We have previously highlighted those hotel chains that let you earn loyalty points on food and drink in their restaurants, without you needing to actually be a guest at the hotel.
Once such hotel chain is Starwood Hotels, which lets you earn Starwood Preferred Guest SPG Starpoints on dining alone. This is a great option – particularly if, like me, you live near to an SPG hotel with a quality restaurant (or two).
There is, however, a substantial added bonus.
As a Starwood Hotels Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) member (join for free, here), not only will you earn SPG Starpoints on your food and drink spend at Starwood Hotel restaurants (at a rate of 2 SPG Starpoints per $1 (or local currency equivalent) spent), you will also get a discount of up to 30% at the restaurant, as an SPG member of any level.
To find out what the applicable discount is in your nearest Starwood Hotel restaurant, simply use the search tool on this page, as follows:
However, the web page should also “geolocate you”, to offer you a link to the nearest restaurants to you, wherever you are searching the internet from:
In short, I have made a huge number of SPG Starpoints from this option. The key is not to be lured, honey trap style, to eating at a restaurant that you otherwise would not have eaten at, simply because you will earn SPG Starpoints. That’s not “earning” points – it’s (probably) wasting money. However, if you find a good restaurant (ideally with a good discount on it), then by all means benefit from the additional SPG Starpoints you will earn from the meal.
A recommendation please, I hear you ask…
Well it’s certainly not an easy one for all readers to get to, but we thoroughly recommend Quadro at the Westin Dragonara, Malta. Quality al fresco dining, fantastic service, sweeping sea views, 10% off and Starpoints.