Daily Archives: Mar 6, 2013

SPG Gold Status After One Stay In Asia For World MasterCard Holders


You can get Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status for having just one stay at participating property in the Asia Pacific region. This offer is targeted to World MasterCard holders, but anyone can register using the link. This offer that has been going on for a while is expiring on March 31, 2013. You can access the Starwood’s web page for this offer here.


You need to sign up or register your existing account to this promotion using the link above. The terms and conditions state that you would need to settle your hotel folio using a World MasterCard, but I doubt that the actual credit card information, besides what type of card was used to settle the folio, is transferred to SPG.

Top Hotel Promotions For March (2013)

It is somewhat difficult to get super excited about any of the hotel promotions that the hotel chains are having right now. I guess that the business must be too good? Here’s my pick of top five:

1. Hyatt Gold Passport’s More Possibilities promotion for 3000 bonus points for every three nights


Hyatt Gold Passport Spring 2013 More Possibilities Promotion: 3000 Bonus Points For Every 3 Nights Registration Now Open

Marriott Teams Up With IKEA To Launch MOXY Budget Hotels In Europe

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Last year, I wrote about the IKEA budget design hotels that were going to pop up all over Europe. Now, Marriott has apparently teamed up with IKEA’s real estate arm and will launch these under new budget conscious MOXY Hotels brand in Europe.


Marriott is scheduled to open first MOXY hotel in Milan sometime in early 2014. London, Berlin and Frankfurt should follow shortly thereafter. These hotels have 150 to 300 rooms each. You will earn Marriott Rewards points for staying at MOXY Hotels.

SPG Award Category Change Update


Starwood changed the award categories of around 20% of its hotels yesterday (mostly up). When the list of originally published, there was a note that further changes may take place before March 5, 2013. You can read my original post about this change here and the reminder here.


Now, Starwood has made the above announcement on FlyerTalk. Although there are only handful of changes, upping Royal Orchid Sheraton from category 2 to category 3 property has huge impact in number of points required for an award night.

Hilton Yangon Hotel To Open In Yangon In 2014

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Hilton is to open a 300-room hotel in the central Yangon, part of Centrepoint Towers complex, in 2014. There was a piece about this on Financial Times that you can access here.


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