I recently got an email from Starwood Preferred Guest informing me that I will receive 500 bonus Starpoints for simply registering for a free Emirates Skywards account. For those of you that do not know already, SPG Gold and Platinum members will be able to earn 1 Starpoint per US dollar spent on all eligible Emirates flights (on top of Skywards Miles). If you are a Platinum member, you will also receive elite in-airport benefits such as priority check-in, priority boarding and complimentary e-gate access.
Similarly, Emirates Skywards® Silver, Gold and Platinum members will earn 1 Mile per US dollar (on top of Starpoints) for all eligible stays at Starwood hotels and resorts worldwide. Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum members will also enjoy additional benefits at Starwood hotels and resorts, including 4pm late checkout, access to the SPG elite check-in line and complimentary in-room Internet access.
I have only recently lost my Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Gold status that I have gotten with just one qualifying stay when I paid for it using a World MasterCard. One of the things that I truly appreciated with SPG Gold was the 4PM guaranteed late checkout benefits at most properties. Last evening, I received my new Marriott Rewards Silver card in the mail and got the offer to buy back my Gold Elite status for 25,000 Marriott Rewards Points. Now that Marriott Rewards and SPG have integrated, buying back Gold Elite would also mean another year of SPG Status which I wouldn't mind at all. Also, as you may already know, there is currently a sale of up to 30% off on Starpoints purchases which you can in turn convert into Marriott Rewards Points in blocks of 1,000 at a conversion rate of 3:1.
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is currently running a sale that offers up to 30% off Starpoints - if you live in Asia-Pacific and do not have Gold Elite status with the program, you can find out how to fast track to Gold Elite in just one stay. Once you have your status, you can link it to your Marriott Rewards account to give you Gold Elite and that will in turn give you guaranteed lounge access at all participating properties.
Following W Brisbane which is slated to open in 2018, W Melbourne is coming one of Australia's most exciting cities - Melbourne. Developed in partnership with Daisho Development Melbourne Pty Ltd and Cbus Property, W Melbourne will be located in the heart of the city’s trendy shopping and entertainment district at 447 Collins Street. Now part of Marriott International, the W Melborune will be housed within a AUD 1 billion mixed-use luxury development Collins Arch where the hotel is expected to fuse the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service and innovative programming with Melbourne’s hip and historic setting.
Now that the integration of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Marriott Rewards has begun, it is possible to get the Marriott Rewards Gold status with just ONE stay if you hold an eligible World MasterCard credit card - they are not hard to get and the lowest income requirement from Citibank requires just S$30,000 income per year (unlike the Visa Infinite ones that start from S$120,000). With this promotion, you will also be able to get SPG Gold and Gold Elite status in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program - all in one stay!
We all know that the whole Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio has been acquired by Marriott International but we haven't had much visibility about how it is going to impact us until today. With the expansion and takeover of brands, current Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members will be able to benefit from the integration of both programs. Here are the top four things you need to know!
Marking the second Four Points hotel in Bali and the fifth in Indonesia, the Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Seminyak was converted from Vasanti Seminyak Resort and it is located in one of Bali's most sought-after location, Seminyak. Set amidst peaceful rice field that exudes a relaxing and rustic charm, the Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Seminyak is just a short 10 minute scooter ride from the heart of Seminyak and 15km from the Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Located opposite Robertson Quay, the Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview is the latest property by Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide to open in Singapore. The Four Points brand is expanding quickly across the region and it meets the demands and expectations of the mid-market traveler without burning a hole in your pocket.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya - the fourth Four Points hotel in Indonesia. Located in Indonesia's second largest city, Surabaya, the Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya joins the other three Four Points branded properties in the country - Four Points by Sheraton Kuta Bali, Four Points by Sheraton Makassar and Four Points by Sheraton Bandung.
I've written about the opportunity to get Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Gold Status with just one stay instead of 20 nights on multiple occasions. All you have to do is to simply register here with an eligible World MasterCard that is issued in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) and then make one eligible stay at any property in the region - you will then earn instant Gold Preferred Guest status for a year. This amazing deal has now been extended until 14 July 2017 but do note that this upgrade offer is a one-time upgrade per member.
The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur has officially opened (albeit quietly) on 01 May 2016 and in celebration of its grand opening, the property is offering a 20% discount and double Starpoints for all eligible reservations that are made under the special rate.