35% Off The Sheraton On The Park Sydney

Starwood is currently offering 35% off the Sheraton on the Park located in Sydney. The discount is pricing rooms around the $245 mark which is quite good considering most other days the prices are beyond $300+

On top of the discount SPG basic members earn a further 5% off and free wifi. To get the well-priced rates, you need to book before December 4th.

When booking you need to enter the code: HEPNAD this is the promotional code for the rates.

Sheraton On The Park (image - Sheraton)

Sheraton On The Park (image – Sheraton)

I have stayed at the property before and enjoyed my stay. The rates are actually very nicely priced considering they are over the Christmas holidays period and that’s when pricing is usually insane.

 

I’m Ditching Hilton And Switching To SPG Here’s Why

Ever since reaching Virgin Australia Platinum I was given Hilton Diamond which is a pretty cool perk in my opinion. I have stayed at many Hilton properties and the experience has been ‘ok’ yes the room upgrades are fantastic don’t get me wrong but there are a few reasons for my descision.

SPG have offered me a platinum and gold challenge. 8 nights for gold or 18 for platinum so I am going for platinum.

  • Earning Miles

In Australia there are a few ways to earn SPG points but mostly through credit cards. American Express Memebership Rewards can be transffered to SPG at a 1:0.5 rate which isn’t too bad. Also both the Amex Platinum charge personal and business offer gold status which is quite valuable. Dinners club also have a card that tranfers 1:1.

Earning with Uber is also very useful. As someone who uses the ride sharing service very often its great to be earning points for using a CC and SPG points.

  • Variety In properites

I’m not saying that Hilton don’t have a variety they do have a good range but I find SPG properties to have more differences. I recently stayed at Sheraton and a St. Regis and it was very evident that the brands are completely different. I also stayed at a Hilton and Embassy suites and the experience was virtually the same.

  • Airline transfer partners

This is probably the biggest reason I’m switching to SPG. The hotel group have a very impressive list of transfer partners which are listed below:

Exchange Ratio (Starpoints : Miles)
1
Aeroplan/Air Canada
1:1
2
Air Berlin
1:1
3
Air China Companion
1:1
4
Air New Zealand & Air Points
65:1
5
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
1:1
6
Alitalia Millemiglia
1:1
7
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club
1:1
8
American Airlines AAdvantage
1:1
9
Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific /Dragonair)
1:1
10
Asiana Airlines
1:1
11
British Airways Executive Club
1:1
12
China Eastern Airlines
1:1
13
China Southern Airlines’ Sky Pearl Club
1:1
14
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles
1:1
15
El Al Israel Airlines
No transfer option
16
Emirates Skywards
1:1
17
Etihad Airways
1:1
18
Flying Blue
1:1
19
Hawaiian Airlines
1:1
20
Iberia Plus
No transfer option
21
Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank
1:1
22
King Club Miles
1:1
23
LAN LANPASS
1:2
24
Mexicana Frecuenta
1:1
25
Miles and More
1:1
26
Qatar Airways
1:1
27
Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan
1:1
28
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
1:1
29
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus
1:1
31
United MileagePlus
2:1
32
VARIG Smiles
2:1
33
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
1:1

Overall thats quite an impressive list. I am most happy about the 1:1 transfer to American Airlines which is another way to get miles instead of buying them.

  • They have fantastic promotions!

Starwood are always having fantastic promotions for various things. Recently they have been running promotions for triple points, 40% suites and various other promos which are very enticing and I have taken advantage of these many times.

  • SPG moments

Ok this isn’t a huge turning point for me but I have begun to love SPG moments! for those who dont know you can redeem your starpoints for various concerts or experiences. They offer luxury suites at various big venues such as the o2 in London or Maddison Square Garden in New York or be in a tent for with a team at the Grand Prix. They have a large list of events that can be bought outright or bidded for.

Summery

As the merger between Marriot and SPG is a couple years off I am not too worried about it at this current moment. If the merger was to happen earlier my second choice for program would have to be Hyatt Gold Passport as I already hold platinum with them.