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Starwood has lots of great hotels all over Asia and Australia. And you can book them with Starwood points you’ll earn from the sign-up bonuses on their cards.
The sign-up bonus on The Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express (personal and small business) has increased to 30,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements.
I’ll show you 5 top hotels for award stays with Starwood points!
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About the AMEX Starwood Card
Link: Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Link: Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood card (personal and small business) is usually 25,000 Starwood points after after meeting minimum spending requirements.
But until September 14, 2015, you can earn 30,000 Starwood points. That’s a big deal because with 5,000 extra Starwood points you can get:
- 2 weekend nights at a Category 1 hotel
- 1 night at a Category 2 hotel
- 1 night at a Category 4 hotel when you add $75 using Cash & Points (This includes hotels like the The Westin Grand Vancouver and Walt Disney World Swan!)
30,000 Starwood points is more than enough to get started with award stays at Starwood hotels! Or treat yourself to a luxury night at a top-tier hotel!
It’s possible to get both cards at once. Just be sure you’re comfortable meeting the minimum spending requirements!
5 Starwood Hotels in the Asia & Australia That Make Great Award Stays
Note: The prices in these examples are based on travel in October 2015.
I like using Hotel Hustle to find hotels because it shows you how many points you’ll need for your specific travel dates, and show you if award nights are available!
Another option is AwardMapper. It shows similar information, but it’s not specific to travel dates and won’t search for available award rooms.
I haven’t stayed at all the hotels on the list, but I chose them because of their locations and reviews. I’d love to visit them all someday!
1. The St. Regis Beijing
The St. Regis Beijing is located in the heart of the business and shopping district and near the Forbidden City. So you’ll have plenty to experience!
It’s a Category 5 hotel, and a night here costs ~$221 per night or 16,000 Starwood points for a Deluxe Room with a personal St. Regis butler!
2. Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Thailand
A Category 5 hotel, Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is located off the eastern coast of Thailand, with its own private access to Lamai Beach.
You can take yoga classes at sunrise, get a spa treatment, or lay out next to the pool.
Be sure to experience the heritage and local culture of the surrounding area. And the amazing food. Thai food is 1 of my spicy favorites!
A 2-night stay costs ~$367, or 24,000 Starwood points.
This would make a perfect tropical getaway!
3. W Seoul Walkerhill
Stay in a “Wonderful Room” in wonderful Seoul for ~$223 a night or 12,000 Starwood points.
The hotel is surrounded by gardens…
…but is a short train ride to all the hustle and bustle of downtown Seoul.
This is a Category 5 hotel, and folks love the modern feel of the W brand!
4. Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, Australia
Located north of Brisbane, the Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa is a Category 5 hotel.
Brisbane is known world-wide for its surfing. In fact, you’ll be driving distance to world-famous Surfer’s Paradise. Or you can explore the area around Australia’s Gold Coast.
A night here costs ~$302 or 12,000 Starwood points.
If you go in December or January, you’ll be just in time for Australia’s summer!
5. Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
By November 2015, Sydney will have 4 Starwood hotels.
All of them are centrally located, but guests seem to love the Sheraton on the Park. Which park? Hyde Park, named for the 1 in London.
You’ll be walking distance to Sydney Harbor and the Sydney Opera House.
A Category 5 hotel, nights here start at ~$327 or 12,000 Starwood points.
This hotel would make a great starting point to explore Sydney!
There are many Starwood hotels in Asia and Australia where you can get Big Travel with Small Money!
The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood card (personal and small business) is usually 25,000 Starwood points, so you’ll get an extra 5,000 Starwood points with the current 30,000 point sign-up bonus. That’s valuable because Starwood points can be worth a lot of money, and they’re hard to earn.
The sign-up bonus is only this high for a few weeks each year, and the offer expires September 14, 2015.
Do you have a favorite Starwood hotel in Asia or Australia? Share your top picks in the comments!