The merger of Starwood and Marriott created the world’s largest hotel portfolio. Their hotel group empire has over 5,700 properties, in over 110 countries, trading as 30 different hotel brands, with a total of 1.1 million guest rooms. One of the main benefits since the merger is that you can transfer SPG Starpoints instantly into Marriott Rewards, and vice-versa (1 SPG Starpoint = 3 Marriott Rewards points). The fact that you can transfer points between both of the schemes means that you now have access to many more properties if you are looking to book a redemption award for either one or multiple nights. Status is also transferrable and matched between loyalty schemes, plus you can benefit from the bonus when purchasing SPG Starpoints, as you can then transfer points into Marriott Rewards.
Currently when purchasing Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) scheme you receive a 35% bonus. You can either choose to keep the points you purchase in the SPG scheme to redeem at Starwood hotels, or transfer to Marriott Rewards instantly if you are planning a Marriott redemption (1 SPG Starpoint = 3 Marriott Rewards points).
To earn the 35% discount you need to purchase a minimum of 5,000 Starpoints before 29th December 2017. Purchases under 5,000 points do not receive a bonus.
Redemptions At SPG Properties
Free nights at Starwood properties start from just 2,000 Starpoints per night for the lowest category hotels. The majority of these lower priced hotels are in Asia, but there are also several throughout Europe. Search on the Starwood site to see all properties per category. If you looking to spend Starpoints on a short break you may want to consider the Sheraton Fuerteventura Hotel at only 7,000 points per night.
Sheraton Dubrovnik for 7,000 Starpoints per night (Category 3 hotel)
The budget Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Hotel, Thailand from 3,000 Starpoints at weekends (Category 2 hotel)
Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan, Borneo for 3,000 Starpoints weekdays and 2,000 Starpoints at the weekend (Category 1 hotel)
Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort, Lombok from 3,000 Starpoints at weekends (Category 2 hotel)
Le Méridien Angkor, Cambodia from 3,000 Starpoints at weekends (Category 2 hotel)