marriott will bring the high-end Luxury Collection brand to Singapore next year with the opening of The Duxton Club, a Luxury Collection Hotel, following a multimillion-dollar renovation of traditional shophouses in the Tanjong Pagar district. Split across two pre-war colonial sites...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2016 2 Comments

  • Le M

    Guests returning to the Le Méridien Etoile Paris hotel might hardly recognise it following an extensive multi-million dollar renovation to what remains the Le Méridien chain’s first-ever hotel. Spanning the guestrooms, suites, public spaces and the established Jazz Club Etoil...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 1 Comment

  • Marriott, Starwood hotels to launch new super-loyalty program

    The ink is barely dry on the US$12 billion mega-merger of Marriott and Starwood, but it looks like the hotel colossus will be creating an all-new ‘unified’ loyalty program under a new brand. This would see Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards subsumed i...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 3 Comments

  • New hotel credit card fees could hammer your hip pocket

    Hotel chains nationwide including Accor, IHG, Rydges and Starwood are amending their credit card fees in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s reforms on credit card surcharging. As a result, many hotel guests will now pay a lower credit card fee when using Visa or MasterCard, but whip...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2016 27 Comments

  • "Hey Siri, lights out": Aloft Hotels' new voice-activated rooms

    Fancy turning a hotel’s room lights on before stepping out of bed, adjusting the air conditioner to the perfect temperature or even setting the right mood for an evening of movie-watching by speaking to your room rather than pressing buttons? Then meet Aloft Hotels’ new voice-activat...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Starwood brings new Aloft hotel to Melbourne's South Yarra

    Starwood Hotels and Resorts will open a new Aloft-brand hotel in Melbourne’s South Yarra district by early 2019, aptly named the Aloft Melbourne South Yarra. The brand’s signature high ceilings and oversized windows are central to the design of the property’s 176 loft-like gues...

    POSTED 26 Jul, 2016 1 Comment

  • Britain gains luxury Sheraton Grand London Park Lane hotel

    Starwood Hotels and Resorts will bring its premium Sheraton Grand hotel brand to the United Kingdom in October as the luxury Sheraton Grand London Park Lane property comes on board. Currently badged as the Sheraton London Park Lane but undergoing a multi-million pound top-to-bottom renovation, t...

    POSTED 26 Jul, 2016 1 Comment

  • W Hotel Sydney to open 2019

    The W brand will return to Sydney in 2019, with the upmarket 'chic luxe' hotel taking centre stage at Darling Harbour as part of the precinct's multi billion-dollar redevelopment. With 402 rooms, The W Sydney will be perched atop The Ribbon – an eye-catching 20-storey development which w...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2016 2 Comments

  • Four Points By Sheraton Parramatta hotel to open 2018

    Sydney's booming western suburbs will gain another upmarket hotel with the opening of the new Four Points By Sheraton Parramatta hotel in 2018. It's the latest in a string of new Four Points properties slated for Australia, alongside siblings at Sydney's Central Park development and Melbour...

    POSTED 29 Jun, 2016 3 Comments

  • New Starwood 'Four Points by Sheraton Sydney' hotel to open 2018

    IN BRIEF | Sydney's Four Points by Sheraton hotel may be disappearing from Darling Harbour but the brand will resurface in the $2 billion Central Park development in 2018. Designed by famed London-based architects Foster + Partners, the 4.5-star hotel will feature 297 rooms ranging from compact ...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2016 3 Comments

  • Photos: inside Malaysia's new luxe St. Regis Kuala Lumpur hotel

    Joining Kuala Lumpur’s bustling skyline, the new St. Regis Kuala Lumpur hotel provides luxurious lodgings in the centre of the city: quite literally, two blocks from the KL Sentral railway station. Not only can you ditch the traffic and be here in 28 minutes from the airport via the non-st...

    POSTED 26 May, 2016 2 Comments

  • Luxury St. Regis hotel to debut in Belgrade, Serbia

    Belgrade will boast new luxury lodgings come 2019 with the opening of The St. Regis Belgrade hotel and its 125 rooms. Joining that will be 220 St. Regis-branded residences in the same ‘Kula Belgrade’ tower, the country’s highest mixed-use tower situated on the waterfront. Hotel...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2016 1 Comment

  • New Starwood Aloft Dubai, The Palm hotel opening in 2017

    Starwood continues to ramp up its portfolio in Dubai with another new hotel on the way: this time, the Aloft Dubai, The Palm hotel on the man-made Palm Jumeirah island. With a planned opening in 2017, guests in the hotel’s 192 guestrooms including 10 suites can enjoy access to a 500m stret...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2016 0 Comments

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