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The last two remaining Starwood properties that were not SPG participating have finally changed their minds (or probably their contracts were renewed that required them to become SPG participating).

Le Meridien Westin Mina Seyahi Dubai SPG ParticipatingLe Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina and The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina are now both part of the SPG meaning that you can earn and redeem Starpoints at them. [click to continue…]

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Here are the pros and cons of the SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) program based on the developments over the past 12 months.

Pros and Cons Starwood Preferred Guest

The number of points that you earn from paid stays compared to price of awards is weak. I like to stay at Starwood properties when they have reasonable promotion(s). Outside of the promotional periods? Not so, unless there are Best Rate Guarantee opportunities for an extra 2,000 Starpoints per stay. [click to continue…]

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Starwood is taking a step back and following Hilton and Marriott (read more here) by making the Best Flexible Rate cancellation policy more restrictive.

SPG Best Flexible Rate Cancellation Changes

Up until now, most Best Flexible or Standard Rates have allowed same day cancellation until 4PM or 6PM without any penalty. Starwood’s blanket cancellation policy will change from same day to previous day by 6PM for reservations made on or after January 15, 2015. [click to continue…]