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
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 2 Comments
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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