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Why I’m #StarwoodProud

It was announced last year that Marriott was planning to purchase Starwood and the two hotel chains would merge into one. There was some speculation about whether or not the merger would take place after a few events, but ultimately Starwood is now merged into Marriott as of a few weeks ago. This means change. While SPG and the Starwood brand are now a part… Read More

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Review: Aloft Brussels Schuman

Brussels and Barcelona – Introduction The Aloft Brussels Schuman is located in the heart of the EU district in Brussels. The hotel is about a thirty minute walk from the centre of Brussels, conveniently located next to the Schuman railway station. I took the train from Brussels Airport to the railway station next to the hotel and paid 8 Euro for the one-way fare. The train took… Read More

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I Love the #SPGLife

There’s no secret that I absolutely love Starwood Hotels and of course everyone loves Starwood Preferred Guest, which will sadly be destroyed (hopefully not too badly) by Marriott. SPG is my favourite hotel loyalty programme because of the incredible benefits elite members receive, Starwood’s amazing hotels, and of course their great customer service. Perhaps the single best use of Starpoints is that they transfer to ~30… Read More

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Sheraton Munich Airport Hotel

Completing the Lufthansa First Class Collection – Introduction Since I booked the flights just a couple of days before departure, there weren’t a lot of award options from Europe to America around this time (beginning of January). As previously mentioned, the best itinerary I could come up with was KRK-MUC-LAX-SFO-SEA. However, I had to fly to Munich the day before and spend a night somewhere… Read More

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Goodbye Starwood Preferred Guest!

By now I’m sure you have all read the news recently and know that Starwood has been purchased by Marriott. First of all, let me start off by saying that I absolutely love Starwood Preferred Guest, Starpoints, and the unique hotels that Starwood has. If I have to stay at a hotel (something I do rarely), I will usually go with SPG; they’re awesome. Starwood Preferred… Read More

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W Hollywood

24+ Hours in Los Angeles – Introduction We were only really staying one night in Los Angeles and therefore I decided to book the W Hollywood, an SPG hotel. The drive from the airport took about fifty minutes and the car rental was super cheap at just ~$20 USD through a promotional rate they had. The plan was to walk around Hollywood and the surrounding… Read More

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Keeping both AMEX SPG Credit Cards?

I currently have both The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card. The annual fee for my personal card is coming up in about a month and I just got the Business Card a few weeks ago due to the higher sign-up bonus. Both cards have an annual fee of $95 USD with the first year waived. Both… Read More