Many of you probably have a membership with Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty program for Starwood Hotels. I know I write a lot about Hyatt on this blog, in part because I’ve been doing a trial for Hyatt’s Gold Passport Diamond status. Now that it’s over (I succeeded) I think it’s worth taking another look at SPG, one of Hyatt’s strongest competitors. Oddly enough, it also happens to be the only major chain with which I have absolutely NO status. Clearly I have work to do!
Starwood has one of the largest networks of hotels among the major luxury brands, and it is particularly strong outside the U.S. in places like Europe and Asia where Hyatt has a few choice properties but is still growing. In particular, I owe Megan a trip to Spain after taking off without her last summer, and I’d love to treat her to places like The Westin Palace in Madrid, the W Barcelona, and the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville.
What you may not know is that SPG also lets you redeem your points for various events called “SPG Moments.” Although there are lots of auction-style tickets listed, there are also fixed prices like 5,000 SPG points for a concert series visiting various locations in southeast Asia.
Currently SPG is promoting its “Hear the Music, See the World” series, which kicked off with Jamie Cullum at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. That’s already in the past, however there are several more coming up this year that should be announced shortly:
- St. Regis: Poolside acoustic set by acclaimed jazz singer/songwriter Jamie Cullum, St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami Beach, FL (May)
- Aloft: Premium concert tickets and after party attended by Daughtry at the Aloft Dallas Downtown, TX (June)
- Westin: Group performance by the recently reunited Ben Folds Five at the flagship Westin New York at Grand Central, New York, New York (October)
- W: Sunset deejay set by Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation on the rooftop at W Santiago, Chile (November)
- Sheraton, Element, Le Meridien, Four Points by Sheraton, and Luxury Collection artist events to be announced soon
I am a big fan of jazz (I’m particularly fond of anything with piano or clarinet) so it’s a shame I wasn’t able to attend the first concert at the St. Regis, but here’s a clip of the show for any of you who haven’t heard him before. More modern than the classics I heard growing up, but I think he’s quite good:
And here’s a video clip from a very satisfied SPG member about how much he enjoyed the show:
Although I don’t have SPG elite status (yet), Megan and I do carry SPG American Express credit cards, which come with 2 stays and 5 nights credit toward elite status annually. It’s my second-favorite credit card out there, after the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and the current sign-up bonus is for 25,000 Starpoints–good for several nights’ worth of cash + points awards. If you’re interested, send me an email for an SPG AmEx referral. (Note: I receive a referral credit for the SPG AmEx and the Chase Sapphire Preferred, but I do my best to to provide only the best offers available. As always, I appreciate your support.)