In my previous blog where I covered several valuable airline miles to collect if you are based in Indonesia, I also mentioned about maximizing your hotel stays to help boost your airline miles using your credit card and hotel points.
W Resort & Spa Seminyak Bali (photo credit: spg.com)
One of the largest hotel network in the world, Starwood Hotels with over 1,200 hotels and resorts brands including St Regis, The Westin and W Hotels is probably one membership program you might want to consider.
Their rewards membership program called Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has 1:1 ratio transferable points to 31 airline partners such as Air France, ANA, Asiana Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
Pretty much covers all the major airlines that you would want to fly across the world. There is also no cost to signing up to become an SPG member.
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SPG even gives you an additional 5,000 miles bonus for every 20,000 miles you transfer to airline partners.
For example 20,000 Starpoints could give you 25,000 Krisflyer miles and 40,000 Starpoints could give you 50,000 Krisflyer miles.
Japan Airlines New Business Class – JAL Sky Suite (photo credit: JAL)
The Westin Resort Bali (photo credit: spg.com)
As an SPG member you can also redeem your Starpoints at SPG Hotels for as low as 2,000 points / night or even combine your booking using Cash + Points.
With Award Nights, you also get a 5th night stay for free so you get to save the extra points. Other valuable benefit is gaining access to SPG Moments where you can get exclusive and VIP access to some of the high-profile sporting events, concerts or culinary experience. Such as access to an SPG Suite at a Coldplay or Beyonce concert or VIP suite access to Golf and Tennis matches.
Link to SPG Member Benefits.
The good thing about SPG Starpoints is they don’t expire, unless you have been ‘inactive’ for a period of 12 months, inactive in this case means you have not stayed in any SPG hotels for the last 12 months, haven’t redeemed or earned any points.
More info SPG Starpoints Expiration. SPG has also announced that it was recently acquired by Marriott International which will make their group the largest hotel network in the world. It is still a question mark on how this will impact the membership reward programs for SPG and Marriott as for now they are remain separate. However the good news is we will see more options in hotel selection and network as it will be combining over 5,500 hotels worldwide.
The Hermitage, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Jakarta
Keraton at The Plaza, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Jakarta
Contact me if you know other membership programs that you think is valuable?