Starwood Preferred Guest Program

The complimentary Starwood Preferred Guest® program offers exclusive member benefits and flexible reward options with nine distinguished hotel brands. Free Night Awards with no blackout dates is what it’s known for, but that’s just the beginning.

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Network Size

Geographic Coverage:

Number of Countries: 90+

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Size of Network:

Number of Hotels: 1100+

Brand Diversity

Brand Portfolio:

Number of Brands: 9

  • W Hotels
  • Le Meridien
  • Sheraton
  • St. Regis
  • Element
  • aLoft
  • Four Points
  • Westin
  • The Luxury Collection

Earning Points at Hotels

Base Points

Earn points or airline miles (with Airline Direct Deposit).

Earn Rate: 2 points per $1 USD

Elite Bonus Points

Reach elite status and automatically receive extra Bonus Points on all the Base Points earned.

Earn Rate:

Bonus on Base Points
with SPG 75 nights

Promotion Bonus Points

Earn bonus points for various hotel promotions at participating properties throughout the year.

Earn Rate: Varies by promotion

Meeting Planner Bonus Points

Earn bonus points for events planned at any of the hotels.

Earn Rate: 1 point per $3 USD (up to 20,000 points per event)

Refer a Friend Bonus Points

Not Available!

Purchase Points

A few points short? Buying Points is the easy way to get the award you want.

Point Price: 500 points = $17.50

(20,000 point maximum purchase per year)

Earning Points at Partners

Credit Card Partners

Earn bonus points for spend on a Starwood Preferred Guest credit card.

Earn Rate: Varies by card

US Card

SPG American Express Card ($65 annual fee)
At hotels: 2 points per $1 USD
Everywhere else: 1 point per $1 USD


International Cards
Canada, UK, Japan

Point Exchange Partners

Transfer points from partners to Starpoints

Earn Rate: Varies by Partner

American Express
1,000 Membership Rewards® points = 333 Starpoints

Diner’s Club
1,250 ClubRewards® points= 750 Starpoints

Other Partners

Earn bonus points for spend at various program partners.


Partner Type
Bonus Points
Car Rental
Online Shopping


Reward Choice

Hotel Rewards

Redeem points for hotel stays.

Hotel Reward Types
Standard Rooms
Premium Rooms
Room Upgrades
Points + Cash Room Rewards
On Property Hotel Rewards


Rewards Chart:
Standard Room Rewards

Hotel Category
Points Required
Weekday: 2,000
Weekend: 3,000
Weekday: 3,000
Weekend: 4,000
12,000 – 16,000
20,000 – 25,000
30,000 – 35,000

Partner Rewards

Redeem points for rewards from a variety of partners.

Reward Types
Gift Cards
Airline/Rail Point Transfer
Travel Certificates/Packages
Point Transfer/Gifting

Reward Flexibility & Attainability

Spend Required For Free Room Night

In order to compare programs to measure how quickly a member can redeem points for a free night reward, we look at the spend required for a free night.

Minimum Spend¹: $1,000
(by Preferred Member for base level hotel reward)

Average Spend¹: $3,333
(by Gold Member for average level hotel reward)

¹Does not include promotional or partner bonus points earned.

Hotel Rewards Rules

The terms and conditions for the hotel rewards.

No Blackout Dates
No Capacity Controls
No Additional Fees on Hotel Rewards (ie. Taxes, Booking Fee, Change/Cancellation Fee, Resort Fee)
5th Night Free on Hotel Rewards (elite members)
Discounted Rewards
Pool Points with Family Members for rewards

Point Expiry

Points expire after 12 months of inactivity.

Elite Tier Requirements

Membership Levels

Earn elite status based when you stay at Starwood properties.

Elite Tier
Upon enrollment
10 stays or 25 nights
25 stays or 50 nights

Membership Rules

The terms and conditions for achieving elite status.


Earn lifetime elite status
Points rollover to count toward following year’s status
Reward nights count towards elite status

Elite Tier Benefits

Preferred Member

  • Earn & redeem points
  • 5th night free on hotel rewards
  • Members only offers

Gold Member

  • Preferred Benefits + 50% elite bonus
  • 4pm late checkout¹
  • Free upgrades¹
  • Elite customer service line
  • Welcome gift – WIFI, bonus points or drink
  • Crossover Rewards w/ Delta

Platinum Member

  • Gold Benefits + 50% elite bonus
  • Welcome gift – includes free breakfast option
  • Free WIFI
  • Free access to gyms
  • 48-hour room guarantee
  • SPG 50 Night Benefits: 10 suite night awards confirmed 5 days before arrival

Diamond Member

  • SPG 75 Night Benefits: 100% elite bonus + choose any 24 hour period for stay

¹Subject to availability

Average Value per Point

Average Value Per Point

$0.024 per point


Room rate / # points required for a free night (determined by average across representative sample of hotel rewards).

Average Program Value


  • Base Member: 4.8%
    (Preferred Guest Member)
  • Highest Elite Member: 9.6%
    (Platinum SPG 100 Member)
  • Credit Card Member²: 4.8%
    (Incremental Value)

²Includes bonus points earned on hotel spend only. As such, incremental value likely to be higher.


Average Earn Rate x Average Value per Point.

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