How to Get Free Premium Wi-Fi at Starwood Hotels

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During my stay at the Sheraton San Diego during FinCon 2016, I took advantage of free premium Wi-Fi in my room thanks to my Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.

You can get faster Wi-Fi when you stay at Starwood hotels if you have the AMEX Starwood personal OR small business card.  In my case, the premium speeds were more than TWICE the regular in-room Wi-Fi speed!

Sheraton Free WiFi

Folks With an AMEX Starwood Personal or Small Business Card Can Enjoy Faster Wi-Fi at Most Starwood Hotels

Here’s how I got Sheraton free Wi-Fi!

About the AMEX Starwood Cards

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

You can earn 25,000 Starwood points when you sign-up for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and spend $3,000 within the first 3 months of opening your account.

Or earn 25,000 Starwood points with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

With these cards, you’ll get:

Note:   American Express only allows folks to get the sign-up bonus ONCE per person, per lifetime on ALL their cards.

How I Got Sheraton Free Wi-Fi

If you have the AMEX Starwood personal OR small business card, you also get free premium Wi-Fi at participating Starwood hotels when you book your room directly with the hotel.  And when premium Wi-Fi is offered.

You will NOT get this perk if you book your room through:

  • Certain group rates
  • A tour operator
  • Third-party booking sites like Expedia, Orbitz, or Travelocity

And you will only get premium Wi-Fi for the room you stay in, regardless of how many other rooms you reserve.  Just remember to include your Starwood loyalty number when you book, so you can get faster internet!

Get Premium Wi-Fi in Your Room

Step 1.   Connect to the Hotel Wi-Fi Network

To get started, connect to the hotel’s Wi-Fi network.  On your browser, you’ll see a screen to enter your room number and last name.

Sheraton Free WiFi

Provide Your Room Number and Last Name and Click “Next”

Click “Next” to continue.

Step 2.   Select Your Plan & Dates

You’ll see an option for “Premium Internet.”

Sheraton Free WiFi

Choose “Premium Internet” and Select Your Dates

Then, enter your check-out date.  So you’ll have faster Wi-Fi for your entire stay.

In my case, the premium internet was more than double the speed for uploads and downloads.  And I could connect 5 devices instead of the usual 3.  That’s handy if you and a guest both have a phone and a laptop to connect!

Step 3.   Confirm

Next, make sure your details are correct.  I saved $15 a day for faster internet!

If you stay often at Starwood hotels, this perk can make your stays more comfortable.  And save you cash if you have a lot of devices to connect.  Or if you want faster Wi-Fi.

Sheraton Free WiFi

Click “Next” to Connect to Faster Wi-Fi

If everything looks good, click “Next” and enjoy quicker internet speeds!

Bottom Line

Folks with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express can enjoy premium in-room Wi-Fi at most Starwood hotels for NO extra cost.

I found it easy to activate this benefit when I stayed at the Sheraton San Diego.

Keep in mind the perk is only available for the cardmember.  And it’s for the room you stay in, no matter how many other rooms you book.  You also must book directly with the hotel to take advantage of faster internet.

Has this perk come in handy during your travels?

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3 responses to “How to Get Free Premium Wi-Fi at Starwood Hotels

  1. Struggling for content? Because this has got to be the most boring excuse to plug the SPG card…

  2. How do they know you have the SPG card at the time of reservation? Do you have to check in with it? I have a Feb stay coming up and may need to cancel in January.

  3. Yeah. Lame post. Should be how to get premium internet at this hotel after applying for credit card. The wifi sign up and options are so different from hotel to hotel.