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There are some credit card benefits like a statement credit when applying for Global Entry, or no foreign transaction fees, or even trip delay coverage that have become pretty standard and expected on travel focused rewards credit cards. However, there are other perks and benefits that are far from commonplace or expected, and that can easily be forgotten about if you aren’t used to putting them to good use.
Complimentary Sheraton Club Lounge Access
One such unique perk that I want to be sure you haven’t accidentally forgotten about is the complimentary Sheraton Club Lounge access provided by the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. This benefit is for the primary account holder of the SPG Business Amex only, so it sadly does not apply to authorized users or those who have the personal Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.
To use this benefit you need to first be sure you have the SPG Business Amex, and then book your Sheraton reservation directly with SPG/Sheraton, as opposed to via third party site like Expedia. As long as you book directly you are eligible for Club Lounge access if you have that card regardless of whether you are on a free night award, paid rate, or a cash + points rate.
Normally to access a Sheraton Club Lounge you would need to either spend more in either cash, points, or have SPG Platinum status. Being able to access the Sheraton Club Lounge just by having a co-branded credit card is pretty fantastic, even if the lounge offerings can be relatively basic at some properties. My husband used this perk a couple of weeks ago while staying at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in California for work and it saved him a good amount on breakfasts and evening snacks…though it didn’t have the same beans for breakfast that we found a few years ago at the Sheraton Heathrow Club Lounge in the pictures below!
That said, probably because this perk is so unique, I do want to offer a warning that it is rare in my experience for this perk to work smoothly. In my experience you often have to explain to the check-in agent why you should have Club Lounge access and sometimes even have to pull up an official SPG/Sheraton website that explains the benefit (try this one – just scroll down a bit). You will probably come out on top of that debate, at least with “courtesy” admission to the lounge, but it is admittedly a problem. To avoid that check-in debate I have sometimes emailed properties in advance to make sure things are streamlined – and then brought a copy of that email to check-in.
I wish there was a better execution of this perk, but it is still worth a little bit of hassle to get lounge access in order to save a little on food costs…at least to me. Do be aware that the terms indicate that the Club Lounge access is limited to the eligible card member + a guest staying in the same room.
Which Sheratons Have Club Lounges
If you are curious as to which Sheraton properties have Club Lounges you can check out this website. Some Sheratons with lounges include: Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Times Square, Sheraton New Orleans, Sheraton Anchorage, Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Sheraton Kona, Sheraton Tribeca, Sheraton Edinburgh, Sheraton London Park Lane, Sheraton Zurich, Sheraton Maldives, and Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay, among many others. To give an idea of the value of this perk, at the Sheraton Kona their new Kaiulu Club Lounge (shown below), there is typically an additional $50 per day charge in order to access the lounge and its continental breakfast offerings, coffee, juice, pastries, as well as the evening cheese, appetizers, and beverages. However, with the SPG Business Amex you can get that access for no extra fee!
Even if you don’t regularly use this perk or actively seek our Sheraton properties on a frequent basis, try to remember to use your Sheraton Club Lounge access benefit available via your SPG Amex Business Card the next time your travels do take you to a Sheraton property.
I’m curious to know if you use this perk and what your experience has been like.
Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.