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.
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.
If you have seen the complete list of hotels opening this year, you will know that Singapore's very first Four Points property, the Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview will be opening on 01 July 2016. While I was surfing the net this morning, I realised that the hotel is already taking reservation - the cheapest I could find at the time of writing is just S$142++!
I spent the weekend in the luxurious Caroline Astor Suite at The St. Regis Singapore. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the Caroline Astor Suites enjoy plenty of natural light in the day. The opulence of the suite is further accentuated by clean lines and lush, hand-tufted carpets as well as embellishments by the leading Thai Silk company, Jim Thompson. Read more about my experience at one of Singapore's leading luxury hotels, The St. Regis Singapore.
As I have just recently mentioned, there are two Design Hotels with limited participation in the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) programme in Singapore. Starwood has also unveiled a brand new promotion on the same day which allows you to earn a Free Night Award (Category 1-5) for every three eligible nights stay (up to a maximum of 2 free awards) at SPG-participating Design Hotels between now and 31 May 2016.