Starwood Preferred Guest Wows Members With Even More In-Demand Destinations Through Continued Expansion of Design Hotels™ Partnership
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program now part of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), today announced even more access to extraordinary destinations with the signing of its 100th Design Hotels™ partner property, The Naka Phuket in Thailand. SPG Members can now access 100 unique and original experiences in in-demand destinations, including areas where the program did not previously have a footprint such as Iceland, Grenada, and the Ukraine.
“Design Hotels™ is a collection of very unique stories curated to create experiential journeys for today’s global luxury traveler,” said Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels™. “Our partnership with SPG has given Design Hotels™ member hotels exposure to an entirely new set of elite travelers seeking ‘Original Experiences,’ in addition to providing one-of-a-kind hotel options in sought-after destinations for this jet set crowd. It is truly a win-win.”
PARTNERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS AND EXPANSIVE HOTEL OPTIONS
SPG® expanded its relationship with Design Hotels™ in 2015 by offering a powerful distribution and loyalty benefit to member hotels, creating a platform for travelers to explore one-of-a-kind boutique properties designed by the world’s most creative minds.
With a wide variety of settings, from great capital cities to beach retreats, mountain resorts to offbeat locales, Design Hotels™ truly offers SPG Members unparalleled access to more experiences. Iconic Design Hotels™ properties now available to SPG Members include The Waterhouse at South Bund in Shanghai, China; 101 Hotelin Reykjavik, Iceland; Mainport in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Hotel J in Stockholm, Sweden; Laluna in St. George’s, Grenada; and three unique hotels in Thailand, The Naka Phuket, Casa de la Flora and The Library. By the end of 2016, SPG is slated to have approximately 130 Design Hotels™ and, by the end of 2017, the program is expected to expand to include 200 Design Hotels™.
THREE LEADING LOYALTY PROGRAMS UNITE
The continued expansion of the SPG and Design Hotels™ partnership creates even more opportunities for travelers to experience unique destinations and incredible hotels while earning the following benefits:
- Two Starpoints per eligible U.S. dollar spent (three Starpoints for Gold Preferred and Platinum Preferred Members)
- Night and stay credit toward elite status
- On-property benefits of high-speed Internet access and bottled water in-room
- Gold Preferred and Platinum Preferred Members will automatically receive a Starpoints bonus as their Welcome Gift
- Free Night redemption
Members of Marriott’s leading loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, as well as SPG, are invited to link their accounts at spg.com/marriott for immediate elite status matching, along with the ability to transfer and redeem points across programs, including stays at select Design Hotels™. Members who link their accounts will be able to transfer points at a three-to-one ratio (three Marriott Rewards points = one SPG®Starpoint) between the programs for redemption stays.
For more information, please visit spg.com/designhotels.