Starwood has one of the most desirable points programs in the world, and from time to time these points go on sale. Through to March 16, 2018, you can buy Starpoints with a discount of up to 35%.
Before jumping in, here are a few thing you need to keep in mind:
- Have a Starwood account that’s at least 14 days old (open one here)
- Minimum amount of points to buy for 35% discount: 5000
- To buy SPG points visit: https://storefront.points.com/spg/en-US/buy
- When transferring to an airline partner, do so in blocks of 20,000 as you will get a 5000 points bonus.
Starwood (SPG) allows members to buy up to 30,000 Starpoints per calendar year, so it’s generally worth waiting for a sale like this to take advantage. You can get around this minimum buying limit by using the family transfer feature within the SPG program. Note that in order to do a family transfer, the other person needs to be registered at the same address. (You can request a family transfer here)
Normally Starpoints are sold for 3.5 cents (US) per point but if you buy the minimum amount of 5000 points you can get them as low as 2.275 cents (US) per point.
Starwood Points are sold through points.com, which happens to be listed on Cashrewards (Sign up here and get $5 credit for free) however SPG points are currently not listed as part of the cashback promotion.
Starpoints are not only great for booking luxury hotels; their true value lies in the fact that they can be transferred to an extensive list of airline partners.
Starwood Transfer PartnersThis is the full list of Starwood (SPG) airline transfer partners:
|Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus||American Airlines AAdvantage||Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club||Qatar Airways Privileges Club|
|AeroMexico Club Premier||Asiana Airlines Asiana Club||Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles||Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||British Airways Executive Club||Iberia Plus||Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer|
|Air China Companion||Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank||Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus|
|Air France/KLM FlyingBlue||China Eastern Airlines Eastern Club||Jet Airways||Topbonus loyalty|
|Air New Zealand Air Points||Delta Air Lines SkyMiles||Korean Air Skypass||United Mileage Plus|
|Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan||Emirates Skywards||LATAM Airlines LATAMPASS||Virgin Atlantic Flying Club|
|Alitalia MilleMiglia||Etihad Airways Guest||LifeMiles of Avianca||Virgin Australia Velocity|
|ANA Mileage Club||Gol Smiles||Lufthansa Miles & More|
Starpoints transfer at a 1:1 ratio to the majority of transfer partners and best of all, you get a 5000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred. This means 30,000 Starpoints can turn into 35,000 airline miles. If you have an American Express card, you could send some additional points to SPG to push your total to 40k and transfer to your preferred airline partner in two, 20,000 lots. Keep in mind that points transfers aren’t instant so you might be left waiting for 48h or so.
Should you buy SPG Starpoints?
Normally I don’t promote the speculative buying of points, but in this case, the deal is good enough to stockpile some for later use. The Australian dollar is pretty strong against the USD at the moment which makes a good case for topping up.
Previous SPG Sale Offer:
December 2017: 35% discount