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.
As Japan Airlines (JAL) continues to roll-out the impressive Sky Suite III across the B787-9 Dreamliners and 777-200ERs, there is only two more days left to take advantage of the 35% off Starpoints sale with an eligible Starwood Preferred Guest account.
Located in the Xinyi district, W Taipei is one of the most iconic hotels in the city of Taipei - it is also just a stroll away from Taipei City Hall Station, making it easily accessible via the Taipei Metro. There are no lack of luxury hotels in Taipei but if you are looking for a property that belongs to an international chain, you will not find any strong contenders from IHG or Hilton. On the other hand, you will find a number of properties from Starwood and Marriott here - hotels like the W Taipei offers a bold and distinctive decor that is not overly done (unlike some W Hotels in the world) but equally memorable.
Now that Starwood Hotels and Resorts is part of the greater Marriott International portfolio, it would make sense to view the brands simultaneously (especially since you get reciprocal elite benefits across SPG, Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards now). For stays between 27 May 2017 and 4 September 2017, be sure to register for Marriott Rewards' MegaBonus and SPG's Take Three promotion to maximise on the upcoming stays. If you do not have any status with any program, remember you can get SPG Gold (and therefore Marriott Rewards Gold) with just one stay if you have a World MasterCard issued in Asia-Pacific!
Located on the top floor (level 31) of the luxurious W Taipei is YEN Chinese Restaurant (紫艷中餐廳) which serves up contemporary dim sum (as well as traditional ones with an alternative take) by Chef Wo Hoi Ming. The Hong Kong chef who possesses Michelin-starred culinary experience marries the best of Chinese cooking with innovative presentation to create delicious and modern dishes that are both visually and gastronomically stunning.
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.