This partnership allows SPG Gold and Platinum members to earn one Starpoint for every USD spend on Emirates flights and Platinum members get some benefits at the airport such as priority check in and boarding.
Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum members received SPG Gold type on property benefits and earn one mile per USD charged at Starwood hotels (+ silver members too).
You can access SPG’s web page for this partnership here.
Now, SPG has been sending out targeted emails for 1,000 bonus Starpoints for linking your accounts by July 6, 2015. Note that this bonus Starpoints offer is not open for all. Check your email.
There must not have been enough people linking their accounts. Why would Starwood otherwise been sending out these “sweeteners” that don’t require anything else than linking the accounts? Easy 1,000 Starpoints for those that received it.