• 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 23 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. Claims from the company that SPG Gold members would be granted Platinum Elite status under the new program by way of their linked Marriott Rewards tier were false...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 18 Comments

  • Revealed: Marriott's new mega hotel loyalty program

    Marriott has taken the next big step to align its three hotel loyalty programs into one, revealing the details of what will become the brand’s single loyalty program, merging members from Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. The new scheme still doesn’...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 26 Comments

  • Buying Starpoints for Virgin Australia business class upgrades

    Fancy upgrading to Virgin Australia business class on the airline's longest domestic flights – including Sydney-Perth or Melbourne-Perth in 'The Business' aboard Virgin's Airbus A330s – for just $244 per flight? The secret lies in the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) hotel loyalty prog...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2018 24 Comments

  • Instant status match: how to link your Marriott, Starwood accounts

    Thanks to the merger between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, elite members of the chains’ respective Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs can snap up elite status in the other program, just by linking their accounts. For example, if y...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2018 3 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 3 Comments

  • Uber, Starwood Preferred Guest end points partnership

    Uber users will no longer earn Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty points on their trips from December 17 2017 as the ride-sharing app and Marriott-backed hotel chain end their mutual points tie-up. Under the current scheme, riders can earn 0.5 SPG Starpoints per US$1 (A$1.30) spent with Uber...

    POSTED 27 Oct, 2017 1 Comment

  • 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

  • The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan hotel opens its doors

    Business travellers visiting China’s financial capital can now stay at the luxurious St. Regis Shanghai Jingan hotel which blends Western and Chinese design styles to give the property feelings of both familiarity and foreignness, regardless of where you’re from. Meander upstairs to ...

    POSTED 23 May, 2017 0 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


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