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SPG extends partnership with ITC Hotels in India

SPG and Club ITC have announced a reward collaboration for their members in India. Under this partnership, Club ITC members who are SPG members will have the option to transfer their Club ITC Green Points to Starpoints. Similarly SPG members can redeem their Starpoints for ITC Certificates.
Read on to find out more details on the partnership and whether it really makes sense to redeem Starpoints for ITC retail and dining certificates.

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SPG announces 2016 category changes: Indian hotels get expensive in awards!

The season for hotel category adjustments is here and while we have shared with you the changes for IHG and Marriott, now Starwood has announced its category changes for 2016. The change will come in to effect from March 1, 2016. As a quick reminder Starwood hotels globally range between categories 1 to 7 and operate under the following brand names. Global Impact Overall 282 Starwood hotels have been affected this year with the category change. 168 hotels are going up and 114 are going down the index, clearly indicating that overall the Starwood portfolio has gotten expensive.  The regions with maximum number of increases are US, Europe and Asia and there have been significant category decreases in Canada, Russia…

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SPG Gold with a single stay for APAC members

One of the easiest way to get Starwood’s Gold status, is to have an address in the Asia Pacific, hold a MasterCard World or MasterCard World Elite, and make just one eligible stay. You of course, need to register here, before you get started with the process.   Starwood’s SPG Gold status confers on you the following benefits: 4pm late checkout Complimentary welcome gift 50% more Starpoints Room upgrades at check-in when available I don’t count on it much since Starwood’s benefit recognition for elites varies significantly, but the one consistent bit is the 50% extra starpoints you earn as a Gold member. This is an offer that has gone on for a few years now and I posted about…

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