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Hotel lounges can be a great way to help keep costs down when you’re traveling. What’s in a hotel lounge depends on the chain and even the individual hotel itself, but it certainly is possible that having access to the hotel lounge can serve as a meal. This can be especially useful in more expensive parts of the world!
One of the benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express is free Sheraton Club lounge access at EVERY Sheraton Club hotel in the world!
Both the American Express SPG personal and business cards currently have an increased signup bonus of 30,000 points, but only the business card offers free Sheraton Club lounge access.
Here’s my review of the increased American Express SPG offers – SPG Amex 30K offers for personal and business cards
(Remember, only the business card gets free Sheraton Club lounge access)
Each card has a $5,000 spending requirement in the first 3 months and no annual fee the first year ($99 after that). According to the current rules and best practices of credit card churning, you can only get the signup bonus once per lifetime for the personal card and once per 12 months for the business card.
Where can you get Sheraton Club lounge access
You can find hotels where you can get Sheraton Club lounge access at http://sheratonclubroom.com/find/ – here’s an example of the nearest lounges to me in Ohio
An SPG Category 2 hotel is only 4,000 SPG points per night (and 3,000 points on weekends). I’ve stayed at the Sheraton Suites in Columbus before and it was quite nice. But it would have been nicer with Breakfast, All Day Snacks and Evening “Hors D’oeuvres” 🙂
The Sheraton Club lounge access is in Starwood hotels all over the world
Who gets the free Sheraton Club lounge access?
According to the terms of the SPG business card:
Available at select Sheraton Hotels® & Resorts for the duration of a Card Member’s stay. Visit www.sheratonclubroom.com/find for a full listing of Sheraton® Club properties. This benefit is for Basic Card Members only on Starpoint Eligible Rate reservations. Exclusions of Starpoint Eligible Rate reservations might include rooms booked through a group rate as part of an event and the SPG Member does not directly pay the SPG Participating Hotel for such room; tour operator; or online travel channel or third party channel, such as expedia.com, hotwire.com, priceline.com, orbitz.com, booking.com, Travelocity.com, ctrip.com, or elong.com. A full description of Starpoint Eligible Rates can be found at www.spg.com/terms. Sheraton Club lounge access is limited to the eligible Card Member and a guest staying in the same room for the duration of the stay, regardless of how many rooms have been reserved.
So the Sheraton Club lounge access is only for Basic Card members (meaning not for authorized users), and you have to be staying on a Starpoint Eligible Rate, so not when you book through 3rd parties like Orbitz or Expedia) Also, the terms state that Sheraton Club lounge access is only for the card member and a guest staying in the same room
What about Sheraton Club lounge access on award stays
It wasn’t clear to me whether you’d get the free Sheraton Club lounge access on award stays or Cash + Points, but Frequent Miler has already reached out to American Express to answer that question and the answer is YES (which is a huge deal for me, as I don’t like to pay for anything :-D)
You do get free premium internet and Sheraton Club lounge on award night redemptions and Cash & Points, since those are technically coded as “Starpoint eligible rates”.
William D. Tsang
Director, Corporate Affairs & Communications
I signed up for the SPG business card as part of my most recent credit card churn, so I’m looking to see where we can use Sheraton Club lounge access benefit at our next stay! What about you? Have you used the Sheraton Club lounge access benefit? How was it?