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Can someone tell me why they prefer SPG hotels? No in room mini fridge, no microwave, no free breakfast without status.. Having a hard time seeing any perks here. TIA

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You know you can request for a fridge or microwave right? SPG points redemption is the best. Marriott's is laughable. What am I going to do with 250 Marriott welcome points? 😂

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Points service bed

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If you have status, you get 500 welcome starpoints which is the equivalent of 1500 Marriott points. Not to mention an extra 500 starpoints each night you opt out of housecleaning. That's 4500 Marriott points right off the bat.

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I have never needed to use a microwave or fridge in a hotel room. Also free breakfast can be part of your rate or status is actually quick to attain.

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Stay elsewhere, idiot. 🙄

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@BCG1 I think our perspective is skewed relative to other forms because we expense everything. I don't care about free breakfast or in room fridge/microwave because when I'm hungry I just buy something to eat... but if I were on a per diem I'd be looking for ways to throw away less food.

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^^. Why would I use the fridge when there's room service?

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Marriott Lifetime Platinum here, also often SPG Platinum most years before the buyout by Marriott. Often the points redemption resorts are quite good and higher status tends to be treated well. However, SPG has something like 1/6 the number of properties versus Marriott and Hilton, which hurts you in the suburbs in particular. Now that Marriott owns Starwood, status is reciprocal, and you can redeem points on either brand, so focus on earning points and status on the program that makes more sense for your travels.

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I have the first two of three where I'm currently staying (Sheraton). Third doesn't matter because hotel breakfasts suck anyway. To answer your original question it's the points. SPG is most generous and their points are the most valuable among major hotel chains.

I use a fridge occasionally if it's just me traveling for, say, a three or more day trip, I will just go covert shopping and expense that in place of meals. Maybe I take a client to a lunch or dinner, but I also prefer to not be tied to restaurant food and grocery often provides broader healthy options.

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