Starwood Preferred Guest

Overall Score 4.0-stars (3.86)
No. of Hotels in Network More than 1,000
Property Diversity 4.5-stars
Geographic Coverage 4.5-stars
Ease of Earning Free Night 2.5-stars
Additional Benefits 5.0-stars
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Program Review

The Starwood Preferred Guest (or SPG) program caters primarily to businesspeople who often travel to major cities in the United States, Asia and Europe, though the hospitality provider is growing its presence in Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America. Preferred Guest program members can earn and redeem points in more than 1,200 hotels close to 100 countries. The Starwood group includes nine distinct brands varying in price and style from mid-range to luxury, which allows members to take advantage of the program at many different types of properties; Preferred Guests can rack up points at less-pricey Sheraton properties and redeem them for free nights at a lavish St. Regis hotel. Starpoints can also be accrued by dining and shopping with Starwood partners, or by making purchases with the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express. Loyalty club members can then spend their points on tickets to concerts and sporting events, and merchandise from Amazon, Starbucks and iTunes, among other retailers, as well as on air travel through the SPG Flights program. Meanwhile, elite SPG members who are also Medallion-level members in the Delta SkyMiles program can earn Starpoints on Delta flights and frequent flier miles on eligible hotel stays.

Pros & Cons

  • More than 1,100 participating hotels
  • Points can be used for hotel stays and flights
  • Points will not expire as long as your account shows activity at least once a year
  • Fewer budget-friendly hotels than Hilton or Marriott
  • Not all participating hotels can be booked online with points
  • A free night at a luxury hotel requires a large number of Starpoints in most cities


Starwood rewards, known as Starpoints, can be earned and used at more than 1,200 hotels around the world. You can also earn Starpoints on everyday purchases using the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express.

Can Points Expire? YES

Can Earn Points On...

  • Credit Card
  • Air Travel
  • Hotel Stays

Can Use Points On...

  • Booking Hotels
  • Room Upgrades
  • Air Travel
How to Earn and Use Points»

Membership Levels

The Starwood Preferred Guest program is divided into three tiers: Preferred Guest, Gold Preferred Guest and Platinum Preferred Guest.

How Membership Works»

The Fine Print

  • You must be 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen to qualify for the Starwood Preferred Guest program.
  • SPG program benefits cannot be transferred between members, and joint accounts are not permitted.
  • Starpoints will expire if your account is inactive for 12 months.
  • The number of Starpoints needed for a free night varies depending on the hotel and the room type.
  • Starwood Preferred Guest's "No Blackout Dates" guarantee only applies to free nights in standard rooms. Room upgrades and flights are subject to blackouts.
  • Starpoints do not cover taxes and service charges.
  • In order to pay for a hotel stay with Starpoints, reservations must be made in advance.
  • The exchange ratio for Starpoints to frequent flier miles is 1-to-1 for most partner airlines; however, that ratio may vary depending on the carrier.
  • Members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program can earn additional Starpoints by signing up for the affiliated American Express credit card.

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