Starwood Preferred Guest Posts

A Few More Flights to Go After a Year on the Road.

As 2015 is winding down, in this post I'm revisiting my year and what is to come.  I'll have a more complete summary of my 2015 travels later.  

Jacksonville may not be an exciting destination, but the sunrises along the beach were great. 
 
I wrote this a ...
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Review: The Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Center

Among many luxurious hotels in Dubai, for my first extended visit to Dubai, I stayed at the Le Meridien Dubai and enjoyed my experience a lot.  This hotel has been under the Le Meridien flag for some time, but only in the last 18 months or so have they been a participant in the SPG ...
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A Road Warrior's Tour of Inepitude, and Why I am Still Mostly Happy

Everyone hates flight delays.  How about a delay that was about 4 times the planned flight length?  To make it worse, the flight ultimately got cancelled.  
 
Sorry for the poor photo editing skills...but it fit my mood, and it's better to laugh than cry
While I ...

Matthew is Wrong - Hyatt Buying Starwood Is a Benefit to Customers

Earlier today I posted about Hyatt potentially buying Starwood hotels as reported by CNBC. Then Matthew from Live and Let's Fly here on Upgrd wrote this post.
There were of course some valid points:
"Northwest and Delta merged, and we lost a great Northwest loyalty program and ...
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Why I Am Opposed to Hyatt - Starwood Merger


Let's be clear -- when was the last time a merger was actually beneficial to customers on the loyalty front? Northwest and Delta merged, and we lost a great Northwest loyalty program and website. The new carrier took the worst elements of both programs and benefits continue to erode. United ...
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BREAKING - CNBC Reports Hyatt in Advance Talks to Buy Starwood Hotels

Heard on CNBC this morning, Hyatt is the latest to signal interest in Starwood Hotels.  Just yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that three Chinese firms had expressed interest in Starwood who has been openly for sale for several months.  
Starwood parted with their CEO almost ...

$50 after 3 stays at SPG Four Points, Elements, & Alofts Hotels

Starwood Hotels are enticing SPG guest reward members to stay at their lower end hotels by offering them a $50 gift card after just three stays! The current promotion is open to US and Canadian residence and rewards guests after their third stay at any Aloft, Element, or Four Point branded hotel ...

W Bangkok - Oh no, I'm the Old Guy

I Am Way Too Old For This...
Among premium international hotel chains, a new trend for hotels is to tailor to the younger, cooler generation.  Brands like W Hotels from SPG (Aloft is their junior brand), Andaz from Hyatt, or Autograph from Marriott speak in a vernacular that is casual with ...
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Hotel Review: The Westin Portland Harborview


Located in downtown Portland, the Westin is one of two Starwood properties in the State of Maine. On a recent trip to Midcoast Maine, I had an extra night before flying back to Kansas City, so I booked a Cash & Points stay at the Westin Portland Harborview.

The property is less ...

Using SPG Keyless for the First Time (Video)

I was in Portland this past week for OSCON, and I stayed at the Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station. As my stay approached, I got an e-mail from Starwood, letting me know that my upcoming stay was eligible for SPG Keyless Entry.

Neat! SPG Keyless allows you to use your smartphone to ...

Free Sheraton Weekend Stays with Every 5 Paid Nights!

SPG is letting you earn free weekend nights by staying at Sheraton Hotels now through September 30, 2015 when you enroll in the hotel's newest promotion. The caveat is that the free nights are earned by staying at Sheraton hotels and are only good for weekend nights at Sheraton hotels. However the ...

The Sheraton Lima Stinks

(This is the continuation of a mistake prone journey that begin with a great hotel stay and went downhill quickly following.  If you haven't read the rest, I suggest you start from the beginning.)
I should clarify from my title for those that might misunderstand what I am staying.  I ...
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The Significance of American Airlines' Starwood Transfer Bonus


As the mantra goes, miles and points are a depreciating asset and are better burned than stored for future use. American Airlines is offering a generous 20% transfer bonus on points from Starwood Preferred Guest. Essentially, that means instead of 25,000 AA miles for 20,000 Starpoints, through ...
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Review: A Duplex Suite at the Sheraton Prague Charles Square

I had a great day touring Prague, and I also wanted to share a review of my home base while there, the Sheraton Prague Charles Square.  Rates were cheap, and I was fortunate to have my Suite Night Award clear 5 days out, so I had a nice multi-level suite for my stay.  Granted, I wasn't in ...

Review: Suite at The ITC Grand Chola, Chennai India


On my business trip to India, we spent a few days in the south of the country, in Chennai.  There are some excellent hotels here, and while there we stayed at the ITC Grand Chola, which is affiliated with Starwood Preferred Guest.  Like my stay at the Westin Gurgaon, I successfully ...
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Review: Executive Suite at the Westin Gurgaon, India

The Westin in Gurgaon, India is a fresh, modern hotel relatively close to Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi, and to the office where I would be working for a few days.  It also came highly recommended from a colleague, and it is pretty well reviewed online.  It was a very nice hotel, and ...
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Utilizing New Balance Workout Gear Rental at Westin Hotels

Working out, and for me especially running is a necessary part of my travel experience for both the physical and mental benefits.  Despite being a regular gym-goer, and a frequent traveler, I sometimes realize I didn't pack properly.  On a recent trip, I discovered I forgot my workout ...
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The Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt

I've stayed in Frankfurt many times on layovers.  This time, thanks at least in part due to having more time with a late afternoon arrival, I decided to leave the airport area to stay in the city.  I decided on the Le Meridien Parkhotel.  It would be the 3rd Le Meridien hotel of this ...
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A tour of Hyatt Hotels

After many years of wallowing around in the mire of other programs, I have become a fully-fledged Hyatt enthusiast.  I tried SPG, Hilton, IHG and even Club Carlson.  They all have their place and time.  I don't always have a choice of where I stay, but when a Hyatt is available, I am ...