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New and Improved Starwood Preferred Guest App

by on March 14, 2012 · 15 comments

in Starwood, Travel Technology

SPG just launched a new, snazzy updated version of their app today.  I’ve long preferred the SPG app over other hotel brands because it shows points activity as well as upcoming stays. In fact, if a hotel pre-upgrades me prior to arrival, I can usually pull up the stay details and see what type of room I’ll get which is nice to know.

Updated app with some new functionality

The new app has a cleaner design, though I don’t see many huge functionality improvements. I like the ability to “Redeem Starpoints” when browsing hotels, though I did get an error several times when trying to go that route.

Cleaner design

Book using Starpoints

I also like the ability to browse new Starwood properties and you can even search for properties, like “Category 7 + Spa”. While not wildly useful, it’s a nice way to kill time next time you’re sitting at the gate waiting to board your delayed flight!

Overall, I think most other hotel chains should learn from the SPG App and step up their game!

New hotel list.. nice to browse and drool over future vacations!

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  • Rite2cutie

    Is this app only for iPhones? I can’t find an SPG app for Android..

  • dan

    Brian! You’ve got to update your apps more often

  • thepointsguy

    Haha I know- I’m so bad!

  • Kevin

    No Android app as far as I can tell. That’s unfortunate as there are legions of travelers who don’t like or use the Apple devices… :-(

  • David

    I was not able to locate the App on the Android market and it appears (from TPG’s link) Starwood only shows it be an iPhone app.

    @TPG – any idea what would be the most effective way to communicate this request (Android version of App) to Starwood?

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  • garyst16 (on MP)

    As usual, SPG ignores the Android users…guess their developers also drank the Kool Aid… :-)

  • Brian

    After installing the app I noticed my GPS icon remained on 100% of the time which can really drain your battery. Even closing all apps running in background, resetting, etc did not clear up the issue. Found out it was SPG app by looking in Settings -> Location Services so just disabled that one app. Their support had this to say:

    “This seems to be the most common thing to come across our desk about the new app.

    I have taken all the feedback we have received about this and forwarded it on to our app developers directly.

    I’m sure with the feedback we have received, this is something they will be looking into ASAP.”

  • Brian

    After installing the app I noticed my GPS icon remained on 100% of the time which can really drain your battery. Even closing all apps running in background, resetting, etc did not clear up the issue. Found out it was SPG app by looking in Settings -> Location Services so just disabled that one app. Their support had this to say:

    “This seems to be the most common thing to come across our desk about the new app.

    I have taken all the feedback we have received about this and forwarded it on to our app developers directly.

    I’m sure with the feedback we have received, this is something they will be looking into ASAP.”

  • Doughboy

    I always thought the SPG app was one of the best – if not THE best – travel-related app on the market. Very fluid, attractive, user-friendly interface. And now it’s good to hear they’ve polished it up some more. Keep up the good work, SPG! Others should take some lessons from you.

  • RogueWV

    App sounds great. Too bad I have an Android phone and have had one for the LAST TWO YEARS! I prefer SPG but for the life of me why do you have an app for IPHONE and not ANDROID????

  • Jon

    Where is the android version? Useless on iPhone. I am getting really tired of waiting and Marriott is calling my name….

  • Jdso503

    Not a fan of SPG…they don’t give points whe you purcase from 3rd party companies, i.e. Expedia. Who does that?

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